African Diaspora Postgraduate Student Seminars 2021 – 22

Thursday 4 November 2021

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 four years ago 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 first 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.

This series will take place online via Zoom. A link will be sent to the email address provided prior to the event. Existing members of the group do not need to re-register – you will be contacted with event details.

Dr. William Ackah

Dr William Ackah is a Lecturer 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 has twenty years of national and international experience in education. She is an interdisciplinary philosopher, educator, writer, strategic consultant and CEO of Beckles-Raymond Ltd. Gabriella’s research and writing focuses on the philosophy of race and gender and is particularly concerned with questions of intersectional ethics, education, and moral psychology. She is the co-founder of the Black Thought Collective and member of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers and the Caribbean Philosophical Association.

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