Dr Maria Rovisco chairs panel of experts on global migration

Posted by ah463 at Feb 17, 2016 09:30 AM |
Join experts from the University of Leicester, local community groups, campaigners and activists for a thought-provoking look at the causes and implications of global migration, as well as an exciting book launch of ‘Over Land Over Sea: poems for those seeking refuge’ with poetry readings and live saxophone accompaniment.
Dr Maria Rovisco chairs panel of experts on global migration

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Dr Maria Rovisco of the Department of Media and Communication will chair a panel as part of an evening of talks, discussions, a book launch and live music drawing on the work of Lucy + Jorge Orta and their specific interest in migration. The event will take place Thursday 25th February 2016 from 6-9pm at Diana, Princess of Wales Hall, Attenborough Arts Centre. Tickets are free but booking is advised.

The internationally acclaimed Lucy + Jorge Orta produce artwork that questions the social and ecological sustainability of our planet. Their output has been significant, employing diverse media like drawing, sculpture, installation, couture, painting, silkscreen, photography, and video, as well as staged interventions and performances.

The panel of talks chaired by Dr Rovisco includes participation from:

  • Mirjam Abigail Twigt (Department of Sociology and Media and Communication, University of Leicester)
  • Ambrose Musiyiwa (local activist, poet and photographer)
  • Michaela Smith (activist in LE Solidarity, currently involved in aid work at Dunkirk refugee camp)
  • Kajal Nisha Patel (local photographer and Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the University of Leicester).

As part of this event, in conjunction with Leicester Migration Network and the University of Leicester, the editorial team behind “Over Land Over Sea: poems for those seeking refuge” present an event of poetry readings with live and contemporaneous improvisations by saxophonist Marcus Joseph.

Poems will be read by contributors to “Over Land Over Sea” which explore issues surrounding refugees, their stories, the journeys they have made and the disparity between welcomes from local peoples and media reaction. The poems are not restricted to the current situation and are not unremittingly gloomy. In editing the anthology we looked for poems which compassionately shared stories. Proceeds from sales of the anthology will raise funds for three charities who work with refugees.

  • Emma Lee (Poet and anthology editor)
  • Contributors to “Over Land Over Sea: Poems for those seeking refuge” (Five Leaves Publications, 2015)
  • Live and contemporaneous improvisations by Marcus Joseph (Saxophonist).
For more information or to book, contact Dr Maria Rovisco at mr268@le.ac.uk.
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