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We are an interdisciplinary centre for theoretically-informed and policy-relevant research on racism, ethnicity and migration.

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We host a range of events including interactive workshops, film screenings, seminars and lectures.

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The Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies (CERS) at the University of Leeds is happy to announce our Black History Month (BHM) event and speaker details. Speaker: Dr Kennetta Hammond Perry Title: ‘Black Futures Not Yet Lost: Black Abolitionism and the Politics of History’ Date: Thursday, 27 October 2022 Time: 5-6.15pm (UK time) Place: Zoom Register in advance for this meeting: After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing info about joining the meeting.
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To mark the fifth anniversary of the journal ReOrient, the Centre for Ethnic and Racism Studies (CERS) at the University of Leeds will be hosting the first international conference 23-25 September 2022. Please submit your abstracts (no more than 300 words) together with a brief bio (100 words) for each participant indicating presenter or speakers name, institutional official affiliation and full contact information no later than 15th June 2022 to the ReOrient Conference Team at reorient@leeds.ac.uk
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Workshop 'Migrant workers in agriculture, sustainability and justice in Europe and UK'. This international workshop is co-organised by Dr Johanna Schenner (Cornell University) and Dr Roxana Barbulescu (CERS, University of Leeds). Date: 15th of March 2022, Time: 11.00-16.00 GMT, 6.00-10.00 EST. For more info and to register for this online workshop:
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SPECIAL EVENT: Thursday 17 March 2022, 3-4.30pm UK time, organised by CERS and the Bauman Institute. Authors Gurminder Bhambra and John Holmwood will present their recent book 'Colonialism and Modern Social Theory'. Respondents: Manual Boatcă, S.Sayyid, and Adrian Favell. Pls register on zoom if you would like to attend.
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The Centre for Ethnicity & Racism Studies (CERS), University of Leeds is holding an event to mark Islamophobia Awareness Month. ‘How the World Responded? The War On Terror & Islamophobia’ Speakers: Dr Paul Bagguley (CERS, University of Leeds), Claudia Radiven (CERS, University of Leeds), AbdoolKarim Vakil (Kings College London). The event is organised by: Izram Chaudry (CERS, Leeds) and Sheheen Kattiparambil (CERS, Leeds). Date and time: 25th November at 5-6:30 pm. The event will be held on Zoom. Follow the link:
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Welcome: Dr Ipek Demir, Director of CERS Introduction and Chair: Aminah Ahmed, Managing Editor of LHRJ Speakers: Jonathan Kennedy, Phoebe Eleanor Sheppard and Farida Augustine This online event will be hosted via Zoom on Friday 22 October 2021, 5-6.15pm (UK time) Please register for the event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lhrj-x-cers-the-importance-of-black-history-in-education-tickets-186246477227 If you have any questions for the event, please contact: hrj@leeds.ac.uk
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We, at the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies (CERS), invite you to a seminar talk on Covid-19 and race. Speaker: Professor Matiangai Sirleaf, University of Maryland (USA) Title: 'COVID-19 & the Racial Valuation of Diseases' Date: 21 October 2021, 3-4.15pm (UK time) In order to register for the event:
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Date and Time: Wednesday 13th October, 16:00 – 17:15 on Zoom. To coincide with the Diamond Jubilee celebrations for the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, this event - supported by the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies - will provide an opportunity to reflect on the rich heritage of critical social policy developed within the School. Emeritus Professor Fiona Williams OBE has been central to the development of critical approaches within social policy and her new book takes stock of the (partial) progress made so far and what needs to happen next. Panel Discussants will be Dr Daniel Edmiston and Dr Roxana Barbulescu To join us please use the zoom links below: https://universityofleeds.zoom.us/j/84497814971?pwd=L3pLdWJOYVBzUEpJZ1V4QjBPSXg2Zz09 Meeting ID: 844 9781 4971 Passcode: mp!b6V
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The deadline for applying to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) passed at the end of June 2021. At this webinar, we will discuss the likely future challenges for migrant Roma in the UK in relation to the scheme. We present evidence that Roma communities would benefit from support in accessing the EUSS in the next years in order to retain their full rights to live and work in the UK. We welcome you to the Policy Briefing which will be launched on Tuesday 13th July, 12:00 – 13:30 Organisers: Dr Markéta Doležalová (CERS, University of Leeds), Dr Roxana Barbulescu (CERS, University of Leeds), Dr Noreen Mirza (University of Manchester), Mr Nicu Ion (Councillor in Elswick, Newcastle) In order to register for the event:
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The Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (CIGS) and the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism (CERS) at Leeds invite you to a ‘Symposium on Femonationalism’. The seminar will be delivered by Sara R. Farris with responses from Adrian Favell and Ipek Demir “Symposium on Femonationalism” Sara R. Farris (Goldsmiths) Followed by responses from Adrian Favell (Leeds) and Ipek Demir (Leeds) Chair: Karen Throsby (Leeds) 12.00 – 1.30pm Wednesday 26 May 2021
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"Feeding the Nation: seasonal migrant workers and food security during the COVID-19 pandemic" is a research project examining the recruitment and experiences of seasonal agricultural migrant workers. Launched in October 2020, the project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of the UK Research and Innovation’s rapid response to COVID-19.
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"Northern Exposure: Race, Nation and Disaffection in 'Ordinary' Towns and Cities after Brexit" is a major social science project, funded by the ESRC, which will examine the implications of Brexit on race relations, new migrations and Northerners’ sense of place and belonging.
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"Faith and Secularism in a Close Encounter: The Contextualisation of Divine Healing by Pentecostal Africans in Germany" is a new research project led by Dr Abel Ugba. The steady increase in the number of African immigrants in Germany since the 1980s has translated into more African Pentecostals in the country. Taking divine healing as a key component of the religiously-constituted moral and sociocultural universe of Germany’s African Pentecostals, this project aims to critically analyse the complexities and challenges of adopting and adapting this practice in the secular and regulated environment in Germany.
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CERS members S. Sayyid, Ipek Demir and Walaa al Husban spoke as part of the panel at this event co-organised by CERS and Leeds Human Rights Journal.
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This two year project was funded by the European Commission – Directorate of Justice, and brought together experts from across Europe. A Counter-Islamophobia Toolkit, authored by CERS members Prof. Ian Law, Dr Amina Easat-Daas and Prof. S. Sayyid, was published in September 2018 and is available to read on the website (link below).
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This August 2019 policy briefing by the Runnymede Trust and The Commission on Diversity in the North (hosted by CERS) highlights the growing racial and ethnic diversity in towns and cities in the north of England, and calls for racial inequalities to be tackled as part of any inclusive economic growth agendas for the North.
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