Step by Step(5), Interdisciplinary Seminar

Step by Step 5 is co-hosted by UEL’s Centre for Performing Arts Research (CPAD), the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB), and the Walking Artists Network, this seminar will focus on themes of migration, cities, public space and performance, bringing together the Afghan artist Kubra Khademi, with writer and journalist Anna Minton, and writer, artist and producer Mary Paterson. The seminar builds on themes that have emerged from the WALKING WOMEN project, started in 2016 by Clare Qualmann and Amy Sharrocks.

Step by Step 5 with a focus on walking

Kubra Khademi is an Afghan artist and feminist. She studied at Kabul University and Beaconhouse National University, Pakistan where she began to create public performance. Returning to Kabul her work actively responded to a society dominated by extreme patriarchal politics. After performing her piece Armor in 2015, Khademi was forced to flee Afghanistan. She currently lives and works in Paris, France. In 2016 she was awarded an MFA Scholarship at Pantheon Sorbonne University and was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the Ministry of French Culture.

Anna Minton is a writer, journalist and Reader in Architecture. She is programme leader of UEL's MRes Architecture: Reading the Neoliberal City. Her research interests include cities, democracy and public space. As well as contributing regularly to The Guardian, Minton’s publications include Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the 21st Century City, (Penguin 2009, 2012) and the forthcoming Big Capital: Who’s London For? (Penguin, 2017).

Mary Paterson is a writer, artist and producer working between critical writing, poetry and live art. She is currently Bristol Writer in Residence for the Art Writer's Programme, hosted by the Art Writers Group, Spike Island and Arnolfini, funded by Arts Council England. Here, she is continuing her research into the politics of movement and the etiquettes of public space, through a series of interviews, critical texts and public walking workshops.

The Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging brings together the interdisciplinary work carried out within the School, in the related areas of migration and refugee studies, diasporas and social cohesion, racism, nationalism and political religions, as well as intersectional citizenship, identity and belonging.

The Centre for Performing Arts Research is focused on developing original and innovative research in Performing Arts including Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies, Music, Dance and Creative Writing with a particular emphasis on socially engaged practices, performance philosophy and cultures, practice-based research, digital and interdisciplinary research.

The Walking Artists Network is for everyone who defines themselves as a walking artist, and everyone who is interested in walking as a mode of creative practice, in fields including (but not limited to) architecture, archaeology, anthropology, cultural geography, history, spatial design, urban design and planning.

The seminar takes place on 24th April at UEL University Square campus between 17:00-20:00

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