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Tackling Scotland's Racism Problem

  • St Andrews Building University of Glasgow 11 Eldon Street Glasgow G3 6NH (map)

This conference is being jointly supported by the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh and the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights.

Published early in 2018, No Problem Here: Understanding Racism in Scotland addressed the complacent assumption that racism is not a problem in Scotland–or at least that it is a lesser problem than in England. Ranging from Scotland’s role in the British Empire to the extent of Islamophobia in contemporary Glasgow, the book attempted to chart the scale and multi-dimensional nature of the issue.

However, it is not enough to prove that a problem exists: the challenge is to also suggest potential solutions. With this is mind, some of the editors and contributors have organised a one-day conference - Tackling Scotland’s Racism Problem - at which these solutions can be discussed.

Drawing on contributions from practitioners, academics and activists, the conference will address issues including what policies have and have not worked in the past, if existing legislation is currently being underused, and how racism impacts on education in terms of both course content and the careers of students, teachers and lecturers.

Speakers will include:

  • Aamer Anwar, Rector at University of Glasgow

  • Neil Davidson, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow

  • Professor Rowena Arshad, Head of School of Education, University of Edinburgh

  • Omar Khan, Director, Runnymede Trust

  • Dr Stephen Mullen, Department of History, University of Glasgow

  • Khadija Mohammed, Scottish Association of Minority Ethnic Educators (SAMEE) / Department of Education, University of West of Scotland

  • Professor Nasar Meer, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

  • Carol Young, Senior Policy Officer, Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER)

The day will close with an opportunity for attendees to engage with a panel of politicians from across the political parties currently represented at Holyrood on what they are doing to address the problem of racism.

Tea and coffee will be available from 09.30am and the event will begin at 10.00am. There will be a room available for prayer over the lunch break.

Entrance is free, however attendees need to register in advance. Please register your ticket at the Eventbrite page here.