Session 1 Intro: Racialised Bodies and Anxiety

The first session of The Body of Work will be on the theme of ‘racialised bodies and anxiety’. We discuss each element, and in relation to one another.

‘Race’ is not only a concept that has been constructed and attached to certain bodies using different logics over history; but results in a social, economic, and political reality for people who experience the world through those bodies.

In this session, two academic speakers will contribute forms of knowledge about how racialisation and the reiteration of whiteness (ultimately, white supremacy) operates through mechanisms of organizing.

Dr Akile Ahmet is currently a research officer at the LSE in the DPBS. Her research is focused on race, ethnicity, age and education. Her doctoral research focused on mixed race masculinities and experiences of ‘home’. Since completing her PhD Akile has worked on a number of research projects which have focused on race and ethnicity. In 2009 she worked alongside a team of researchers at Goldsmiths, University of London examining ‘Diversity and Progression of Social Work Students’, she then went onto help develop a series of on-line ‘toolkits‘ from this project. In 2011 she joined the College of Health and Life Sciences working alongside Christina Victor on a project entitled ‘Care and Caring Amongst Ethnic Minority Older People’. She has worked on a knowledge transfer program from this project and increasing impact and has recently completed an ESRC seminar series on ‘Ageing and Ethnicity’. She has recently published a report alongside Christina and Omar Khan (The Runnymede Trust) for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on ‘caring and earning’.

Dr Deborah N Brewis is Lecturer in Organisation Studies at the University of Bath. She works across three interrelating themes: identifying the root rationalities of practices that ‘organise difference’ and their implications, digital labour and resistance, and modes of writing differently in academic work. She examines these through lenses of gendered and racialised inequalities, solidarity, affect, and neoliberal capitalism. Her blog is:

Further, third-sector practitioners join us as panellists to share their experiences of agitating for change. Their fields of expertise join together racism and its implications for mental health: both its antecedents and how we might support greater wellbeing.

Tamanna Miah is a media spokesperson, workshop coordinator and campaigner around issues of race and mental health. She has worked with organisations such as ReThink, Time to Change, YoungMinds, and the World Youth Organization.

Samir Jeraj is a Policy and Practice Officer at the Race Equality Foundation, assisting on projects including the Department of Health Strategic Partners programme, and the National Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Transplant Alliance (NBTA). Read some of his articles here: and

A morning of what we expect will be rich discussion will be followed by lunch and an afternoon workshop that seeks to develop researcher skills for working on issues of embodiment.

Session 1’s workshop is dedicated to Creative research methods and will be led by Dr Anke Strauss.

Dr Anke Strauß is a critical management and organization researcher working on the intersection between art and economy. Being interested in changings forms and politics of organizing contemporary work-lives, she researchers and writes about solidarity, affect, aesthetics, practices of collaborating and alternative ways of organizing. Currently she is research fellow at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen at the chair of art theory and curating. Together with Christina Ciupke she is working on a project on artist-run organizations and the performativity of utopian thinking for (re-)organising cultural labor.

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