A landscape photo of museum visitors viewing Edmund de Waal's library of exile in Dresden. Some people are blurry and some are standing together. de Waal's exhibit is in the backgroun

Future exiles: climate change and migration

Lectures & discussions / 19 Jun 2020

Age: 18+

Event information

19 Jun 2020


Stevenson Lecture Theatre

British Museum, Great Russell Street,

London, WC1B 3DG


  • £12
  • £10 (Members)
  • £10 (Concessions)


This event will be recorded

Presented in collaboration with English PEN and staged to coincide with World Refugee Day, this panel explores the interconnected nature of climate change and migration.

Staged in relation to the current Citi exhibition Arctic: culture and climate and the installation library of exile, by British artist Edmund de Waal. Panellists include award-winning Comorian writer and researcher, Ali Zamir, environmental lawyer, James Thornton and indigenous Arctic writer, spoken word poet and curator, Taqralik Partridge.

Guest speakers

Ali Zamir was born on Anjouan in the Comoros, where he has been the Director of Culture and Cooperative Activities for the island since 2014. First published in French as Anguille sous roche by Le Tripode in 2016, A Girl Called Eel is his first novel.

James Thornton

James Thornton is an environmental lawyer and writer. He is the founding CEO of ClientEarth, a not-for-profit environmental-law organisation. The New Statesman named Thornton as one of 10 people who could change the world. He is a member of the bars of New York, California, and the Supreme Court of the United States, and a solicitor of England and Wales, and the co-author with Martin Godman of Client Earth, published by Scribe.

Taqralik Partridge

Taqralik Partridge is a writer, spoken word poet and Inuit throatsinger originally from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik (Northern Quebec) now living in Kautokeino, Norway. Her work communicates a mix of influences from hip-hop to Inuit story-telling.

Shaul Bassi

Shaul Bassi is full professor of English literature. Graduated in Venice and PhD in English in Pisa and Florence, he also studied in the universities of Berkeley and Liverpool. He was an English researcher at Ca 'Foscari University from 2000 to 2007. His research interests and publications are divided between Shakespeare, literature and postcolonial theory (especially Indian and African) and Jewish studies. He also taught at Wake Forest University in Venice, Venice International University, Harvard-Ca'Foscari Summer school and was Visiting Professor at the University of California in Santa Cruz. He is the founder of the literature festival Incroci di civiltà. He is director of the International Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca’Foscari University of Venice.