Northern Notes

This is the final post in a three-part series reflecting on questions of racism, violence and identity politics during lockdown. In this post, Dr. Sarah Marusek revisits a popular American television series to decode meanings in the contexts of ethno-racial conflict. Identity politics has become a contentious topic in recent...

In this post, Barnor Hesse and S. Sayyid argue that the latest protests in support of Black Lives Matter illustrate how the racially unfamiliar has recast the racially familiar, creating spaces for an enduring politics of Blackness that expands the decolonial horizon. We have been here before: another killing of...

This is the second post in a three-part series reflecting on questions of racism, violence and identity politics during lockdown. In this post, Dr. Sarah Marusek explores how terrorism discourses and charges of Antisemitism are being used to silence political dissent in face of state sanctioned violence. The recent footage...

In the poem Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli places her critical lens on a local instance of human suffering to reflect on the global refugee crisis. Hostipitality[1] Hostility and hospitality make the best friends in the margins of Europe. We learn on the evening news: the spectacle of tragedy too grand to...

In this post, Leed’s Sociology and Social Policy PhD student Karen Tatham suggests that the inequalities in the PhD process will be further entrenched by Covid 19. PhD students are at risk of falling through the cracks in the Covid 19 pandemic; they are facing a range of issues from...

This is the first post in a three-part series reflecting on questions of racism, violence and identity politics during lockdown. In this post, Dr. Sarah Marusek questions whether or not empathy is enough to guide us out of the latest racial crisis. Despite the ubiquitous lockdown advertisements calmly telling us...

Izram Chaudry, who is studying a PhD at the School of Sociology & Social Policy with Professor Nick Emmel and Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli has published an article on Educational Philosophy and Theory. His article, “I felt like I was being watched”: The hypervisibility of Muslim students in higher education“, focuses on...

Dr Sarah Marusek questions the universal norms on which ‘evidence-based science’ rests in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.  As the COVID-19 crisis further colonises our socio-political landscapes, I keep hearing public voices call upon politicians to better craft policy according to evidence-based science. It seems that we not only...

In this post Dr Abel Ugba analyses the responses of religious groups to COVID-19 restrictions. He concludes that religion remains connected to various aspects of our postmodern society and it is still a potent force for rallying social solidarity and instigating conflicts and conformity.  Religion, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic,...