Keynote and plenary speakers

About the keynote speakers

Paul Gilroy is Professor of American and English Literature at Kings College, London. Previously he has been Giddens Professor of Social Photo on 04-05-2016 at 16.38Theory at the London School of Economics (2005-2012), Charlotte Marian Saden Professor of African American Studies and Sociology at Yale (1999-2005) and Professor of Cultural Studies and Sociology at Goldsmiths College (1995-1999). He is the author of several books including  There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack: The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation (London: Hutchinson, 1987), The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (London: Verso, 1993), Between Camps: Nations, Culture and the Allure of Race (London: Allen Lane, 2000), After Empire: Multiculture or Postcolonial Melancholia (London: Rutledge, 2004), and Darker Than Blue: On The Moral Economies of Black Atlantic Culture (Harvard, 2010).

Les Back is a Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. New Ethnicities Lesback2015and Urban Culture: Racisms and Multiculture in Young Lives (University College Press, 1996) was his first piece of research conducted for his PhD. South London, where the book is set, continues to provide a key sociological touch stone for much of his thinking and writing on topics as diverse as racism and multiculture to tattooing culture and football. His books include: Live Methods with Nirmal Puwar (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), Cultural Sociology: An Introduction with Andy Bennett, Lauar Desfor Edles, Margaret Gibson, David Inglis, Ronalds Jacobs and Ian Woodward (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012); The Art of Listening (Berg 2007), Auditory Cultures Reader with Michael Bull Berg (2003), Out of Witnesses with Vron Ware (University of Chicago, 2002); The Changing Face of Football: Racism and Multiculture in the English Soccer, with Tim Crabbe and John Solomos (Berg 2001). In 2011 he published a free on-line book called Academic Diary ( that argues for the values of scholarship and teaching. In April 2016 a book version of the blog was published including lots of new writing by The Goldsmiths Press entitled Academic Diary: Or Why Higher Education Still Matters. He also writes journalism and has made documentary films.


About the plenary speakers

IMG_0001Gargi Bhattacharyya is Professor of Sociology at University of East London. Her books include: Dangerous Brown Men (Zed, 2008) and Crisis, Austerity and Everyday Life (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). She had the pleasure of working with Les Back in 1993 at the University of Birmingham.


Yasmin Gunaratnam is a Reader in Sociology at Goldsmiths, gunaratnam-yUniversity of London. Before Goldsmiths Yasmin was involved in research, teaching and training in Higher Education, for local government and in the voluntary sector. She cared for her father during 1985-1992 and this experience stimulated her interest in medical sociology and in matters of embodiment, debility and care. Yasmin’s most recent book Death and the Migrant: Bodies, borders, care (London: Bloomsbury) was published in 2013.


William ‘Lez’ Henry currently lectures in Criminology in the Ealing Law School, University of West London and is the reggae performer Lezlee Lyrix.  He has featured in documentaries, TV and radio programmes and has lectured and performed, nationally and internationally on the counter-cultures of the African Diaspora and whiteness studies. He is currently researching alternative sites of learning, in which many young people succumb to the allure of gang culture and its associated forms of violence. – – @DrLezHenry on Twitter

Malcolm James is a Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at MJ B&WUniversity of Sussex, UK. His research interests are in post-colonial and race critical approaches to youth, urban culture, migration, media, anti-Muslim racism, music and sound. His teaching engagements inside and outside the academy include post-colonial and performative approaches to urban culture; postcolonial pedagogy and methodologies; racism, culture and the media; youth politics and musical expression; and immigration and xeno-racism. Among other things, he is author of Urban Multiculture: Youth, Politics and Cultural Transformation published by Palgrave. He can be followed on twitter @mookron

s200_helen-kimHelen Kim is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at UEL. Before UEL, Helen was a Fellow in Sociology at the LSE from 2012-2014. She was awarded the Ph.D. in Sociology from the LSE in 2011. Helen’s research and teaching interests include the areas of race and racialization, diaspora, queer cultures and the urban. She is also interested in ethnography and in developing visual research methods. Her book Making Diaspora in a Global City: South Asian Youth Cultures in London ( Routledge Research in Race and Ethnicity) was published in 2014.

Christy Kulz is a Leverhulme Early Career Christy%20Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education. Her research explores the reformulation of raced, classed and gendered hierarchies within education and the affective dimensions of neoliberal governance using ethnographic methods. Her doctoral work within Goldsmiths’ Department of Sociology won the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Doctoral Dissertation Award in 2014. Factories for Learning, a monograph based on the research, will be published by Manchester University Press early next year.

anoopAnoop Nayak is Chair in Social and Cultural Geography at Newcastle University, UK. Anoop has published widely in these areas and is author of Race, Place and Globalization:  Youth Cultures in a Changing World (2003 Oxford: Berg), exploring the interplay of whiteness, race and class in post-industrial regions.  He is co-author with Mary Jane Kehily of the monograph Gender, Youth and Culture:  Global Masculinities and Femininities (2013 2nd Ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan), and has published a social theory book on spatial relations of power with Alex Jeffrey entitled Geographical Thought (Pearson, 2011).  Anoop’s current work explores race in coastal areas and the lives of Bangladeshi youth focusing upon multicultural encounters, emotions and embodiment.

Ann Phoenix is Professor of Education at the Institute of ann-phoenix2Education, University of London. She is ESRC Professorial Fellow for the Transforming Experiences research programme.Her research focuses on psychosocial issues related to identity. She is Co-Director of the Thomas Coram Research Unit, and Reader in Psychology for the Open University. In 2014 Phoenix was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.