On Borders: Carving the land, shaping the mind (Radical Book Fair)

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We discuss borders from Kurdistan to Cyprus to Ireland. Where did these lines in the sand come from & what do they mean now?

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Borders have been one of the most controversial and irreplaceable concepts in recent history, contested vehemently by some, and yet still defended and desired by others. These lines in the sand have split communities and caused huge migrations of people, and yet they are still in many ways central to how we conceptualize nationhood and security.

Our panelists consider what borders have meant to them, what they are and why, and whether they should even exist. They will each provide insight about how to dismantle or challenge borders intellectually, culturally and politically. Join us to hear from writer Aydin Mehmet Ali, activist and journalist Zozan Yasar and poet Frankie Quinn, in a fascinating discussion chaired by Anindya Raychaudhuri.

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Frankie Quinn is a former republican prisoner who is now a community activist. He is the author of Open Gates a collection of poetry reflecting on his own journey - feral youth, soldier, prisoner, peacebuilder and poet.

Aydin Mehmet Ali is an international education consultant, author and trainer and lives in London. She specialises in multiculturalism, bilingualism and equalities work with the Turkish Speaking Communities (TSCs), women, and young people.

As a well-known peace campaigner she uses the arts in conflict resolution work amongst Cypriot communities. Until recently she was advisor to the London Mayor and Chair of Hackney Action for Racial Equality. Aydin was project manager of three highly successful projects completed in November 2003, in Cyprus, including a children's photographic project in a mixed village and a Family Cycling Day, which crossed the borders: both attracted wide media coverage.

Zozan Yasar is a Kurdish journalist from Turkey. Denied access to education, Zozan taught herself to read and write and went to university to get a degree before working as a journalist. As a Kurd, she struggled to officially register her Kurdish name with the government in Turkey. After arrests and harassment, she was eventually forced to seek asylum in the UK.

Anindya Raychaudhuri (Chair) is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of two monographs: Narrating South Asian Partition: Oral History, Literature, Cinema, and Homemaking: Postcolonial Nostalgia and the Construction of a South Asian Diaspora. He also edited The Spanish Civil War: Exhuming a Buried Past and co-edited with Radhika Mohanram Partitions and Their Afterlives: Violence, Memories, Living. In 2016, he was named one of the BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers, and he co-hosts State of the Theory, a podcast on philosophy, politics and popular culture.

This event was in part made possible by the Conference of Socialist Economists, publishers of Capital and Class - we're hugely grateful for their support. Since 1977 Capital & Class has been the main, peer-reviewed, independent source for a Marxist critique of global capitalism.

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This event is part of Edinburgh's 23rd Independent & Radical Book Fair, which runs from the 14th-17th November 2019. Please follow the link for details of accessibility as well as the bookshop's safer spaces policy.

The Independent & Radical Book Fair is entirely run by Lighthouse- Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop and we receive no outside funding. To keep the event running in this spectacular and accessible space, and to make it as welcoming as possible, a third of all tickets are FREE, and the rest are by donation. Please give as generously as you can, either online or at the book fair!

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