Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

On 'Blackness', Sexuality and Sexual health: More than a sum of our parts

Lecture by Prof. Laura Serrant (Professor of Nursing in the Centre for Health and Social Care Research, Sheffield Hallam University)

17Nov2017 15:30 - 17:00


Ethnicity and health have long been closely associated as impacting on the life choices and life chances of individuals from minority ethnic communities. 'Blackness' in particular as a contested sub-category of minority ethnic identity in Europe has been subject to research, scrutiny and objectification by researchers interested in how specific identities are experienced in society. This presentation I explore how ethnicity, sexual health and sexuality focused research has developed a particular genre in which the personal, political and cultural aspects of sexuality and sexual health of 'Black' people have been 'silenced' in favour of the biological.

About the lecturer

Professor Laura Serrant is Professor of Nursing in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University, one of only 6 black Professors of Nursing (out of 262) in the UK.  She was also one of the first to qualify as a nurse with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She has frequently found herself as the sole voice representing nurses and minority communities; a position which she has striven to challenge throughout her career by empowering others to come forward to join her, in a unique call to 'lift as you climb'. Professor Serrant has an extensive experience in national and international health policy development with particular specialist input on racial and ethnic inequalities and cultural safety.


The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The event will be followed by drinks.



Room: REC A 1.03

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