This event is part of Panic! It’s an arts emergency, an Arts and Humanities Research Council project, led by Create London and sociologists from the Universities of Edinburgh and Sheffield. It is the first time large-scale national data sets on social mobility have been compared alongside industry-specific information; offering new insights into the tastes, values and engagement of cultural workers.
A summarised research document has come out of this project, titled Panic! Social Class, Tastes and Inequalities in the Creative Industries and sheds light on the nuanced challenges of entering and succeeding in the sector. It has been written to aid discussion around this subject. The report has a focus on social class inequalities, acknowledging and taking an intersectional approach with ethnicity and gender where possible.
We encourage creative workers irrespective of seniority or specialism to join this conversation, and strongly advise reading the report before the event.
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Reni Eddo-Lodge is a London-based, award-winning journalist. She has written for the New York Times, the Voice, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, Stylist, Inside Housing, the Pool, Dazed and Confused, and the New Humanist. She is the winner of a Women of the World Bold Moves Award, an MHP 30 to Watch Award and was chosen as one of the Top 30 Young People in Digital Media by the Guardian in 2014. She has also been listed in Elle's 100 Inspirational Women list, and The Root's 30 Black Viral Voices Under 30. She contributed to The Good Immigrant. Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race is her first book. It won the 2018 Jhalak Prize, was chosen as Foyles Non-Fiction Book of the Year and Blackwell's Non-Fiction Book of the Year, was longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize and the Orwell Prize and shortlisted for the British Book Awards Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year and the Books Are My Bag Readers Award for Non-Fiction.
Reni Eddo-Lodge will be in conversation with Sara Wajid.
Sara Wajid is the Head of Engagement at Museum of London, where she is working on the plans for the museums’ reincarnation in West Smithfields. She is a trustee of the Pitt Rivers Museum and the founder of Museum Detox network of BAME heritage workers, and was previously a cultural commentator and journalist.
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