What is the course about?
Social movements have a long history around the world, but over the past few years we have seen a significant rise. The day provides an opportunity to hear about, explore and discuss some of the key ideas of contemporary social movements, with speakers focusing on the changing landscape of 'people movements'. The day will include talks on the Arab Spring and its aftermath; women’s social movements and their rise even in non-democratic countries; and social movements and civil society developments in Central Asia and across Africa.
What will we cover?
Schedule for the day:
10.30 – 11.00 – Registration/sign-in for students
11.00 – 11.15 – Opening and Welcome (housekeeping, etc.)
11.15 – 12.15 – Speaker 1: Christina Julios
12.15-12.30 – coffee break
12.30 – 13.30 – Speaker 2: James Chiriyankandath
13.30 – 14.30 – Lunch Break
14.30 – 15.30 – Speaker 3: Zulfia Chynar-Satimbai
15.30 – 15.45 – break
15.45 – 16.45 – Speaker 4: Mark McQuinn
16.45 – 17.00 – Closing of day
Christina will be speaking on: contemporary social movements focused on 'honour'-based violence including forced marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). She will explore initiatives by Diasporas in Western countries as well communities in developing nations.
James will be speaking on: the Arab Spring and its aftermath – exploring the people movements that started from the Arab Spring and the impact these have had in the North African and Middle East regions.
Zulfia will be speaking on: her experience of working with activist groups in Central Asia - as a student activist, then aid/development agency employee then as member of an international human rights movement; exploring the multiple narratives about social movements and journeys of minority narratives towards change.
Mark will be speaking on: civil society, informal associations and social movements related to trade unions and labour across the African continent, with particular emphasis on his research in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.
Dr Christina Julios, Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Geography, Birkbeck, University of London; and Build Sociology Tutor.
Dr James Chiriyankandath, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, and History/Politics tutor at Build.
Ms Zulfia Chynar-Satimbai, works with Amnesty International where she is currently responsible for supporting activist movement in countries in former Soviet space with no Amnesty’s presence.
Dr Mark McQuinn, Convenor of the Aid and Development course on the MSc Development Studies course, Development Studies Department at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and a Politics tutor at Build.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Build runs a fantastic range of history courses on every subject from Ancient Greece and Rome, through Medieval and early modern Europe, right up to courses in contemporary politics and economics that focus on the topics dominating the headlines right now. To find the perfect course for you, visit the 'History, culture & writing' section of our website. Information on related courses will also be provided on the day.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details