Diversity & Inclusion

The Institute is actively involved with School and University diversity and inclusion initiatives. We are committed to ensuring inclusion and diversity across all IES events, summer schools, taught courses, and committees (including our Advisory Council), and we have growing research expertise in this critically important field. Dr Christopher Ohge, for example, works on British anti-slavery literature and networks of transatlantic anti-slavery publishing.  And Sarah Churchwell, Professorial Fellow in the Institute, has long supported events about diversity and issues around slavery and colonialism in her work as Director of the Being Human Festival.  In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests and the toppling of the Colston statue in Bristol, the Being Human team published a blog post that collates resources from organisations, initiatives, and resources from across the humanities that may be useful to people looking to decolonise curricula and/or to educate themselves and others on the issues. The English Association also has produced an Anti-Racism statement.

The Institute’s TIDE Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr Sarah Pyke, who is developing our Toolkit for Diversity and Inclusion in English Studies (TIDE) will be researching how the IES community has engaged with diversity and inclusion in their research and teaching.  Her research, funded by the University of London Convocation Trust, will address overlooked histories of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic researchers in English, and participate in decolonising initiatives within the Institute and the School.

IES events and diversity and inclusion
The IES is committed to enhancing diversity and promoting equality of opportunity amongst staff, students, and event delegates. One of our key priorities is to reflect these principles in our events, and to promote greater inclusivity at all events in which the IES is involved. The IES expects event organisers/convenors to commit to these principles and to make every effort to uphold them when planning an event with the IES and we have produced a Best Practice Guide for Inclusive Events document for event organisers.

University of London and diversity and inclusion
Please find the latest updates from the University’s Race Equality Group here.

Find out more: IES and Decolonising the Discipline