13th March, 4:30pm: Panel Discussion: Independent Republic of London

The Independent Republic of London?

Buzzfeed recently put up 13 charts showing why London is Basically Another Country, The evidence included: London is much richer, Londoners come from everywhere; which means that they speak all sorts of languages; and London is far less white than the rest of Britain; Londoners are much better qualified; and much younger. With Independence the defining political issue of the era, we provocatively ask our panel: is it London’s turn?

About Our Panel

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown was exiled from her birthplace, Uganda, in 1972. She is a journalist, author and academic. She has written for the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail, New York Times, Time Magazine and was a weekly columnist for The Independent for 18 years. She is now a columnist for I newspaper, International Business Times and the New European. She is also a well known radio and TV broadcaster. She has won several awards including the Orwell prize for political writing and in 2017, National Press Awards columnist of the year prize. She has been shortlisted again in 2018. She was also given The Asian Media award for outstanding contribution to the Media. Her last book, Exotic England, explored England’s love of the east. She is a part time professor at Middlesex University where she teaches and advises on policy and projects. In 2018, she will embark on a programme of research into the well-being of troubled young Muslims and work with practitioners on effective responses. She has twice been voted the 10th most influential Asian in Britain.

Kurt Barling has been a leading broadcaster for the BBC across four decades having joined the Television service in 1989. He has covered stories all around the world, operated undercover and in war zones. He has made dozens of primetime documentaries and has won numerous industry awards for his journalism, film-making and writing. Kurt graduated with a PhD in International Relations and MSc in Government from the London School of Economics, where he lectured in the International Relations Department before embarking on a career in journalism. Since November 2012 he has been a Professor of Journalism in the Department of Media at Middlesex University London. His latest publications are The R Word on race and racism, and editing and publishing the seminal 1943 work by Amy BullerDarkness Over Germany which is released in the USA next month after critically acclaimed launches in Germany and the UK including two presentations to HM The Queen. His current research focusses on the impact of AI on Journalism and Democracy.

Sophia Drakopoulou is a Director of Programmes and Senior Lecturer in Media, Culture and Communication at Middlesex University. Her research explores location-based technologies and the urban environment. She’s a co-founder of Cybersalon a think tank on networked cultures, http://www.cybersalon.org.

This panel discussion will take place on Tuesday 13th of March at 4:30pm in the Boardroom C219. In order to guarantee a seat for this event, please rsvp via this Eventbrite page.

The North London Story Festival is a free event and open to students, faculty and members of the public.


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