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We’re pleased to be presenting an online conference, ‘Patterns of Struggle and Solidarity’, in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University’s (NTU) Postcolonial Studies Centre. The conference aims to explore the practice and study of cultural activism from any discipline across postcolonial studies.

The engagement with cultural activism has long been a prominent concern in postcolonial studies; in our current moment, this focus is rife for exploration and, crucially, interrogation. How do academics fit into the field of cultural activism? How do academics and activists conceptualise patterns of struggle and solidarity? What role does postcolonial research play in supporting and amplifying the voices and work of cultural activists, in particular in the fields of literature, art, film, craft and performance art? How do cultural activists and performers engage with postcolonial studies? Papers and panels will involve conversations between researchers, cultural activists and practitioners.

On Thursday, the authors Tsitsi Dangarembga and Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi talk about their latest work and their shared experiences with publishing and readership across Africa, Europe and North America; and the PSC’s writer-in-residence Eve Makis is in conversation with the nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize Sevgül Uludağ, the Turkish Cypriot journalist and peace activist. On Friday, scholars present their research in postcolonial studies on wide range of topics, followed by a performance of the Dalit rapper Sumit Samos. The events on Saturday include a roundtable discussion on craft, activism and ethics, a creative writing workshop, a conversation with the Palestinian culinary activist Mirna Bamieh and a screening of Reginald Campbell’s Tolerance (2013).

Organised by NTU’s Postcolonial Studies Centre and convened by Dr Nicole Thiara, Dr Amy Rushton, Dr Jenni Ramone, Midlands4Cities funded PhD researcher Thomas Lockwood-Moran and PhD researcher Purnachandra Naik.

Conference schedule

Thursday 17 June
In Search of the Missing, 4pm – 5.30pm

Sevgül Uludağ is a Turkish Cypriot journalist and peace activist. Working as an investigative reporter, she has been instrumental in uncovering the fates of hundreds of missing people. As part of a series of interviews entitled ‘the politics of disappearance’, writer Eve Makis will be talking to Sevgül about her work and how her search for peace has made her the target for physical and verbal threats. Sevgül Uludağ in conversation with Eve Makis
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Tsitsi Dangarembga and Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi in conversation, 7pm – 8.30pm

In the spirit of struggle and solidarity, this unique event brings together two of the most exciting writers to discuss their latest work and their shared experiences with publishing and readership across Africa, Europe and North America. Facilitated by Dr Nicole Thiara (Co-Director of the Postcolonial Studies Centre) and Dr Amy Rushton (Senior Lecturer, NTU)
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Friday 18 June
Welcome and Panel 1: Patterns of Aesthetic Belongings 9.45am – 11.30am

Participants: Ngahuia Harrison, Valentina de Riso, Ana Cristina Mendes and Pragya Sharma
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Panel 2: The Dynamics of Struggle 1pm – 2.30pm

Participants: Sephora Jose, Aswathi Moncy Joseph, Putul Sathe and Margarida Martins
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Panel 3: Resistant Solidarities 3pm – 4.30pm

Participants: Dani Olver, Anandita Pan, Debashrita Dey & Priyanka Tripathi and Abol Froushan & Ali Abdolrezaie
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Dalit Rap: Performance and Conversation 7pm – 8pm

Join us for a performance by the Dalit rapper Sumit Samos, followed by conversation with him moderated by Paul Adey.
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Saturday 19 June
Roundtable Discussion: Craft, Activism & Ethics 11am – 1pm

Kandy Diamond and Amy Rushton speak with Seleena Laverne Daye (artist and educator), Isobel Carse and Karen Hughes (Dormouse Chocolates), and Sofia Aatkar (Pom Pom Quarterly), to discuss issues of craft practice as activism.
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Saving Palestine’s Forgotten Foods 2pm – 3pm

Mirna Bamieh talks to Eve Makis, from her home in Ramallah, explaining how she uses storytelling and food as mediums to express her creativity and Palestinian identity.
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Workshop: Poetry and Protest – How Writers Use Words to Change the World 2pm – 4pm

Join Manjit Sahota (Poets Against Racism) and Leanne Moden to explore the vital role poetry plays in protest in a Zoom workshop.

Queer Resistance and Postcolonial Studies: A Screening of Tolerance (2013) dir. Reginald Campbell and Closing 4pm – 5.30pm

Please join us for a discussion guided by literary researchers Thomas Lockwood-Moran and Holly King, surrounding queer representation within postcolonial studies.
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