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Empire II – Scotland the Brand.

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Scotland has a proud history of protest, exploration and innovation. The country’s past is a key part of its cultural, political and economic identity. History is big business, but in recent years less appealing aspects of the Scotland’s past, including its role in slavery and empire, have started to be more widely recognised.

Empire II – Scotland the Brand invites an open and frank discussion about how the country should approach less appealing aspects of its history. Should we leave well alone or square up to our ancestors? Does Scotland’s role in Empire show its citizens in a bad light, or does it shed light on economic exploitation that has valuable lessons for people today? Come along and join in the conversation.

Join author and Professor Louise Welsh and architect Jude Barber in conversation with writer and activist Robert J Somyne, Priya Sanchandani from Museum Detox and Adele Patrick from the Glasgow Women's Library.

Priya Khanchandani is a curator and writer based in London and chair of Museum Detox. She has published dozens of articles for publications ranging from Disegno Magazine to Bloomsbury’s Encyclopedia of Design and spoken at numerous festivals, conferences and on BBC Radio 4. She previously worked as Head of Arts Programmes for India at the British Council in New Delhi and at the V&A Museum as lead of the Design Fund for contemporary acquisitions. She graduated from Cambridge University and worked as an international lawyer at Clifford Chance before obtaining an MA in the History of Design with Distinction from the Royal College of Art. www.priyakhanchandani.com

Robert Somynne is a writer, journalist and policy assistant on affairs ranging from Scottish history, culture, politics and current events in the Persian Gulf. A contributor and commentator for the Guardian and Newstatesman, he has also undertaken research on civil society projects in North London and Edinburgh looking at how authorities and communities remember and document Britain's slave past in popular memory.

Adele Patrick is Lifelong Learning and Creative Development Manager at Glasgow Women’s Library. Adele is particularly interested in the creative and imaginative development of the Library as a unique; arts influenced provision that (re)defines through environment, learning approaches, programmes and resources what a library, archive and museum can be. In 2016 she was named Scotswoman of the year. Adele was made an Honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) by University of Glasgow in 2017.

Jude Barber is an architect with an interest in craft and artistic practice. Her ideas and opinions regarding architecture and the built environment are motivated by an interest in politics, art and social history. These thoughts developed during her time as a founder member of design cooperative GLAS and continue within her practice. She works within, and on the fringes, of architecture practice to deliver a broad range of projects of varying scale and complexity. She is currently an architect and Director of Collective Architecture in Glasgow. She is co-director of the Empire Cafe.

Louise Welsh is the author of eight novels, most recently No Dominion (John Murray 2017). Louise enjoys exploring and crossing genres. She works in several forms including novels, short stories, opera libretti, performance and sound art. She is the editor of Yonder Awa, a collection of poetry on the theme of Scotland and the North Atlantic slave trade by Scottish and Caribbean writers.Louise has received numerous awards and international fellowships, including an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Edinburgh Napier University and an honorary fellowship from the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. She is professor of Creative Writing at University of Gasgow.


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