Jens Timmermann – What’s wrong with ‘deontology’?

in Academic Service - Archive by on December 1st, 2014

Event Date: 1 December 2014
Room 22/26
Senate House
University of London
London WC1E 7HU

The Aristotelian Society presents:

Dr Jens Timmermann (St. Andrews) -  What’s wrong with ‘deontology’?

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Gendering Representations of the Financial Crisis

in Academic Service - Archive by on November 28th, 2014

Event Date: 28 November 2014
Room 421
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, Birkbeck, University of London presents:

A BiGS Event:

Gendering Representations of the Financial Crisis

When the Financial Crisis of 2008 first hit with the collapse of Lehmann Brothers, news coverage, expert testimony and policy reports were all remarkably, if perhaps unconsciously, gendered:  Christine Lagarde quipped that ‘if Lehman Brothers had been ‘Lehman Sisters,’ today’s economic crisis clearly would look quite different’.  Harriet Harman agreed that if the City and Wall Street were to have a more feminine ethos, maybe financial crises would be fewer and further between (Independent 2009). Other commentators were even more direct: ‘more women on Wall Street equals less ridiculous willy-waving and ego and greed inspired risk-taking’, said Melissa Whitworth in The Telegraph (2010); and New York Magazine ran the headline ‘What if women ran Wall Street’, hypothesising that ‘having women around… prevents extreme behaviour—or irrational exuberance’ (New York Magazine 2010).

In this seminar – the first of a BIGS series on Gender and Austerity – Louise Owen and Kate Maclean discuss their work on gendering representations of the financial crisis, with a focus on popular culture responses to this notoriously complex event, that has – some have argued – constituted a coup d’état. Louise will explore two well-known theatrical responses to the crisis, Lucy Prebble’s Enron (2009) and David Hare’s The Power of Yes (2009), examining their approaches to the category of gender, and the role these play in mediating understandings of (post)industrial transformation. Kate will look at cinematic responses to the crisis, specifically the corporate drama Margin Call (2011) and the comedy The Other Guys (2010), focussing in particular on gender, risk and the construction of the ‘Wall Street Alpha Male’. The event will be Chaired by Lynne Segal, who will discuss the significance of these analyses to how the ensuing recession and austerity measures have disproportionately affected women.

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Adam Hansen – “I heard the sounds of long ago”: The Politics of Popular Music in Contemporary Shakespearean Performance

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Event Date: 27 November 2014
Rose Theatre,
24-26 High Street,
Kingston, KT1 1HL

 

The Kingston Shakespeare Seminars

The Kingston Shakespeare Seminar (KiSS) brings leading Shakespeare scholars to the Rose, which the director Peter Hall created to be a “teaching theatre”. Here Sir Peter directed Dame Judi Dench in a celebrated production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. But KiSS also commemorates Kingston’s historic connection with Shakespeare, which goes back to David Garrick – who lived here, and built the beautiful Shakespeare Temple beside the Thames – and to the very first royal performances of some of his greatest plays in the Great Hall at Hampton Court.

Dr Adam Hansen (Northumbria) – “I heard the sounds of long ago”:  The Politics of Popular Music in  Contemporary Shakespearean  Performance

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Robert Scotland/Vincent S. Smith – Is e-taxonomy a distraction or a solution?

in Academic Service - Archive by on November 27th, 2014

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Event Date: 27 November 2014
The Linnean Society of London
Burlington House, Piccadilly,
London W1J 0BF

The Systematics Association presents:

The 2014 President’s Lecture

Is e-taxonomy a distraction or a solution?

Ten years ago, Robert Scotland & Colleagues wrote an opinion piece contrasting the efforts of taxonomists with the promise of web-based, DNA taxonomy (“The Big Machine and the much-maligned taxonomist“). More than a decade later, what happened? This debate will take the form of a twenty minute intro by Robert Scotland President of the SA and Vince Smith cyber-taxonomist at the NHM who will debate the underlying issues facing taxonomy today and enquire whether the promise of e-taxonomy has been fulfilled?

Robert Scotland is Reader in Systematic Botany Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, UK

Dr. Vincent S. Smith is Informatics Research Leader,  The Natural History Museum,  London, UK

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Russell Grigg – Why Freud’s Theory of Melancholia is All Wrong

in Academic Service - Archive by on November 26th, 2014

Event Date: 26 November 2014

Room PRJG 1007
John Galsworthy Building,
Penrhyn Road Campus, Penrhyn Road,
Kingston upon Thames,
Surrey KT1 2EE

The London Graduate School presents:

Professor Russell Grigg (Deakin University, Australia) – Why Freud’s Theory of Melancholia is All Wrong

Russell Grigg is the author of Lacan, Language and Philosophy (SUNY, 2008) and the translator of a number of Lacan’s Seminars including Seminar III The Psychoses and Seminar XVII The Other Side of Psychoanalysis.

