22nd November 2018 (All Day)
Diversity in the spotlight: Where are diversity and inequalities in voluntary sector debates and research?
First seminar: “Highlighting perspectives on race, culture and migrants in research and community settings”
Bookings now open
This is the first of what we hope will be a series of seminars aiming to address the continuing marginalisation or absence of diverse groups from voluntary sector research and debates.
This seminar will focus on race, culture and migrants both in research and community settings. It is being organised in conjunction with members of community groups and held in Birmingham city centre. Key speakers will be announced nearer the date.
In 2013, Birmingham’s Third Sector Research Centre discussed the absence of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) voices in voluntary sector research and in prominent debates concerning the sector at regional and national levels (Ware, 2013). However, even when such discussions take place, Witter (2017) observes how few individuals from minority ethnic groups have been present to explore issues which are about them. As Etienne’s (2016) research demonstrates, minority ethnic voices are seriously underrepresented among academic researchers and in policy making circles, yet play a hugely significant role among community groups and in activism. Phillimore and McCabe (2015) also note that BAME organisations often exist largely below the radar and the dominant discourse of the UK’s voluntary sector.
As UK society becomes increasingly diverse and more globally connected, this creates new and distinctive challenges in how the voluntary sector – its research, policies and practices – respond to different needs and better represent the wider population. Yet, despite recognition of the lack of research in this field which addresses difference and diversity, there has been little recent challenge to the status quo and a dominant discourse which neglects significant voices. This needs to change.
9.45-10.15 Registration and refreshments
10.15-10.20 Welcome and Introduction
10.20–11.00 Presentation 1
Asif Afridi, Birmingham Race Action Partnership
Race equality and the voluntary sector: learning from the inquiry into the future of civil society
11.00-11.30 Presentation 2
Palmela Witter, independent researcher, London
Black youth and loss of trust: how can black women community activists create a platform for change?
11.30–12.00 Presentation 3
Liz Bailey, TSRC, University of Birmingham
Women doing it for themselves: 1980s community organisation amongst black women’s groups in Bethnal Green
12.00–12.30 Presentation 4
Abi Woodward, CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University
Understanding the power of the ‘informal sector’: Exploring the lived experiences of Pakistani Muslims in Sheffield
12.30-12.40 Information exchange/research sharing
13.40–14.00 VSSN Annual General Meeting
14.00–14.30 Presentation 5
Mike Aiken with colleagues from the Pledge Against Charging campaign, Sussex
Making a pledge: exploring the process of coalition building to defend health care rights in a hostile environment
14.30–15.00 Presentation 6
Lucy Mort, Manchester Metropolitan University
Organisational loss in the age of austerity: voices from the frontline of a migrant organisation
15.15–16.00 Presentation 7
Lucy Mayblin, University of Sheffield
Asylum and Refugee Support in the UK: Civil Society Filling the Gaps?
16.00–16.30 Closing plenary
- Jan Etienne, Honorary Research Fellow, Birkbeck University of London
- Sado Jirde, Director Black South West network
Proposed seminar/discussion series
This is the first of what we hope will be a series of seminars and/or discussions, in which some absences in the debate around issues concerning difference and diversity can be explored with the aim of challenging the current orthodoxy of research in the voluntary sector field.
We welcome proposals to host future seminars or roundtable discussions which will facilitate further debate on different aspects of diversity and inequalities and might focus, for example, on gender, on sexual identities, on disabilities, on emotional labour or other related issues. We recognise the intersectional nature of these debates as well as the diverse aspects.
Working with participants we hope to draw together some of the threads from all the seminars and discussions in a paper or papers following the seminars.
To discuss the possibility of hosting or co-hosting an event in this proposed series, please contact Linda Milbourne email@example.com