Conférence organisée par l’équipe Individu et Nation Centre Interlangues – Texte, Image, Langage (TIL EA 4182)
En collaboration avec le FORTHEM Lab Diversité et migration
Université de Bourgogne, Dijon Jeudi 25 janvier à 10h (AMPHI DU PEG)
The reproduction and legitimisation of racism in elite universities
This lecture reports findings from research exploring the experiences of 49 graduate students studying at four elite universities in the US and UK. The overarching aim of the research was to identify and evidence how inequalities associated with class and race/racism were reproduced by elite universities. In addition to Bourdieu’s work the research draws upon theoretical tools from Critical Race Theory including interest convergence, intersectionality and whiteness as property (Bell 1980, 1991; Crenshaw 1991; Leonardo 2009). This paper focuses on the experiences of students of colour and argues that elite universities are sites in which the most dominant social actors are able to exert their influence so that the interests of white groups are privileged above the interests of students of colour. In this process, elite universities work to deliberately perpetuate whiteness and white privilege.
Kalwant Bhopal, University of Birmingham K.Bhopal@bham.ac.uk; @KalwantBhopal https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/education/bhopal-kalwant.aspx
Martin Myers, University of Nottingham M.Myers@Nottingham.ac.uk; @DrMartinMyers https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/education/people/m.myers
Kalwant Bhopal is Professor of Education and Social Justice and Director of the Centre on Race and Education at the University of Birmingham. Her research explores how processes of racism, exclusion and marginalisation operate in predominantly White spaces with a focus on social justice and inclusion, focussing on policy making and the position of minority ethnic academics in higher education. Her book, White Privilege: the myth of a post-racial society was published by Policy/University of Bristol press in 2018.
Martin Myers is a sociologist interested in the lives and identities of marginalised communities. His research explores the impact of race/racism and social class in different educational contexts including Higher Education (HE) and homeschooling. His research also focusses on Traveller, Gypsy and Roma families, in particular their experiences of education and schooling, relations with non-Gypsy neighbours and understandings of mobility.
References BHOPAL, K. and MYERS, M., 2023. Elite Universities and the Making of Privilege: Exploring Race and Class in Global Educational Economies Routledge. MYERS, M. and BHOPAL, K., 2021. Cosmopolitan Brands: graduate students navigating the social space of elite global universities British Journal of Sociology of Education.