Broadcast: Events

Nationalism and Left Dreams

Wednesday 26 February 16:00 until 18:00
Fulton 103
Speaker: Dr Sivamohan Valluvan; Daniel Trilling; Catherine Donaldson

Over the last decade we have witnessed the full usurping of the Right by the nationalist imperative, and an ever-hardening aversion towards those who do not belong. The Left too has submitted to these themes recycling an assortment of nativist myths and hectoring about terrorism and the problems of immigration.

Join academic Dr Sivamohan Valluvan, writer and journalist Daniel Trilling and film maker Catherine Donaldson to discuss these themes, and to consider what anti-nationalist dreams the left still might hold in this moment of nationalist assertion.

This will be followed by the launch of Sivamohan Valluvan’s new book The Clamour of Nationalism: Race and Nation In Twenty-First-Century Britain – Manchester University Press.

Dr Sivamohan Valluvan is a scholar of racism, ethnicity and cultural theory with a particular interest in the rise of contemporary nationalism. He is the author of The Clamour of Nationalism: Race and Nation in Twenty-First-Century Britain, and a contributor to Salvage, Red Pepper and a range of academic journals. He is Associate Professor of Sociology at University of Warwick.

Daniel Trilling is a journalist, editor and author. He writes about migration, nationalism and human rights and is the author of Lights in the Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe and Bloody Nasty People: The Rise of Britain's Far Right. He is the editor of New Humanist magazine and contributor to New Statesman, The Guardian and the London Review of Books among other titles. 

Catherine Donaldson is a documentary and fiction filmmaker. She has works with community, arts and educational groups producing films around the themes of asylum, migration, borders and nationalism. She has also worked on the themes of sexuality, sexual exploitation and everyday life. She produced and directed her first feature documentary, Beauty and Brains, in 2010 with the support of the World Bank. In 2016 she returned to fiction with the series His Girl. She a Lecturer in Film Making, and a PhD student at University of Sussex. She is the founder of Eggplant12 Films Ltd.

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Last updated: Monday, 20 January 2020