Deborah Grayson was commissioned as a freelance Research Associate to support our 'A Generation without Hate' conference in the second half of 2017, with a pre-event Briefing and a post-event Summary Report. She is in the final stages of her PhD in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Deborah has a background in campaigning and activism on a range of issues, having previously been involved with the Suffragette-inspired environmental direct action group, Climate Rush, worked on the 'Yes' campaign for the Alternative Vote, and with the Media Reform Coalition around the Leveson Inquiry. She also spent two-and-a-half years doing fieldwork with the interfaith charity 3FF, before commencing her PhD.
Deborah's thesis is concerned with the mediation of different kinds of knowledge within interfaith work:
- How do we know those of other faiths and beliefs in embodied and emotional terms, via mainstream and digital media, or through large-scale statistical knowledge production?
- What are the relationships between these ways of knowing?
She has a keen interest in political histories and intergenerational learning. She co-founded a project to re-tell the story of the Greater London Council of the 1980s, and she has contributed to two books in the 'Radical Futures' series, looking at the current political moment in generational terms. She is also part of the editorial collective for Soundings, a tri-annual academic journal of leftist political thinking.
Both her academic and voluntary activities are informed by her commitments to transformative anti-racism and transfeminism.
Cumberland Lodge publications
A Generation without Hate - Conference Briefing (September 2017)