The Pandemic as a Portal: mobilization, activism and opportunities for structural change following crisis and upheaval
Thursday 19 November 2020
Online public event - 90 mins
A burgeoning body of scholarship shows that activists can exploit opportunities created by war, upheaval, and economic collapse to leverage transformative social change. Precisely because they are so destructive, moments of crisis can upend existing social and political hierarchies and create new spaces for mobilization and structural change. How can activists leverage this moment to advance the representation and inclusion of communities most marginalized by status quo politics?
Grace Blakely, economics and politics commentator, activist and author. She is a staff writer at Tribune Magazine.
Aviah Sarah Day, lecturer in criminology at Birkbeck’s Department of Criminology.
Chrisann Jarrett, Co-founder and co-CEO of We Belong. In 2014, she founded the project Let Us Learn calling for equal access to higher education for young migrants living in the UK.
Shanice McBean, an activist in Sisters Uncut – a national direct-action collective fighting cuts to domestic violence services and state violence.
Sakina Sheikh, a Labour and Co-operative Party Councillor for the London Borough of Lewisham.
Natalya Naqvi, assistant professor in International Political Economy at LSE.
Chair: Milli Lake, associate professor of International Relations in the Department of International Relations. She co-directs the Women's Rights After War project.
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