Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


POSTPONED: Book launch: Temporalities of Mixedness and Blackness in Britain: ‘Making Mixed Race'

07 December 2021, 6:30 pm–8:15 pm

Making Mixed Race

* THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED * Temporalities of Mixedness and Blackness in Britain: ‘Making Mixed Race’, a book launch event with Karis Campion and Chantelle Lewis

This event is free.

Event Information

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Sarah Parker Remond Centre


IAS Common Ground
Ground Floor, South Wing
UCL, Gower Street
United Kingdom

* Please note, this event has been postponed *

This event will take place in-person. Due to Covid restrictions there will be a limit of 35 people for this event. Face coverings are mandatory for all staff, students and visitors while you are indoors on campus, unless you are exempt.

This event is organised by UCL's Sarah Parker Remond Centre and DMU's Stephen Lawrence Research Centre.

Making Mixed Race
By examining Black mixed-race identities in the city through a series of historical vantage points, Making Mixed Race provides in-depth insights into the geographical and historical contexts that shape the possibilities and constraints for identifications.

The book centres around the life histories of 37 people of Mixed White and Black Caribbean heritage born between 1959 and 1994, in Britain’s second-largest city, Birmingham. The intimate life portraits of mixed identity reveal how colourism, family, school, gender, whiteness, racism, and resistance, have been experienced against the backdrop of post-war immigration, Thatcherism, the ascendency of Black diasporic youth cultures, and contemporary post-race discourses.

Join us in conversation with the book’s author, Karis Campion (Stephen Lawrence Research Centre) and Chantelle Lewis (University of Oxford), to discuss the contemporary dynamics and histories of mixedness and Blackness in Britain.

It will be of interest to researchers, postgraduate and undergraduate students who work on (mixed) race and ethnicity studies in academic areas including geographies of race, youth identities/cultures, gender, colonial legacies, intersectionality, racism, and colourism. The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

Making Mixed Race: A Study of Time, Place and Identity (Routledge, 2021)
To preview this title for free visit: www.routledge.com/9780367462918
You can also receive a 20% discount using the code FLR40

About the speakers:

Dr Karis Campion is a Legacy in Action Research Fellow at the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre. Her current research focuses on barbershops and examines their function as counter-hegemonic spaces and key social institutions for Black communities in Britain. Prior to this role she was a Research Associate at the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) at the University of Manchester and held a lectureship at City, University of London (2018).

Her research interests span areas of (mixed) race/ethnic identity, geographies of race in urban space, intersectional inequalities, Black feminism, youth identities, anti-racism and institutional racism in education.

She sits on the editorial board of The Sociological Review, the UKCGE Working Group on BME Participation in Postgraduate Research and is an affiliate member of CoDE. Outside of academia she is a school governor and serves on the voluntary management committee of an adventure playground in Brixton, London.

Chantelle Lewis is a public sociologist, broadcaster and event director. Her research is situated at the intersections of socio-historical analysis; politics, Black feminism, family studies and racism studies. She is co-host and co-founder of the Surviving Society podcast and the Deputy Director of Leading Routes. Her postdoctoral research - Black in the suburbs: beyond the hegemonic whiteness of English suburban imaginings - builds on her PhD research which used the concepts of hegemonic whiteness and cultures of racism to show how Black mixed-race families in semi-rural/suburban places become susceptible to both negotiating and reproducing the unspoken power dynamics of dominating cultures.