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Panel: "The Right to the City - Global Feminist Approaches"

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Location: Zoom

Jointly hosted by the Centre for Feminist Research, Goldsmiths, University of London & the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, University of Warwick.


  • Nirmal Puwar (Chair/Organiser)
  • Phoebe Kisubi Mbasalaki - Reflecting on the #AMINEXT uprising in South Africa.
  • Helena Suárez Val - Indignant, sad and fierce
  • Adrija Dey - The right to the Campus: universities as sites of repression & counter-struggle in India

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Our streets are activated by the right to be in the city; to protest, to walk and exist without harassment. Different forms of vigilant surveillance beset bodies ‘marked’ as being out of place. Rambling anywhere and at any time is reserved for specific bodies. The right to be in public spaces is punctured daily through legal powers and forms of exclusionary citizenship, as well as everyday micro modes of measurement and dis/possession. Localised events can ignite daily lived tensions to breaking point, galvanising a force to contest repeated forms of overlooked modes of violence. This panel of speakers will consider the social and political right to the city being forged both locally and globally; including discussion of South Africa, India and Uruguay and the UK.


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Panellist Bios:

Nirmal Puwar is Co-Director of the Centre for Feminist Research at Goldsmiths, University of London and Visiting Fellow of Centre for the Study of Women and Gender University of Warwick. She has a longstanding interest in bodies and space, her book Space Invaders: race, gender and bodies out of place (2004), generated a conceptual frame work. She co-leads the strand on Space Invading in the Global Grace project on Gender and Cultural Equalities. Her work brings together a range of methods and site-specific interventions to re-route space, nation and institutions, including Noise of the Past through Call-and-Response. At Goldsmiths she co-founded the Methods Lab to mutate methods as well as outside/inside relations within and beyond the walls of the academy. Live Methods, co-edited with Les Back, is one of eighteen collections she has co-edited.

Phoebe Kisubi Mbasalak is a post-doctoral research fellow on the GlobalGRACE project ( housed at the AGI and the Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies (CTDPS) – University of Cape Town as well as the NGO – Sex Workers Advocacy and Educational Task Force (SWEAT). She is also a lecturer on the gender studies program at the Africa Gender Institute (AGI) – University of Cape Town. She holds a doctorate in Gender Studies from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, supervised by Prof. Gloria Wekker. Her research interests are in critical race, gender, class, sexuality, public health as well as decolonial thought and praxis.

Helena Suárez Val is a Latin American activist, researcher and social communications producer with a focus on feminism and human rights. She currently works independently, having previously worked with Amnesty International, the Global Call for Action against Poverty (GCAP) and Uruguayan feminist collective Cotidiano Mujer, amongst others. She holds an MA in Gender, Media and Culture from Goldsmiths and is pursuing a PhD at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick. In 2015, she started Feminicidio Uruguay (, a database and map of feminicide cases in the country. She is currently collaborating with Catherine D'Ignazio and Silvana Fumega on an international participatory action research project, Data Against Feminicide.

Adrija Dey is currently a Lecturer in Digital Media at the University of Sussex. Her post doctoral research looked at Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Indian Universities. She is also part of the 1752 groups, Account for This, Alliance of Women in Academia and other campaigns in the UK and India fighting against gendered violence in higher education.

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