University of Leicester event to explore implications of global migration

Posted by ap507 at Feb 23, 2016 11:02 AM |
Poetry readings, talks and live saxophone music to accompany book launch event on Thursday 25 February at Attenborough Arts Centre

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 23 February 2016

Photo/ media opportunity: Between 6.00 - 9.00pm at the Diana, Princess of Wales Hall, University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre, Lancaster Road. Contact Lucy Stevens at:

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The University of Leicester is hosting an evening of talks, discussions, a book launch and live music drawing on the work of internationally acclaimed artists Lucy + Jorge Orta and their specific interest in migration.

A panel of experts from the University, local community groups, campaigners and activists will provide a thought-provoking look at the causes and implications of global migration at the free public event at the University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre on Thursday 25 February.

The event will also see the launch of a new book, ‘Over Land Over Sea: poems for those seeking refuge,’ with poetry readings and live contemporary improvisations by saxophonist Marcus Joseph.

Poems will be read by contributors to the book which explores issues surrounding refugees, their stories, the journeys they have made and the disparity between welcomes from local peoples and media reaction.

Event organiser, Dr Maria Rovisco from the University of Leicester’s Department of Media and Communication, said: “The arts express experiences of migration in ways that the mass media cannot. The artwork by internationally acclaimed Lucy + Jorge Orta and the edited collection ‘Over Land Over Sea: poems for those seeking refuge’ offer an excellent opportunity for local activists, artists and academics to reflect upon the links between sustainability, climate change and global migration.”

Dr Maria Rovisco will chair the panel of talks which features the following panellists:

  • 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)

The Attenborough Arts Centre is currently hosting an exhibition by Lucy + Jorge Orta which runs until Sunday 24 April.  Their interdisciplinary approach combines techniques from sculpture, installation, architecture, fashion, design, and performance art to generate thought-provoking approaches to social and ecological dilemmas. More information is available at:

The free public event, ‘Migration’, will take place in the Diana, Princess of Wales Hall at the University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre on Thursday 25 February 6.00pm – 9.00pm.

You can book your place via the website link here: or by calling the box office on: 0116 252 245, or in person at the front desk of Attenborough Arts Centre.

The event has been organised in conjunction with Leicester Migration Network, the University of Leicester and the editorial team behind ‘Over Land Over Sea: poems for those seeking refuge’.

Proceeds from sales of the anthology will raise funds for three charities who work with refugees.


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