• Britishness, Identity and Belonging

    The post-Brexit referendum period has witnessed the growth of English nationalism, spikes in hate crime, allegations of institutional racism in the Home Office following the Windrush scandal, and accusations of anti-Semitism in the Labour party. Terror attacks in London and Manchester have undermined public confidence feeding widespread anti- Muslim sentiments, and wars of the last […]

  • Racism and Me!

    Black Lives Matter has been thrown into the news and all our consciousness following yet another black man’s death in the USA due to Police brutality. This has triggered a global reaction expressing the frustration of those who don’t feel that they are listened to. Having been brought up in St. Helens after the war, […]

  • Totem and Taboo: UK Television Comedy in the light of Black Lives Matter

    While our lives have been upended by the pandemic, the outrage triggered by the killing of George Floyd has drawn vital attention to the global scourge of racism. The impact of the Black Lives Matter movement has been immediate and spectacular. Protesters around the world have braved Covid-19 to amplify their anti-racist message. In the […]

  • ISR Blog: A note from the editor

    Recently we launched an international thread to the ISR blog with goal of amassing views and responses around the world; and we have been thrilled to receive a range of diverse contributions that we will be posting in the coming days. Of course, the world does not stop for anything – not even a global […]