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POPCHANGE SALON SERIES: RACIAL JUSTICE, POP CULTURE AND SOCIAL STRUGGLE

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K BiswasLeah Cowan, and Selina Nwulu discuss popular culture in Britain and its potential role in accelerating social change and highlighting structural inequality.

Youth led movements – against racism and sexism, for LGBTQ+ and disability rights or environmental sustainability ‐ feel locked out of elite political and economic circles, and see culture as their site of expression. A new wave of radical pop-cultural expression, dormant for much of the 21st century, may have emerged in film & television, music & fashion, gaming and social media campaigns. Under discussion was Britain’s belated public reckoning with racism in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, what is possible from the social justice-led activism around Euro 2020, and the emerging counter-reaction crystallised in a new Culture War.

The panel was recorded on July 14th on AirMeet as part of the PopChange Salon Series hosted by Counterpoints Arts.

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Hosted by Counterpoints Arts‘ PopChange Initiative, this is the first of five PopChange Salons in 2021 exploring the opportunities for real change presented within the New Brave world Report (2021). The Salon Series will explore racial justice, comedy, TV, gaming and narrative change. To be updated of future Salons in the series, sign up to our mailing list.

K Biswas

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K Biswas is a critic and essayist on everything from populism to the politics of grime music. In 2019, he founded The Race Beat, a network for journalists of colour working in the UK, and is the Director of Resonance FM, and the editor of Representology: The Journal of Media and Diversity.

Leah Cowan

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Leah Cowan is the former Politics Editor at gal-dem, a magazine and media platform run by women and non-binary people of colour, and works at Imkaan, a Black feminist organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and minoritised women and girls. Her first book, BORDER NATION, breaking down the politics of migration, was published by Pluto Press in Spring 2021. 

Selina Nwulu

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Selina Nwulu is both an independent consultant and writer with a commitment to social and climate justice. She has worked extensively in the not for profit sector as a strategist, educationalist and social researcher, including the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the RSA and till 2020 as Director of Education at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights UK.