(Re)connecting Struggles

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University of Leicester workshop to explore ongoing struggles related to issues such as colonisation, gender inequality and racism need time and space to (re-)connect and unite.
(Re)connecting Struggles

“Resist” © Jesus Barraza from the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative


June 5th 2017 - 9.30am to 5pm


Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, U.K.

About the Event

The current political climate in the UK, Europe and the US has made it clear that ongoing struggles related to issues such as colonisation, gender inequality and racism need time and space to (re-)connect and unite. In order to further accommodate this we have been busy with setting up a workshop that aims to bring together academic staff, students at all levels and members of the public.

The workshop will be an activist and pedagogical exercise in practicing intersubjective inclusion and sharing strategies of solidarity, drawing upon intersectional feminism, decolonizing research strategies and connecting struggles across continents, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and class. It aims to bring together people who work on different struggles across continents, class, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, etc. Through interactive presentations speakers are invited to share knowledge on their particular struggles, but we also aim to explore how we can recognise as well as (re)connect and align different struggles, be they anti-colonial, environmental or anti-racists, tackling sexism or capitalism.

This is a one-day workshop organized by PhD Students across colleges from the School of Media, Communication and & Sociology, The School of History and the School of Geography at the University of Leicester.

Confirmed Speakers

Dr. Lory Janelle Dance

Visiting Researcher at Lund University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies in Sweden and an Associate Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Working on marginalized and/or underrepresented minorities in the U.S. and Sweden, with a special focus on low-income urban communities (U.S. based)

Dr. Leah Bassel

Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Leicester. Her research
interests include the political sociology of gender, migration, race and citizenship. (U.K. based)

Divya Ghelani

Born in Jamnagar, Gujarat and grew up in Leicestershire, England. She holds a MA in
Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and a MPhil in Literary Studies from the University of Hong Kong. Divya is a writer and part of the Writing East Midlands she is about to publish her debut novel RUNAWAY. (Germany based)

Dr. Gavin Brown

Associate Professor in Human Geography, University of Leicester, and is a cultural, historical and political geographer. His research is primarily located within the field of the geographies of sexualities with an interest in activism and protest movements. (UK based)

Ambrose Musiyiwa

Facilitates CivicLeicester, a community media channel that uses video and
photography to document and highlight conversations taking place in and around Leicester. He also coedited “Welcome to Leicester” (Dahlia Publishing, 2016); a poetry anthology that explores what Leicester means to the people who call it “home” (U.K. Based)

Jeannette Ehlers

Visual artist based in Copenhagen. She is educated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art. In her well-known and highly recognized work she extensively engages with and constantly discusses how we all engage with colonialism and racism as a cultural heritage. (Denmark based)

Kajal Nisha Patel

Artist and photographer working between the UK and India, Kajal has documented the British South Asian experience, concentrating on issues around cultural conflict and bereavement, assimilation and the formation of new identities. (U.K. based)

You can visit the Migration Research Group for more information: http://www2.le.ac.uk/projects/migration-research-group

You can also contact the organizing team via Mette Edith Lundsfryd at mels1@le.ac.uk

You can also visit Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/205373769952701/

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