Southern European Crisis and the Future of Europe

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Event Date: 30 June 2015

Room B01
Clore Management Centre
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities presents:

Southern European Crisis and the Future of Europe

Speakers: Etienne Balibar, Boaventura de Sousa Santos & Costas Douzinas

The dramatic developments in Greece culminate on June 30 when the loan to Greece and the austerity conditions attached to it are coming to an end. What does the crisis and the relentless austerity for Southern Europeans mean for the future of Europe? Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of the European Union? Can the emerging Radical Left help re-imagine democratic socialism for the 21st century?

Professor Costas Douzinas (Birkbeck):

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Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos (Coimbra):

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New Drug Seminars – Psychopharmacology, Identity, and Human Enhancement

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 29th, 2015

Event Date 29 June 2015
Redmond’s Building
Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool   L3 5UG

University of Kent presents:

New Drug Seminars

Seminar 3: New Drugs: Psychopharmacology, Identity, and Human Enhancement

The third event in our seminar series focuses on psychopharmacology, identity and human enhancement. The seminar will ask questions about how psychopharmacology adds to our understanding of, and response to, difficult policy questions, as well as exploring novel methodologies for the investigation of user behaviours.  Although the day will include sessions on both NPS and enhancement drugs, we will focus on the former as a general theme, and the latter in more detail.
The learning from the day will also go towards informing Seminar 6, to be held in Spring 2016, which will examine how the social sciences can inform the development of novel harm reduction, treatment and supportive interventions for users of these drugs. We hope that attendees are also able to participate in that event.

Welcome and introduction by Professor Harry Sumnall (LJMU):

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Professor Harry Sumnall (LJMU) – The new Psychoactive Substances Bill and contribution of (social) psychopharmacology to policy making:

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Jim McVeigh (LJMU) – Experiential psychopharmacology of enhancement drugs:

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Katy McCloud (Scottish Drugs Forum) – Experiential psychopharmacology of NPS:

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Rebekah Brennan (Waterford) – Clinical outcomes of melanotan use:

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Dr Rebecca Askew (MMU) – Listening to drug takers: how user experiences and perspectives can help inform harm reduction, education and policy:

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Spotlight on PhD research:

Lucy Wallis (LJMU) – Diffusion of NPS:

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Kieran Hamilton (Uni West Scotland) – Hegemonic discourse in online NPS communities:

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Making Space for Art Symposium

in Academic Service - Archive, conference by on June 19th, 2015

Event Date: 19 June 2015

Arts Lecture Theatre 2

Royal Holloway University of London
Egham, Surrey
TW20 0EX

The Humanities and Arts Research Centre at Royal Holloway University of London presents:

Making Space for Art Symposium

For as long as art has existed, so too has the question of where and how it is experienced. Art institutions, from the major national collections to regional museums, and university galleries, play an important role in reflecting, and in shaping, cultural identity. The practice and the reception of art are constantly evolving, and so the role of curating has diversified to engage with the changing nature and growing diversity of artistic practices.This one-day symposium explores the relationship between curating, display, and space, and examines the ways in which different practices of curating can shape our understanding of physical as well as cultural environments. The invited speakers represent a wide cross-section of different types of art space with contrasting imperatives, objectives and priorities.

Programme:

Introduction by Dr Giuliana Pieri (RHUL):

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Angela dalle Vacche (Georgia Institute of Technology) – Picasso’s Mystery: Art and Cinema
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Sonnet Stanfill (curator of fashion  at the V&A) – Creating Space for Fashion in a National Museum

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Nick Tromans (Watts Gallery) – The Watts Gallery

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Dr Laura MacCulloch (Royal Holloway, University Collections) – Waking a sleeping Giant: Making Space for Art at Royal Holloway, University of London

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Charlotte Keenan (National Museums Liverpool) – Curating the Local/National at the Walker Art Gallery

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Stephen Patterson (The Royal Collection) – Curating at the Palace

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Roundtable discussion with Christine Riding (Senior Curator of Arts at the Royal Museums Greenwich) and the above speakers
Chair: Professor Eric Robertson (RHUL):

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George Kam Wah Mak – The Annotation Question of the Chinese Protestant Bible in Late Qing China

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 18th, 2015

Event Date: 18 June 2015
Royal Asiatic Society
14 Stephenson Way
London NW1 2HD

 

The Royal Asiatic Society presents:

Dr George  Kam Wah Mak (Hong Kong Baptist University) – The Annotation Question of the Chinese Protestant Bible in Late Qing China

George Kam Wah Mak is Research Assistant Professor at David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University. Mak obtained his PhD in Chinese Studies from the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and serves on the board of directors of the Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture. His research on the history of the Chinese Protestant Bible earned him the Royal Asiatic Society’s Barwis-Holliday Award for Far Eastern Studies in 2014 and Special Mention in Stephen C. Soong Translation Studies Memorial Awards 2010. Mak authored The British and Foreign Bible Society and the Translation of the Mandarin Chinese Union Version (in Chinese) (Hong Kong: Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture, 2010). He also contributed to Religious Publishing and Print Culture in Modern China, 1800-2012 edited by Philip Clart and Gregory Adam Scott (Boston; Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015). Mak’s forthcoming monograph, Protestant Bible Translation and Mandarin as the National Language of China, will be published by Brill in its book series ‘Sinica Leidensia’.

