International Research

We are eager to collaborate with International partners, as well as PhD students both here and abroad. If you have any interesting research propositions, then please do get in touch with us on our Contact page.

We would love to hear from you!

Civic Engagement and the Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon

Academic Leads: Dr Claudia Sampaio and Dr Ornette D Clennon

Dr Ornette D Clennon (Visiting Professor of the Federal University of the Amazon) and Professor Lawthom (MMU) are currently working with Dr Cláudia Sampaio  (Federal University of the Amazon) on a Federal University of the Amazon funded research project that will examine how participative arts methodologies that use performative social science research and community psychology can facilitate processes of civic engagement for rural communities living in the Amazon area.

For more details, here.

Linked to Research: Project Mali, Manchester

Researching the African Philosophical Approach to Education as central pedagogy for African and Caribbean-led supplementary education

Academic Leads: Amber Abisai and Dr Ornette D Clennon

In partnership with Professor Yusef Waghid of Stellenbosh University, South Africa, we are exploring the application of an African Philosophical Approach to Education in a European context. The research will be led by Making Education a Priority (MEaP) and will involve examining the impact of a social justice-led pedagogy (Ubuntu) on African and Caribbean pupil attainment.

Linked to Research: Making Education a Priority (MEaP)

Comparative study of pedagogy between African and Caribbean teachers working in Namibia and the United Kingdom

Academic Lead: Amber Abisai

In partnership with the University of Namibia, Amber will be conducting research into the pedagogical practices of Namibian teachers and supplementary school teachers in the UK. The research will aim to uncover the similarities and differences between pedagogies in terms of the use culture and heritage as tools of motivational engagement.

Linked to Research: Making Education a Priority (MEaP)

Underneath Blackness

Academic Leads: Dr Deanne Bell,  Dr Christopher Sonn and Dr Ornette D Clennon

Publications and Outputs

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Five black researchers explore what it means to be made black in contemporary Australia, Jamaica, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Together, we are attempting to critically interrogate blackness transnationally, recognizing its relationship to whiteness and the challenges that exist to uncouple one from the other. Through multiple theoretical frameworks that seek to preserve the complexity of blackness, its meanings, effects and implications, this project will examine dimensions of blackness guided by the following questions:

  • How do we understand varied forms of blackness, their distinctions and intersections with other forms of difference within and across global contexts?
  • How is blackness both similar and different across the globe and what are these differences and similarities in relation to forms of classism, nationalism, patriotism, globalization and transnational capitalism?
  • How does the market shape blackness to form the basis of popular culture (specifically music)? What are the effects of this on civic institutions and how are we are constituted, as black, by these structures?
  • How do we understand the multiple ways of being black and experiencing blackness? Given that blackness continues to be primarily associated with inferiority what are the psychosocial and affective implications for this subjectivity? How are affects of blackness racialized and in what ways are these affects more than simply reactive responses to the imposition of whiteness?
  • How do black bodies move in the world as embodied subjects? Do different geographic locations shed light on how location and majority/minority status impact our sense of self? How do collective traumatic experiences of black bodies endure to inform subjectivity?
  • How do black activism and standpoints shape, claim and perform blackness? How do these experiences and ways of knowing, doing and being implicate whiteness, everyday multiculturalism and belonging?
  • In what ways is whiteness shaped by expressions of blackness? What is the dynamic between deconstructing whiteness vs. reconstructing/reclaiming blackness?
  • For people made black, what is the experience of a sense of self outside of a black identity? What are the meanings of our lives that exceed blackness (i.e. are excluded from culture that racializes bodies)? What are the possibilities and impossibilities for thinking about a post-racial society?

By troubling the idea of blackness, by going below its received meanings, this investigation aims to contribute to theories and praxes of decoloniality from a global south perspective.

Linked to Research:

Keeping it Real? Applied Critical theory research and Community arts activism

Making Education a Priority (MEaP)

Project Mali, Manchester