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Home Is...A Showcase of work and performances - 5 April 2019

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What does ‘home’ mean to you? You’re invited to join the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy to explore what this means to people around the world

The evening showcases work and performances produced by the public, students and researchers from King's Migration Research Group and UK in a Changing Europe who were invited to explore the theme of home through poetry, writing and illustration workshops

The evening will include

  • Poetry by Tolu Agbelusi 
  • Poetry performances by workshop participants
  • Screening of short film ‘Home Is'
  • Q&A chaired by Dr Munira Mirza, Executive Director, Culture, King's.
  • Launch of Shado collective and publication linking creatives, researchers and activists
  • A wine reception and opportunity to network.

This showcase forms part of a larger collection of work based on research and teaching within the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy, in collaboration with artists and alumni.

The larger collection includes

Home logo designed by Ari Salazar Volkmann

Speaker Biographies

Tolu Agbelusi is a Nigerian British poet, multidisciplinary artist, educator and lawyer. A BBC Slam Finalist, she performs widely, was shortlisted for the 2018 White Review Poetry Prize and has been published nationally and internationally. More

Dr Leonie Ansems de Vries is Lecturer in International Relations and Chair of the Migration Research Group . From 2015-2017, she co-led the collaborative ESRC-funded research project ‘Documenting the Humanitarian Migration Crisis in the Mediterranean’, which examined the effects of migration management practices on people seeking refuge in Europe.

Matthew Bevington is a Public Policy Researcher at the academic thinktank The UK in a Changing Europe. His research covers a wide range of areas related to Brexit and UK-EU relations, including public opinion, the parliamentary process and the EU institutions.

John McLaverty is a Youth and Community Organiser for Oxfam GB. John joined Oxfam in 2008 following a career in teaching and an MSc in Development Studies at SOAS. During the last two years John has been working on Oxfam’s Rights in Crisis campaigns, including an EU funded youth project on refugee rights, Oxfam’s Yemen campaign and the Museum Without a Home’s tour of UK schools, universities and communities.

Munira Mirza is Executive Director, Culture, King’s College London. Munira’s eighteen-year career has spanned arts, academia, politics and media. As Deputy Mayor for Culture and Education in London (2008 – 2016), Munira led City Hall’s cultural planning for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Munira studied English at Oxford University and completed her MA and PhD in Sociology at the University of Kent.

Anna Virabyan was born in Tbilisi, Georgia (1985) and grew up in Russia. From a young age Anna always had an interest in art which led her to onto 'Silk Painting Art' at the Sochi School of Art, Russia. She continued her studies and graduated with a Design Environment Degree. Anna then moved to the UK (2010) where she pursued her career in Art and developed her art portfolio. Anna is now working and living - with her three children in London. She provides artistic wellbeing workshops for people to help them overcome challenges through art.


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