African Diaspora Postgraduate Student Seminars

Leading Routes is proud to be partnering with Birkbeck, University of London and The Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race (TRRR)  to host a seminar group focused on scholarly support and development for social science postgraduate students.

The group which was initially started by Dr William Ackah, Dr Robert Beckford and Dr Gabriella Beckles-Raymond is now expanding! The seminars will be held online and are open to students from any UK university at both Masters and PhD level.

During these 2 hour sessions (held on the last Thursday of every month at 6:30pm), Dr William Ackah and Dr Gabriella Beckles-Raymond will facilitate the seminars which aim to:

  • Strengthen written and oral communication of Masters dissertation and PhD research
  • Provide space for individuals to present their research ideas and encourage group discussions on research topics
  • Offer an environment for peer and moral support through the research process

These seminars are specifically aimed at Black African Caribbean students.

You’ll have the opportunity to present but you’ll be expected to attend to support others in the group. If you join the group please hold the following dates.

4 November 2021

2 December 2021

6 January 2022

3 February 2022

3 March 2022

7 April 2022

6 May 2022

2 June 2022

Sign up now as spaces are very limited! We’ll be in touch to confirm your place and details of the first session.

Dr. William Ackah 

William is Senior Lecturer in Black and Community Geographies in the Department of Geography and Programme Director for Community Development and Development and Globalisation at Birkbeck University of London. He holds a PhD in Government from the University of Manchester and was 2016-17 Fulbright research scholar at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is current chair of the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race

Dr. Gabriella Beckles-Raymond

Dr. Gabriella Beckles-Raymond (SFHEA) is an interdisciplinary philosopher, writer, and CEO of EQBR. She works to support graduate students of colour at SOAS and Birkbeck Universities. Gabriella’s research and writing focuses on what it means to live well and is particularly concerned with questions of love, moral psychology, and intersectional justice and ethics. She is and co-founder of the Black Thought Collective and a member of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers and the Caribbean Philosophical Association.  


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