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Whiteness, Race and the Seaside

3 July 2019
3:00 pm
5:00 pm

Amid its liberalism, the whiteness of Brighton often goes under scrutinised.

The event will explore questions of whiteness and orientalism in Brighton and in other south coast seaside resorts, and it will address how whiteness and Oriental fetish inform these sites of pleasure and leisure.

Malcolm James, Amy Zamarripa Solis, Dr. Daniel Burdsey.

Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies

Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies thinks through the issues facing cultural analysis today: methodologically, ethically, and conceptually. We are deeply committed to the emerging project of Cultural Studies, its history of political and critical engagement, and its scholarly rigour.  We want to think across and through conventional disciplinary frameworks, whilst adopting the best of these for our own intellectual purposes. We believe in the imaginative potential of Cultural Studies to challenge ‘safe’ scholarship, to press into the deeper questions of power, representation and identity.

About the Speakers

Malcolm James (Organiser)

Malcolm James is a writer and teacher employed by University of Sussex. His research interests are in cultural studies, post-colonial and critical race approaches to youth, urban culture, migration, music and sound. Much of his work is community based, around youth clubs in East London. His essays, articles and journalism are widely published. He is author of the books Urban Multiculture: Youth, Politics and Cultural Transformation (shortlisted for Philip Abrams Memorial Prize)and co-editor of the book Regeneration Songs: Sounds of Investment and Loss in East London. He is currently writing on reggae/jungle/grime. He can be found in person, on twitter @mookron or emailed at .

Dr. Daniel Burdsey

Dr. Daniel Burdsey is a sociologist of race and popular culture at the University of Brighton. He is the author of British Asians and Football: Culture, Identity, Exclusion (Routledge, 2007) and Race, Place and the Seaside: Postcards from the Edge (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). He is currently writing a new book on racism in English football. Dan has lived in Brighton all his life. He volunteers with homeless communities in Brighton, and with migrant and refugee support groups across the south-east.

Amy Zamarripa Solis

Amy Zamarripa Solis is a producer, writer and artist. She was born in Austin, Texas in 1975. She is Director of This Too Is Real, an arts production and management company, specialising in arts, culture, heritage and diversity. She is also founder and Chair of Writing Our Legacy – a literature organisation focused on supporting Black and ethnic minority writers and writing in the South East of England. Their first literary anthology Hidden Sussex, Fiction, non-fiction and poetry from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic experiencewas published in 2019.

Amy’s latest projects include No Place Like Home, an exploration into childhood home and its loss, starting with her own Mexican-American community in Austin Texas, ¡La Cultura No Se Vende! (Our Culture is Not For Sale!). It has been supported by Artist International Development Fund (Arts Council England and British Council) and Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts.

She is on the Board of AudioActive, Disability Arts Online and New Writing South.


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