Collisions, Coalitions and Riotous Subjects: The Riots one year on
28 September 2012
Over the past year, academics have brought critical perspectives to bear on the complex causes and consequences of the English riots of 2011. These interventions have unsettled the easy answers offered by politicians and the police. Important questions have been raised about the relationship between the riots and the increasingly hostile conditions of neoliberalism and Coalition policies, including: growing unemployment, rising tuition fees, the withdrawal of the EMA, cuts to Sure Start and an overhaul of welfare provision.
The Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research (London South Bank University), in collaboration with the Institute for Policy Studies in Education (London Metropolitan University), is hosting a one-day conference designed to interrogate the relationship between the Riots and re-shaped inequalities of race, class, place, gender, sexuality in a post-crash, austerity era. As we see protests and uprisings across Europe and beyond, this will be a moment to reflect more widely on the convulsions of contemporary capitalism.
Author of Runnymede's report on the riots, The Riot Roundtables: Race and the riots of August 2012, Ojeaku Nwabuzo, will be taking part in one of the panel discussions.
Please click here for the full details and how to book your place.Please click here for the conference programme.