Webinar: Empowering Youth: Identity, Belonging and Migration

March 21, 2018

Muslim youth. Refugee youth. Migrant youth. When identity politics follow you to school, onto the playing field, and into the street, it’s time to go beyond stereotypes and challenge the public imagination. Join us online to learn how youth initiatives in Berlin and London are using theatre and sport to develop a counter-narrative that strengthens youth participation in local cultural and social life while promoting skills development, empowerment and living together in cultural diversity.

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  • In London, Muslim Girls Fence was created by Maslaha to break down stereotypes about the art of fencing as an exclusively male and white-dominated elite sport not accessible to people [female] of racialized backgrounds. The project challenges misconceptions, builds confidence and empowers young Muslim women to lift their aspirations as they enter an adult world.
  • In Berlin, “What the Volk?” is a pilot project of the pan-European NiCeR Project that uses musical theatre and the power of storytelling to engage refugee youth in an exploration of identity, migration and belonging. Creative workshops, language and cross-cultural training come together on stage with humour, irony and playful references to popular culture and political debate.

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Emily Mason, Senior Project Manager, Maslaha (London, UK)

Emily is a senior project manager at Maslaha, leading on Muslim Girls Fence. Before joining the Maslaha team, Emily worked as a historian with a specific interest in civil society and grass roots activism in 1930s Britain. She has been a visiting researcher at the London School of Economics European Institute, taught modern British history at King’s College, London and lectured in modern European history at the University of East London.  Emily has an undergraduate degree in Drama from the University of Bristol, and has a particular interest in the power of different art forms to mobilise communities, challenge conventional wisdoms and create social and political change.

Amena Amer, Project Coordinator, Maslaha (London, UK)

Amena is a project co-ordinator at Maslaha, developing and delivering workshops in schools and communities as part of the Muslim Girls Fence project. Amena is a fourth year PhD student at the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, London School of Economics, where she also teaches first year undergraduates.Her research focuses on the effects of the racialisation of Islam on the construction, negotiation and performance of identities among ethnically white Muslims in the UK. More generally, her research interests include identity, religion, agency, power and societal change, with a particular focus on religious and ethnic identities.

Séverine Lenglet, European Media and Communications Officer, Citizens for Europe (Berlin, Germany)

Séverine Lenglet is European Project Coordinator as well as Media and Communication Officer at Citizens For Europe in Berlin. Between 2015 and 2017, she coordinated at the local level the two-year European project NICeR that aimed at empowering refugee youth through performing arts workshops, as well as fostering a welcoming culture and intercultural education.


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