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11 October 2021 - 11 October 2021

10:00AM - 4:00PM

Williams Library, St Chad’s College (18 North Bailey, Durham, DH1 3RH, UK)

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Celebrating the life and work of anti apartheid campaigner, Ruth First; reporting initial findings from the Ruth First in the North project; exploring broader issues faced by activist researchers.


10:30 Gavin Williams, Oxford
Keynote: Ruth First and Durham

11:30 Saleem Badat, UKZN
Ruth First and Activist Research

13:15 Claire Pierson, Liverpool
Abortion and Activist Research

14:15 Ben Baumberg Geiger, Kent
Values and Social Science Research

15:15 Jonny Steinberg, Yale
Ruth First’s Prison Memoirs : writing about oneself


This hybrid event will be held ‘in person’ and via Zoom. We are keen to encourage lively debate and will facilitate participation whatever your mode of attendance.

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