Race Equity through Pedagogy Conference: call for proposals

1st July 2019 10.00 – 16.00

Hosted at Sheffield Hallam University


The need to better conceptualise, confront and mitigate racism’s negative impacts is currently high on the HE agenda. An example of this is the call to ‘decolonise’ the curriculum which is gathering momentum, especially in relation to  addressing the differentials in degree outcomes between students from Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and white students. This is a persistent and systemic issue for the sector and sustained efforts to address inequalities in HE is an imperative.  

Teaching anti-racism is, however, a political project. Anti-racist pedagogies require us to benefit and empower BAME students, to move beyond positioning BAME students as cultural experts or witnesses and help fostering anti-racist language. Using the curriculum to address the structures and practices of embedded racism and entrenched power relations can be challenging and generate resistance; consequently this requires us to think differently about our practices.

Against the backdrop of  ongoing debates around the need to better conceptualise, confront and eradicate racism, there also is a need to provide a space for staff, students and indeed institutions to move beyond debates into action. Consequently, Sheffield Hallam University, in partnership with the University of Warwick and the Higher Education Race Action Group (HERAG), is pleased to host the Race Equity through Pedagogy Conference.

This one-day conference will bring together those committed to eradicating racial inequality and inequitable outcomes in higher education through the provision of socially-just, anti-racist pedagogies.

The aims of the conference are therefore to:

  • share effective practice in relation to, amongst others, anti-racist pedagogies; pedagogies for social justice and equity; pedagogies which challenge post-colonial white privilege
  • support the rejection of ‘toolkit teaching’ towards the development of reflexive, praxis-driven, pedagogies for social justice
  • help foster a community of scholars, academics, professional services staff, and students committed to enhancing racial and ethnic equality in higher education

The specific focus of the conference will be on reducing, and ultimately eradicating barriers to degree attainment and academic outcomes for students from Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

The conference will be held in partnership between Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Warwick and the Higher Education Race Action Group (HERAG).

Call for proposals: workshops, case studies or presentations of papers

Deadline for submission of proposals: Friday 29 March

Session type Duration Description
Workshop 50-55 mins A blend of input and discussion.
Case study 25 mins An example of good practice with time for questions.
Presentation 25 mins A presentation about your research paper with time for questions.

Classroom space and AV equipment will be provided.

Questions about proposal submissions may be sent to Emma Robinson: e.robinson@shu.ac.uk

Submit a proposal

Please complete a Submission form to submit your session proposal.

Deadline for submissions: Friday 29 March

Notifications for successful submissions: Monday 15 April

Please note that attendees are required to register and pay to attend – this is at a reduced rate.

Fees are:
SU attendees Warwick/Hallam, and lead presenters                             Free (numbers capped)
HERAG members, Warwick/Hallam staff, and co-presenters              £55
Early Bird (other attendees)                                                                           £65
Full Cost (other attendees)                                                                             £75

Registration details to follow.