#ReconstructionWork Conversations

The term ‘reconstruction’ is often used to characterize a moment in time where a series of events force a period of political, social and economic reorganisation. This past year, the Covid-19 pandemic and the sustained Black Lives Matter protests have prompted a collective reassessment of the past in order to make sense of present-day inequalities. Stuart discussed ‘reconstruction’ as an opportunity to “reinscribe the past, reactivate it, relocate it and resignify it” in order to work through the present, reinterpret the future and to imagine something else. Our #ReconstructionWork series implements Stuart’s thinking through a series of online public conversations where we invite writers, artists and activists to critically consider how we can build a better society in response to the Covid-19 crisis and the Black Lives Matter protests worldwide. 

15th August 2022 / Video

Building Black Cultural Institutions with Gilane Tawadros, Lisa Anderson, Ian Sergeant, Marlene Smith and Amahra Spence

What is the word ‘Black’ in ‘Black Cultural Institutions’? Why does it seem like there are so few black-led arts organisations in the UK that...

16th June 2022 / Video

Whose Memorials? with Barby Asante and Shawn Sobers

The state backlash against the mass protests for racial justice in June 2020 is well underway. A reaction punctuated by the recent passing of...

14th March 2022 / Video

The Politics of Care with Dharmi Kapadia and Dzifa Afonu

How can we make sense of the concept of ‘care’ in today’s political and economic landscape? After twelve years of austerity, large scale public...

18th January 2022 / Video

Frontlines: Land and the Climate Crisis with Abeer Butmeh, Dr Hamza Hamouchene and Sam Siva

Land both contributes and is affected by climate change. It is the frontlines of the climate crisis where livelihoods, resources and inherited...

8th December 2021 / Video

Publishing in the Wake of Black Lives Matter with Margaret Busby and Anamik Saha

The Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020 produced an unprecedented amount of public statements from corporate media in support of...

3rd November 2021 / Video

Climate Justice From Below: Race, Class and Climate Crisis with Jhannel Tomlinson and Leon Sealey-Huggins

By: Jhannel Tomlinson & Leon Sealey-Huggins

Our #ReconstructionWork online conversation series continues with another special event with support from Arts Council England. In the global...

26th July 2021 / Video

Can the Museum Be Decolonised? Mohammed Ali, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan and Ahdaf Soueif

On Wednesday 7th July, the Stuart Hall Foundation an online roundtable as part of their #ReconstructionWork series to think through the...

11th May 2021 / Video

Racial Disparities in Mental Healthcare, with James Nazroo and Lanre Malaolu

On Tuesday 11th May, the Stuart Hall Foundation and the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) hosted a conversation between James Nazroo,...

30th October 2020 / Video

Intergenerational Inequality with Shiv Malik and Susanna Rustin

Shiv Malik, and Susanna Rustin explore how intergenerational inequality, and the economic reality on which it has been based, has changed our...

4th September 2020 / Video

Legacies of British Slave Ownership with Catherine Hall and Ruth Ramsden-Karelse

Catherine Hall and Ruth Ramsden-Karelse discuss the Legacies of British Slave Ownership. They explore the importance of new histories,...

31st July 2020 / Video

David Lammy and Amina Gichinga on Party Politics and Grassroots Organising

In the second of the #ReconstructionWork series, ‘Parliamentary Politics and Grassroots Organising’, David Lammy and Amina Gichinga discussed...

26th July 2020 / Video

Gary Younge and Lola Olufemi Discuss Looking Back to Look Forward

Gary Younge and Lola Olufemi discuss 'looking back to look forward'. In the first #ReconstructionWork conversation, writer and academic...