Online public lecture and Q&A session | Where do we go from here? Exploring ‘mutuality’ in Race/Ethnicity scholarship - Charlotte Williams



Interest in research with migrant and minority ethnic communities is growing apace. Demographic shifts in most advanced European cities coupled with distinctive settlement patterns present a new politics of research. As place-based initiatives have come to the fore in social policy making, superdiverse neighbourhoods offer spaces of possibility for research practice aimed at advancing human rights and social justice. This lecture opens up a series of reflective questions adopting the concept of ‘mutuality’ or mutual implication as increasingly cited in the race/ethnicity research literature. It explores questions of values (axiological), questions of being or standpoint (ontological) and questions of knowledge production (epistemological). It asks what are some of the key challenges/tensions in advancing race/ethnicity scholarship? What does it mean for us as researchers, tutors, students, community members to be implicated in each other’s lives? What might this mean for the design of our studies, for our research practices and for the types of knowledge we produce? 

CV and relevant publications

Charlotte Williams OBE is Honorary Professor in the School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, Bangor University. She holds Honorary appointments at Glyndwr University and University of South Wales and recently held a Visiting Professor appointment at Mälardalen University, Sweden. Charlotte has researched and published extensively on issues of migration, race/ethnicity, and multiculturalism with particular reference to professional practice. He most recent publications include Critical Multicultural Practice in Social Work: New Perspectives And Practices. Routledge (2019 Ed. with Nipperess) Strategic Leadership in Social Work Education. Springer (2019 Ed with Connolly and Coffey) and Social Work in a Diverse Society, Bristol: Policy Press (2016 Ed with Graham). Charlotte has an ongoing research interest in place and social work, having published work on both rural and urban themes and more recently publishing the groundbreaking text Social Work and the City: Urban Themes in 21st Century Social Work, Palgrave Macmillan (2016) and with Bryant a Special Edition of the journal Qualitative Social Work Place and Space in Social Work (2019). Charlotte was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List (2007) for services to ethnic minorities and equalities in Wales.


This Internationalisation@Home event is organized as part of the course Interpretative Research Methods by the Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy, the Department of Special Education, and the Department of Education  at Ghent University and the Association Research Platform ‘Social Work, Urban renewal and development’, consisting of researchers affiliated to the University Colleges HOGent, Howest and Arteveldehogeschool.

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