The Polis Project launches our online conversation series — Dispatches, Conversations during a lockdown. We will be live streaming these conversations, on our Patreon Page.
With communities around the world currently living under various degrees of quarantine, lockdowns and even curfews, these conversations are a way to centre and amplify the diverse voices, concerns and struggles. We are living through a unique historical moment, that requires solidarity, empathy and more importantly ways to reaffirm our shared humanity. The coming weeks and months will be chaotic, along with an unprecedented expansion of executive power that will encroach civil liberties, further expand surveillance architectures, and entrench already existing inequalities. The borders will be sealed, the communities already struggling under state violence, and living through conflict will become invisible and erased from news cycles.
While there is much to despair, these moments are also moments to think about radically remaking our world, and about new possibilities. To continue to engage, even if it is only online for now.
If you have a suggestion of who we could invite, please contact:
Varya at thepolisproject.com (or) Yameena at thepolisproject
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April 2, 10.00 AM EST / 2.00 PM GMT
Ep3: Conversation with Danish Husain
Suchitra Vijayan in conversation with actor, poet, storyteller and theatre director Danish Husain. Danish Husain is an actor, poet, Dastango, and a theatre director. He was instrumental in reviving the art form of Dastangoi for which he received the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s (Indian Academy of Music, Dance, &Theatre) Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puruskar in 2010. He subsequently returned the award in 2015 in the intolerance debate that raged across India. He later in 2016 started a multi-lingual brand of storytelling Qissebaazi. He also contributed an essay to a highly acclaimed collection Strongmen, edited by Vijay Prashad & published by Leftword Books, where five artists, including Eve Ensler, from five different countries write about authoritarian leaders in their countries.
March 25, 10.00 AM EST / 2.00 PM GMT
Ep2: Conversation with Sohini Chattopadhyay
Suchitra Vijayan in conversation with journalist Sohini Chattopadhyay to discuss what happens to chronic patients during #lockdownindia. Chattopadhyay is an award-winning long-form journalist who has written for publications all over the world. She writes on health, politics, and popular culture.
March 19, 10.00 AM EST / 2.00 PM GMT
Ep1: Conversation with Dr Thusiyan Nandakumar
Suchitra Vijayan in conversation with Dr Thusiyan Nandakumar, on the ground realities faced by Tamil as #COVID19 cases grow in Sri Lanka and the military, sets up quarantine camps in the North-East.
Dr Thusiyan Nandakumar is the editor-in-chief of the Tamil Guardian, an English-language news website that covers Tamil affairs on the island and around the world, as well as global political affairs. He works as a GP in London and is a regular guest lecturer in the Masters of Public Health at Imperial College, London.
The Polis Project will continue to serve as a hub of reportage and analysis of pressing global concerns, including the impacts of Coronavirus, and as a platform for community conversation and online engagement.
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