Glasgow Independent Studio

The Polity of Φ - Deniz Uster and Alberta Whittle

Fri 4 Mar 2016

The Polity of Φ is a year-long community-led research project encouraging an open dialogue into the right to inhabit specific geographies, creating a platform for migrants, asylum seekers and refugees to interrogate personal notions of “home”. These ideas of “home” and “belonging” are often challenged by the damaging discourse of right wing politics and the extended difficulties encountered by those applying for visas to reside in the UK.

This project will culminate in its presentation at Glasgow Project Room in Trongate 103, during the “Declaration” Health and Human Rights Festival, taking place 5th – 12th March 2016 and at the Intermedia Gallery at the CCA during 7th-25th April as part of Glasgow International (GI). 


On the evening of 5th March, between 6-9pm, we will be hosting The Polity of Φ: The Call, an event similar to Speakers Corner, where participants speak freely at the ‘Φ podium’ at the Glasgow Project Room. This free event is an opportunity to become part of the growing conversations about exactly who is welcome in Scotland.  


Confirmed speakers include the Glasgow Girl Amal Azzudin; activists, Pinar Aksu, Fuad Alakbarov, Joshua Brown, Olivia Ndoti, Margaret Woods from Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees, Margaret Sweeney from Glasgow Night Shelter, as well as individuals directly on the frontline, who have arrived in Scotland as refugees and asylum seekers. 


The Polity of Φ has been coordinated by Deniz Uster and Alberta Whittle, working in partnership with Maryhill Integration Network (MIN), Govan and Craigton Integration Network (GCIN), Pan African Art Scotland and has been generously supported by Creative Scotland, Glasgow City Council, the Art Store, Glasgow Project Room and the CCA.


For further information, contact Deniz Uster at or Alberta Whittle at

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