Major social justice conference and Masters launch at University of Leeds

Stuart Hodkinson s.n.hodkinson at
Fri Jun 1 16:58:56 BST 2007

Two major events for your political diary at the University of Leeds


Friday 29th June - MA in Activism and Social Change launch event


Saturday 30th June - World Development Movement annual conference



Dear friend


I am writing to invite you to two exciting events being co-organised by
the World Development Movement and the School of Geography at the
University of Leeds.


Friday 29th June - launch event for the new MA in Activism and Social


In September 2007, a brand new Masters programme in global social
justice is being launched at the University of Leeds. This innovative
course brings together the worlds of academia and radical social
campaigning and is being supported by the World Development Movement.


Key features include: an introduction to key thinkers and ideas in
achieving social justice; an overview of social movement struggles
across the world; a grounding in methods relevant to campaigning and
researching for social change; action research placements; and guest
lectures and workshops by journalists, campaigners, and activists.


To publicly launch the new programme, we have organised two free events
on Friday 29th June:


4pm                 Seminar: 'Enclosures and Indigenous Resistance':
Speakers from the Six Nations of the Grand River Haudenosaunee reserve
in Ontario, Canada'


VENUE            Geography Lecture Theatre, West Building, School of
Geography, University of Leeds


6pm                 Public lecture: 'Activism and the Academy:
Challenging neoliberalism inside, outside and against the university'


Speakers include: George Monbiot, journalist / campaigner; 

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, educator, novelist, former Kenyan political prisoner 


VENUE            Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler
Building, University of Leeds

                        (followed by wine reception)



We have had a huge number of applications but we are still recruiting -
see the leaflet enclosed for more information or visit





Saturday 30th June - Whose Rules Rule? World Development Movement


The World Development Movement's conference this year is at the
University of Leeds in association with the School of Geography.


The conference will use the 2007 bicentenary of the parliamentary
abolition of the transatlantic slave trade as an opportunity to explore
the lessons to be learned from the struggle to end the slave trade and
share our vision of how today's inequality is built on past abuses of
power. And we will celebrate the unsung heroes of the fight against
historical and contemporary injustice. 


The day will involve keynote speakers addressing attendees in a plenary
session as well as a wide variety of smaller sessions focussing on
issues ranging from apartheid to climate justice, and women's rights to
anti-water privatisation campaigns.  


We have an excellent line-up of keynote speakers, including journalist
George Monbiot, Kenyan writer and educator, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, political
economist, and Mohau Pheko (coordinator of the African Gender and Trade


The conference opens from 12.30pm with registration, stalls and a
striking exhibition by photographer Katharina Mouratidi on the theme
'The Other Globalisation' in the Parkinson Court. The smaller sessions
will be led by experienced campaigners and activists, to explore topics


*	Reparations and the legacy of enslavement 
*	Apartheid 
*	Climate justice 
*	Struggles against privatisation 
*	Music and protest 
*	Women's rights 
*	Migration 


After a tea break and further opportunity to browse the campaign stalls,
the plenary will take place in the Conference Auditorium, ending at 6pm.


For full details and to book your free place, go to: or call 0800 328 2153


With best wishes



Katharine Talbot
Stuart Hodkinson

World Development Movement
Paul Chatterton

katharine at
School of Geography

s.n.hodkinson at 

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