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Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Diversity Research Group

MEAD Conference

MEAD Conference

Migration, Race, Ethnicity and Diversity in Post-Brexit Pandemic Britain

Wednesday 13 July, 2022 Glamorgan Building Committee Rooms 1 & 2, School of Social Sciences, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff

Post-Brexit pandemic Britain is a very different place. In the MEAD Conference 2022, we aim to bring together a diverse range of voices and perspectives to examine the challenges, and opportunities, posed by migration, race, ethnicity and diversity in this new context. During this time evidence has emerged for new forms of inequality alongside, and often exacerbating, persistent forms of social, economic and political injustice. The pandemic highlighted stark disparities in health experiences among ethnic-minority groups in Britain. Importantly, challenging conversations about race and racism were raised in the wake of global BLM protests. This period has also seen heightened politicisation and media attention around migration; with particular attention paid to Channel crossings by those seeking refuge and asylum, and the implications of Brexit and the Nationality and Borders Bill. This marks our first in-person event since the Covid-19 pandemic. We look forward to the opportunity to, once again, bringing together academic scholars, practitioners, NGO representatives and policy makers. The conference will provide a forum to share findings, discuss future research agendas/questions and explore opportunities for collaborations.

Keynote speakers

Professor Urfan Khaliq

Pro Vice Chancellor, Head of College of Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences


Michelle Alexis

(Race Equality Charter Panellist (UK), Advance HE; EDI Associate for Arts Council Wales; former Chair of Race Equality Steering Group, Cardiff University)
‘From Maisonette to Main Building: Tackling inequalities from the inside’

Professor Steve Garner

(Head of Department of Sociology, Texas A&M University)

‘Counter Acts: institutional obstruction of antiracist advances in the age of cancel culture’

Dr Katy Greenland

(Reader, School of Social Science, Cardiff University)

‘Definitional boundaries of discrimination’

We invited submissions on all areas of research on migration, race, ethnicity and diversity in a post- Brexit pandemic Britain.
Papers addressing the following sub-themes were particularly welcome:

  • Renewed hostility against immigrants and asylum seekers
  • Post-Brexit migration and mobilities – international and regional
  • COVID-19 and the Black and Minoritised communities, mental and physical health inequalities
  • Impediment of recent legislations (e.g. Nationality and Borders Bill, Domestic Abuse Bill, Police andCrime Bill) on race equality and free speech
  • Racial, ethnic and religious intersectional inequalities (Islamophobia, LGBTQ+, disabilities)
  • Sexual and gender-based violence against migrant women and girls
  • Human trafficking and modern slavery
  • Cultural competence in health and social care
  • Inclusive leadership and EDI in the Workplace
  • Anti-racist and inclusive curriculum in education


Career Workshop: Becoming an international scholar and getting an academic job abroadResearch students and early career researcher only

Attendance is FREE but spaces are limited. We also welcome delegates from third sector organisations who wish to showcase the work they do.

The call for abstracts is now CLOSED.

The conference receives generous support from the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University and is co-sponsored by the open access journal Frontiers in Sociology – Race and Ethnicity. It is intended that a selection of the conference proceedings will be submitted to a Special Issue for Frontiers in Sociology: Race and Ethnicity. All publications will be subject to peer- review. The deadline for abstract submission to the Special issue is 30 September with a full-text submission expected in January 2023.

A limited amount of travel bursaries will be available to research students outside Cardiff. Further details on how to apply will be released after paper acceptance.