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Hinterlands Theatre

Empire 2.0
War on Want

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UK foreign policy is shaped and informed by legacies of colonialism – prioritising the protection of the UK’s wealth and privilege at the expense of those living in the global South. What role do trade, aid and development play in perpetuating this legacy? This session will explore how the UK can advance justice and human rights around the globe.


Vijay Prashad

Indian historian and Marxist who is Director of the Tricontential Institute and Editor of LeftWord Books

Ryvka Barnard
War on Want

Ryvka Barnard has a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from New York University where she specialised in the politics of tourism development in the occupied West Bank. She is currently the Senior Campaigns Officer on Militarism and Security at War on Want, where she campaigns against human rights abuses associated with the growing power of the military and security industry, with a special focus on the UK-Israel arms trade. 

Gargi Bhattacharyya

Gargi Bhattacharyya is Professor of Sociology at UEL’s Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging. Her research interests are in the areas of ‘race’ and racisms, sexualities, global cultures, the ‘War on Terror’, and, increasingly austerity and racial capitalism.

Celia McKeon
Rethinking Security

Coordinator of Rethinking Security, which aims to promote debate about the problems with the UK’s current approach to security, and build support for possible alternative approaches. She was previously trust assistant secretary at the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.