De Montfort University staff-student reading group

Since 2018, we have organised a student-led, staff-student reading group exploring books that touch on ‘race’ and racism, class, gender, sexuality and intersecting, structured social inequalities.

In the academic year 2018-19 the group was led by Florence, Tomi, Melody and Assiah – who won a prize for their work – and the book was Akala’s Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire.

In 2019-20 the group is led by Tatenda, Nikola, Michelle and Simrah, and the book is Afua Hirsch’s Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging.

The group is regularly attended by anywhere between 10 and 25 students, and a few members of staff, and meets in the evening every couple of weeks during term-time to discuss a chapter of the book. The students are strictly in control of the space – academics who wish to participate are there as attendees, not lecturers.

This page of will be used to share information about the reading group.