We are very pleased to announce that our keynote speakers will be Dr. Bridget Byrne (University of Manchester) and Professor Avtar Brah (Birkbeck, University of London).
Bridget Byrne is known for her work on the politics and culture of social class, ‘racial’ and gendered identities. In 2006, Byrne authored ‘White lives: the interplay of ‘race’, class and gender in everyday life’ which was based on her earlier research into the construction of white identity in Britain.
Avtar Brah is the author of the influential ‘Cartographies of Diaspora: Contesting Identities’ which offered a new approach to the study of ‘difference’ and ‘commonality’ within the context of feminism and anti-racism. More recently, Brah co-wrote the article, ‘Ain’t I A Woman? Revisiting Intersectionality’ with Professor Ann Phoenix, which explored the intersections of gender, ‘race’ and sexuality with social class and argued that studying these intersections allows a more complex and dynamic understanding than a focus on social class alone.
We look forward to welcoming them both to Sheffield!