The next meeting of Taking Soundings in Leeds:
Lorna Gledhill on the Refugee Crisis: ‘Telling the Truth about Asylum: Changing the Narrative’
Faced with the biggest refugee crisis since World War Two, how we talk about people seeking safety is incredibly important. However, certain messages have dominated public and political conversations about migration; some voices have been louder than others. This narrative has shaped the European response to the refugee crisis, with many countries shoring up their border rather than providing protection. Swarms, floods, and marauding migrants: we’ve all read the headlines.
We’ll be looking at how the language surrounding the refugee crisis has informed and influenced the way in which refugees have been welcomed and unwelcomed in Europe, whose stories have been heard and whose have been silenced, and think about what we can do to tell a different story. We will also discuss practical actions the Regional Asylum Activism Project and others engage in.
Lorna Gledhill is the Yorkshire and Humberside Activism Coordinator for the Regional Asylum Activism Project. She works with colleagues in the West Midlands and the North West to campaign for the rights of people seeking refugee protection in the UK. She is also a member of the David Oluwale Memorial Association’s Advisory Group.
At 6PM on Wednesday, June 15th at Leeds Beckett University, City Site
Calverley Building (CL) Room 211
Please note, this is not our normal venue. The Calverley building is best accessed through the huge glass doors opposite opposite the Dry Dock pub, on grass Woodhouse Lane, opposite the multi-storey car park (which is probably the best place to park if you are driving). Thought the glass doors, past the library on your left, past the Grumpy Mule café, then down the stairs until you reach the foyer. Use the lifts on the left of the foyer reception desk to get to the second floor, where you’ll find Room 211. Give yourself some extra time to find this if you haven’t been there before. Apologies for the inconvenience.