Cultural identities and stereotype threat

Date: 23 October 2016, 12.00 – 13.30

Venue: Conway Hall library

What is the relationship between cultural or personal identity and stereotyopization? How and why do we construct stereotypes? How does a stereotype become a threat?

In line with the Bloomsbury festival theme “Language of Social Change”, the Knowledge Quarter brings scholars, researchers and activists together to discuss the notion of stereotype threat from different angles, recognising patterns across disciplines and bringing a fresh look at our multicultural society.

Speakers’ contributions include:

  • Professor Bencie Woll, director of Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre at UCL, will look at how English speakers use language to refer to people who are deaf or have a disability;
  • Parvathi Raman, chair of Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies at SOAS, will look at ‘migrants’ and stereotypes;
  • Barbara Warnock, Education and Outreach Manager at the Wiener Library, will look at an item in the library archival collection that would demonstrate developing stereotypes focussed around the Nazi use of anti-Semitic language / Nazi use of stereotypes in relation to Jews;
  • Dr Farouk Topan, director of the Swahili Centre and visiting lecturer at the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (ISMC) will be talking about language used to describe and represent Muslims and how that affects perceptions and stereotypes.

The discussion will be chaired by Dr Jamie Brassett, Reader in Philosophy, Design & Innovation and Subject Leader & MA Course Leader, Innovation Management at Central saint Martins, University of the Arts, London.

The event will be supported by and accessible via BSL interpreting.

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