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STUDENT PEN: Something Happened in the Levant

7 December 2015, 7:00 pm9:00 pm


UCL Student PEN and Exiled Writers Ink present ‘Something Happened in the Levant’, a multi-platform response to the current refugee crisis – challenging the persistent negativity of the narratives around refugees and migrants.

Migration, borders, cultural shift and exile will be explored through performance, poetry and discussion. The event will feature:

  • Poetry readings from some of London’s best writers of migrant and refugee origin (including Amarjit Chandan, Aviva Dautch, Abol Froushan and Edin Suljic)
  • An academic panel discussion
  • Integrated performances of dance from Cathy Broome and Psychesoma
  • An open mic session in which students and the wider audience will be able to share their own writings on the themes of the evening

‘Something Happened in the Levant’ forms part of UCL’s Refuge in a Moving World Network, an initiative led by the Institute of Advanced Studies in collaboration with the Institute of Global Prosperity and coordinated by Dr. Elena Fiddian Qasmiyeh of UCL’s Migration Research Unit.

This event marks the beginning of a wider, ongoing creative dialogue within UCL and the wider Bloomsbury academic community, which will explore comparative literature and international themes, through workshops, open mic sessions and other cultural events, with the support of UCL Student PEN and Exiled Writers Ink.


Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre, UCL Roberts Building G08
Torrington Place
London, WC1E 7JE United Kingdom
020 7679 2000