IN THE ABSENCE OF TRUTH: art and debate about refugees and migrants
Thursday 29th June 7 pm (admission free)
An evening of discussion arising from a talk by Alison Harvey, barrister and legal officer and former general secretary of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association.
Alison has for decades been informing and engaging with Parliamentarians, lawyers and the public about refugee and immigration law and policy,
She will define the term ‘refugee’ and speak about the experience of becoming caught up in the UK asylum system, and draw on her work with UNHCR in West Africa and with displaced people. In addition, she will inform the audience about the wide swathe of free/forced movement that the term ‘migration’ encapsulates.
Then in dialogue with artist Ricky Romain, Alison will consider the questions;
1) Does art make you care more about whether something you read or hear is true or not? If so how?
2) Does art help you to sort out what is true from what is not true?
This will be followed by contributions to the discussion from the audience chaired by Heather Fallows.