University of Dundee

Racism, science and academia: a free online conversation with Angela Saini

Event Date: 
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 19:00 to 20:00
Event Location: 
On line event
Event Speaker: 
Angela Saini

We are delighted to present this conversation event with Angela Saini, author of Superior, Inferior, and Geek Nation, as she leads an exploration of racism, science and academia.


We'll begin in conversation with leading scholar-activist Professor Fiona Kumari Campbell, before moving on to a moderated Q&A session. You'll have the opportunity to ask your questions in advance and during the evening, so please do come with an open, enquiring mind.


Please join us for this event by booking your ticket on Eventbrite. An invitation to join the virtual event will follow.


Angela Saini is an award-winning science journalist, author and broadcaster.


She presents radio and television programmes for the BBC, and her writing has appeared across the world, including in New Scientist, Prospect, The Sunday Times, Wired, and National Geographic.


Angela's latest book, Superior: The Return of Race Science, was published by 4th Estate in May 2019 to enormous critical acclaim, and was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and the Foyles Book of the Year. Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, was published in 2017, winning the Physics World Book of the Year.


In 2018 Angela was voted one of the most respected journalists in the UK. In 2015 she won the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Kavli Science Journalism gold award for a BBC Radio 4 documentary about birdsong and human language. In 2012 she won the Association of British Science Writers’ award for a news story in The Guardian about the misuse of statistics in courtrooms. And she was named European Science Journalist of the Year by the Euroscience Foundation in 2009.


Angela started her career with ITN on its news trainee scheme, before joining the BBC as a reporter, where her six-month investigation into bogus universities featured on the flagship national News at Ten and won a Prix Circom European television news award.


She has a Masters in Engineering from Oxford University, and a second Masters in Science and Security from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Between 2012 and 2013 she was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. And she has given distinguished and keynote lectures at Yale, Princeton, Oxford and many other institutions across the world.


Angela is an advisory board member of the Royal Institution and the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. She is on the board of the Association of British Science Writers and a member of the RSA's Disinformation Advisory Group. In 2019 she was made an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association.


Fiona Kumari Campbell is a Professor of Disability & Ableism Studies, School of Education & Social Work, University of Dundee. and a Sri Lankan Scot.

She is a founder of a new interdisciplinary field Studies in Ableism [SIA] - involving conceptual and practice based research about ableism, abledness and non-western knowledges, as they pertain to processes and practices producing understandings of human difference, privilege and entitlements. Fiona's work has explored the role of technology, artificial intelligence, and ways legal systems have reckoned with and produced human differentiation. SIA includes peoples designated as 'disabled' but also extends to peoples delineated by race, age, ethnicity, caste, citizenship and sex.