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‘Distant Islands, Spectral Cities’. Weaving a spiral of archives in London

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Senate House

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A gathering of sensory, embodied methodologies that brings together poetic lectures, musical listening sessions, walks and talks. Voices of the Windrush Scandal, echoes of the New Cross Fire, walks as wakes and performances of justice will nourish this polyphonic session that aims to rehearse a living site of memory and becoming.

  • Monday 4 March 2024, 10:00 - 18:30
  • Senate House, Chancellors’ Hall
    University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
  • Visiting Senate House

The author, curator and independent researcher Olivier Marboeuf has been awarded the 2023/24 Banister Fletcher Global Fellowship, hosted by the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP), for the project ‘Distant Islands, Spectral Cities’. His project focuses on forms of political and aesthetic emancipation and imagination within Caribbean diaspora in Paris and London. Involving a non-linear temporal approach, his research takes a selection of significant events that took place in both imperial capitals during the early 1980s as points of departure in order to rebuild a spiral of archives. Taking into account different forms of archives, as well as ways of producing and practising them, ‘Distant Islands, Spectral Cities’ marks the starting point of a collective weaving method that will initiate a hybrid ‘community of interpretation’. 

This day-long event at Senate House in London on 4 March is the first gathering of a sensory, embodied methodology that brings together poetic lectures, musical listening sessions, walks and talks by academics, activists and artists. Voices of the Windrush Scandal, echoes of the New Cross Fire, walks as wakes and performances of justice will nourish this polyphonic session that aims to rehearse a living site of memory and becoming.

More information on the 2023/24 Banister Fletcher Global Fellowship is available.

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