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As the conversation about whiteness has become more explicit in the social, cultural and institutional common life in the UK and elsewhere the rich ideas, experience and offerings of this earlier WhiteSpaces work are becoming much more broadly relevant.

 

The establishment of WhiteSpaces as an umbrella initiative for engagements with whiteness responds to this broader recognition of the relevance of whiteness to thinking critically about the public culture. It responds to the need to start conversations about whiteness which consider this as part of a temporally, geographically and institutionally extensive conversation about everyday experiences of power and inequality in societies framed through global coloniality.

WhiteSpaces anchors this conversation about whiteness in work which extends beyond the idea of whiteness as the strategic denial of privilege. It sees whiteness working  psychosocially as relational location which has material, discursive, and psychic dimensions. And which operates at different scales of individual and collective relations, coalescing as the cultural condition of post imperial times. 



 

This broadening out of WhiteSpaces work is happening through the facilitation of spaces for varied and extensive conversations about the interrelations between power and vulnerability; into how we can engage in generating less uneven distributions of responsibility for anti-racist social justice work through these conversations; and how interdisciplinary, public and institutional collaborations can work to further this. The Power Cafe is one initiative seeking to achieve this broadening. It is piloting late 2019-2020