Creative practice, activism and place-identities seminar (Bristol, 4 September 2012)

Here are details of an event I’ll be talking at in Bristol in September.  My talk is called “Creating solidarity: performance and material culture in British anti-apartheid direct action”  I’ll be talking about the songs, banners, placards and creative acts of protest that were used and developed on the Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy.

City Group banner featuring the flags of the PAC, ANC and AZAPO (Source: City Group)

Here’s what the seminar organisers have to say about their event:

Inspired by recent interest in relationships between place, creative practice, and counter-hegemonic social and political action, we will explore ideas about and contribute to the study of cultural activism, the spatiality of contentious politics, social movements, and theories of community in the fields of human and cultural geography, cultural studies, urban studies, planning theory and policy. Dr. Paul Routledge (University of Glasgow) will provide an introductory statement after which we will have three main sessions with a number of short papers followed by discussion. Please see our web site for the draft programme and schedule (please note that the programme is subject to change).

If you are interested in attending the seminar please email Michael Buser ( with ‘cultural activism’ in the subject line and include a completed registration form (also available from the web site). Space is limited, so please register prior to 1 August. (They will confirm registrations in early August).

The seminar is supported by a grant from the AHRC’s Connected Communities programme and is free of charge.  The seminar is being organised by Michael Buser & Jane Arthurs. For more information please see:

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Professor of Political Geography and Sexualities University of Leicester
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1 Response to Creative practice, activism and place-identities seminar (Bristol, 4 September 2012)

  1. Pingback: “Creating solidarity”: a video of a talk on creative (anti-apartheid) activism | Non-Stop Against Apartheid

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