Free public salon event to explore creativity, activism and social change

Posted by es328 at Apr 21, 2017 10:14 AM |
CAMEo, the Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies at the University of Leicester, to host evening of discussion and networking on 27 April

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 21 April 2017

The role of creativity and creative production in enacting social change will be explored at a public salon event at The Exchange Bar in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter.

CAMEo, the Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies at the University of Leicester, is hosting the Creativity, Activism and Social Change salon, on Thursday 27 April 2017. CAMEo invites the public to come along and join publishers, activists, cultural practitioners and academics in ‘a lively and critically engaged exchange of ideas and networking’.

The event will explore the challenges and opportunities faced by politically-engaged creative producers and activists at a time of austerity and political crises. It will ask what sets politically-engaged cultural production apart from other kinds of creative practice, cultural work and activism.

The evening will include guest speakers:

  • Anni Movsisyan, from sorryyoufeeluncomfortable, the London-based collective of emerging artists and thinkers
  • Marc Herbst, co-editor of the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest
  • Jess Bain, lecturer in media and communication at the University of Leicester, who will talk about the anti-Trump Pussyhats protests

The evening will also see the launch of the first PLANK zine ‘Techniques of Art and Protest’. PLANK (Politically-Led Art and Networked Knowledge) research group builds connections between art and politics and between theory and practice.

Anni Movsisyan, of sorryyoufeeluncomfortable, said: "I hope that this event can bring people both from within and outside of the world where culture meets politics, to explore how more of us can create change with the powers we have, and from the positions we inhabit."

Paula Serafini, Research Associate, CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies, said: “We are very excited to be hosting this event as the first in a series of public salons. CAMEo is committed to engaging the general public through its activities, and we are sure this event will bring together a diverse audience of artists, cultural workers, activists and students in order to discuss important issues around the role of creativity and creative production in enacting social change.”

The Creativity, Activism and Social Change salon hosted by CAMEo is on Thursday 27 April 2017, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at The Exchange, 50 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1RD. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

To find out more about CAMEo visit the website www.le.ac.uk/cameo, find CAMEo on Facebook at /culturalandmediaeconomies and follow CAMEo on Twitter @CAMEo_UoL

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