Max Farrar

Max Farrar: “Where is Chapeltown, and what does it do?”

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07/06/2014 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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Max Farrar’s book The Struggle for ‘Community’ (2002) provided a deep history of the part of Leeds known as Chapeltown, and analysed the radical political struggles, led mainly by people of African descent, that took place in that area from the 1970s to the 1990s. The myths about its geography compound the myths about its (many and various) peoples; in this talk, Max will puncture some of those myths and speculate on what has happened to its radical past.

Max Farrar’s sociology PhD thesis (1999) was based on almost 30 years of participation in the social movements based in Chapeltown. He’s worked in community, further and higher education, at the Harehills and Chapeltown Law Centre, at the Runnymede Trust, and as a freelance writer and photographer. He now works with various charities (mainly the David Oluwale Memorial Association) and is an Emeritus Professor at Leeds Met University.