Just trying out these sentences, seeing how it feels saying them out loud…. 1) If only we built up our own spaces, with the same energy that we try to decolonise other people’s. 2) If only we built up places that already belong to us, rather than attempting to decolonise spaces that don’t. 3) With
One page response – Dr Shawn Sobers, UWE “Digital Placemaking can improve the way people feel about the places they live, work, and visit.” Digital Placemaking Fellowship document The other day I went to a beautiful funeral in the Foxhill area of Bath. The deceased was a man I had never met, but I went
On 27th July I went for a 4 hour walk and talk with my good friend (and former student) Sarah Connolly, who runs the Avon Stories project, which sees her interview various artists, historians and other interested people about their connections with the river. This wasn’t an official Avon Stories walk, and I wasn’t being
By Dr Shawn Sobers, 20.7.2017 Associate Professor – Lens Based Media, University of the West of England, Bristol Twitter @shawnsobers Graduation season this year for me coincided with funeral season for my family. Last Friday, in the morning I was giving out certificates celebrating the achievements of children I did not know for a
St Lazarus Church on Ascension Day, (25 May 17), Larnaca, Cyprus. 1 – Man on phone getting his picture taken by me using my phone. 2 – Man on phone getting his picture taken by me using my phone, whilst woman takes picture on her phone. All the whilst maybe he was on his phone
The theme for the 1st day of Kwanzaa is Umoja, a Kiswahili word which translates to mean UNITY. Personal reflection on Unity… There is little in life that can be achieved without some level of unity, even if the other partners in the exchange are (seemingly) invisible to each other. I work in the creative
Greetings in the name of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I and Her Imperial Majesty Empress Menen Asfaw. Welcome to friends and visitors to Fairfield House, whichever mansion, community or identity you represent, or however you came to be here today. You are all welcome. Give thanks. My name is Shawn Naphtali Sobers –
Proud to see this book arrive, ‘Slavery and the British Country House’, published by English Heritage, which includes a chapter by me and Rob Mitchell. Book edited by Madge Dresser. The book is full of insights into how the finances from the slave trade built the aristocracy and the legacies still visible in the British landscape. Link
40th anniversary of Hip Hop culture today, which gave birth to MCing, break dancing (and related dance styles) and graffiti art. It’s been quite a journey so far, containing the good, the bad and the ugly. Hip Hop gave me my first independent moment(s) of constructive focus as a teenager, inspiring me to be creative.
I’m 41 years old, have a PhD, PG Cert and a BA (Hons) First degree, am married with children and a mortgage, and I am Trayvon Marton.