We are very pleased to invite you to join us for the book launch of ‘Inside the Ivory Tower’ and celebrate this rare opportunity that brings the voices of 10 Black British Female Academics to the forefront.
This book places the perspectives, experiences and career trajectories of women of colour in British academia at the centre of analysis, positioning academia as a space dominated by whiteness and patriarchy where women of colour must develop strategies for survival and success. It explores how the experiences of the contributors are shaped by race and gender and how racism manifests in day to day experiences in the academe, from subtle micro-agressions to overt racialised and gendered abuse. Presented as a selection of auto-ethnographies, each chapter touches on common themes such as invisibility, hypervisibility, exclusion and belonging, highlighting intersectional experiences. It is a must-read for anyone interested in equality within and beyond academia.
You can find out more information about the authors here:
This event is a chance to meet 9 of the academics involved (listed below). It will be a celebration of the book and the authors, with refreshments, a panel discussion, performances and an opportunity to buy a signed copy of the book.*
Welcome from Professor Nora Colton, Acting Vice Chancellor, UEL
Keynote – Dr Deborah Gabriel, co-editor of ‘Inside the Ivory Tower’
Contributors talk about their chapters
The book can be pre-ordered and please do send in any questions you have for the panel who will do their best to answer them at the event.
Dr Deborah Gabriel – Senior Lecturer in Politics, Media & Communication at Bournemouth University & Founder & Director of Black British Academics
Professor Shirley Anne Tate – Professor of Race and Education in the Carnegie Faculty at Leeds Beckett University
Professor Claudia Bernard – Professor of Social Work & Postgraduate Research, Goldsmiths University
Dr Jenny Douglas – Senior Lecturer In Health Promotion at the The Open University
Dr Ima Jackson – Lecturer in the School of Health & Life Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University
Dr Josephine Kwhali – Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Coventry UniversityProfessor Heidi Safia Mirza – Professor of Race, Faith & Culture at Goldsmith College, University of London. (unable to attend)
Dr Elizabeth Opara – Head of the Department of Applied & Human Sciences at Kingston University
Aisha Richards – Associate Lecturer in Art & Design at UAL; Founder & Director of Shades of Noir
Dr Marcia Wilson – Head of the School of Health, Sport & Bioscience, University of East London
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