Update for Monday 28th November 2016

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This EU Law @ Liverpool seminar will bring together a range of public law academics to analyse the High Court judgments in England and Wales and Northern Ireland, which consider the domestic constitutional requirements for a lawful decision to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, and therefore begin the process of negotiating UK withdrawal from the European Union. In particular, the seminar will explore aspects of the judgments which relate to the question of whether such a decision can be taken by the government under the royal prerogative power to conduct foreign affairs and international relations, or requires fresh legislative authorisation by Act of Parliament, the relevance of UK devolution legislation to these issues, and the justiciability of matters of considerable political controversy in the courts.

In addition to reacting to the High Court judgments on the Article 50 decision, our invited speakers will anticipate and reflect on lines of argument likely to feature significantly as this dispute is appealed to the UK Supreme Court in early December 2016. The critical constitutional issues raised in these cases will then be opened up for a roundtable discussion among the seminar participants.

Registration required.

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Policing is a complex leadership environment which operates in a hostile political and media arena. The public have a right to expect that police leaders have the ability to keep communities safe and will deliver a value led and ethical service which addresses the threats within our diverse communities whilst spending public money wisely. But how does a police leader deliver a service that is responsive to their communities in the face of a complex governance and inspection regime which can at times offer a perverse incentive to focus on targets and not the threats, harm and risks that face our citizens?

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On November 8, the US electorate voted for Donald Trump to be the next President of the United States. Whilst he did not win the popular vote he did secure 290 Electoral College votes, enough to secure him the White House. And with the Republican Party keeping control of the Senate and the House of Representatives, there is an opportunity for a Republican agenda both in domestic and foreign policy to be consecrated.

In the last event Matthew and Malcolm were pretty convinced that Clinton would win; what went wrong? Was it liberal bias, a blind faith in the rationality of humans that led them astray? What does Trump’s victory say about the battle for America’s identity? Is it too simple to say that there were enough angry voters to tip the polls?

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Lecturers from the Iberian and Latin American Studies department of the University of Liverpool present a series of films & talks from the wide Luso-Hispanic world that address historical and contemporary issues.

How much can a mug shot reveal about a political system? How much can a picture taken over 40 years ago say about today? Award-winning director Susana Sousa Dias uses photos of political prisoners during the Portuguese dictatorship (1926-1974) to expose the mechanisms used by that regime to perpetuate itself. Sublime and horrific in equal measure, this innovative and original film makes for an intense and intimate viewing experience.

Lecturers from the University of Liverpool will lead a post film talk/debate after the film.

Ticket required.

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Don’t miss this rare chance to hear about the processes and research behind unfold from artist Ryoichi Kurokawa as he uncovers his work worked within the fields of science and art for this new exhibition.

Kurokawa will be joined by Vincent Minier (CEA Paris-Saclay and Université de Nantes, France), the astrophysicist who advised on the project.

Registration required.

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Mark Carney, The Governor of the Bank of England will deliver the last Roscoe Lecture of 2016 at the BT Convention Centre on Monday 5 December.

For 20 years, LJMU has invited some of the country’s leading commentators to join staff, students and the people of Liverpool in discussing issues that matter to them.

The Roscoe Lectures use research, humour and political insight to explore current, engaging topics.

Registration required.

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This talk connects work on media paratexts to studies that consider how promotional and advertising materials contribute to the social construction of new media technology and consumption practice. Jonathan Gray suggests that paratexts such as trailers, intros, promos, and bonus materials help audiences to anticipate, interpret and engage with movies and television shows. However, media paratexts also help frame the meaning of the platforms that distribute, aggregate and curate film and TV content.

Using the case of on-demand television, this talk considers the promotional imagination of BBC iPlayer in a period when the Corporation was striving to communicate its digital identity and broaden iPlayer within mainstream use. Drawing on interviews with industry practitioners, and examples of key short-form promos, the talk analyses transitions in the BBC’s representation of iPlayer in the 2010s, captured in the move from 'pink portals' to 'mainstream Mums'. If, as Gray suggests, paratexts 'attempt to create interpretive communities and hermeneutic recipes for daily living in a media-saturated world', I consider how promos for iPlayer have established themselves as a means of creating 'hermeneutic recipes' for living with the new experiences of film and television in the digital era, specifically as delivered by the BBC.

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The Coming War On China is John Pilger's 60th documentary film. Pilger reveals what the news doesn't: that the world's greatest military power, the United States, and the world's second economic power, China, both nuclear-armed, may well be on the road to war. Pilger's film is both a warning and an inspiring story of resistance.

Ticket required.

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21st Century Computed Tomography images bear some interesting comparisons with photographic film X-ray images taken by the late Professor R. G. Harrison (Dept. of Anatomy, University of Liverpool) in 1968.
Liverpool University's Dr. Glenn Godenho will discuss how these X-ray images are coming back to the fore, and demonstrate their value, alongside the CT images, for understanding Tutankhamun's death and embalming.
This SciBar event is organised in collaboration with FACT and runs in conjunction with the exhibition, 'No Such Thing as Gravity'.
Registration required.

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Organised by LJMU, this public event invites you to come along and enjoy a hot drink and pastries while sharing in talks from a fascinating selection of speakers from LJMU.

Presentations will last about 20 minutes each and there will be time set aside for questions and discussion with the audience.

Registration required.

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