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... Why Is My Curriculum White?

At uea(su), we are passionate about making sure your educational experience at UEA is as diverse as possible.

However, we know that lots of courses here at UEA aren't as diverse as they could or should be, so we are campaigning for you to ask:

Did you know, that in 2015/16 there was nearly 18% difference between white and BME students achieving a 2:1? And, that in 2015/16, only 8% of UEA's staff population were BME?

We need to see more Black and Ethnic Minority theorists studied, more LGBT+ authors on reading lists, more culture, more opportunities for students to learn from a range of diverse backgrounds and communities.
... AND we need to practice what we preach and encourage UEA to support students and staff from ethnic minorities to flourish.

How can I get involved?

Any student can join us in our campaign to encourage diversity in the curriculum; we want as many students as possible to email David Richardson, UEA's Vice-Chancellor, and we have prepared a template email for you to use.

Whatever your gender, sexuality, nationality and background, you can be part of our Why Is My Curriculum White campaign - and it will only take 60 seconds!

What do I need to do?

Copy and paste the text below into an email from you UEA email account, edit the first sentence to make the information correct for you, and send it to David Richardson, UEA's Vice-Chancellor, at with the subject header "Why is my curriculum white?".

Dear David,

My name is ________; I am a 1st/2nd/3rd/4th/PGT/PGR student studying __________.
I'm writing to you because, as a student, I deserve the chance to study a diverse, inclusive and globalized curriculum. But at UEA, this isn't happening.

Much of my academia revolves around studying particular types of theorists or authors: those who are classically white, stale and male. It is about time this changed! In order to get the most out of my £30k tuition fees, I would love to study more women and non-binary authors; more authors who define as LGBT+; more BME authors; more culture; and ultimately more diversity. I deserve to leave UEA with a rounded and inclusive knowledge of my subject with opportunity to learn it from different points of view and perspectives beyond the white, stale and male.

This, however, should be much more than a tokenistic approach. Whilst representation is important, lack of inclusion of certain narratives within our curriculum is affecting the welfare, attainment and retention of students; with a disproportionate trend seen in students of those liberation groups previously mentioned. UEA's statistics obtained via the Freedom of Information act show that there has been, and still is, a massive gap in the difference between BME and White student achievement here: in 2011/12 there was nearly 30% difference between white students achieving a 2:1 or above and the same figure for 2015/16 was still at 18%. With some UEA seminars including content in this very institution in which students are debating "to what extent was slavery just a business" you can begin to understand the trends in BME attainment at UEA.

Inclusivity and diverse narratives are therefore vital to be encouraged by senior members of UEA. I would like you, as Vice-Chancellor, to lead on this and promise that you will work with staff to encourage more modern, representative curricula across all fields of study. Equality and Diversity needs to be an integral part of my learning!


Yours sincerely,


WIMCW Reading List

1. Black liberation/ Decolonisation

  1. Pedagogy of the Oppressed: Paulo Friere
  2. The Politics of Education: Paulo Friere
  3. Pedagogy of Freedom: Ethics Democracy and Civic Courage - Paulo Friere
  4. Consciencism: Philosophy and Ideology for Decolonisation - Kwame Nkrumah (1964)
  5. Revolutionary Path - Kwame Nkrumah (1973)
  6. Franz Fanon and the Psychology of Oppression -  Bulhan, H.A ( 1985)
  7. I Write What I Like - Steve Biko (1987)
  8. Writers in Politics -  Ngugi wa Thiong’o (1981)
  9. Malcolm X: Collected Speeches, Debates and Interviews, 1960-1965) - Sandeep Atwali (ed.)
  10. The Victims of Democracy: Malcolm X and The Black Revolution - Wolfenstein (1981)
  11. Black Skin White Masks - Franz Fanon (1986)
  12. Toward The African Revolution - Franz Fanon (1964)
  13. A Dying Colonialism - Franz fanon (1959)
  14. How Europe Undeverloped Africa - Walter Rodney
  15. Surviving Pending Revolution: History of The Black Panther Party - Paul Alkebulan (2007)
  16. The Black Power Movement: Rethinking The Civil Rights - Black Power Era. Edited by Peniel E. Joseph (2006)
  17. The Politics of Dispossession: The Struggle for Palestinian Self-Determination 1969-1994 - Edward Said (1994)
  18. The Question of Palestine - Edward Said (1992)
  19. Fanon and the Decolonisation of Philosophy - Edited by Elizabeth Hoppe (2010)
  20. James Baldwin: Now - Edited by Dwight McBride
  21. A Nation within A Nation: Amiri Baraka and Black Power Politics - Komozi Woodard(1999)
  22. Moving to The Centre: The Struggle for Cultural Freedoms - Ngugi wa Thiong’o (1993)
  23. Writers in Politics: A re-Engagement With Issues of Literature & Society - Ngugi wa Thiong’o (1981)
  24. The Art of Protest: Culture and Activism from Civil Rights to the Streets of Seattle - T.V Reed (2005)
  25. Black Experience and the Empire - Edited by Philip D.Morgan & Sean Hawkins (2004)
  26. James Baldwin: Challenging Authors - A. Scott Henderson and P.L. Thomas (2014)
  27. Where We Stand: Class Matters - Bell Hooks

