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Anthropology Communicates: Suriyah Bi on Social Justice
Anthropology Communicates

'Anthropology Communicates for Social Justice: Strengthening the Equality Act'?

This session will be led by
Dr Suriyah Bi (Founder and CEO of Equality Act Review)
and Afzal Khan MP (Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons)
and Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi MP (Shadow Minister Transport)

and chaired by Richard Axelby (SOAS)

In this seminar, the speaker Dr Suriyah Bi will trace her journey of founding the Equality Act Review, an organisation that works on strengthening the Equality Act 2010. Using auto-ethnography and reflexive anthropology, she will first speak about the personal experiences that motivated her to want to bridge the gap between grassroots experiences, academia and policy; which rests on her theory 'the cycle of decolonisation.' The seminar will then turn to focus on the aims and objectives of the organisation, namely the vision of strengthening the Equality Act 2010 to create a fairer and more equal society. Next, we will consider the ethnographic research methods that underpin projects such as Predicting Futures and Empowered Employment, which allow the organisation to achieve its visions, and in doing so the founder will underscore the significance of anthropology in making a difference in policy and government. Finally, experiences of working closely with MPs will be shared, drawing on the importance of dialogue, platforms (especially during the pandemic), and trust. In this latter section, we will be joined by Afzal Khan MP, Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, who will share his experiences of working with the Equality Act Review. The seminar is therefore a golden moment for anthropologists to learn about the inner-workings of translating research into policy, and also hear from a senior member of the Shadow Cabinet team.

To visit the Equality Act Review's website, go to

Feb 11, 2021 03:30 PM in London

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