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Fri, 07 Jan



Diversity is not a silo: routes to anti-racist work in Scottish heritage

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Time & Location

07 Jan 2022, 19:00

Edinburgh, Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, UK

About the event

About this event

This lecture uses a series of case studies to discuss how BAME people in Scotland are systematically excluded from the educational and organizational structures that underpin the management and public understanding of heritage in Scotland.

Rather than being part of decision making on ‘national’ bodies, or in the board rooms and governing bodies of influential organisations, BAME people are more likely to be found in ‘community’ settings or events. How do we begin to think beyond silos of diversity? What do we need from the past to make more inclusive futures?

This will be a hybrid event hosted by the Society, which will take place both in the NMS Auditorium and online. However, it may be necessary, due to any future local restrictions imposed because of the pandemic, to move certain events to fully online only.

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Lecture will be presented by Dr Churnjeet Mahn

Dr Churnjeet Mahn is a Reader in English at the University of Strathclyde. Her research investigates the history and practice of travel with reference to race, sexuality, and nationalisms. Her early work investigated the competing discourses of Orientalism, Hellenism and Philhellenism in Greece in the wake of its independence from the Ottoman Empire. After this, she worked on a project about histories of creativity and resistance in post-Partition Punjab. She is currently PI on a British Academy grant entitled Cross-Border Queers: The Story of South Asian Migrants to the UK and is an AHRC EDI Leadership Fellow on a project entitled EDI in Scottish Heritage.

House Rules

We aim for our events to be safe and harassment-free and the Society has a zero-tolerance policy on harassment and bullying.

The Society expects all attendees to act with respect to one-another during this event and anyone making comments which we believe to be inappropriate (e.g. offensive, misleading, spam) or abusive will be removed from the event immediately.

To report any abuse you think we missed, please contact the Director of the Society, Dr Simon Gilmour (


Please arrive and enter via the Lothian Street entrance to the Museum for the Society lectures taking place.

Lifts are available to all floors and accessible toilets are available on most floors, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0.

There is an induction loop in the Auditorium.

The auditorium is supplied by a separate AHU and it supplies fresh air in the correct proportions by monitoring the CO2 PPM.

COVID-19 Procedures for in-person attendance

To ensure all attendees and members of staff follow safety protocol and have an enjoyable experience at these events, please make sure you adhere to the following rules:

  • We request that attendees take a COVID-19 test prior to the event
  • Please wear a mask until seated (unless exempt)
  • Try to maintain social distancing where possible, we will limit numbers within the auditorium to allow this
  • Please use hand sanitising stations provided
  • Please use the check-in system when attending the event
  • Listen to further announcements by members of staff

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