Our Nation's Future: Loughborough Youth Creative Visions

An exhibition and discussion event from Loughborough University's Nationalism Network as part of the ESRC Social Sciences Festival 2017.

A poster displaying the Union Jack flag and the European flag with the text: Loughborough University Nationalism Network. Our Nation’s Future. Loughborough Youth Creative Visions. Loughborough University.

An exhibition and discussion event showcasing young people's ideas on a post-Brexit future.

  • Monday 6th - Friday 10th November 2017
  • Martin Hall Exhibition Space, Loughborough University 

Free entry, everyone welcome.

As Britain's leaders prepare to take the country out of the EU, academics and politicians alike are discussing how to shape the future of our society.

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 6 - 10 November 2017

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

Artworks on show as part of the exhibition will include a video game, models and sculptures, large posters, a performance from Frenzy Youth Theatre and more.

We're liaising with a number of local schools in Loughborough and the surrounding areas, as well as groups from Charnwood Arts and TwentyTwenty Life Skills - all of whom are currently hard at work creating artworks on the theme of a post-Brexit Britain.

The roundtable discussion, 10 November 2017.

Following this, we'll be hosting a roundtable discussion in the Sir Robert Martin Theatre (Martin Hall, Loughborough University).

This discussion event, which is open to the public as well as our young artists, will see a panel of University Lecturers and Professors, alongside local MP Nicky Morgan, comment on the messages being displayed throughout the young peoples' artworks.

The general public and our young artists will be able to ask our panel of academic and policy experts questions about 'Britain after Brexit' and our panel members will also share some areas of their research with you before making a brief statement about their views of a post-Brexit future for the country.

The roundtable discussion will be introduced by the Dean of the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences, Professor Nick Clifford.

Alongside local MP Nicky Morgan, our academic panel members include:

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

Helen Drake is an expert in contemporary French politics and EU affairs, and has chaired the UK’s leading University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) since 2012. She is undertaking a series of high-profile research projects on Brexit, including an ongoing initiative entitled '28+ Perspectives on Brexit: a guide to the multi-stakeholder negotiations'.

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.


Image galleries

This event is part of the national ESRC Social Sciences Festival 2017.

Stay in touch on Twitter using the hashtags #youthbrexitfuture and #esrcfestival.