Uni hosting conference on barriers people face

Photo: ODT files
Photo: ODT files
From racial discrimination and border control to the fall of the Berlin Wall, an upcoming university conference will examine a range of social and physical barriers people face.

Conference convener and University of Otago media, film and communication studies senior lecturer Dr Holly Randell-Moon said the ``Walls'' conference would be held on June 30 and July 1.

Dr Randall said there were about 25 activists and academics invited to speak, including visitors from the UK and Europe.

One of the keynote speakers was an African-American studies professor from Northwestern University in the US, Alexander Weheliye, who would talk about the African-American experience in terms of hip-hop music.

As well as examining physical barriers such as borders, the conference would include discussion on ``all kinds of boundaries and social barriers'' such as sexism, racism, and homophobia.

The other keynote speaker would be University of Waikato Associate Prof Leonie Pihama, director of research company Maori and
Indigenous Analysis Ltd.

Te Tumu School of Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies lecturer Megan Potiki would be taking a walking tour of Dunedin and speaking about several sites' significance to mana whenua, Dr Randell-Moon said.

Prior to the conference, a public screening of the Spanish film Walls/ Muros (2015) on walls and borders and their effects would be held on June 22, between 5pm and 7pm in the Richardson Building.

Registrations were open to anyone interested and could be done online, on the Space Race Bodies 3 website.

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