This one-day conference of talks and workshops will be centred on discussions of anti-racist action that has taken and is taking place in the UK, as well as ideas for what we can all do to challenge the structures that reinforce the domination of whiteness.
Audience members will be joined by a mix of activists, academics, writers and artists (many of whom cross all those boundaries), including Sociology Professor 𝐃𝐫 𝐀𝐤𝐰𝐮𝐠𝐨 𝐄𝐦𝐞𝐣𝐮𝐥𝐮 from the University of Warwick, co-founder and executive director of UK Black Pride 𝐏𝐡𝐲𝐥𝐥 𝐎𝐩𝐨𝐤𝐮-𝐆𝐲𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐡, founding member of RISE: Scotland's Left Alliance 𝐒𝐮𝐤𝐢 𝐒𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐡𝐚, Director and Principal Chartered Clinical Psychologist with Nubia Wellness and Healing 𝐃𝐫 𝐄𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚 𝐌𝐜𝐈𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐬, therapist, radical psychologist and writer 𝐆𝐮𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐊𝐢𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐚𝐧𝐢, Scots Makar 𝐉𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐢𝐞 𝐊𝐚𝐲, 𝐋𝐚𝐲𝐥𝐚-𝐑𝐨𝐱𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐞 𝐇𝐢𝐥𝐥 (writer, curator and researcher, and member of the Scottish Trade Union Congress Black Workers’ Committee), 𝐉𝐚𝐜𝐨𝐛 𝐕 𝐉𝐨𝐲𝐜𝐞 (artist, activist and member of the sorryyoufeeluncomfortable collective), 𝐑𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐚 𝐋𝐨𝐢 (founder of Gaysians.org
, and member of Burnt Roti and the UK Black Pride team), and human rights campaigner 𝐀𝐦𝐚𝐥 𝐀𝐳𝐳𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐧.
A full programme of events will be announced closer to the day.
When the exploitation of your ancestors is indivisible from the wealth of Britain, is there room for nationalism in the identities of British people of colour? What is being done to help unpick the effects of whiteness on the mental health of those who experience it? How do you not only survive, but thrive in a society in which racism is cemented into the very structures that maintain it? What would the UK look like, having undergone radical anti-racist change?
Join us as we explore these questions and more during ‘Resisting Whiteness: Anti-racist Action in the UK’, in Edinburgh at the Pleasance Theatre on Saturday 22nd September.
Tickets to the conference will be free! We will announce when they are about to be released, so keep an eye out for updates. There will also be the opportunity to donate money to help with the running of the event. Those able and willing to purchase a ticket will receive a book voucher equalling the cost of the ticket, redeemable from Lighthouse – Edinburgh’s Radical Bookshop, who will be present on the day with a stall and whose shop is a five-minute walk from the venue.
The Pleasance Theatre is wheelchair accessible, as are the workshop rooms we will be using.
Based in Edinburgh, 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐖𝐡𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 is a not-for-profit organisation of QTPOC activists with the common goal of discussing and facilitating anti-racist action.