Date and Time

11th May 2021



Speakers and Artists
  • Lanre Malaolu
  • James Nazroo
  • Becky Hall

Our #ReconstructionWork online conversation series continues this year with a special event in partnership with the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE). 

On Tuesday 11th May, the Stuart Hall Foundation is hosting a conversation between James Nazroo, Fellow of the British Academy and Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester, and award-winning director and choreographer, Lanre Malaolu, to explore the racial inequalities and injustices that surround mental health in the UK. The event will include an introduction from Child Psychotherapist, Psychoanalyst and Trustee of the Stuart Hall Foundation, Becky Hall

The Covid-19 pandemic has magnified a disproportionate exposure to socio-political factors that impact mental health and well-being for ethnic minority communities. Research shows this includes employment insecurity, educational disenfranchisement, over-policed communities, and poor access to physical and mental healthcare. James and Lanre will examine these inequalities that cut across race and ethnic groups, how they are influenced by, class, and gender, and address experiences of mental health at an individual, institutional and national level. They will bring to the discussion perspectives shaped by their academic and creative work, to interrogate vulnerabilities, discuss resistance to socio-political determinants that compound mental ill-health, and consider opportunities for healing.  

Event ticket holders will gain exclusive access to a recording of Lanre Malaolu’s Elephant in the Room performance, which was presented at the Annual Stuart Hall Public Conversation in 2018.  This will be available to watch for a limited time during the two weeks leading up to the event. 

You can also watch some of Lanre’s work below:


The Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) is an ESRC funded research centre providing theoretically informed, empirically grounded and policy-relevant research on ethnic inequalities in the UK. They bring together expertise from a range of disciplines including sociology, demography, economics, history, geography, political science, cultural studies and seek to communicate their research to a wide range of audiences.

CoDE has recently launched EVENS – Evidence for Equality National Survey (EVENS). This is the UK’s first and largest survey of its kind to document the impact of Covid-19, and the lockdowns, on 17,000 ethnic and religious minority people. Participate in EVENS.

Read more about the #RecontructionWork project and watch all previous conversations.

Speakers and Artists

Lanre Malaolu

Lanre is an award-winning director, choreographer, and writer working across theatre and film. Lanre creates groundbreaking work merging movement and dialogue to tell socially engaged stories about our world. A unique element of his work stems from Rudolf Laban’s movement psychology, to build dynamic and bold choreography charged with truth. Lanre was commissioned by Camden Peoples Theatre to create ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM which transferred to the Roundhouse in 2019. He was choreographer for DEAR MR. SHAKESPEARE (Sundance Film Festival, 2017). THE CIRCLE premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest, won Best dance film award at Leeds International Film Festival, and was picked up by The Guardian in 2020. THE CONVERSATION won Best Dance Film at Aesthetica Festival & San Francisco Dance Film Festival 2020.

James Nazroo

James Nazroo is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester, founding and Deputy Director of the ESRC Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE), co-PI of the Synergi Collaborative Centre, which is investigating ethnic inequalities in severe mental illness, and founding and co-Director of the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA). Issues of inequality and social justice have been the primary focus of his research. Central to his work on ethnicity/race has been developing an understanding of the links between racism, socioeconomic inequality and health. This work has covered a variety of elements of social disadvantage, how these relate to processes of racism, and how these patterns have changed over time.

Becky Hall

Becky Hall moved from post graduate work in the field of Literature and post-coloniality to train as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic. She subsequently trained as a Psychoanalyst at the British Psychoanalytic Association (BPA). She has worked for many years in NHS services for children and families and has developed a special interest in work with Looked After children, Adoption and parental mental health. She currently works in the NHS and in private practice with children, adolescents and adults. She teaches Infant Observation, writes and is an active member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists. Becky is Stuart Hall’s daughter and a Trustee of the Stuart Hall Foundation.