Rights Wot Rights?

Digital Humanities Hub - ERI building (G3 on campus map)
Wednesday 22 November 2017 (14:00-16:00)

Please email culture@contacts.bham.ac.uk for more information.

Still image from 'Rights? Wot Rights?' [1984]. Image courtesy Vivid Projects.
Still image from 'Rights? Wot Rights?' (1984). Image courtesy Vivid Projects.

Join Vivid Projects and Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures and Modern British Studies for an afternoon of screenings and talks presenting newly digitised 80s video archive and campaigning materials from TURC Video and Birmingham Trade Union Resource Centre.

The session will be introduced by Yasmeen Baig-Clifford, Director of Vivid Projects, who is overseeing the development of the Birmingham Media Archive Project, and Dr Chris Moores, Director of Modern British Studies at University of Birmingham, and historian of civil liberties activism in twentieth century Britain. His recent book Civil Liberties and Human Rights in Twentieth Century Britain (CUP, 2017) examines the relationship between local, national and transnational languages of rights and freedom and the political cultures around which civil liberties concerns manifested. Cathy Wade and Keith Dodds will introduce the work of interdisciplinary collective REPEATOR, who are considering the alternative cultural history of the city, informed by historic activist practices, trade union resources and community actions.

This event is part of a 4 day series exploring alternative, grassroots perspectives into local political campaigns during a period of profound social, economic and political change. A pop up installation of original campaign print materials and audio commissioned from REPEATOR will be displayed at Vivid Projects from Thursday 23 - Saturday 25 November, open 12-5pm daily. 

Right Wot Rights? is presented as part of the Being Human festival 2017 and is supported by Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures and Modern British Studies at the University of Birmingham. Digitised material produced with technical support from Marian Hall.