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I4P Public Lecture: 12th October 2016

The Role and Relevance of Interdisciplinary Research in Community Activism in a Post Brexit United Kingdom

Dr Ornette D Clennon (Manchester Metropolitan University)

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The fight for social justice within our most deprived communities has historically always been fraught but even more so within the context of Austerity. However, with the societal fault lines that have been exposed by the recent Brexit vote, Dr Ornette D Clennon will discuss the increasing importance of scholar activism in not only researching but also facilitating the dynamic process of building sustainable communities towards social justice.

Using his research as case studies, Dr Clennon will outline the growing need for the role of the “Flipped Academic” where he combines academic research, creative participatory activities and social enterprise into interdisciplinary research that alongside mutually beneficial knowledge co-production also attempts to produce real agency for communities.  The event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.

Date: Wednesday 12th October 2016

5.30pm Registration and Refreshments
6.00pm Lecture
7.00pm Reception and Networking

Venue: room H201, Faculty of Health and Social Care (building 4) at Edge Hill University (Directions)

Registration: closed.


Dr Clennon is a Visiting Research Fellow, a Critical Race Scholar and a Composer in The Research Centre for Social Change: Community Wellbeing at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). Ornette leads the Centre’s Critical Race and Ethnicity Research Cluster and is Guest Resident Composer for MMU’s Northern Chamber Orchestra. Ornette is also Visiting Professor at the Federal University of the Amazonas. Ornette writes for Media Diversified and Open Democracy and is a Public Engagement Ambassador for the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE). He is a community activist at local, national and international levels and amongst others, he works with the Ubele Initiative, Locality, Colonia Oliveira Machado Community (Manaus, Brazil), MACC, Making Education a Priority (MEaP), Black British Academics and the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education. Ornette’s enterprise and activism work has been recognised with the 2011 NCCPE Beacons New Partnerships Award.

Ornette is widely published and his previous books include Alternative Education and Community Engagement: Making Education a Priority (2014), in which he explores the efficacy of the marketised education system from a BAME perspective, Urban Dialectics, The Market and Youth Engagement: The Black Face of Eurocentrism? (2015), which uncovers the intersections of capitalism, culture and race in the contemporary world and International Perspectives of Multiculturalism: The Ethical Challenges (2016), where the volume asks some important questions about how we are to understand multi-culturalism, its politics and practice in an international context.

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