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Institutional Racism Scenarios

I first developed this exercise when I was invited by Professor Lilon Bandler to speak to er medical students at Sydney University! Here I have re-adapted it for use in our The Racial State Week 8 on institutional and systemic racism, as a ‘menu’.

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Invasion Day exercise

For Week 6 of The Racial State we are going to subvert the idea that there is a debate to be had about ‘Australia Day’, known more correctly as Invasion Day. We are going to be engaging with Professor Irene Watson’s short text, ‘Why celebrate on the day that marks…

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Controlling Images exercise

For Week 5 of The Racial State we are going to be working with a short version of Patricia Hill Collins’ text, Chapter 4 of Black Feminist Thought: ‘Mammies, Matriarchs and other Controlling Images’ from We will watch the short video, ‘Mammy, Jezebel and Sapphire’ produced by Al Jazeera:…

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Is Racism a Pandemic?

I’ve tried to use TikTok. It is full-on the hardest thing ever to get right, so I am not sure how many videos I will actually end up producing! However, as a conversation started for Week 1 of The Racial State, I have produced a TiTok on the question of…

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Short notes: racial naturalism and racial historicism

David Goldberg (2002) distinguishes between naturalist and historicist racism. The distinction helps us to more clearly see how racism becomes politically articulated within the context of the nation-state. Naturalist racism was predominant from the 17th to the 19th century. It refers to the pseudo-scientific belief in the immutable division of humanity into biological…

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The Racial State Poster Exhibition

The exhibition of a selection of student posters from my unit, The racial State (Autumn semester 2013) is currently on at the Margot Hardy Gallery, Bankstown Campus, Building 23, University of Western Sydney.    

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Alana Lentin