UCL Institute of the Americas


'Stop Asking the Women to Workshop You': Cultures of Inequality in Higher Education

12 May 2016, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm

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UCL Institute of the Americas


UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN

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Say Burgin and Kate Dossett from the University of Leeds will discuss the framing of equality and diversity issues in British Higher Education around questions of race and gender exclusion. Drawing on both national conversations around gender inequalities in the wake of reports on inequalities by the Royal Historical Society and the Runnymede Trust and our local work on inequalities in higher education we will focus on three particular problems: narratives of progress; the need to collect ever  more 'proof' that inequalities exist; and the framing of inequalities around individual behaviours. Analysing these narratives and the academy's investment in them opens up space to discuss who does the work of addressing inequalities and where.

Dr Say Burgin is Lecturer in American History and Director of the MA Race & Resistance programme at the Univeristy of Leeds.

Dr Kate Dossett is a Senior Lecturer in American History and Director of Postgraduate Research at the University of Leeds.

The video-clip referred to and screened from ca. minute 42 onwards during this session is titled 'Through the Glass Ceiling', a 1994 production by Leeds Animation Workshop (LAW).