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(Re)connecting Struggles Workshop

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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. This workshop is free to attend, but spaces are limited so make sure to book via the eventbrite link!


This workshop aims to bring together people who work on different struggles across continents, class, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, etc. Scholars as well as artists and activists have been invited to take a lead in an interactive conversation that aims to align different struggles while addressing social inequities. Through interactive presentations speakers will 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.


Confirmed speakers to date are:

Dr. Lory Janelle Dance is a 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 is an 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 was 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)

Kajal Nisha Patel is an artist and photographer working between the U.K. 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)

Dr. Gavin Brown is an 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 is a 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)


Gretchen Carroll is a Water Protector, Radio DJ and activist. She is on the front lines of the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance. She talks about North America history of violence against Native Americans and her personal journey to transcend the contemporary consequences of that history. (U.S. based).


Ala Qandil is a freelance journalist and a Palestinian Polish activist. She has spent significant time in Gaza (Palestine) before, during and after the 2014 war. She has recently created the interactive web archive called “Obliterated Families”. Ala will join us via Skype from Gaza. (Poland based)


This event has been kindly funded by the University of Leicester Geography Department; Professor John Goodwin from the School of Media, Communication and Sociology; Dr. Lory Dance through her discretionary project, research, and travel accounts from Lund University (Sweden) and the University of Nebraska (Lincoln); School of Media, Communication and Sociology Research Support; and lastly the Graduate School Researcher Development Fund.

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