In the twenty-five years since the release of her world-renowned Booker Prize winning novel, The God of Small Things (1997), Arundhati Roy has consistently interrogated the meaning of justice in all its complexity, social, economic and ecological. Her last novel was The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (2017) which has been translated into more than 40 languages. Her latest collection of essays is Azadi: Freedom, Fascism, and Fiction in the Age of the Virus (2020).
As we endure an unprecedented global pandemic, governmental inaction in response to the climate crisis, and the intensification of authoritarian practices across the global north and south alike, Arundhati Roy has been invited by Stuart Hall Foundation to reflect on how we have arrived at this conjuncture and what might come next. Roy will discuss the local and global dimensions of these crises and the ongoing resistance to them. Roy will then be in conversation with Farzana Khan, Executive Director and Co-founder of Healing Justice London, and respond to questions from the audience.
See below for biographies of speakers Arundhati Roy and Farzana Khan.
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Arundhati Roy is the author of The God of Small Things, which won the Booker Prize in 1997 and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017. Both novels have been translated into more than forty languages.
My Seditious Heart, published in 2019, collects the work of a two-decade period when Arundhati Roy devoted herself to the political essay as a way of opening up space for justice, rights and freedoms in an increasingly hostile environment.
Azadi: Fascism, Fiction & Freedom in the Time of the Virus, published in 2020, and in an expanded edition in 2022, collects the writing that followed and focuses on the meaning of freedom in a world of growing authoritarianism.
Farzana is a writer and cultural producer. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Healing Justice Ldn. Her practice works on building community health, rooted in disability justice and survivor work working towards collective liberation practice and structural justice. Farzana has a background in youth and community organising and is particularly focused on culture and activism both in the UK and internationally. Farzana is the former creative and Strategic Director at Voices that Shake, bringing together young people, artists and campaigners to develop creative responses to social injustice, with recently published trilogy of publications on creative resistance building including Voices That Shake!, A Decade of Creative Movements. She ran this whilst working at Platform London, a climate and social justice organisation working across arts, education, research and activism. Farzana is also a Trustee at the International Curatorial Forum and co-founder of Resourcing Racial Justice.