We are delighted to welcome new trustees Farzana Khan and Nasar Meer to the Stuart Hall Foundation Board. We are equally delighted to welcome new SHF Associates Sarah Kavanagh, Aasiya Lodhi, Ruth Ramsden-Karelse, and Derron Wallace, who join our group of associates supporting Trustees in the development of our public programme and our network of scholars, fellows and artists.
Farzana Khan (she/her) is a writer, director, cultural producer and award-winning arts educator. She is the Executive Director and Co-founder of Healing Justice London (HJL). Her practice works on building community health, repair and self-transformation rooted in disability justice, survivor work and trauma-informed practice working with communities of colour and other marginalised and underrepresented groups. Farzana has a background of over 10 years in youth and community work, particularly focused on arts-based education projects both in the UK and internationally.
Nasar Meer is Professor of Sociology at the University of Edinburgh and founding Director of RACE.ED – a network spanning the sciences, humanities and social sciences to platform work on race, racialization and decolonial studies. He has served as a Trustee of educational and civic charities including UK Social Policy Association (SPA), the British Sociological Association (BSA), and RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) to support the pubic function of research and education more broadly. He is part of the Scottish Government’s Governance Group to Develop National Anti-Racist Infrastructure, and was a Commissioner on the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s (RSE) (2020–21) Post-COVID-19 Futures Inquiry, and a Member of the Scottish Government COVID-19 and Ethnicity Expert Reference Group. His most recent book is The Cruel Optimism of Racial Justice (2020-Policy Press).
Ruth Ramsden-Karelse is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry in Berlin. Her doctoral research, on the worldmaking work of self-described gays and girls in South African communities that were classified “Coloured” under apartheid, was supported by the University of Oxford’s inaugural Stuart Hall Doctoral Scholarship, in association with Merton College, the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, and the Stuart Hall Foundation. Ruth’s writing has appeared in publications including GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies.
Derron Wallace is an assistant professor of sociology and education at Brandeis University and research fellow at the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity at the University of Manchester. He is a sociologist of race, ethnicity and education who specializes in cross-national studies of academic and police profiling, focusing specifically on the experiences of Black youth. He is the author of the forthcoming book,The Culture Trap: Ethnic Expectations and Unequal Schooling for Black Youth (Oxford, 2023). His research has been supported by the US-UK Fulbright Commission, the National Academy of Education, the Spencer Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. Prior to joining the Brandeis faculty, he served as a professional community organizer in London, working on youth safety, living wage, fair housing and immigrant rights campaigns.
Aasiya Lodhi lectures in Media at the University of Westminster and is a former BBC Radio producer. She is currently writing a book on colonial ideologies and mid-twentieth century media which explores Stuart Hall’s earliest engagements with BBC Radio. Aasiya also joined sound artist Trevor Mathison at Highgate Cemetery to discuss his SHF commissioned artwork ‘The Conversation Continues: We Are Still Listening’.
Sarah Kavanagh works for Bar Council as a Communications Manager and previously ran the Campaigns and Communications Department for the NUJ in the UK and Ireland. Sarah is a sociology graduate, studying her BA at Goldsmiths and MA at Ruskin College. In 2021 she authored a chapter of a book published by Routledge, entitled: Investigative Journalism (third edition), it explains her campaigning work on journalistic ethics and sets out some of the legal threats to investigative journalism in the UK.
We look forward to working with them as we develop our growing network of scholars, fellows and artists in residence and our public programme of events, commissions and digital content.
Read more about our group of Trustees and Associates.
Top image (left to right, top to bottom): Farzana Khan, Nasar Meer, Sarah Kavanagh, Aasiya Lodhi, Ruth Ramsden-Karelse, and Derron Wallace