New Reads

New Reads is a series of discussions featuring new Irish research relevant to the experiences and study of cultural policy on the island of Ireland. Upcoming and past events will be featured here, but please also check out our wider reading list. Please also get in touch at victoria.durrer@ucd.ie to let us know about your own or other work you would like us to feature.

June 2021: Inequality & Racial Stratification in Ireland: Thinking about the Arts 
Dr. Ebun Joseph and Dr Francesca La Morgia 


An event made possible through the support of UCD’s School of Art History and Cultural Policy.

The relationship of race to cultural production—how race is represented, but also how it is experienced and how it may serve as a source of exclusion—has been a topic of growing importance in cultural policy studies and amongst those working across the arts and cultural sector who are seeking to make positive change. Join Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland for their first of many ‘New Reads’ feature events where Dr. Ebun Joseph and Dr. Francesca La Morgia will reflect on these concerns in an Irish context. 

Are labels like ‘Diversity and inclusion’ and ‘Widening participation’ perpetuating inequality or a step towards change?  Sharing research from her book, Racial Stratification in Ireland: A Critical race theory of labour market inequality (Manchester University Press, 2020), Dr. Joseph will discuss the operation, research, maintenance and impact of racial stratification through her study of the experiences of migrants in Ireland. While she explores how race and class interact in our society in ways that may produce persistent inequality in the labour market, at the same time, Dr. Joseph’s framework for analysis assists us in thinking about our own role in structuring a more antiracist society.  In response, Dr. La Morgia will share insights from her experiences in the arts and cultural sector. 

Dr Ebun Joseph is a Race relations consultant, Director Institute of Antiracism and Black Studies and Chairperson, African Scholars Association Ireland (AFSAI). Dr Joseph is the Coordinator and Lecturer in UCD of the first Black Studies module in Ireland. She held the position of Career Development Consultant at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and Teaching Fellow at Trinity College Dublin. Ebun is an author, TV panellist, Columnist and an equality activist. Dr Joseph has a PhD in Equality Studies jointly supervised by UCD School of Social Justice and the School of Sociology. She has an M.Ed. in Adult Guidance and Counselling from Maynooth University; an IACP accredited diploma in Professional Counselling and a B.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Benin. With a research focus on Labour markets and race relations, she has presented at several conferences, businesses, non-profits and various schools. Ebun is published and contributes regular responses on contemporary issues of race and racism in Ireland. Her recent book is titled, Racial stratification in Ireland: A Critical race theory of labour market inequality with Manchester University press in July 2020. She also co-authored the book, Challenging Perceptions of Africa in Schools: Critical Approaches to Global Justice Education with Routledge in Jan 2020.

Dr Francesca La Morgia is a linguist, researcher and social entrepreneur based in Dublin. She is the founder and director of Mother Tongues and Mother Tongues Festival(which is taking place this month!).  Her background in linguistics and multilingualism draws her to all forms of creativity that allow for the full expression of individuals’ languages and identities. Her creative projects focus on using language as a tool to promote dialogue among individuals and communities to activate social change. In the last 10 years Francesca has been lecturing in Trinity College, Ulster University, Maynooth University and the University of Reading. Her publications focus on bilingualism, intercultural education and diversity in cultural and creative environments.