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November 2019

Black and mixed-race children and the care system

23 November, 2019, 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square
London, SW2 1EF United Kingdom
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A workshop on Black and mixed-race children in the care system and the controversy around trans-racial adoption, 1940s-present. Speakers including, Lola Jaye and Shama Sutar-Smith, will debate the controversial history of Black and mixed-race children in the care system and trans-racial adoption and fostering. The day also includes content from of Dionne Draper’s show DAWTA: Separated from her Jamaican mother at 5-days-old Sarah is raised by a white family in rural Devon. Black in a white world, DAWTA is a…

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‘Displays of Power’ Community Takeover

23 November, 2019, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Grant Zoology Museum, Rockefeller Building, Gower St
London, London WC1E 6DE United Kingdom
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This family friendly event will be a celebratory and creative afternoon that will change your perception of the natural world. Here you can create your own museum interpretation inspired by the 'Displays of Power' exhibition that looks at where the animals in the collection came from. Whose voice takes pride of place in the narrative of the natural history museum? Rarely those of communities affected by the collection, acquisition, display and interpretation of museum objects. The 'Displays of Power' exhibition…

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Death at Teatime

23 November, 2019, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Jam Factory, Hollybush Row
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1HU United Kingdom
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This free drop-in event aims to encourage wider conversations around death and dying in the UK and overseas. Through exploring both historical perspectives of death and bereavement, through to present day ethical dilemmas; anyone is welcome to come along, enjoy an afternoon tea and enter into the often-taboo discussion of death. A range of researchers will be on hand to talk more about their work in medical history, classical archaeology, and contemporary medical ethics. The gathering is set amongst a…

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Cartoneras in London

23 November, 2019, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Migration Museum at the Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street
London, SE1 7AG United Kingdom
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Cartoneras (Cardboard Publishing) is a unique grassroots Latin American publishing phenomenon, which offers alternative forms of community engagement, activism, and social change. Join in this workshop at the wonderful Migration Museum to learn about this empowering cultural phenomenon and see how the model is used to engage young Latin Americans in South London. A presentation by researchers Lucy Bell (University of Surrey) and María Soledad Montañez (School of Advanced Study) will be followed by a hands-on workshop where you can…

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It’s All the Raj

23 November, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grant Zoology Museum, Rockefeller Building, Gower St
London, London WC1E 6DE United Kingdom
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What's black and white, black and white, black and white, black and white? A penguin rolling down a hill. What's funny about natural history museums? A lot. Find out more at this evening of comedy that will explore the hidden stories in the Grant Museum of Zoology's natural history collection, especially those that touch on the theme of decolonisation. The lack of discussion about the origins of collections in natural history museums misrepresents history and alienates many people. This event…

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November 2020

We Began as Part of the Body (Exhibition)

12 November, 2020 - 22 November, 2020
Online: University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3YY United Kingdom

This is an online event. 'We began as part of the body' is a multi-component digital artwork inspired the eczema genetic research laboratory of Professor Sara Brown, (University of Dundee) where Beverley Hood (University of Edinburgh) undertook an artist residency in 2017 organised by ASCUS Art & Science. The residency involved spend time observing the activities of the lab and the organotypic artificial skin cells, which are both real and synthetic. Taken from an actual person (via tummy tucks, breast surgery,…

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‘The Dawn of a New Era’: Unfurling the South Wales Miners’ Banners

12 November, 2020 - 22 November, 2020
Online: Swansea University, Singleton Park
Swansea, SA2 8PP United Kingdom

This in an online event. 'The Dawn of the New Era' is the slogan on the Risca Lodge banner, which was made just before the nationalisation of the coal mining industry in 1947. The image on the banner is a sun rising and reflects the hope for the future. At least 50 miners’ banners are known to have existed in South Wales and many of them are preserved at the South Wales Miners’ Library at Swansea University. Over the years,…

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Illustrating Anthropology

12 November, 2020 - 15 November, 2020
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, Open Eye Gallery, 19 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront
Liverpool, North West L3 1BP United Kingdom
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This is a socially distanced in person event. At this outdoor exhibition explore human lives around the world through comics, drawings, and paintings of anthropological research. From researchers who use illustration as a method to capture their experiences of fieldwork, to those who put pens into the hands of the people they are researching to better understand their world view, this exhibition draws together a wide range of contemporary illustration as research practice. Drawing has long been part of anthropological…

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In Touch: Online Exhibition

12 November, 2020 - 22 November, 2020
Online: University of Glasgow, University of Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland G12 8QQ United Kingdom

This is an online event. What can be learnt from the heightened awareness of (and restrictions surrounding) touch which characterised our experience of the COVID-19 pandemic? Might the experiences of Deafblind communities, and those who rely on their sense of touch to navigate the world, aid a shared understanding of this new normal? For Being Human 2020 the University of Glasgow is hosting a special online exhibition, co-developed and curated with the charity Deafblind Scotland, that responds creatively to the…

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Rethinking Museums and the Stories They Tell

12 November, 2020 - 22 November, 2020
Online: University of Glasgow, University of Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland G12 8QQ United Kingdom

This is an online event. Museums are increasingly being called on to rethink how they display, represent and interpret objects in their care. Throughout the festival we will be posting videos, images, prompts and provocations on our social media channels, forming a critical online heritage tour of The Hunterian Museum. By calling attention to the hidden histories of empire embedded in our collections, we will propose new ways of seeing and understanding museum objects, taking a fuller view of the…

