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Plenary Panel 2017

Radicalism and the Challenge to Colonial Legacies
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Sponsored by CPD and PPWG working groups 
“The term protestor is a colonised term for standing up for what’s right” – Indigenous protector, North Dakota, September 2016
This special plenary session engages with changing ideas and practices of ‘radicalism’ in the global political present and in relation to living colonial legacies. In recent years, forms of radicalism have been redefined and rejuvenated from multiple ontological positions. In North Dakota, for instance, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe along with thousands of other Indigenous ‘protectors’ gathered on the frontline of the climate fight to block the Dakota Access oil pipeline in 2016. The Standing Rock action drew attention to how 500 years of the enclosure of Indigenous lands has been foundational to the implementation and spatial extension of the global extractive economy which presently threatens all forms of life on the planet. However, the Standing Rock action also involved a wholesale rejection of the term ‘protestor’ and a firm alternative identification as ‘protectors’ of the planet and of its threatened forms of life.
In a further example, the Black Lives Matter movement has structured a restorative struggle for justice around an “unapologetic Blackness”. This struggle began by challenging lethal institutional violence against Black bodies in the US context, however, it ultimately works towards a Black globalism, connecting struggles across borders.
Finally, the Rhodes Must Fall movement began in South Africa with a recognition that the collective memory of a society is made in built space, in part through commemorative statues which glorify the colonial experience while at the same time erasing its constitutive violence. The demands to remove a statue of Rhodes were intended as a segue into a broader challenge to the reproduction of institutional racism in the academy.
All of these movements ultimately pivot around the resonance of colonialism in the present and range from a meaningful challenge to the global colonial system of carbon capitalism, to challenging institutional racism, not only within systems of law enforcement and within the academy but across society more broadly. At the same time, these struggles are also challenging the very meanings of protest and resistance in relation to the re-making of communities and institutions.
Our invited speakers have brought a range of radical traditions of thought to bear on the UK context and beyond in order to challenge racial injustice, epistemic injustice, the exclusionary nature of citizenship and other colonial legacies. This plenary will therefore draw together their own modes and means of struggle into comparative perspective with other forms of radicalism in the global political present. 
Dr Nirmal Puwar (Goldsmiths)
Dr Louiza Odysseus (Sussex)
Prof. Gurminder K. Bhambra (Warwick)
Dr Olivia Rutazibwa (Portsmouth)
Chairs Dr Aggie Hirst (City) & Dr Nivi Manchanda

Plenary Panel 2016

The Future of Interdisciplinary Security Studies: Health, Environment, Literature, Cyber
15 June 2016 
Sponsored by Centre for Security Research, University of Edinburgh
Till Bachmann (Reader in Personalised Medicine in Infectious Diseases)
Penny Fielding (Grierson Chair of English, co-organiser of Edinburgh Spy Week)
Andy Kerr (Executive Director, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation)
Kami Vaniea (Lecturer in Cyber Security and Privacy)
Discussant: Stefan Elbe (Professor of International Relations & Centre for Global Health Policy, Sussex)
Chair: Andrew Neal (Co-Director, CeSeR)

Getting There

Located in the south of England, London is easy to reach from within the UK and beyond. It is serviced by several international airports as well as numerous rail hubs and coach stations.
The Royal Society is located in the historic St. James's district of London. It is within easy walking distance of popular sites including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the National Gallery, Imperial War Museum, and Westminster Abby. 
We do not recommend driving to the venue as its location is within the congestation charge zone while parking is both scare and expensive. Public transport is a better option.
Closest underground stations: Charing Cross and Piccadilly Circus
Bus Routes: 12, 13, 15, and 453.
Coach station: Connections from Victoria Coach Station

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At Your Panel
In panel rooms, BISA will provide the following:
  • LCD Projector or LCD screen
  • Laptop Computer (Windows-based)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint software
Software capabilities are limited to Powerpoint ONLY. The software can accommodate presentations created in Microsoft or Mac formats. Presenters will not be able to use their own laptop computers since the audio visual setups in the meeting rooms MUST NOT be changed in any way. Presenters must bring their Powerpoint on a USB flash drive and insert the flash drive into the BISA laptop computer at the start of the presentation.
Please note: Audio, internet, DVD drives/players, and overhead projectors are NOT provided by BISA. 
Using the laptop
  • Using Powerpoint
  • Save your presentation on a USB Flash or Thumb drive and bring it to the conference. DO NOT DISCONNECT THE BISA LAPTOP COMPUTER – this will cause the LCD projector to reset and as we do not have technical support on site it may not be immediately available THIS WILL DELAY YOUR PANEL
  • To start your presentation, locate the USB port on the laptop. The laptop will be located on a tble in the panel room. Insert the flash drive into the USB port.
  • Double-click on the flashdrive shortcut on the laptop desktop
  • Find your file and double-click on it to open
  • Keep the flashdrive plugged in during your presentation
  • When presentation is completed, close all windows and remove your flashdrive
Internet access
There will be free wifi internet in both hotels however it is not guaranteed to cover all the panel rooms or at peak use times guaranteed to be particularly fast.

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