Public Lectures and Seminars

Gypsies, Travellers, white racism and white privilege in school - Kalwant Bhopal

This paper will examine the concept of ‘White racism’ in relation to the experiences of Gypsy and Traveller groups in England.

It is based on ethnographic research conducted in two secondary schools. Interviews were carried out with pupils attending the secondary schools, their mothers and members of the Traveller Education Service. The research reveals that racism experienced by White Gypsy and Traveller groups is understood differently to that experienced by non-White minority ethnic groups. This is further related to how Gypsy and Traveller groups are perceived inside and outside schools, as ‘others’ and ‘outsiders’, and considers discourses around racism and discrimination and how they might work to disadvantage Gypsy and Traveller groups in schools. Kalwant Bhopal is Professor of Education and Social Justice and Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Race and Education in the School of Education. Kalwant’s research focuses on the achievements and experiences of minority ethnic groups in education. She has conducted research on exploring discourses of identity and intersectionality examining the lives of Black minority ethnic groups as well as examining the marginal position of Gypsies and Travellers. Her research specifically explores how processes of racism, exclusion and marginalisation operate in predominantly White spaces with a focus on social justice and inclusion. She is Visiting Professor at Harvard University in the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Visiting Professor at Kings College London (Department of Education and Professional Studies). This second talk by Professor Bhopal hosted by the School of Applied Social Studies, School of Education and ISS21

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars:
Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Room G18, Western Gateway Building, Western Road
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Anne-Marie Curtin

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