Media, Arts and Humanities - Festival of Ideas
Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts - Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 March 2022
The Sussex Festival of Ideas is a dynamic and engaging programme of talks, events and activities, from the School of Media, Arts and Humanities.
The 2022 Festival comprises a two-day programme of talks, events, workshops, conversations, screenings and performances co-created by Sussex staff and students at the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 March, and a curated programme of events hosted at venues across the region as part of the 2022 Brighton Festival in May.
Ukraine: A Media, Arts and Humanities Conversation
Tuesday 29 March, 11.15 am
What is the place of culture in war, invasion and resistance? What ways can cultural actions and analysis support peace-making in desperate times? A panel of staff and students will reflect on the situation in Ukraine in contexts of wider crises.
Images Among Us: Research Inside 'the Gram'
Tuesday 29 March, 12.15 pm
An informal and far-ranging discussion of imagery, the internet and possible tactics to explore it.
Hope and Fear: Cultures of Climate Change
Tuesday 29 March, 1 pm
Students from the new Sussex Liberal Arts degree convene speakers from across disciplines at Sussex and beyond, to examine key topics around the subject of climate change.
The New Menopause
Tuesday 29 March, 3.15 pm
Exploring the new visibility of menopausal life and politics, in mainstream, social and countercultural media.
'Independent Miss Craigie' Film Screening with Q and A
Tuesday 29 March, 4.30 pm
A screening of a new film by Sussex filmmaker Lizzie Thynne about a female pioneer of UK filmmaking followed by Q&A
The White Pube
Wednesday 30 March, 12 noon
With Zarina Muhammad, one half of irreverent cultural critics The White Pube and focusing on their work as writers, critics, artists and agitators.
"We need to talk about" Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in the media
Wednesday 30 March, 1 pm
Discussing the media coverage of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities and ways in which the representations of these diverse communities can be improved.
Black at Sussex: Activism, Curating, Archiving
Wednesday 30 March, 2 pm
Bringing together Sussex alumni and academics this conversation will reflect upon their work as activists, curators and archivists in order to explore Black British experiences of access to the countryside, cultural curation and the archiving of history.
Gary Younge - Not Set in Stone: Why we need more honesty and fewer statues
Wednesday 30 March, 4 pm
Debating one of the most pressing cultural questions of our time: how we remember and who.
The Social Strike Game
Sunday 8 May
The Social Strike Game is a tabletop group strategy game that’s fun for all the comrades.
Making Space: Decolonial Interventions in Contemporary Art
Monday 16 May, 7 pm
Convened by Susuana Amoah, the University of Sussex Stuart Hall Fellow 2022, this panel will explore some of the imaginative de-colonial strategies used by artists, curators and activists in recent years to address cultural inequity in public art institutions
I Get Knocked Down - Film screening and Q&A
Wednesday 18 May, 8 pm
I Get Knocked Down (dir Dunstan Bruce & Sophie Robinson, 2021) is the untold story of Leeds-based anarcho-pop band Chumbawamba.
Thursday 26 May, 5.30 pm
As the UK emerged from successive Covid-19 lockdowns, there was a lot talk about the need for a ‘Cultural Recovery’, normally in relation to the re-opening of cultural spaces and, sometimes, a return to business-as-usual.