    2. Decolonising Academia
  1. Race and Education: Policy and Politics in Britain - Sally Tomlison (2008)
  2. Contemporary Issues  in Education Series: Multiculturalism and Education - Richard Race (2008)
  3. Teaching To Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom - bell hooks
  4. A pedagogy for Liberation: Dialogues on Transforming Education - Paolo Friere (1989)
  5. The Education Strategies of The Black Middle Classes (UK) - Nicola Rollock
  6. The Black-White Gap: Why Closing it Is The Greatest Civil Rights Issue of Our Time - Rod Paige
  7. Reading Practices, Postcolonial Literature, and Cultural Mediation in the Classroom - Johnson & Mangat (eds). (2012)
  8. Actionable Postcolonial Theory in Education - Andreaotti, V. (2011)
  9. White Money, Black Power: The surprising History of African American Studies and Crisis of Race in Higher Education - Noliwe Rooks (2007)

3. Race(ism)

  1. Theories of Race and Racism: A Reader - Edited by Les Back and John Solomos (2000)
  2. Racism  - Miles, R. & Brown, M.(2003)
  3. Encyclopedia of Race and Racism -
  4. Race and Racism in Britain - John Solomos (1993)
  5. Colonial Migrants and Racism: Algerians in France - Neil Macmaster (1997)
  6. Radicals Against Race - Alleyne, B. (2002)
  7. Black, White or Mixed: Race and racism in the Lives of Young People of Mixed Parentage - Tizzard and Phoenix ( 2002)
  8. White Fragility: Robin DiAngelo
  9. Postcolonial Whiteness: A Critical Reader on Race and Empire - Lopez, A. (ed.) (2005)
  10. Waste of A White Skin: The Carnegie Corporation and the Racial Logic of White Vulnerability - Tiffany Willoughby-Herard (2015)
  11. How The Irish Became White - Noel Ignatev
  12. Whiteness: An Introduction - Robert Garber (2007)
  13. Refusing Racism: White Allies and the Struggle for Civil Rights (Cynthia Stokes Brown (2002)
  14. There Ain’t No Black In The Union Jack - Paul Gilroy (1987)
  15. Between Camps: nations, Cultures & The Allure of Race - Paul Gilroy (2000)
  16. Empire Strikes Back: Race and Racism in 70s Britain -  Centre For Contemporary Studies, (1982)
  17. The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination: Racism in America - Edited by Jean lau Chi (2004)
  18. Locating Race: Global Sites of Post-Colonial Citizenship - Malini Johar Schueller (2009)
  19. Black Wealth/ White Wealth: A New Perspectives on racial Inequality - Marvin L Oliver (2006)
  20. The Prism of Race - Nico Slate (2014)

4. Identity Politics/ Shadism/ Colourism

  1. Transnational Blackness: Navigating the Global Color Line - Edited by Manning Marable (2008)
  2. Pan Africanism and the POlitics of African Citizenship and Identity - Toyin Falola & Kwame Essien (eds) (2013)
  3. The Culturalisation of Caste in India: Identity and Inequality in a Multicultural Age - Natrajan, B. (2011)
  4. The Psychology of Prejudice and Descrimination: Ethnicity and Multiracial Identity- Edited by Jean lau Chi (2004)
  5. Orientalism - Edward Said
  6. Identity and Global Politics: Empirical and Theoretical Implications - Edited by Patricia M. Goff


