Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Studying conflict and what we do in our spare time....

The first five weeks of term is always a bit intense as we settle into the new academic year, people get to know each other and learn to love the London weather, transport and legendarily friendly locals! One of the most positive elements to starting a MSc is that you take your specific interest and get to meet and work with others who are interested in similar things. 

Studying and researching violence and conflict is not like buying toothpaste - it engages us in political and ethical as well as analytical debates, and this extends beyond the lecture hall to our professional lives and values. Last week Laura Hammond took a petition with over 104,000 signatures calling for Barclays bank to keep open cash transfers to Somalia. It has the support of Mo Farah!

Laura with Farhan Hassan (middle, who coordinated the petition) and Jenny Jones (red coat), of the London Assembly and House of Lords

Meanwhile, I was presenting some of my work on capoeira at an Afro Arts festival as part of Black History Month. I was exploring how Africa has been recreated through the art of capoeira and the way that this forges communities and generates sites of resistance against diverse forms of injustice.

Me giving a seminar at AfroArts Fest 2013, hosted by Filhos de Bimba London

 So that's what we get up to in our spare time!

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State-sanctioned sexual violence against women in the Egyptian revolution

Following from last week's post, this is another video submitted as a piece of group work by some of last year's MSc VCD students....