On 26 May 2023 the University of Worcester and the University of Edinburgh will be holding a one-day conference on the Challenges and Prospects for the Chagos Archipelago. The conference brings together scholars, members of the Chagossian community, diplomats, artists, and lawyers.

The conference takes place at the School of Law, University of Worcester (8.30-17.30 BST – followed by a screening of Absolutely Must Go) and it is free to attend. Delegates can attend either in-person or online. The conference is based on an academic book being edited by Laura Jeffery (University of Edinburgh) and Chris Monaghan (University of Worcester). The confirmed speakers include:

  • Audrey Albert
  • Richard B Allen
  • Stephen Allen
  • Oumar Ba
  • Priya Bahadoor
  • Olivier Bancoult
  • Kelly-Jo Bluen
  • Owen Bowcott
  • Thomas Burri
  • Chagossian Voices rep TBC
  • Chen Chu
  • Sue Farran
  • Charles M Fombad
  • Felicity Hand
  • Peter Harris
  • Christopher Hill
  • Sabrina Jean
  • Laura Jeffery
  • Michael Joson
  • Satvinder Juss
  • AmbassadorJagdish Koonjul
  • Milan Meetarbhan
  • Stewart Motha
  • Chris Monaghan
  • Jean-Noël Pierre
  • Pierre Prosper
  • Esther Pujolràs-Noguer
  • Philippe Sands KC
  • David Snoxell
  • Natasha Soobramanien
  • Saradha Soobrayen
  • Jean Fabrice Thierry Mandarin
  • Jamie Trinidad
  • David Vine
  • Luke Williams
  • Siphamaandla Zondi

To book a place please could you email Kat Witherall at k.witherall@worc.ac.uk and indicate whether you would like to attend in-person or online (and if you attend in person whether you have any dietary requirements).