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6 November 2017 - 10 November 2017

Our Nation's Future: Loughborough Youth Creative Visions

Presented By Loughborough University's Nationalism Network

About this event

This event from the Loughborough University Nationalism Network is an opportunity to view Brexit-inspired creative and performing arts pieces, and to hear and share views on a post-Brexit future.

Part of the national ESRC Social Sciences Festival 2017, Our Nation's Future brings the views of young people in Loughborough into the debate with a unique exhibition of artworks on the theme of 'Britain after Brexit'.


The exhibition will feature young people's creative visions of 'Britain after Brexit', including a video game, models and sculptures, large posters, a performance from Frenzy Youth Theatre and more.

Visit our exhibition from 11am-4pm everyday throughout this week in November to explore young peoples' creative visions of 'Britain after Brexit'.

Roundtable discussion

Following this, they will be a roundtable discussion in the Sir Robert Martin Theatre which is open to staff, students and public, as well as the exhibiting/performing artists. A panel, which will include the members below, will comment on the messages being displayed throughout the young people's artworks.


Professor Helen Drake (Politics, History and International Relations, Loughborough University)

Dr Line Nyhagen (Sociology, Loughborough University)
Dr Line Nyhagen's areas of research include gender, religion, citizenship, feminism and women's movements. She is particularly interested in the meaning of 'citizenship' to people in their everyday lives, and how gender and religion impact on citizenship as lived practice.

Dr Michael Skey (Media and Communication, Loughborough University)
Michael Skey has been researching and writing about nationalism, multiculturalism and social identity for over 10 years. His book National Belonging and Everyday Life was recently released and examines why being part of a national community might matter to different people in the contemporary era.

Professor Sabina Mihelj (Media and Communication, Loughborough University)
Sabina Mihelj's areas of expertise include media and identity, comparative media research, television studies, and Cold War media and culture. She has written extensively on the involvement of media and communication in shaping national identity and inciting nationalism.

Professor Nick Clifford (Dean of the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences) will also be in attendance and will be presenting the welcome talk at the event.

Local MP Nicky Morgan

The public and exhibiting artists will be able to ask the panel about 'Britain after Brexit'. Panel members will also share areas of their research before making a brief statement about their views of a post-Brexit future for the country.

You can stay in touch on Twitter using the hashtags #youthbrexitfuture and #esrcfestival.