Mixedness
& mixing

New perspectives on mixed-race Britons

A CRE eConference · 4-6 September 2007

Biographies

Below are short biographies of people whose papers are now posted on the Mixedness and Mixing website.

 

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Isabel Adonis

Isabel Adonis

Isabel is a writer, artist and educator. She lives with her partner, Bob Macintosh and they explore race and identity together.

Read Isabel's paper, Racial identity - to have or to be

Veli Aghdiran

Veli Aghdiran

Veli is an intern at The Runnymede Trust, a student of French and Russian, and a traveller with a taste for places off the beaten track.

Read Veli's paper, Community through diversity: mixed-race identity online

Eve Ahmed

Eve Ahmed

Eve is a freelance journalist. She writes opinion pieces and articles on lifestyle issues for a number of national newspapers.

Read Eve's paper, First person: Eve Ahmed

Sir Keith Ajegbo

SIr Keith Ajegbo

Keith is former headteacher at Deptford Green and is now a consultant advising the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Read Keith's paper, On being mixed-race

Dr Suki Ali

London School of Economics and Political Science Logo

Suki is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at theLondon School of Economics and Political Science. Her main theoretical interests focus upon feminist cultural studies, postcolonial theory, psychoanalysis, research methodologies, visual culture, and theories of identity and embodiment. Her work centralises the interplay between gender, sexualities, 'race' and class. Whilst continuing to work within these areas her current research explores processes of racialisation with specific regard to 'racial science' and technologies, kinship and postcoloniality.

Read Suki's paper, Gendering mixed-race - deconstructing mixedness

Dr Elisabeth Arweck

University of Warwick Logo

Elisabeth is Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Education at the University of Warwick and an editor of the Journal of Contemporary Religion. She is currently researching, with Dr Eleanor Nesbitt, the religious identity formation of young people in mixed-faith families.

Read Elisabeth's paper, Mixed race and mixed families in Britain: the case of growing up in a mixed faith family

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Ayo Bakare

Ayo Bakare

Ayo is a youth mentoring project co-ordinator at the Media Trust and previously project managed the Multiple Heritage Voices project.

Read Ayo's paper Black and Minority Ethnic health inequalities and the 'mixed-race' population

Prof Martyn Barrett

Martyn Barrett

Martyn is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Surrey. He is Academic Director of the multidisciplinary Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CRONEM) at the University of Surrey, an Academician of the Learned Societies for the Social Sciences, and Editor of the British Journal of Developmental Psychology.

Read Martyn's paper, Identifications and cultural practices of mixed-heritage youth

Linda Bellos

Linda Bellos: picture by Linda Nyland

Linda is a Director of Diversity Solutions Consultancy Ltd, a specialist equality and diversity company she formed in February 2002. Since the early eighties, Linda has worked with a range of public authorities and the private sector advising on change management and policy formulation. [Read more]

Read Linda's paper, Against the term 'mixed-race'

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Dr Chamion Caballero

Dr Chamion Cabellero

Chamion is a research fellow at London South Bank Universityand is currently working with Professor Rosalind Edwards on a project funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation looking at the experiences of parents from different racial, ethnic and faith backgrounds. She has a longstanding research interest in issues around mixed identities, particularly around the theorisation of mixedness, and was one of the authors of the DfES report 'Understanding the Educational Needs of Mixed Heritage Children', published in 2004.

Read Chamion's paper, 'Mixed' families: assumptions and new approaches

Rory Campbell

Rory Campbell

Rory is twenty-three years old with a keen interest in black history. He believes that this should be taught in schools, helping to eliminate racist attitudes, so that children learn that it's not just white Europeans who invented and discovered everything.

Read Rory's paper, Mixed race Britain - through my eyes

Ashley Chilshom

Mixtogether.org

Ashley is the founder of the community website, Mixtogether.org which is dedicated to supporting mixed couples who face opposition to their relationship from family or community.

Read Ashley's paper, Equality and mixed couples: the final frontier

The Commission for Racial Equality

The Commission for Racial Equality

The Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) has three main aims: to work towards the elimination of racial discrimination and promote equality of opportunity; to encourage good relations between people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds; and to to monitor the way the Race Relations Act is working and recommend ways in which it can be improved.

Read the CRE's paper, Identity, young people and integration

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Emma Dabiri

Emma Dabri

Emma is half Irish and half Nigerian and was born and raised in Ireland. She is a graduate of African Studies with an MSc in Conflict and Development Studies with special relation to Africa and Asia and currently works in the media industry.

