Speaker profiles

Dr. Lory Janelle Dance

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)

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Dr. Leah Bassel

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

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)

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Dr. Gavin Brown

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 co-edited “Welcome to Leicester” (Dahlia Publishing, 2016); a poetry anthology that explores what Leicester means to the people who call it “home” (U.K. Based)

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  • Leicester Against War / Leicester for Peace https://goo.gl/s2ukmE (Videos)
  • Michael Barker, “A Potted History of Anti-War Activism in Leicester”, Thoughts of a Leicester Socialist (blog), 25 March 2016 https://goo.gl/QMPe27

Jeannette Ehlers

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)

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Gretchen Caroll

Poet, 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).

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Kajal Nisha Patel

Artist and photographer working between the UK 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)

Ala Qandil

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 and the photos from the Obliterated  Families project were on display in the room during the (Re)connecting Struggles workshop. (Poland based)

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