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.


Who gets to be British? Gender and race at the borders of citizenship

Dr. Bridget Byrne

This paper will critically engage with the concepts of intersectionality and multiple identities. It will ask what are the gains and potential pitfalls in a language of intersectionality and multiple identities. Considering the production of whiteness, of citizens and non-citizens in Britain, the paper will explore how we can track the play of gender, race and class in relations of power around questions of citizenship. How can we trouble citizenship through an exploration of gendered and racialised exclusions?


Multiple Axis of Power: articulations of diaspora and intersectionality

Professor Avtar Brah

Theories and politics of Diaspora and Intersectionality have a great deal in common, but scholars working in these fields rarely bring them together. This presentation will be an attempt to think the two in and through each other. It provides an overview of the key issues and debates in the field. There will be a discussion of how difference is to be theorised so that diasporicity and intersectionality can be understood as an articulated field. Together, the articulations signal the production of new discourses and politics.