E024 F*** the system: BME, white genocide and austerity

What’s with all these BME/BAME acronyms, and are they actually useful? Is white genocide a thing? And how can the government claim austerity is over if they aren’t increasing public spending? In this episode we grapple with how to talk about people who are racialised, far-right ideals of racial purity, and the deceptions of our government, with a little help from our friends (we wish) Avtar Brah and Kalwant Bhopal. We get ranty, we get sweary, and we have a wry chuckle about all the nonsense that the world throws at us as we attempt to survive society.

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E022 Why is my research group so white? Racisms in higher education

When Saskia started her PhD in the Geography Department at Royal Holloway, one of the first things she noticed was the absence of people of colour in her research group. Given the numbers of students of colour at undergraduate level in the UK, why are the academic staff and PhD students she works with almost all white? Along with special guest Dom Jackson-Cole from the University of East London, Chantelle and Tissot visited Saskia’s research group to talk about the ways in which universities exclude and profit from postgraduate students of colour, how it feels to be a racialised outsider in higher education, and why histories and realities of racism are relevant to everyone, not just students of colour.

Many thanks to Sasha Engleman and Landscape Surgery for inviting us along.

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E011 Black essentialism and being a digital citizen

This week Chantelle is pissed off with the homogenisation of black people and people of colour in Britain. Drawing on the media depictions of knife crime in London and how different ‘communities’ ‘need’ to respond, Chantelle is urging for Sociology to dispel myths and to look more critically at the role of racism and whiteness. Tissot talks us through his developing PhD, focusing on the role of tech giants, the internet as a social space and the need for us to behave like digital citizens online. Expect the usual ranting, laughter and strong language.

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