Saturday 2nd Sept 2017 1000-1600
The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 3UU (near Govan underground station)
UNBREXABLE is the Centre for Human Ecology’s active response to Brexit: a series of interventions and a conference on 2nd September, revolving around supporting and strengthening the kinds of emotional connections and caring- and grassroots European solidarity and movements- which are too often left out of political debates.
Human-scale intimacy and relationships have been diminished in current political and mainstream media discourse, with European Scots and other migrants reduced to ‘bargaining chips’ with uncertain futures instead of valued and loved citizens with a right to belong. It has led to an understanding that we can no longer take for granted the kind of inclusive welcoming European Scotland we desire and voted for: we have to actively co-create it.
An interactive conference and gathering in Govan on 2nd September, 10am – 4pm around active citizenship, exploring initiatives and inquiring into how we need to collectively move forward to co-create social, ecological and economic solutions for the kind of society we want to live in.
- Download the Unbrexable programme.
- Download the details of Unbrexable contributors and summaries.
- Watch the talks online here:
- Ullrich Kockel : The World Turned Upside Down (again?): Anthropological Reflections on Brexit. Video link
- Joachim Spangenberg: Strengthening ties, weaving a net. Video link
- Eric Boyd : The Calculable & The Incalculable; an examination of “Brexit” through the demolition & redevelopment of Kiruna. Video link
- Unbrexable Panel Debate: Video link
Ullrich Kockel, Intercultural Research Centre, Heriot-Watt University: anthropological reflections on Brexit
CAMINA collective on solidarity and resistance in the age of Brexit
Joachim Spangenberg, Sustainable Earth Research Institute, Cologne, on strengthening ties, weaving a net
Eric Boyd, UCL Centre for the Anthropology Of Sustainability, on examination of Brexit through case study of demolition and redevelopment of Kiruna, Sweden
Vérène Nicolas, practitioner and facilitator, on what would it take for Scotland to become a “collaborative nation”
Gary Dunion, Friends of the Earth Scotland, on Brexit vs. the environment
Panel discussion chaired by Luke Devlin on how we can build connections and resist fragmentation in the years ahead, with Marj Clark and Jonathan Robertson of Xchange Scotland, Nadine Gorency of Rags To Riches, Sara Shaarawi of Arab Arts Focus and Remzije Sherifi of Maryhill Integration Network
Photo exhibition by Frank McElhinney: Postcards from Scotland in a Time of Crisis
Transit Zone, a documentary film by Frederik Subei, and an authentic insight into the life of refugees in the jungle of Calais
More to be announced. There will be many opportunities for discussion and participation – your chance to contribute to the growing movement to resist a hard Brexit and co-operate together to build the future we want.
The deadline for the Call for Contributions was July 16, 2017.
Unbrexfast, July 30, 11am – 2pm at The Project Cafe.
We had a delicious brunch buffet at The Project Cafe, a discussion and sharing about how we can co-create the kind of society we wish to be part of, in the wake of Brexit. Themes we bring to the table include food security, DIY solidarity and strengthening our connections with European social movements.
For an overview of the discussions on the day, read Juana Adcock’s blog post Unbrexfast – A Reflection.
Archive Facebook event page here.