• Date: Wednesday 20 September 2017
  • Time: 08:30 – 17:00
  • Location: Cottesbrooke Building, Park Campus, University of Northampton, Northampton, NN2 7AL
  • Cost: Varied Prices


Approaches to Inequalities: Whose Business is it?

A one day conference: Wednesday 20 September 2017

The Approaches to Inequalities conference is back for its third year! The topic for the 2017 conference was chosen in Autumn 2016. Although we didn’t know that Trump would be elected president, we were post-Brexit and witnessing the rise of populism and the far-right. The Human Rights Act was under attack and the #BlackLivesMatter movement was actively protesting in the UK as well as in the US. Against this backdrop we were determined to host a conference that offered solutions, inspired with its optimism and was positive about human rights and therefore chose the focus of ‘whose business is it?

The ‘whose’ is important because it is imbued with ideas of responsibility, allowing delegates to explore human rights at a structural, institutional, local or individual level. It’s not about dismissing issues of equality, diversity and inclusion but about taking ownership of them.

The word ‘business’ was chosen because of its many and varied meanings and we hoped contributors would be playful with it, some even problematizing the term. In its most restrictive sense it can literally mean equality within a business setting or exploring the business case for inclusion. For those potential delegates in the academy, struggling with the marketisation of Further and Higher Education ‘business’ may have a different meaning, and we hope to explore this. Finally, in its broadest sense it can simply mean whether something is relevant to you – “it’s none of your business” – and we would welcome contributions that explore how we ensure equality is a mainstream issue and not the concern of impacted minorities.

This one day conference will include a welcome talk from Dr Mairi Watson, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law and keynote from Ahlam Akram, a humanitarian and activist for the implementation of universal women’s rights. Breakout sessions and a panel discussion, including panel members Sarah Winship, National Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing Manager at Shoosmiths LLP, Professor Nick Rumens and Razia Aziz, will be taking place. The conference will conclude with a drinks reception to celebrate the newly formed Approaches to Inequalities Research Group.

If you would like more information about the conference and its themes please contact The Approaches to Inequalities Research Group (AIRGroup@northampton.ac.uk).

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