5. Feminism/ Womanism (POC - specific)

  1. Black Internationalist Feminism: Women Writers of The Black Left 1945-1995  - Higashida, C., (2011)
  2. Black feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment - Patricia Hill Collins (2000)
  3. Aint I A Woman - Sojourner Truth (1851) (Transcript of speech Sojourner Truth’s 1851 speech)
  4. Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism - bell hooks (1987)
  5. Black Looks: Race and Representation - bell hooks (1992)
  6. Feminism is For Everybody - bell hooks (2000)
  7. Representing Whiteness in Black Imagination - bell hooks
  8. Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self Recovery - bell hooks
  9. I am Your Sister: Black women Organising Across Sexualities - Audre Lorde (1985)
  10. Zami: Sister Outsider Undersong - Audre Lorde (1982)
  11. The Trouble Between Us: The Uneasy History of White and Black Women in the Feminist Movement - Winifred Breines (2006)
  12. Pimps Up, Ho’s Down: Hip Hop’s Hold on Young Black Women - T. Denean Sharpley- Whiting (2007)
  13. Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards by:  Afsaneh Najmabadi.
  14. Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color: Kimberle Crenshaw
  15. Convergences: Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy - edited by Maria de la Guadalupe et al (2010)
  16. I am Your sister: The Collected Works and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde (2009)
  17. Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected - Kimberle Crenshaw (2015) (African American Policy Forum)
  18. Black Venus: They Called her Hottentot - Deborah Willis (ed.) (2010)
  19. Reconstructing Womanhood, Reconstructing Feminism: Writings on Black Women - Edited by Delia Jarrett-Macaulay
  20. Politics of The Female Body:   Postcolonial Women Writers of The Third World - Ketu M Katrak (2006)
  21. Postmodern, Feminist and Postcolonial Currents in Contemporary Japanese Literature - Murakami Fuminobu (2005)



  1. Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender and the New Racism- Patricia Hill Collins (2004)
  2. Heterosexualism and the Colonial / Modern Gender System – Maria Lugones
  3. We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity - bell hooks (2003)
  4. The ‘unsaying’ of indigenous homosexualities in Zimbabwe: mapping a blindspot in an African masculinity: Marc epprecht
  5. The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination: Bias Based on Gender and Sexual Orientation - Edited by Jean lau Chi (2004)
  6. Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity: José Esteban Muñoz
  7. Van Sertima, “They Came Before Columbus"
  8. David Ohana - Modernism and Zionism
  9. For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home by Keith Boykin
  10. Giovanni’s Room - James Baldwin

7. Media, Representation, & Culture:        

  1. How to Write About Africa - Binyanvanga Wainana
  2. Images and Empire: Visuality in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa - Edited by Paul Landau & Deborah Kaspin (2002)
  3. Black British Writings - Victoria Arana & Lauri Ramey (2004)
  4. The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation - Edited by Young and Brunk
  5. (Mis)Representing Islam: The Racism and Rhetoric of British Broadcasting and Broadsheet Newspapers - Richardson, J (2004)
  6. Representing Black Britain: Black and Asian Images on Television - Sarita Malik (2002)
  7. From Uncle Tom’s Cabin to The Help: Critical Perspectives on White Authored narratives of Black Lives - Versahawn Ashanti Young et al (2014)
  8. Shamanism, Racism and Hip Hop Culture: Essays on White Supremacy and Black Subversion - James Perkinson (2005)
  9. Media Representation of Black Young Men and Boys - Stephen Cushion et al (2011)
  10. The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination: Disability, Physique, Religion and Other Traits - Edited by Jean lau Chi (2004)


8. Postcolonial Discourse(s):

  1. Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction 2003)
  2. Bodies and Voices: The forcefield of Representation and Discourse in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. - Fack Borch, M. et al (2008)
  3. Deconstruction and the Postcolonial - Syrotinsky, M. (2007)
  4. Orientalism - Edward said (1979)
  5. Culture and Imperialism - Edward Said (1994)
  6. Representations of the Individual - Edward Said(1996)
  7. The Postcolonial Critic - Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (1990)
  8. Colonialism and Postcolonialism - Jean Paul Sarte
  9. Consciencism: Philosophy and Ideology for Decolonisation - Kwame Nkrumah (1964)
  10. What is A Classic? Postcolonial Rewriting and Invention of the Canon - Akhti Mukherjee (2014)
  11. Marxism, Modernity and Postcolonial Studies - Edited by Chriystal Bartolovitch (2004)
  12. Postcolonial London: Rewriting Metropolis - John McLeod (2004)
  13. Postcolonial Subjects: Francophone Women Writers - Edited by Mary J. Green et al (1996)
  14. Negritude and Literary Criticism: The History of the Negro African Literature in French (1996)


9. History/ Historiography

  1. The Scramble for Africa - Thomas Packenham

10. Fiction - realism

  1. Books by Zadie Smith

               11. Poetry

  1. Telephone Conversation by Wole Soyinka
  2. Omeros by Derek Walcott


12. Comic books and manga

  1. Monster by Naoki Urasawa
  2. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi


Whether you want to find out more about the campaign, find out about BME authors, consider how inclusive your own course is, or get more involved at uea(su) there are plenty of resources for you. Have a look at those listed below: