Thursday 21 October 2021
5pm - 6:30pm
Sumeet Valrani Theatre in the Centre Building
What will the future of an anti-racist University look like? What can we do to get there as soon as possible?
LSESU in collaboration with EmbRace present a discussion with Melz Owusu, Dr Akile Ahmet, and Dr Robtel Neajai Pailey, exploring the intersections of race, identity, and academia.
Melz Owusu is the Founder of the Free Black University (@freeblackuni) and a PhD researcher at the University of Cambridge. They have organised in a number of spaces such as Black Lives Matter UK, decolonising education and trans visibility. Their work explores decolonisation, the radical Black imagination and building transformative worlds.
Dr Akile Ahmet is the Head of Inclusive Education at the Eden Centre, LSE's centre for education enhancement. Akile was previously a Senior Lecturer in the sociology of race and racism at Middlesex University, and led on the LSE project, ‘Race in the Academy’, which explored the experiences of race and racism of both postgraduate students and staff of colour studying at Russell group institutions.
Dr Robtel Neajai Pailey is an Assistant Professor at the LSE in International Social and Public Policy, and a Liberian scholar-activist working at the intersection of Critical Development Studies, Critical African Studies and Critical Race Studies. Robtel centres her research on how structural transformation is conceived and contested by local, national and transnational actors from ‘crisis’-affected regions of the so-called Global South.
Please register for a free ticket to ensure entry.