Event 2 – March 16th ‘Sites of Resistance: Collective Thought and Action’
This panel considered the potential value of linking struggles for justice across a range of different issues or events, and specifically the role of the academic who may work alongside campaigners and activists. Speakers with experience of working across a number of justice campaigns will consider the strategies used to collectively ask questions of the State in order to bring about wider notions of justice.
‘We fight the same battles over and over again. They are never won for eternity, but in the process of struggling together, in community, we learn how to glimpse new possibilities that otherwise would never have become apparent to us, and in the process we expand and enlarge our very notion of freedom’
(Angela Y Davis, 2009 ‘Difficult Dialogues’)
Dr Adam Elliot-Cooper: Dept, of Geography and Urban Planning, Kings College London @adamec87
Adam Elliot-Cooper’s doctoral research looked at anti-racist resistance to policing. He has worked with a number of activist groups, including Newham Monitoring London.
Dr Joanna Gilmore: York Law School, The University of York @JoannaGilmore
Joanna Gilmore’s research examines public order policing, human rights and community-based responses to police misconduct. She is a founding member of the Northern Police Monitoring Project – a community initiative established to monitor policing practices and provide support, advocacy and advice to the victims of police violence.
Professor Steve Tombs: Direct of the Harm and Evidence Research
Collaborations Open University @steve_tombs
Steve Tombs will reflect upon his work with healthy and safety campaigns, and alongside those bereaved by workplace fatalities, considering why working with activist groups is both an obligation upon, but also a benefit for, academic researchers.
Dr Sarah Lamble: School of Law, Birkbeck, Univeristy of London
Sarah Lamble’s research addresses issues of gender, sexuality, and criminal justice, with a current focus on grassroots community engagements with transformative justice. She is a member of the Reclaim Justice Network, and cofounder of the Bent Bars Project, a collective which coordinates a letter-writing programme for LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming prisoners in Britain.