Inside the Ivory Tower

…places the perspectives, experiences and career trajectories of women of colour in British academia at the centre of analysis. It positions academia as a space dominated by whiteness and patriarchy where women of colour must develop strategies for survival and success amid raced and gendered discrimination. The book uses Black feminist theory to examine how race and gender shapes the experiences of women of colour in British academia and how racism manifests in day to day experiences within faculties and departments, from subtle microagressions to overt racialised and gendered abuse. It touches on common themes such as invisibility, hypervisibility, exclusion and belonging, highlighting intersectional experiences.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

‘Inside the Ivory Tower’ is an ongoing research project led by Dr Deborah Gabriel as the principal investigator. Inside the Ivory Tower: Narratives of Women of Colour Surviving and Thriving in British Academia, is the key output for Phase 1 of the project. The editors of this book are Dr Deborah Gabriel and Prof Shirley Anne Tate. The contributors to this book are: Prof Claudia Bernard, Dr Jenny Douglas, Dr Ima Jackson, Dr Josephine Khwali, Dr Heidi Safia Mirza, Dr Elizabeth Opara, Ms Aisha Richards and Dr Marcia Wilson.

WHERE TO BUY

Paperback: Available from Trentham Books  &  Amazon.co.uk Price £24.99

Ebook: Available from Ebooks Price £24.99

UPCOMING EVENTS

Seminar hosted by Athena Swan & Birmingham City University on 6 December 2017 in  Birmingham – Register Now

Book launch at  the Open University in Milton Keynes on Saturday 16 December 2017 – Register Now

Book launch at University of East London on Friday 26 January – Details to Follow

Please contact us to arrange a seminar or launch at your institution.  We are especially keen to come to Wales, Ireland, Scotland, West Midlands and the north of England and currently scheduling dates from early February. This project was developed as a political and educational mission to empower the contributors by generating voice and visibility for their lived experiences, as well as utilising those experiences to inform policy and practice around race and gender equality. Please bear this in mind when contacting us about seminars or events linked to this project. It is also useful for us to know how the proposed event will enhance your existing work around race and gender equality.

DISCOUNTS AND GIVE-AWAYS

Site visitors who join our newsletter will be provided with a unique code to gain a 20% discount, reducing the price to £20 – offer ends 31 December. Dr Gabriel is also giving away a FREE copy through Goodreads, who will select the winner at random. Enter Now Offer ends 24 November.

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We are at an important historical juncture where women’s voices are being listened to and acted upon, as rightly they should – when these voices speak to despicable acts of abuse. However, the voices being heard, validated and acknowledged are largely those of White women, whose voices are privileged. Women of colour have suffered raced and gendered discrimination and abuse for a very long time – yet our voices are routinely dismissed or ignored. Our book speaks for those whose experiences have long been marginalised within discourse, policy and practice around gender equality in higher education.Dr Deborah Gabriel

PRESS COVERAGE

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PHOTOS FROM THE VIP LAUNCH IN LONDON

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ENDORSEMENTS

“This book expertly and elegantly weaves together the analytical, the affective and the political in a forceful engagement with race and racism in the academy. The strength of the book is gathered through its intersectionality and, especially, its focus on women’s experience. As such, the book is a must-read for all scholars and students interested in and affected by the British academy’s racialized environment.”

Professor Robbie Shilliam, School of Politics & International Relations, Queen Mary University of London

 

“This pioneering collection draws on critical race studies to centre the marginalised female voice that is in constant conflict with an education system that at one level understands gender disparities while at the same time reducing the protests of women to privileged identities easily identifiable in the eyes of the most influential stakeholders, White, middle class, straight men. The authors in this collection should be applauded for their critical insight and transgressive methodologies…The desire for intellectual and political syntheses should be consistently welcomed in the academy and it is in this spirit that all should welcome as an essential text the important stories of Black women academics and their lived realities in the Ivory Tower.”

Professor Kevin Hylton, Head of the Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Research Centre, Leeds Beckett University

“The testimonies of women of colour in the academy have tended to remain in the shadows, whitewashed by the structures of the Ivory Tower, dismissed as anecdotal evidence, rather than acknowledged as data indicating individual and structural forms of exclusion. This timely book starkly captures what the recent metrics of under-representation of women of colour actually means in academia.  It amplifies the nuances of experience at the same time as encouraging agency in the face of tenaciously resistant-to-change systems of privileged activity. It is essential reading for anyone genuinely interested in improving the conditions of all women in contemporary higher education.”

Professor Vicky Gunn, Glasgow School of Art

FEEDBACK

“I am so pleased to know that you have arrived at this important milestone. My congratulations to you all! Deborah Husbands

“I am so proud of you! This is the beginning of a huge new movement in Black Academia.” Raona Williams

“Wow! What a powerful volume (and a great title – with a fine cover design). A white male academic, I found myself cringing at many of the tales related in the book. I do hope your valuable work, with that of your contributors, helps matters move in the right direction. Congratulations on bringing the project to a published fruition.” Professor Michael Reiss

“Well done and congratulations. I cannot wait to read this book.” Karen Carberry

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