Site Navigation

Artivism: Art as Political Activism

Artivism: Art as Political Activism

Events - Special Events

Artivism: Art as Political Activism

25 Sep 2018

Join us to mark the end of Artivism, an Erasmus+ European project aimed at young people that explores the relationship between art and activism.

The event will explore key learnings from the project, as well as the importance of artivism in the current socio-political climates.

Artivism: Art as Political Activism
25 Sep, 6-7:30pm

Chair of the event:

Dr Andreas Wittel
Dr Wittel originally came from a German cultural studies background and specialised in a series of ethnographic explorations of work, industry, and organisations. When he moved to the UK in 1998 his interests shifted towards media studies, the creative industries, and the cultural economy. It has become increasingly difficult for him to define himself within traditional disciplinary categories such as sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, and media studies. His work is trans-disciplinary and contains elements of all these areas.
Dr Wittel's current research interest could broadly be described as work toward a political economy of digital media. This is a profound departure from the political economy of mass media. It refers to topics such as peer production; non-market production of cultural objects and the challenges that this development poses for traditional media industries and the creative industries in general; free culture; intellectual property; value; free labour; the digital commons; ethics and practices such as openness, sharing and collaboration; the politics of anonymity and surveillance; gift economies and economies of contribution. Along the years, Dr Wittel has published widely on these topics.

Speakers include:

Boseda Olawoye
Bo is a Nottingham/UK based Arts Engagement Curator and Consultant who has worked for contemporary visual arts venues since 2001 locally and nationally. She has developed and managed creative Learning Programmes within galleries, housing estates, on the street and inner city areas. Her approach to engagement always has a strong focus on “creative collaboration” empowering people through art to explore social justice and political issues that affect everyone.

Ibtisam Ahmed
Ibtisam is currently pursuing his PhD in the School of Politics and International Relations. He is associated with the Nottingham Centre for Normative Political Theory (CONCEPT), the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ), and the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies (IAPS) at the School. He is also affiliated with the Centre for Research in Race and Rights (C3R), a multidisciplinary research centre based at the university. He is a regular political columnist and former obituarist for the leading Bangladeshi daily newspaper, the Dhaka Tribune. He is also a member of University Radio Nottingham, the university's student radio station, where is producer and presenter of the international podcast Window to the World, host of the LGBTQ+ discussion show The Identity Talk, host of the popular culture discussion show The Popular Table, and contributor to the feminism podcast The Nineteen Percent.

Panya Banjoko  
Currently resides in Nottingham. She has a BA (Hons.) Degree in communications Studies, an MA in Children’s Literature and an MA in Museum Studies.
She is an established writer and performace poet and has had her work broadcast on both television and radio. Her publications include IC3 An Anthology of New Black Writing in Britain published by the Penguin press, Rasta in the Millennium published by the Millennium Commission and Bibi’s Museum Adventure published by the Museums Service. She recently won the 2008 Black Women in the Arts Poetry Award in London.