June 2021: Inequality & Racial Stratification in Ireland: Thinking about the Arts
Dr. Ebun Joseph and Dr Francesca La Morgia
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 sThe relationship of race to cultural production—how race is represented, but also how it is sector who are seeking to make positive change. 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 discussed the operation, research, maintenance and impact of racial stratification through her study of the experiences of migrants in Ireland. While her work 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 shared 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.