What Should White Culture Do?

Art, Politics, Race
11 November 2017
11:00 - 19:30
£5/£4 Concessions

Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Royal College of Art, Battersea SW11 4AN
11:00 – 19:30 | £5/ £4 concessions
Please note: you are welcome to attend part or all of the talks throughout the day.

Tickets available here.

Organised by Daniel C. Blight, with support from Art on the Underground and the Royal College of Art, What Should White Culture Do? brings together a number of artists, writers and scholars to discuss the workings of race and white privilege. This day long symposium will explore its theme in relation to a variety of subject areas, including contemporary art, politics, sociology and philosophy, and takes its title from the 1998 essay by Linda Martín Alcoff, What Should White People Do?


Kiera Blakey, Curator, Art on the Underground

Daniel C. Blight, Visiting Tutor, Critical & Historical Studies, Royal College of Art; Lecturer in Photography, University of Brighton; Co-editor, Loose Associations, The Photographers’ Gallery

Panel 1: Contemporary Art, Popular Culture, Race

Sutapa Biswas, artist and Reader, School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Dr Anthony Faramelli, mental health recovery worker, Single Homeless Project, London; visiting lecturer in Philosophy and Aesthetics, Birmingham City University.

Jade Montserrat, artist

Panel Discussion


Panel 2: Cultures of Neoliberalism and the Ethics of Migration

Nando Sigona, Senior Birmingham Fellow, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of IRiS, Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Artists and Professors of Photography, Hochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK), Hamburg, Germany

Yasmin Gunaratnam, Reader in Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London

Panel Discussion


Panel 3: Critical Whiteness Studies and White Subject Formation

Richard Seymour, writer and broadcaster

Shirley Anne Tate, Professor of Race and Education, Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University

Keynote Lecture

George Yancy, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Emory University

Panel Discussion


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