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Archive for March, 2014

Refugee Voices

Fazila Bhimji participated in a conference entitled ‘Refugee Voices’ organised by the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford on 3/24/2014. Fazila’s paper entitled ‘Die Asyl-Monologe and the German Actors’ examined the ways in which this documentary theatre allowed the political agency of refugees to manifest themselves during the performance as well as during the follow-up Q & A discussions. Additionally, the paper examined the solidarity efforts and the ideological underpinnings of the theatre team regarding broader refugee politics and activism in Germany. This paper fitted in well with the larger theme of the conference which was to examine the meanings and several layers of Refugee Voices across the globe in different situations including aesthetic expressions.  

Addressing the Challenges of Disconnection, Division and Exclusion

Dr Anandi Ramamurthy took part in the AHRC Research Development Workshop on disconnections from 18 – 20 March 2014. The aim of this workshop was to stimulate the development of innovative, cross-disciplinary, community-engaged, research projects to better understand the disconnections that can occur from, within and between communities and the consequences, positive and negative, of disconnection in different cultural contexts. It explored the potential for research to engage with the assets and creativity within diverse communities, to address some of the challenges that can be associated with ‘disconnection’, such as loneliness, isolation, exclusion, alienation, marginalization, discrimination, conflict and extremism and low levels of civic participation and/or engagement. As a result of the workshop she is working with a consortium including academic and community partners to explore ‘Creative Interruptions’ by groups on the margins to have their voices heard.

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