IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


VIRTUAL EVENT: Leadership and identity

24 February 2021, 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

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This webinar will explore a research study focused on leadership and identity among Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women, with a particular emphasis on Bangladeshi and Pakistani women living and working in the UK.

This event is free.

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Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES)

Victoria Showunmi will discuss the research project on leadership and identity.

To make some sense of the notion and concept of race, she suggests perhaps making use of Omi and Winant's (1994) definition of 'race as a concept which signifies and symbolizes social conflicts and interests by referring to different types of human bodies'.

As part of the research project, a group of White women leaders were interviewed to include their views to find out and better understand whether the construction of race has an impact on one’s individual leadership style.  

Exploring race in the context of this study could suggest it is simultaneously an interpretation, representation, and/or an explanation of racial dynamics. This adds to the challenge in the reorganising of one’s thinking along particular racial lines. 

In this talk, Victoria will discuss how the research presents race as a particular discursive practice, where social structures and everyday experiences are racially organised based on their meaning.


CHES research events

CHES research events provide a forum for academic debate, policy analysis and practice insight in higher education, supporting the exchange of theories, methods and data across social sciences.


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