3-7 June 2019


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3-7 June 2019

Exhibition: The Sweet Shop Owners of Calcutta and other ideas

Amit Chaudhuri Sweet Shop

Image Credit: The Sweet Shop Book by Amit Chaudhuri via Salt Publishers

This exhibition by Amit Chaudhuri, novelist, poet, essayist, and musician, of artworks conceptualised and created by him, is being shown for the first time in their entirety in London.

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4 June 2019

Faith in Schools?

Faith in Schools 

Image Credit: truthseeker08 from Pixabay

“A particularly contentious area is the presence and role of schools with religious character, commonly known as faith schools. A key concern around such schools is their widely assumed mono-religious character – thus, they are seen as not doing enough to prepare young people for life in a multi-cultural, multi-religious Britain. The issue has been more often debated in theory than with empirical evidence. The session will share findings of a small scale research exploring religious diversity in schools with religious character, focusing in particular how Anglican and Catholic schools respond to religiously diverse student body.



Languages of London: Celebrating Languages and Multilingualism in the City

“It is estimated that over 300 languages are spoken in London. Many London residents are bilingual or multilingual, and use their languages on a daily basis in a variety of situations and contexts, both public and private. As part of the event, there will be a panel discussion involving linguists and anthropologists, geographers, educators, and multilingual speakers. Audience members will be invited to share their own language biographies, and to contribute to a languages of London map during the event.”



5 June 2019

The Colonial Past of Postcolonial EUrope

Europe after Empire Book

Image Credit: Europe after Empire: Decolonization, Society, and Culture Book by Elizabeth Buettner via Cambridge University Press

“This talk builds upon selected themes addressed in Professor Elizabeth Buettner’s (University of Amsterdam) book Europe after Empire: Decolonization, Society, and Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2016), in which she considered the history of British as well as French, Belgian, Dutch, and Portuguese experiences of coming to terms with the end of empire ‘at home’. Her work pays special attention to migration, multicultural societies, and memories of empire in postcolonial Western Europe. This lecture connects topics that have received most attention among scholars who focus on Western European national cases with a newer but growing body of work that positions colonialism and empire as decisive aspects of European history across the continent, extending to Nordic countries as well as Central and Eastern Europe. Professor Buettner argues that the ‘imperial turn’ should not only be applied to the history of individual nations, but rather a shared European history that entails taking a ‘continental turn’, allowing for fresh approaches to the history of Europe’s overseas and continental empires past, illuminating the still understudied colonial history and heritage of today’s European Union.”



Space in Relation – Édouard Glissant in architecture and urban studies

Edouard Glissant

Image Credit: Edouart Glissant via Wikimedia Commons

“The poet/philosopher Édouard Glissant has been increasingly recognised as a major figure in postcolonial studies, but outside of literary and francophone disciplines his work is not widely known or critiqued. This panel will explore the possibility of applying Glissant’s influential writings and key concepts to discourse and thinking around urban studies, architecture and spatial practice. Organised by UCL Urban Laboratory in collaboration with Katy Beinart (University of Brighton) and Institut du Tout-Monde, speakers include Sylvie Glissant, Sam Coombes, Heidi Bojsen, AbdouMaliq Simone, and Charles Forsdick.”



Roma, Gypsies and Travellers Across Europe: Representations in Research, Art, and Activism

A conversation with:

Dr Daniel Baker, Romani Gypsy and artist, researcher, and curator, including of FUTUROMA for the 2019 Venice Biennale

Professor Michael Stewart (UCL Anthropology), a leading expert on the ethnography and historical ethnography of Roma and Gypsies in Europe, and on Roma under the Nazis

Dr Anna Hoare (UCL Anthropology), who will tell us about her research on post-nomadic architecture and settlement forms in Ireland and the UK and her work developing an an online interactive map of London from the perspectives of Romanies, Irish Travellers and Showpeople for the organisation ‘London Gypsies and Travellers’ Dr Judit Durst (UCL Anthropology), who will share some of her findings around Hungarian Roma labour migration to the UK, and the hidden costs of changing social class for university educated Roma from disadvantaged family backgrounds.



In Dialogue with Sharmaine Lovegrove, Founder and Publisher of Dialogue Books

Sharmaine Lovegrove

Image Credit: Sharmaine Lovegrove @SharLovegrove

“Diversity and inclusion are central to Sharmaine Lovegrove’s imprint, Dialogue Books (Little, Brown Book Group). Since its launch in 2017, Dialogue Books has championed the work of marginalised writers, especially those from LGBTQI+, disability, BAME and working class communities. In doing so, Sharmaine has challenged the publishing world and produced award-winning, game-changing books. Works like Remembered by Yvonne Battle-Felton, a recent nominee of the Women’s Prize 2019, and The Old Slave and the Mastiff by Goncourt Prize winner Patrick Chamoiseau celebrate the stories of underrepresented characters.”



7 June 2019

The changing nature of Global Disability Innovation

“How do we harness innovation to ensure an equal society for disabled people globally? The panel discussion will look at the changing nature of Global Disability Innovation. The panel will give short introductions to disability and human rights in the UK (Kamran Malick), disability and innovation at Here East (Russell Gundry) and the global picture of innovation in assistive technology (Cathy Holloway).


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