Transforming the Ivory Tower

Models for gender equality and social justice

Paperback / softback, 136 pages, 234 mm x 156 mm
1 Jun 2020
Trentham Books

Price: £24.99

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These research case studies by Black women academics describe the transformative work of contributors to the Ivory Tower project, adding intersectional voices from the United States, Canada and Australia, and LGBTQ perspectives. Privileging their lived experience, intellectual, social and cultural capital, they recount the self-defined pathways for social justice developed by women of colour.

Drawing on critical race theory and Black feminism, the authors navigate challenging spaces to create meaningful roles in addressing race and gender disparities that range from invisibility in the academy to tackling female genital mutilation. Their research and practice, so often unacknowledged, is shown to be transforming teaching, research, professional and community practice within and beyond the academy.

  • Deborah Gabriel

    Deborah Gabriel is Senior Lecturer in Marketing Communications at Bournemouth University.

CONTENTS: Introduction, by Deborah Gabriel; PART ONE: AUTOETHNOGRAPHIES ON TRANSFORMATIONAL SCHOLAR ACTIVISM: 1. Teaching to transgress through 3D Pedagogy: Decolonising, democratising and diversifying the higher education curriculum, by Deborah Gabriel; 2. Building the antiracist classroom: How the collective makes the radical possible, by Deborah N. Brewis, Sadhvi Dar, Angela Martinez Dy, Helena Liu, Udeni Salmon on behalf of Building the Antiracist Classroom (BARC) Collective; 3. Addressing barriers to STEM for young Black women through mentoring, by Elizabeth Opara; 4. Emancipatory research with Black African women on FGM policy, by Ima Jackson; 5. Tackling racism and racial inequality in social work education and practice, by Josephine Kwhali; 6. Critical reflections on transforming the Ivory Tower and beyond, by Deborah Gabriel, Deborah N. Brewis, Sadhvi Dar, Angela Martinez Dy, Helena Liu, Udeni Salmon, Elizabeth Opara, Ima Jackson, Josephine Kwhali; PART TWO: PARTICIPATORY WITNESSING: IN CONVERSATION WITH MY SISTERS: 7. Decoloniality and intersectional feminism: In conversation with Shirley Anne Tate, by Deborah Gabriel; 8. Disrupting whiteness in higher education through Teaching Within: In conversation with Aisha Richards, by Deborah Gabriel; 9. The power of story: Leading conversations of inclusion, equity and justice through community engagement: In conversation with Virginia Cumberbatch, by Deborah Gabriel; 10. Critical reflections on transforming the Ivory Tower and beyond, by Shirley Anne Tate, Aisha Richards, Virginia Cumberbatch; Conclusion, by Deborah Gabriel; Index