Read Emma's paper, Mixed race people in advertising

Tanya Datta

Tanya Datta

Tanya is a journalist in BBC Radio 4's international current affairs department.

Read Tanya's paper, The elephant in the room

Adebe DeRango-Adem

Adebe DeRango-Adem

Adebe is a third-year student in York University's English program in Toronto, Canada. Her current research is looking into the mixed race experience from a literary and cultural focus. In addition to her academic interests, she currently holds the honour of Toronto's Junior Poet Laureate. She is working on both a collection of her own poems, as well as an anthology of young, mixed race authors, in a collective effort to explore and document the turbulent (and wondrous) experience of growing up with a mixed race background.

Read Adebe's paper, The need for a new mix: Literature and cultural representation

Savita de Sousa

British Association for Adoption and Fostering

Savita works for the British Association for Adoption and Fostering.

Read Savita's paper, Judgement of Solomon

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Sue Funge

Sue Funge

Sue founded the Starlight Black Child Mixed Heritage group in 1994 and is the group's Chair. She co-wrote and edited Celebrating Identity and has since facilitated workshops and conferences promoting the importance of a strong racial identity and offering approaches that help to challenge racism and prejudice.

Read Sue's paper, Learning about racism

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Sharron Hall

Sharron Hall

Sharron Hall is from Moss Side, Manchester. Her mother is English and her father from Barbados. Sharron is the founder and editor of Intermix.org.uk, a website offering news and views of the mixed-race experience from all over the world, for which she received a Family Learning Millennium Award.

Read Sharron's paper, It's time for foundation

Dr Jin Haritaworn

Dr. Jin Haritaworn

Jin is a post-doctoral fellow at Goldsmiths College and has researched and published on mixed race in Thai diasporic spaces in Britain and Germany.

Read Jin's paper, Mixed race theory for everyone

Dr D. Emily Hicks

Dr D. Emily Hicks

Emily is a professor in Chicana/o Studies at San Diego State University and a performance artist. She is the author of Border Writing, the Multidimensional Text and Ninety-five Languages, Education in the Twenty-first Century. She is completing a book on Magna Carta, human rights and mixed ancestry.

Read Emily's paper, Assimilation and mixed-race populations

Amanda Hussain

Amanda Hussain

Amanda cut her teeth as a journalist while still at university and started her broadcasting career as a film critic and arts correspondent, working across television (BBC/Sky) and radio (GLR/BBC Ldn 94.9/BBC Asian Network). She is mum to 5 year old Lola, with a son on the way at the end of the year and currently freelancing as a broadcaster and voice over artist, as well as working on her first book.

Read Amanda's paper, First person: Amanda Hussain

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Prof Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Mark has been researching 'race and ethnic relations' for nearly 30 years, and learned the value of diverse heritage from living in South London, the Solomon Islands, Nigeria and Liverpool. He now lives near Coventry and runs a research centre in Leicester.

Read Mark's paper, Mixed heritage: perspectives on health and welfare

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Lin King

Lin is a mixed-race woman born to a white Irish mother and an African Caribbean father in post war Britain.

Read Lin's paper, Not Black enough

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Toby Laurent Belson

Toby Laurent Belson

Toby is an artist and designer. He jointly runs art workshops in West London. His Brownbaby project helped five local schools celebrate the Parliamentary Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Read Toby's paper, Black and White doesn't do the trick

Gill Lawrence

Gill Lawrence

Gill is a freelance writer and carer-trainer and was brought up in a mainly white community, and was shocked by the levels of racism she and her family encountered later on. Her partner is black and their children prefer to be referred to as "mixed race".

Read Gill's paper, A white woman’s experience of “mixing”

Bradley Lincoln

Bradley Lincoln

Bradley is is the founder and project manager of the Multiple Heritage Project. His Father is Black Caribbean of Jamaican Heritage and his mother is White British.

Read Bradley's paper, A mixed-race experience

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Bob Macintosh

Bob Macintosh

Bob is an amateur philosopher and works for a charity supporting the disabled.

Read Bob's paper, Identity as relationship

Hassan Mahamdallie

Hassan Mahamdallie

Hassan is the Senior Strategy Officer for diversity at theArts Council England.

Read Hassan's paper, The mixed-race population and enjoying art and culture

Jessica Mai Sims

Jessica Mai Sims

Jessica Mai Sims is a research and policy analyst at the Runnymede Trust working on the Community Studies programme which explores small, less visible minority ethnic communities. Prior work in the series has included research on the Vietnamese community, and race relations and multiculturalism on university campuses, with a forthcoming paper focusing on the Thai community. She has a longstanding research interest in issues around ethnicity, racism, and multiculturalism.