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Angela Dalle Vacche – What Photographic Cinema Can Teach the Twenty-First Century

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 18th, 2015

Event Date: 18 June 2015

Main Lecture Theatre
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX

 

The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Royal Holloway, University of London presents:

Keynote Lecture at the 2015 Postgraduate Colloquium

Professor Angela Dalle Vacche (Georgia Institute of Technology) – What Photographic Cinema Can Teach the Twenty-First Century

As the conclusion to this year’s SMLLC postgraduate colloquium, we are delighted to announce that the keynote address will be delivered by Professor Angela Dalle Vacche. Through the tripartite lens of art, science and religion, Professor Dalle Vacche will offer an overview of Andre Bazin’s (1918-1958) film theory. The co-founder of Cahiers du Cinéma in 1951, the advocate of Italian neorealism, the mentor of the French Nouvelle Vague, and the foundational force behind film studies as an academic discipline, Bazin’s legacy throws light on the special value that photographic cinema has held for the twentieth century. Professor Dalle Vacche will conclude her presentation offering some remarks on the undeniable advantages of digital imaging over photography, but she will also call attention to the ethical limitations of this new technology.

A specialist in the intersection of aesthetic theory and film history, Angela Dalle Vacche is the author of Diva: Defiance and Passion in Early Cinema (University of Texas Press, 2008); The Visual Turn: Classical Film Theory and Art History (Rutgers University Press, 2002); Cinema and Painting: How Art is Used in Film (University of Texas Press, 1996); The Body in the Mirror: Shapes of History in Italian Cinema (Princeton University Press, 1992); and editor, with Brian Price, of Color, A Film Reader (Routledge, 2006). She is currently preparing the book André Bazin’s Cinema: Art, Science, Religion.

Introduction by Dr Giuliana Pieri (SMLLC, RHUL):

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Race, Equality and the Law

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 16th, 2015

Event Date: 16 June 2015
Room B33
Birkbeck University of London
Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HX

 

The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism presents:

Race, Equality and the Law

This collaborative event marks the 50th anniversary of the UK’s first Race Relations Act. Three scholars working in this field reflect on the history of race relations law in Britain and offer their perspectives on what has been achieved, and looking forward, what still needs to be done:

Introduction by Professor David Feldman (Director, Pears Institute):

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Dr Edie Friedman (JCORE):

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Dr Camilla Schofield (East Anglia) – History of ‘race relations’ and the Race Relations Acts:

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Dr Anastasia Vakulenko (Birmingham) – Muslims, Jews and the Law:

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Dr Omar Khan (Runnymede Trust) – Racial Equality in the 21st Century:

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Jack Straw – National Security and the Rule of Law; competing interests or complementary priorities?

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 16th, 2015

Event Date: 16 June 2015

Windsor Auditorium
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX

Royal Holloway University of London presents:

The 2015 Magna Carta Lecture

The Rt Hon Jack Straw MP – National Security and the Rule of Law; competing interests or complementary priorities?

Since 9/11 there has been much discussion about the perceived ‘competing’ interests of the rule of law and national security. In light of recent events in Syria and Iraq, these issues continue to be highly topical. In this lecture Jack Straw will reflect on his time in government and how the last Labour government sought to ensure the safety of the UK, while also upholding the rule of the law. He will then consider recent developments, post the 2010 election, and whether the balance of these two factors has shifted in recent years.

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Susanna Siegel – Epistemic Charge

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 15th, 2015

Event Date: 15 June 2015
Room 349
Senate House
University of London
London WC1E 7HU

The Aristotelian Society presents:

Professor Susanna Siegel (Harvard) -  Epistemic Charge

Susanna Siegel is Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. She is author of The Contents of Visual Experience (Oxford University Press, 2010), and numerous articles in the philosophy of perception. Recent papers discuss the varieties of influences on perceptual experiences from cognition, affect, and learning, their impact on the epistemic role of perception, and the nature of belief.

