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Decolonising Identity podcast – new episode on masking authentic identity

23 Mar 2021 | Advance HE Second episode in a new series of podcasts exploring identity, ‘race’ and higher education is available to download.

Decolonising Identity is a new podcast series from Advance HE as part of our focus on tackling structural race inequality in higher education. The series examines how the environment can affect how a person of colour identifies.

Episode 2 ‘Today world I will play the part of…’  explores how people of colour navigate spaces both personally and professionally, when self-identity comes up against assumed identity. In conversation with Advance HE’s Sukhi Kainth, are guests Dr Jason Arday (Associate Professor in Sociology at Durham University) and Gary Loke (Director of Knowledge, Innovation and Delivery at Advance HE) who explore how to be authentic in different spaces and the tensions that can arise. 

Download Episode 2 ‘Today world I will play the part of…’

Dr Jason Arday
Gary Loke

Catch up with Episode 1 ‘What’s in a name’? exploring how people of colour are categorised in the UK, its history and implications. With reflections on the limitations and challenges of categorising certain identities and backgrounds, it explores how identity has been racialised through the lens of intersectionality. In conversation with Sukhi Kainth are:

  • Khadija Mohammed (Advance HE Senior Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and Social Science at the University of West Scotland),
  • Professor Binna Kandola OBE, (Business Psychologist, Senior Partner and co-founder Pearn Kandola) and
  • Mia Liyanage (decolonisation advocate and scholar of queer history).

Find out more about our tackling structural race inequality in higher education initiative

Leading Race Equality in HE workshops Explore the history, context and current race equality challenges that universities need to address, as well as approaches that have been employed to tackle racial inequalities in HE on one of our Leading Race Equality in HE workshops.


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