Law and race panel led by Michelle Kelly (Faculty of English) and with Asha Rogers (Faculty of English). An opportunity to discuss the implications of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill which came into law on 12 February 2015, and which places legal obligations on universities to monitor activities with a view to ‘Preventing People Being Drawn Into Terrorism’. In an essay on the Bill in the London Review of Books, Conor Gearty (LSE) writes ‘We don’t hurl racist abuse anymore, not in public. We say “extremist”’. Will the implementation of the Bill amount to a form of institutional racism? If you would like to read further, see the links below.
Conor Gearty (LSE) writing in the London Review of Books: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n04/conor-gearty/beware-the-extremists
Ken Macdonald QC (Warden of Wadham College): http://www.wadham.ox.ac.uk/docs/Universitiesshouldn_1422346634.pdf
Text of the Bill (see pp17-22 for clauses relating to universities): http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/lbill/2014-2015/0093/15093.pdf
Amendments to the Bill regarding freedom of expression in universities(see pp 6-8): http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/2014-2015/0171/15171.pdf
Prevent guidance (see pp9-10 and pp17-21 for sections relating to universities):
The interdisciplinary research group ‘Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century’ brings together researchers in the history, literature and culture of anti-racist movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.
Lunch will be provided.