Workshop one: reading and activism in local, regional and national contexts

The first workshop, which will take place at The University of Bristol on 17 September 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm will focus on how literature might be used to promote activist causes at the local and regional levels. Featuring a keynote address by Dr Keon West (Goldsmiths), the workshop will feature a selection of master classes addressing topics including literature and race, bibliotherapy and refugee communities, and the possibilities of structured reading for disadvantaged youth. Master classes will be led by expert academics with experience putting their theoretical work into practice, and will be interactive in nature. Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided free of charge to all participants.

This workshop is free and open to all, though places are limited and pre-booking is essential. To register your interest, please email Dr Madhu Krishnan ( by 21 August 2016 with the subject heading ‘Affect, Empathy and Responsibility’, listening any dietary or special requirements.

Following events will take place in January 2017 and March 2017 (watch this space for details), and will focus on international activist contexts. We are grateful to the British Academy for the humanities and social sciences for their generous support.

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