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Romana Khaoury


Romana Khaoury

Dr Lisa Smyth
Dr Paul Connolly


Educational Policy and Cultural Identities: the experiences of minority ethnic young people in Northern Ireland's schools

The general aim of my PhD project is to (1) examine the educational experiences of minority ethnic students in secondary schools and how they understand their own personal educational experience based on social constructions of ethnicity, gender and social class; (2) the research also aims to investigate the attitudes of students undertaking the Local and Global Citizenship module from schools across the region being exposed to key issues around culture and citizenship; (3) finally the research will explore the perceptions of key policy makers in the field of education and cultural identity. The research design is qualitative in nature and the data will be viewed through a Critical Race lens which critiques the socio-cultural and political hegemony of whiteness (Crenshaw et al, 1995; Ladson-Billings, 1998; Gillborn, 2005). Bourdieu (1977) will also be drawn on for an understanding how racism is perpetuated within the education system, as will Tara Yosso’s (2005) cultural wealth thesis.

Publications         
Holder, D. and Khaoury, R. (2005) Racial Attitudes and prejudice towards migrant
workers
, Dungannon: ANIMATE (Action Now to Integrate Minority Access to Equality). 

Khaoury, R. (2007) 'Northern Ireland', In Schafer, R.T. (eds.) Encyclopaedia of Race, Ethnicity and Society .Thousand Oaks CA: Sage Publications.

Connolly, P. and Khaoury, R. (2008) "'Not a problem here?' 'Race' and Racism in Northern Ireland" In:  Coulter, C. and Murray, M. (eds.) 'Northern Ireland after the
Troubles? A Society in Transition
'. Belfast.

Khaoury, R. (2008) 'It changed me it showed me both sides of the story': Young
People's Understandings and Views of Citizenship in Northern Ireland, In Ross, A. (ed) London: Children's Identity and Citizenship in Europe.   

Papers  
Khaoury, R. (2005) 'Stating your 'race': social constructions of 'race' and ethnicity in Britain and Northern Ireland'. Paper presented at the Post Graduate Conference, Queens University, Belfast.  21 April 2005.

Khaoury, R. (2005) '"No Problem Here": Complex forms of discrimination within Northern Ireland education'. Paper presented at the Summer School of the European Doctorate on Migration, Diversity and Identities, HumanitarianNet, University of Padova, Italy.  28
August-6 September 2005.

McLaughlin, E. and Khaoury, R. (2006) 'Complex forms of discrimination: an assessment of the development and potential application of definitions of institutional and systemic discrimination'. Paper presented at the Equality and Social Inclusion in the Twenty First Century: Developing Alternatives Conference, Belfast.  1-3 February 2006.

 Khaoury, R. (2006) 'From 'Race to 'Whiteness': social theory, 'race' and ethnicity'.  Paper presented to the World Human Rights Day and Anti –Racism Day Seminar. Equality and Social Inclusion in Ireland Project, Belfast.   21 March 2006.

Khaoury, R. (2006) 'Out of the Shadows: Northern Ireland's Visibles'. Paper presented at the Orientalism to Postcoloniality Conference, Södertörns University College Stockholm, Sweden.  27-30 April 2006. 

Khaoury, R. (2006) '"Welcoming" the Stranger: Northern Ireland's Approach to Migration'. Paper presented at the Global Migrants Global Diasporas Conference, Globalization Studies International Doctoral Network III. Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy.  26-27 May 2006.

Khaoury, R. (2006) 'From Denizens to Citizens'. Paper presented at the Citizenship (s): International Congress on Discourses and Practices. University Fernando Pessoa Porto, Portugal.   29th June – 1st July 2006.

Khaoury, R. (2006) 'Equality, Ethnicity and Education: A Case Study'. Paper presented at the Summer School of the European Doctorate on Migration, Diversity and Identities, HumanitarianNet, University of Liège, Belgium.  21st – 31st August 2006.

Khaoury, R. (2007) 'From Denizens to Citizens: Northern Ireland's Invisibles'. Paper presented at the Citizenship, Identity, and Social Justice Conference, University of Windsor, Canada.  17-19 May 2007.
 
Khaoury, R. (2008) ''It changed me it showed me both sides of the story': Young People's Experiences, Understandings and Views of Citizenship in Northern Ireland'. Paper presented at the Postgraduate Children's Identity and Citizenship in Europe 10th Annual Conference, University of Istanbul, Turkey.  28-29 June 2008.

Khaoury, R. (2008) ''A lot of my friends from Africa hate being black they'd rather be white cause then they fit in they'd be accepted': Exploring students voices on citizenship and identity'. Paper presented at the Afro-Europeans: Cultures and Identities Conference University of Leon, Spain.  6-10 October 2008.

Khaoury, R. (2008) 'Barriers to effective access and participation for Black and Minority Ethnic People in Northern Ireland'. Paper presented to the Human Rights International Summer School.  Queens University, Belfast.  21 August 2008.