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Indoors: Experiences of Older People during Lockdown

12 November, 2020 - 22 November, 2020
Online: Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street
London, E1 6LS United Kingdom
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This is an online event. Please note due to the recent lockdown in England the in-person version of this event is no longer possible. If you have signed-up to visit the exhibition at Toynbee Hall the organiser will be in touch with you directly. The exhibition will still be taking place online. This photography exhibition narrates the lived realities of coping, connecting and remembering, through the stories and photographs of older East Londoners during lockdown. The exhibition will showcase photographs…

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Coming Together

12 November, 2020 - 22 November, 2020
Online: Edinburgh Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 United Kingdom

This is an online event. Are Southern Europeans nothing more than super-spreaders of COVID-19 in Edinburgh? This online photography exhibition challenges stereotypes that obstruct the contact between Southern Europeans and Scots. It showcases positive examples of their collaboration since 2016, namely also during Brexit and the coronavirus crisis. You are invited to upload relevant comments, stories and photos of your own. A launch event will take place online on Sunday 15 November between 17:30 and 18:30. The organisers will provide…

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The World of Drone Art

12 November, 2020 - 22 November, 2020
Online: The University of Sheffield, Broomhall
Sheffield, Yorkshire and the Humber S10 2TG United Kingdom

This is an online event. Drone technology has not only reshaped the conduct of war; it now underpins multiple facets of contemporary life, deployed for purposes ranging from border patrol and surveillance, as well as aerial journalism, humanitarian disaster relief, and agricultural crop monitoring. How do drones promise new ways of visualizing and embodying our world? How do drone innovations intersect with broader developments in data analysis and artificial intelligence? How have contemporary artists explored the origins, ethics, and futures…

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Life in a Pandemic: The Lothian Diary Project

12 November, 2020, 8:00 am - 22 November, 2020, 5:00 pm
Online: University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3YY United Kingdom

This is an online event. Through the Lothians Diary Project, encounter the diversity of lockdown experiences among ordinary residents of Edinburgh and surrounds, preserved in authentic and creative vlogs and audio diaries. Discover the story behind the creation of this collection, with its unique design among global documentation of the pandemic. Find out how the diaries will form part of a Museums oral history archive, and how this data collection method is changing social science in COVID-19. Learn how community…

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COVID-19 in 2020: Apart but Together

12 November, 2020, 10:00 am - 22 November, 2020, 5:00 pm
Online: Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road
London, London E1 4NS
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Activities will be taking place both in person (socially distanced) and online. COVID-19 fundamentally changed our world in 2020. It has forced us to create distance from each other. This event will use art, creative writing and storytelling to bring people together to share experiences of how COVID-19 has impacted us and how we have adjusted to the new socially-distanced world. A physical magnet exhibition will be held outside at Queen Mary University of London for those that want to…

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The Personal is Political is Spiritual

14 November, 2020 - 22 November, 2020
Online: Spike Island Project Space Bristol., Spike Island133 Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6UX
Bristol, South West BS1 6UX United Kingdom

This is an online event. Take a look at this curated Instagram gallery programme, marking the forgotten history of Goddess feminism in Britain through one of its key theorists, Monica Sjöö (1938-2005). Diversity will be at the heart of the programme with short interviews with current thinkers and activists from the 70’s and documentation from the Feminist Archive South about the graphic works of Monica. Come and explore archive artefacts that relate to her political campaigning, personal journeys to sacred…

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Making a Home Away From Home

15 November, 2020 - 22 November, 2020
Online: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace
London, London SW1Y 5AH United Kingdom
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This is an online event. Please note due to the lockdown coming into place from November 5 onwards, this event will no longer be able to take place in person. Last year, the UN Refugee Agency revealed that the number of people fleeing violence was the highest recorded since World War II. While the need for temporary shelter has never been greater, many refugees find that these settlements are more permanent than originally intended. Ongoing conflicts prevent their return home…

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The Raissa Page Collection: Life Through a Different Lens

18 November, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online: Cinema & Co, 17 Castle Street
Swansea, Wales SA1 1JF United Kingdom

This is an online event. Come and explore Raissa Page’s most thought-provoking images through the eyes of historians, photographers, archivists, and most importantly, your own. Self-taught photographer Raissa Page used documentary photography to capture the lives of marginalised groups at times of social change during the 20th century. She was a founder member of the trailblazing all-female FORMAT Photographic Agency in the 1980s. Her images are of different times and other places, but the themes of feminism, politics, anti-nuclear protest,…

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Under the Lens

20 November, 2020, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online and outdoors: TORCH, Radcliffe Humanities
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6GG United Kingdom
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This is an online event. Whether it’s under the lens of a microscope, camera, or magnifying glass, this event explores how humanities and sciences continue to work together, and how arts still contributes as we move into this new remote and restricted world. In partnership with Fusion Arts, TORCH have collaborated with local schoolchildren to make images of the new world around them on photographic paper out in the open. As prizes are shared with the school children, Professor Wes Williams will lead the…

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Capturing Chronic Illness

20 November, 2020, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online: University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3YY United Kingdom

This is an online event. ME, endometriosis, HIV, depression, transplantation.... How do we see chronic illness, particularly when it is not visible on the body? How are experiences of chronic illness affected by or formed through questions of identity, inequalities and community belonging? How does chronic illness relate to ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality, race and age? Photography offers creative possibilities of capturing life with illness(es), including opening up ways of re-imagining how we live with and represent illness. Medical humanities…

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