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Restless Futures Conference

in Academic Service - Archive, conference by on June 11th, 2015

Event Date: 11 June 2015
Platform Theatre
Central Saint Martins
Granary Building
1 Granary Square, King’s Cross,
London N1C 4AA

 

 

Central St Martins presents:

Restless Futures

 ’How do we live in an age of extraordinary change in which the futures opening up before us are uncertain and volatile’

The Restless Futures Conference is the culmination of a 12-month programme of events organised by Central Saint Martins and is a rare and unique opportunity to listen and meet a world-class group of experts and speakers from the worlds of art, design, music, performance, environmentalism, architecture, urbanism and public policy. The programme is basedon the premise that we live in an age of extraordinary change in which the futures opening up before us are uncertain and volatile. What is clear is that the standard ways of thinking and acting are not sufficient to deal with emerging societal issues and in many cases are failing us. Against this, art and design thinking, with its contingent, speculative and lateral modes of operation, is perfectly placed to develop new ways of approaching these restless futures.

This day-long event has more than 20 renowned national and international contributors, including novelist, director, actor and comedian Stella Duffy; writer, cultural commentator and award-winning broadcaster Ekow Eshun; founding partner of muf architects Liza Fior; award winning designer Usman Haque, founder of the Internet of Things & Umbrellium; Director of Somerset House Jonathan Reekie; authority on cultural policy and Director of SESC Sao Paulo, Danilo Santos de Miranda and world-leading author, sociologist and urbanist Richard Sennett, Centennial Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics. These speakers are joined by many other artists, academics, designers, performers, entrepreneurs and thinkers.

 

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No More Stuff?

Chaired by Jeremy Till (Head of Central Saint Martins), with:
Michelle Baddeley (University College London)
Orsola de Castro (Pioneer in Sustainable Fashion)
Cecilie Elisabeth Rudolph (Designer and Artist)
Ekow Eshun (Writer and Broadcaster)
Sanjay Nazerali (Global Chief Strategy Officer – Dentsu Aegis Network)
Alice Sherwood (Kings Policy Institute)
Clare Twomey (Artist)

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Democratising Innovation

Chaired by Lorraine Gamman (Professor of Design, CSM), with:
Ian Goldin (Professor of Globalisation and Development and Director of the Oxford Martin school, University of Oxford)
Danilo Santos de Miranda (Regional Director of SESC São Paulo)
Timothy Klofski (MA Communication Design, CSM)

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Disruptive Technologies

Chaired by Carole Collet (Professor in Design for Sustainable Futures, CSM), with:
Peter Gregson (Cellist and Composer)
Usman Haque (Founder – Umbrellium)
Amy Congdon (Tutor, MA Material Futures CSM)
Serena Kutchinsky (Digital Editor of Prospect)

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Expanded Boundaries

Chaired by Mark Dunhill (Dean of Academic Programmes, CSM), with:
David Buckland (Artistic Director of Cape Farewell)
Gigi Barker (Cast of Creatives)
Stella Duffy (Co-director of Fun Places)
Liza Fior (muf Architecture)
Anna Hart & Tilly Fowler (AIR)
Rob Kesseler (UAL Chair of Design and Science)
Jonathan Reekie (Artistic Director of Somerset House)
Richard Sennett (Sociologist)

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Andrew Gamble – Oakeshott and Totalitarianism

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 3rd, 2015

 

 

Event Date: 3 June 2015
Paul Hirst Seminar Room
Birkbeck Department of Politics
10 Gower St
London WC1E 6DP

The Birkbeck Department of Politics presents:

Professor Andrew Gamble (Cambridge) – Oakeshott and Totalitarianism

In this lecture on British Political Thought, Professor Andrew Gamble will consider the work of Michael Oakeshott. Oakeshott does not engage directly with the concept of totalitarianism in his writings, but he nevertheless developed in them an account of the nature of the western liberal tradition which provides a powerful implicit critique of totalitarianism. He defended liberalism as a more comprehensive expression of Western civilisation than any of its rivals, particularly fascism and communism, while noting its shortcomings and the complexity of the relationship between faith and scepticism as two separate but linked attitudes to the power of the modern state. The interplay  between them reveals the deep roots of ‘totalitarian’ thinking in Western thought.

Andrew Gamble is Professor Emeritus of Politics and Fellow Emeritus of Queens’ College, University of Cambridge. He is a joint editor of New Political Economy and The Political Quarterly, and a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Social Sciences. He is the author of numerous books on political economy, political ideologies, and British politics, including The Conservative Nation (1974), Britain in Decline: Economic Policy, Political Strategy, and the British State (1981), The Free Economy and the Strong State: The Politics of Thatcherism (1988) and Between Europe and America: The Future of British Politics (2003).

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