CERES Conference 2013 – Challenging Times
Mandy Roberts, Project Officer for Schools Stand Up 2 Racism, attended this year’s Centre for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES) Conference on 26th and 27th June and learnt that whilst there is a lot of good anti-racist work going on in education, it remains an area in which a lot of work still needs to be done.
The conference was entitled Racism and Anti-Racism through Education and Community Practice and saw some of the world’s foremost thinkers, activists and educators come together to discuss where we are with anti-racist education and community activism and how best to move forward.
Gary Younge of the Guardian gave an excellent opening address about race, nation and culture in a globalised world, which delegates were lucky enough to hear in the wonderful surroundings of the Scottish Parliament. The following morning David Gillborn spoke about whiteness and the ‘war’ against black children that he sees being waged by education policy. There were also many interesting and thought provoking seminars during the day on teacher education, community activism, everyday racism and current race theory development.
Mandy left the conference with a renewed vigour for the work that Schools Stand Up 2 Racism has yet to do, but also with an increased awareness of the challenges that face anti-racism in the current climate, in which mainstream culture pushes the idea that multiculturalism has failed and those that are most discriminated against are the white working class. Despite this, she was pleased to have met so many others who are also facing and battling against the same challenges and to have spread the word a little further about the Schools Stand Up 2 Racism project.
More information about the conference can be found at http://www.ceres.education.ed.ac.uk/conference/ where videos of some of the sessions will be added soon.