Centre Anti Racist Blog Series CARBS

The Centre for Equity and Inclusion’s anti-racist blog is an offspring of postgraduate researchers (PGRs) working on the Centre archival team.

Creating a platform

Conceptualised in 2022, this space aims to amplify the voices and experiences of PGRs of colour, primarily but not exclusively at the University of Sheffield.

Commensurate with the Centre’s core values of creating systemic and cultural change, both within the University and  wider community, this blog provides a platform for PGRs of colour to creatively express themselves through articles, videos, photographs, art, interviews and others. And to contribute to the larger body of anti-racist and social justice knowledge.

This platform will be used to connect PGRs with our network of writers, artists, musicians, poets and community leaders in Sheffield. In this way we can help build solidarities among marginalised people of colour within and beyond the University.

This blog ultimately intends to act as an interruption to those traditionally male and white-centric academic rooms and encourages PGRs of colour to share their stories in various formats. We want to improve the representation of POCs using tools of digital storytelling and archive untold stories of labour and love.

We are expected to critically analyse our rage, write books on racism and give powerful speeches in overtly white panels where we are invited only to be able to add to the conversation, never direct it.

We Want To Hear From You

We invite PGRs of colour to submit proposals for creative pieces that can feature on the anti-racist blog.

While we are certainly interested in work relating to racial and social justice, this is an open space for PGRs to share reflections, ideas and experiences that are important to you. Topics may relate to identity, culture, heritage, higher education, activism, or something else completely. Our goal here is to platform perspectives that are typically marginalised or ignored, building a counter or alternative racial narrative to that which currently prevails in academic spaces.

Each contributor will be paid £50 as an acknowledgement of their time and emotional labour.

How to apply

If you are interested in contributing to the anti-racist blog, we ask that you submit 1) a short bio and 2) a pitch of your idea in no more than 300 words.

If you wish to republish a previously published piece, please ensure you clearly state it on the email and have obtained the necessary permissions. All submissions should be sent to alex.mason@sheffield.ac.uk and s.mehl@sheffield.ac.uk

The next submission window for the anti-racist blog is:

30th June 2024

After each submission window has closed, the editorial team will take up to 2 weeks to confirm whether a pitch has been successful or not.

Please note that in order to ensure each piece is given adequate editorial attention, we will accept a maximum of 3 pieces each semester. If you are not initially successful with your submission, editors may suggest publishing it at a later date but this is not guaranteed.

Once approved by the editorial team, you can send us your full write up with relevant details such as your preferred heading, citation/reference links (like this one), credits for photographs, videos or other media, and consent for interviews.

Contributions for this blog space is limited to Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) of colour.

Written articles should not exceed 1500 words and audio/video recordings should not exceed 5 minutes. Other formats are open for discussion.

Each contributor will be paid £50 for their work.

Centre Anti Racist Blog Series CARBS

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Note: in the spirit of ‘imagining otherwise’, this blog post will be written in the rambling, unfiltered prose of the writer. It will serve to imagine a world in which academic spaces are filled with people acknowledging their true selves, empowered to no longer conform to a standard that does not reflect who they are.

Anti Racist Blog

Why Have Another Anti-Racist Blog

We are expected to critically analyse our rage, write books on racism and give powerful speeches in overtly white panels where we are invited only to be able to add to the conversation, never direct it. Rather than feeling rage, anger or pain, we are told to make sense of it through the same structures (education/universities) that promise us our freedom(s).

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