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Journalism, Whistleblowing and the Security State

in Academic Service - Archive by on November 20th, 2014

Event Date: 20 November 2014
Room B04
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, Birkbeck, University of London in collaboration with the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom and Media Reform Coalition  presents:

Journalism, Whistleblowing and the Security State

This unique event brings together a group of whistleblowers from the US national security state to address UK academics, activists and journalists. Panellists will discuss recent threats to independent journalism and whistleblowing on both sides of the Atlantic, placing developments in the context of massive surveillance and the on-going War on Terror.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Matthew Hoh, a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and former US embassy representative in Afghanistan who became the highest-ranking U.S. official to publicly renounce policy in Afghanistan in 2009.
  • Coleen Rowley, an attorney and former FBI special agent who was among the first to expose some of the agency’s pre-9/11 failures, and was one of three whistleblowers named as Time Magazine’s persons of the year in 2002.
  • Norman Solomon is the coordinator of ExposeFacts.org and the author of a dozen books on media and public policy including *War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death*.
  • J. Kirk Wiebe is a retired National Security Agency whistleblower who worked at the agency for 36 years until October 2001. Since then, he has made several key public disclosures regarding the NSA’s massive surveillance programmes.
  • Katharine Gun is a former translator for the GCHQ who leaked a top secret memo in 2003 revealing NSA spying operations at the UN. Gun was subsequently charged under the Official Secrets Act but the case was dropped after the prosecution offered no evidence. Given the backdrop of impending war with Iraq at the time, Daniel Ellsberg called Gun’s leak “the most important and courageous” he had ever seen.

The meeting is  chaired by Dr Justin Schlosberg from the Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck

Order of speakers: Justin Schlosberg, Katharine Gun, Matthew HohColeen Rowley, J. Kirk Wiebe and Norman Solomon

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Irene Morra – Britten’s National Opera: “Gloriana” and the Shakespeare Problem

in Academic Service - Archive by on November 20th, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event Date: 20 November 2014
Rose Theatre,
24-26 High Street,
Kingston, KT1 1HL

 

The Kingston Shakespeare Seminars

The Kingston Shakespeare Seminar (KiSS) brings leading Shakespeare scholars to the Rose, which the director Peter Hall created to be a “teaching theatre”. Here Sir Peter directed Dame Judi Dench in a celebrated production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. But KiSS also commemorates Kingston’s historic connection with Shakespeare, which goes back to David Garrick – who lived here, and built the beautiful Shakespeare Temple beside the Thames – and to the very first royal performances of some of his greatest plays in the Great Hall at Hampton Court.

Dr Irene Morra (Cardiff) – Britten’s National Opera: “Gloriana”  and the Shakespeare Problem

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Peter Osborne – Use! Value! Exchange! Inside and outside relations of exchange

in Academic Service - Archive by on November 20th, 2014

Event Date: 20 November 2014
Lecture Theatre E002, Granary Building,
Central Saint Martins,
London N1C 4AA

The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) and the London Graduate School in collaboration with Art and Philosophy at Central Saint Martins present:

Opening Lecture of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy’s 20th Anniversary Public Lecture Series, in association with the London Graduate School.

Professor Peter Osborne (CRMEP) – Use! Value! Exchange! Inside and outside relations of exchange

Borrowing its title from the 2010 film by Phil Collins centred on the teaching of a class on Marx’s Capital to young people in eastern Germany, after reunification, this talk will reflect upon the revival of interest in Marx’s critique of political economy, its continuing – indeed, increasing – relevance to the social experience of capitalist societies, and the possibilities of a new philosophical interpretation of Capital, centred on its complex structure of temporal categories. In particular, drawing on Walter Benjamin’s deployment of a proliferating variety of forms of cultural and political use-values (entertainment-value, exhibition-value, consumer-value, cult-value, connoiseur-value, authority-value and, crucially, education-value – Lehrwert), attention will be paid to the dialectic of use-value and exchange-value internal to the commodity form and the problematic of the political function of cultural use-values.

Introductions by  Dr Christopher Kul-Want and Yaiza Hernández Velazquez (both CSM):

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Being Human in King Lear

in Academic Service - Archive by on November 17th, 2014

        

 

 

 

 

Event Date: 17 November 2014
University of Birmingham
Lecture Room 4, 1st floor, Arts Building
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT

The University of Birmingham presents:

Being Human in King Lear
Perspectives from contemporary theatre and medical practice

This panel discussion will feature Dr Erin Sullivan in conversation with 1623 theatre company, who in 2013-14 have been working on a new Arts Council-funded project called Lear/dementia.

The project takes its inspiration from Shakespeare’s King Lear, which itself questions the nature of the human mind and what happens to it as a result of ageing, trauma, and loss. Lear/dementia looks at the issues King Lear raises from a contemporary perspective, focusing in particular on the understanding and experience of dementia today.

Dr Sullivan will talk with 1623 artistic director Ben Spiller and creative producer Christopher Lydon about the process that they developed for this project, which involved learning from people living with dementia at three Derbyshire care homes (as well as their professional carers and family members), a digital public participatory project called Let Me Not Be Mad, diagnosing King Lear with medical professionals and using that work to devise a new theatrical response to King Lear.

The panel will explore how the arts can help us better understand what it means to ‘be human’, as well as how they might enrich and extend that experience.

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Paulina Sliwa – Understanding and Knowing

in Academic Service - Archive by on November 17th, 2014

Event Date: 17 November 2014
Room 22/26
Senate House
University of London
London WC1E 7HU

The Aristotelian Society presents:

Dr Paulina Sliwa (Cambridge) – Understanding and Knowing

Paulina Sliwa is a University Lecturer in Philosophy and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge. She received her PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her undergraduate degree from Balliol College, Oxford. Her research interests are in Epistemology, Ethics, and Moral Psychology. Recently, she has written about higher-order evidence, moral testimony, moral motivation, and the nature of moral praise and blame.

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