Work In Progress | Student Panel

Join us for our first panel discussion of the new year, which is an exciting student ‘work-in-progress’ panel, with Joe Ward (Oxford) and Holly Cooper (Oxford). Each presenter will deliver a 15 minute paper on some of their current and upcoming work, welcoming feedback, questions, and advice from the Race & Resistance community. After both papers, Dr. Chantelle Lewis will host a Q&A session before closing the session.

Joe Ward (he/him): The Case of Black Radical Disciplinarity
Bio: Joseph Ward is a DPhil student in Political Theory at Corpus Christi College. Before his DPhil, he completed an MPhil in Political Theory at Somerville College, Oxford and a BA in Politics between the University of Exeter and the University of Munich. He has previously worked in the archive of the Eastern Daily Press and is currently a section editor for the Oxford Political Review.

Holly Cooper (they/them): The Significance of Coventry in 20th Century Black Britain
Bio: Holly Cooper is a DPhil History student based at the University of Oxford, supervised by Dr. Meleisa Ono-George and Dr. Chantelle Lewis, and funded by the Black Academic Futures scholarship. They are an experienced researcher, currently working on the UCL/Oxford, ‘A portrait of Empire, Migration, and Belonging in England’s secondary schools’ (2022 – 2025), as well as facilitating the Race & Resistance seminar series for the 2023/24 academic year. Holly is an alum of the MA in Black British History at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Jean Beesley (she/her): From Windrush to Windrush: The exploration and documentation of the history of Oxford’s Windrush Generation (1939 – 1985)
Bio: Jean Beesley (she/her) is a first year doctoral, English Local History student at Oxford, whose parents were Windrush Generation. Jean gained her MA in English at Oxford Brookes, taught Humanities in Oxford’s secondary schools and appreciates the significance of members of Oxford’s Windrush Generation’s history being recorded in their own words. This includes the contribution made to Oxford’s history by Oxford’s Windrush Generation, especially the lessons to be learned from the intersectionality between the Windrush Generation and Oxford’s wider community.

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