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#reconstructionwork with Shiv Malik and Susanna Rustin

6pm BST, Friday 30th October, 2020

The Stuart Hall Foundation's #reconstructionwork programme is a series of online one-to-one conversations that brings together writers, artists and activists to consider how we can build a better society in response to the Covid-19 crisis and the Black Lives Matter protests worldwide. 

The first three #reconstructionwork conversations explored how the long histories of black cultural and political activism can help us construct just and equal futures, working across different generations and geographies (Gary Younge and Lola Olufemi), how best to effect political change through grassroots activism and the parliamentary system, taking into consideration the role of community, culture and theories of change (David Lammy and Amina Gichinga), and the importance of new histories, Reparations, working to decolonise education and shifting collective memories in the effort to imagine new futures (Catherine Hall and Ruth Ramsden-Karelse).

For our fourth conversation in the series, you will meet technologist, author, broadcaster and former investigative journalist Shiv Malik, and social affairs leader writer for the Guardian and SHF trustee Susanna Rustin. In the last decade, intergenerational inequalities have been at the fore of political argument, alongside other inequalities such as class, race, sex, with which the left has traditionally been engaged. Shiv and Susanna will explore how this new analysis, and the economic reality on which it has been based, has changed our politics and what this might mean for the future.

This event will be livestreamed online at 6pm BST, Friday 30th October.


Shiv Malik is a technologist, author, broadcaster and former investigative journalist. He began his career reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan and subsequently worked for the Guardian for five years breaking exclusive front page stories on everything from UK government social policy to secret ISIS documents. He is a co-founder of the think-tank, the Intergenerational Foundation and the author of two books, the 2010 cult economics book Jilted Generation and The Messenger an intrepid personal tale about a relationship with a terrorist-cum-fatasist, published by Faber last year. He has been a full time contributor to the open source project Streamr, since 2017, where he evanglises about a new decentralised data economy and data ownership.

Susanna Rustin is a social affairs leader writer for the Guardian. She covers a range of topics including education, health, housing and environment for the leader ("Guardian view") column. She has worked at the Guardian for 18 years and previous roles have included deputy opinion editor, feature writer, and deputy editor of the Saturday Review. Susanna lives in Queen's Park, London, where she is a councillor on London's only parish/community council. She has been a trustee of the Stuart Hall Foundation since it was set up. Stuart (her uncle by marriage) was an important figure in her life. Susanna went to a comprehensive school in London and studied at York university and Birkbeck College. 


Please register via Zoom (link below) to watch the conversation and submit questions to Shiv and Susanna. Alternatively, you can view the livestream feed on our Facebook page or YouTube channel.

You can submit questions in advance by emailing

This is a free event. Instead of charging for tickets, we are encouraging people to donate to the Foundation to help towards costs associated with the #reconstructionwork programme activity.