About

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Routes is a collaborative project based at the University of Edinburgh and run by a group of postgraduate students. It is a space for critical debate and inclusive knowledge exchange, which brings together writers, researchers, journalists, academics, activists, artists, practitioners, and other interested individuals.

The overarching objective of Routes is to foreground global perspectives that challenge the domination of public debate by mainstream media and everyday institutions. The unifying theme is social and political justice – however people choose to define these terms.

As an inclusive and radical platform, Routes features contributions in various forms, such as photo-features/essays, illustrations, podcasts and videos. Routes is also a space for sharing information and resources across institutional, societal and geographical divides.

The word ‘routes’ signifies the multiplicity and fluidity of ideas, identities and experiences across the globe: the project seeks to explore and engage with this complexity, engendering rich and critical conversations about contemporary society.

If you are interested in submitting content to Routes, please click here for more information.

Disclaimer: Announcements displayed on the Routes website are for general purposes only. For official and up-to-date information, please always refer to the original website/source where possible.

The Editorial Team

We are a group of current and former postgraduate students from the University of Edinburgh. Our interests include caste, social movements, film and photography, media and music, development, activism, gender and sexuality, feminism, migration and globalisation, human rights, labour rights, economics, armed conflict, exclusion, fashion and apparel, and culture. To us, Routes is a platform for engaging in critical debate and inclusive knowledge exchange and we welcome contributions on a wide range of topics that relate to social and political justice.

Routes editorial team includes:

Ngala Chome

Born in Kenya and passionate about ideas and work that challenge existing frameworks for understanding social justice issues and development. kllnngl@yahoo.com

Arek Dakessian

PhD student in Sociology. He researches filmmaking and cultural production in Beirut, his hometown. He is the film and photography guy on this blog, and he also knows a thing or two about the Middle East. A.A.Dakessian@sms.ed.ac.uk

Karthikeyan Damodaran

Doctoral candidate at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on caste processions and commemorations in Tamil Nadu, and his interests include, identity politics, social movements, caste and class, film studies and urban studies. He worked as a journalist for The Hindu newspaper for 8 years. karthik.guevara@gmail.com

Mary Hanlon

Canadian PhD student in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, researching ir/responsible fashion and apparel production and consumption.You can also find her at SocialAlterations.com.  M.F.Hanlon@sms.ed.ac.uk

Lisa Kalayji

Feminist researcher interested in gender identities and sexualities, inequalities and liberation politics, politics and economics of penal systems, drug cultures and policy. L.Kalayji@sms.ed.ac.uk

Nathalia Salamanca-Sarmiento

Colombian human rights researcher, specialising in responsible journalism, gender and children and young people’s voices in transitional justice contexts. n.salamanca@sms.ed.ac.uk

Lauren Wilks

PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, interested in gender, migration, work and livelihoods, and human rights. Previously, she was a Student Fellow with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis ReportingL.Wilks@sms.ed.ac.uk

The Comments Policy

Routes is committed to fostering dialogue and debate. As an open community, we welcome comments and encourage readers to express their views freely, including any views in opposition to those of the authors we publish. All comments are monitored, however, and we ask that commenters adhere to the following community guidelines.

Routes does not support the following: hateful language, or language used to incite hate; personal attacks, including comments that reveal personal and private information, such as an individual’s address, or other; abusive language, including casteist, classist, disablist, homophobic, racist, sexist, transphobic and/or other forms of offensive communication. All comments should contain original content; if referencing the work of another individual, confirm you have permission to do so.

Ownership of each individual comment is with its commenter. Routes reserves the right to remove comments that do not comply with the above guidelines, at the discretion of the editorial team, without notice.

If you would like to flag any content published on this website, please contact the editorial team at: routesblog@gmail.com

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