Read Jessica's paper, Thai-British Families: Towards a deeper understanding of 'mixedness'

Dr Sarita Malik

Sarita Malik

Sarita is a writer and researcher. She writes about race, culture and society.

Read Sarita's paper, Dodging the -ism

Leon Mann

Leon Mann

Leon works for football's anti-racism group, Kick It Out, but the views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of the organisation.

Read Leons's paper, Mixed goals

Dr Daniel McNeil

Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation

Daniel is a Lecturer in Black and Minority studies at the University of Hull/ Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation. His dissertation was called "'The devil made the mulatto': Race, Religion and Respectability in the Black Atlantic", and he has written about mixed-race identities for Bright Lights Film Journal and a number of other online sources.

Read Daniel's paper, You wouldn’t let it lie

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Tod O'Brien

Tod O'Brien

Tod is a leadership and diversity professional who is keen to promote harmony through personal values-based leadership principles which promote people from Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) backgrounds into the institutions where they are retained and progressed. He is a retired soldier and police officer.

Read Tod's paper, Enigmatic or enriched?

Jill Olumide

People in Harmony

Jill is a member of People in Harmony, a national organisation which has served the mixed-race community for over 35 years. She lectures in social science at Swansea University. Her research interests are in mixed race and children as participants in their health affairs. She is the author of Raiding the Gene Pool: the Social Construction of Mixed Race and other writing on mixed race matters.

Read Jill's paper, People in harmony

Charlie Owen

Charlie Owen

Charlie is a researcher in the Thomas Coram Research Unit, part of the Institute of Education, University of London. He specialises in the statistical analysis of official statistics, such as the census. He has a chapter in Toyin Okitikipi's book 'Working With Children of Mixed Parentage'.

Read Charlie's paper, Statistics

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Bina Radia-Bond

Bina Radia-Bond

Bina is a PhD Student at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Read Bina's paper, Ethnic intermarriage: love is not enough

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John Simmonds

British Association for Adoption and Fostering

John works for the British Association for Adoption and Fostering.

Read John's paper, Judgement of Solomon

Dr Miri Song

Miri Song

Miri is a reader in sociology at the University of Kent. Her research interests include ethnic identity, 'race' and 'mixed race', racisms, immigrant adaptation and the 'second generation'. Her books include Choosing Ethnic Identity (Polity 2003), Rethinking 'Mixed Race' (coedited with David Parker) (Pluto 2001), and Helping Out: Children's Labor in Ethnic Businesses (Temple University Press 1999). She is currently working with Peter Aspinall and Ferhana Hashem at the University of Kent on a project to investigate the range of identity choices potentially available to mixed-race young people in Britain (interim report available through our linkspage).

Read Miri's paper, The diversity of 'the' mixed race population in Britain.

Graham Suppiah

Graham is a 36-years-old, living on the outskirts of Milton Keynes in a Northamptonshire village. He is mixed-race - white-British, Cypriot-Greek on his mother's side and Malaysian on his father's side.

Read Graham's paper, A mixed society should be a positive society

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Pro Leon Tikly

Prof Leon Tikly

Leon is Director of a DfID funded Research Programme Consortium (RPC) on Implementing Education Quality in Low Income Countries (EdQual). He is also currently directing an evaluation of the UK government's Aiming High: Raising African Caribbean Achievement project; is involved in a state of the art literature review on globalisation and education with colleagues in the Graduate School of Education; and, on a project looking at leadership and the management of change in rural and township schools in South Africa.

Read Leon's paper, Meeting the educational needs of mixed heritage pupils: challenges for policy and practice

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Dr Nathalie van Meurs

Dr Nathalie van Meurs

Nathalie is a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University Business School, and founder of Identity Research, an online resource for anybody who is studying, thinking about, or working on identity related matters.

Read Nathalie's paper, Mixed race - the future’s bright, the future’s blended

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Acknowledgements

In addition to the above contributors, grateful thanks are owed to the following for their support and assistance: Rob Berkley, Victoria Burton, Chamion Caballero, Claire Cooper, Ros Edwards, Alexandra Arias Gonzalez, Sarah Asante-Gregory, Sharron Hall, Julius Honnor, Nick Johnson, Bradley Lincoln, Kendra Mendes, Richard Newton, Ellie Rose, Jessica Mai Sims, Laura Smith, Nathalie Van-Meurs, Sharon Walker, Roisin Wilson, Alexis Wright.

 

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