E028 Resistance, Resilience and Ranting

Welcome to Season 3 of Surviving Society! This week we talk about what we’ve been reading, how our sociological imagination has changed since beginning the podcast, and how we are individually coming to terms/coping with the current political mess. Expect the usual laughter, ranting and swearing throughout!

The books we talk about are Michelle Obama’s autobiography, Becoming, a racist book on populism, and Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Worker’s Rights by Molly Smith and Juno Mac.

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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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