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  • Date and time: Wednesday 3 November 2021, 2pm to 4pm
  • Location: Online only
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

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How does hope help people navigate their lives? Does hope help people deal with adversity? How does it help people manage their relationships with friends, colleagues, and wider society? Does hope have a value? Is hope more important, tangible, and valuable in some societies than in others?

These and other questions will give foundational structure to this panel, but the intention is for this to evolve into an organic conversation with panellists drawing on their unique professional and personal experiences and perspectives.

This panel has been specially selected to represent a wide range of perspectives and experiences. It includes people from different countries, various professions, and diverse socio-political backgrounds. Its purpose is to explore how different people conceive of and engage with the concept of hope. We will also examine how hope functions differently in various societies and in changing contexts.

To find out more about the critical exploration of Hope take a look at the Citizenship Futures - The Politics of Hope website or get involved with the Talking About Hope Project.

This event is part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2021 and was made possible thanks to funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Please note that this webinar will be delivered using Zoom. No prior purchasing of software is necessary but registration is required. While the event may be recorded we will not record your voice or image. Please note that during the session, your name and email address (as entered at the registration stage) may be visible to other participants. If you have any questions, please contact


  • Aobakwe Laone van Vuuren is an international human rights and policy development specialist. An alumnus of the Chevening Scholarship, he holds an MA in Applied Human Rights from the University of York. Laone is passionate about social equality and the development of policy to protect human rights; his current research investigates indigenous governance systems and human rights in Southern Africa. A multiplicitous academic and creative, Laone co-hosts 3rd Opinion, a podcast exploring social issues in the context of Botswana. He has recently published three articles: What Will be Masisi‚Äôs Legacy?; LGBTI Organising in the African Human Rights System; and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Rights, a Question of Accountability and Justice in Africa. He is also learning to crochet, which he hopes to master.
  • Uzma Adil is currently pursuing a masters in Zoology. Since December 2018 she has also been working with India's largest youth-run initiative; the BloodConnect Foundation. Established in 2010, BloodConenct works to provide a  360-degree solution to India's blood shortage problem by raising awareness, boosting donation through blood-camps and regular campaigns, supporting blood-donation through a nationwide, youth-led network establishing a 24x7 emergency hotline. Uzma worked as a manager in the Awareness Department in 2019, and continued as a volunteer throughout the early part of 2020. In this role she organised awareness webinars with different universities across India.
  • Manyile Banda is an LLB graduate of the University of York and a former ambassador for Women in the Law and Business UK. She is currently a masters student and legal consultant specialising in Natural Resources. She has most recently worked as Business Development Manager at Eneri Platforms - a Zambia-based organisation seeking to address environmental and economic sustainability challenges through an ambitious tree planting initiative. Manyile was responsible for the development and expansion of its Forest Plantations Programme and the onboarding of its partner commercial and smallholder farmers.

Image: "The New Hope" by Martin Gommel is licensed with CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.


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