About the conference

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Hashtag #austerityandus

Austerity and us is a community conference on austerity, how we are experiencing it, perceiving it and fighting it in Brighton at the end of May. The conference is organised by Lee Salter under the Public Culture Research Hub and the CNN+ at the University of Sussex, along with a range of campaigning, advocacy and political organisations from the local community and nationally, including Free University Brighton, People’s Assembly, Brighton Benefits Campaign, Brighton Hospitality Workers Campaign and more.

See updates on Facebook.

Entry is free and a cheap lunch provided by the local social centre, the Cowley Club. Stalls, speakers and workshops from local and national campaigners and experts, including:

  • Samuel Knafo, Sussex University
  • Michael Hamtilton, Econoclasm
  • Claire Molloy, Edge Hill University
  • Mike Berry, Cardiff University
  • Deirdre O’Neill, Inside Film
  • Mike Wayne, Brunel University
  • Rob Murthwaite, Disabled People Against Cuts
  • Shanti Haft, Brighton Unemployed Families Project
  • Paddy Hoey, Edge Hill University
  • Sam Gannon, Cooperative Housing in Brighton and Hove
  • SolFed Campaign for Hospitality Workers
  • Lina Dencik, Cardiff University
  • Anthony Killick, Bristol Radical Film Festival
  • Shaun Dey, Reel News
  • Lorna Marcham, Schnews
  • +more

Topics include

Crisis, debt and economy

Economics beyond othodoxy

BBC and the Crisis

The condition of the working class

Living without support

Beyond Benefits Street

Shamelessly Poor

Fuel Poverty

Resisting exploitation

Reconfiguring activism?

Campaigning media

Radical spaces and resistance

Creating our news, bypassing the mainstream


4 thoughts on “About the conference

    1. Actually we’re working with people both Brighton and Sussex Defend the NHS – you’ll see them on the timetable, and they’ll have stalls.

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