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The Centre for the Study of International Slavery (CSIS) will be launching a new report on the issue of long-term support for survivors of modern slavery. The report is the product of a knowledge exchange initiative led by the University of Liverpool and City Hearts.
The works featured in How Much of this is Fiction. are related to Tactical Media, an influential movement that flourished in the 1990s that fused art, political campaigning and an experimental use of digital media. In the intervening years the political importance of these kinds of DIY media interventions have been hotly disputed, with some seeing them as a distraction from ‘real’ politics, whilst others see Tactical Media as an important weapon in the battle for the ‘social mind’.
Writer and researcher Florian Cramer shares some of his research into little known factors influencing the rise of the alt-right - a segment of right-wing ideologies presented as an alternative to mainstream conservatism in the US. His presentation maps the emergence of this large white supremacist subculture, shining a light on the complex origins of the cultist language and image codes adopted by the movement.
The alt-right presence has grown on message/image boards such as 4Chan and 8Chan through its appropriation of the meme, and managed to achieve significant cultural dominance, transforming their own brand of meme culture into a powerful and tangible tool. Cramer’s research has not only charted the successes of this unexpected online activity, but has also illustrated the apparent lack of any equivalent sub-cultural energy on the left.
From Trump and Pepe the Frog, to Kek (the Egyptian God of chaos), Cramer’s lecture will challenge the shallow discourse of fake news and ‘post-truth’, which creates a smoke screen covering the actual dynamics at play, and in doing so will course the continual popularity of ‘Fashy’, or ‘fashionable fascism’.
The researchers, sharing the funny side of their work will be: Professor Joe Moran on shyness; Dr Fyaz Ismail on malaria; Elaine Aspinwall- Roberts on Hoarding; and Dr Tim Miles on comedy and the erotic. Headlining the event will be Kate Smurthwaite. Kate is a regular on television and radio, with appearances on Question Time and The Moral Maze. She’s a political campaigner for women’s rights, and also a brilliant stand-up: ‘ A powerhouse of observational wit’ according to The Spectator. Kate is of the finest political stand-ups on the circuit – not to be missed! Comedian, performance poet and poet-in-residence at the Glastonbury Festival, Kate Fox, will compere the event. Our special guest with be LJMU graduate, Sonia Doubleday, who, under her stage name of CheekyKita is making a name for herself on the comedy circuit: ‘A wonderful, silly, surreal, frantic and fantastical show ' according to the Edinburgh review.
The third Allan Horsfall Lecture will be delivered by Diana Souhami in LJMU's Redmonds Building.
The award-winning author will deliver a lecture entitled 'The Painter Gluck, "no prefix, suffix, or quotes" and Other Notable Lesbians'.
The aim of the annual Horsfall Lecture is to highlight both an aspect of past attitudes towards sex and gender (what might be called LGBT history) and current day campaigns towards sex and gender equality. Past lectures have featured Stuart Milk, Professor Charles Upchurch, Peter Tatchell and Professor Susan Stryker. Allan Horsfall was a British gay rights campaigner and the founder of the North West Committee for Homosexual Law Reform, which later became the Campaign for Homosexual Equality.
Deep sea corals reside in the deep ocean below the 50m boundary where surface light can penetrative. Unlike their better known tropical cousins, they are not restricted to the equatorial belt and are found in all the global oceans- including here in the UK.
Emma Smith, John Moores University, focuses her research on deep sea coral nutrition in the UK and Ireland. This helps to understand how deep sea coral ecosystems function and what they need to survive. This research is of increasing importance to understanding the impact of human activities in the deep sea.
The Women’s Organisation and the University of Liverpool Management School will be hosting this celebration of talented, diverse and pioneering women, discussing how they have made changes in their lives, and how we can make changes for the better, in our own lives.
As well as this we will be discussing how we as women are contributing to massive changes and shifts in society today.
Code Girl will be shown for International Women’s Day. The film will be preceded by a panel discussion hosted by Liverpool Girl Geeks and inspired by this years theme of IWD, #BeBoldForChange. Panel members will share instances of when they have taken bold action to help improve or develop an aspect of their own livelihood, career or business - or that of another woman's, or women's status overall. This event is part of the Public Programme for new exhibition How much of this is fiction.
University of Liverpool is holding a free lecture event to mark International Women's Day.
Is sexism in politics still an issue? If so, are things improving or getting worse? What can we do about it? Exciting speakers will include:
Alison McGovern, MP for Wirral South
Pamela Ball, Head of the Liverpool branch of the Women's Equality Party
Stuart Wilks-Heeg, Head of Politics, University of Liverpool
The event will be chaired by the University's Executive Pro Vice Chancellor for Humanities & Social Sciences, Professor Fiona Beveridge.
A care leaver is any adult who spent time in care as a child (in foster care, residential care, children's home, or other arrangements outside the immediate or extended family). This event champions the importance and contribution of care leavers to society and promotes opportunities for care leavers in Higher Education.
The event will include:
A. 11.00am Keynote Talk by Lemn Sissay. Lemn Sissay is a poet, writer, artist and educator. His sculpture poem Gilt of Cain was unveiled by Bishop Desmond Tutu. He has written plays for stage and BBC radio. He is the first poet to write for the London olympics and received an MBE from the Queen for Services to Literature. He is associate artist at the Southbank Centre, and the current Chancellor of the University of Manchester. As a care leaver himself, Lemn champions care leavers and their contribution to society.
B. 2.00pm GLUE – Louise Wallwein. A one-woman show mixing monologue, live art and a sound score Glue tells the true story of Louise Wallwein and her first two meetings with her birth mother, three decades after being put up for adoption. The audience is invited to share a very private first reunion, but also the subsequent more public second meeting. Louise also grew up in care from the age of nine and shows both her fierce independence and emotional vulnerability alongside each other. Born, transferred, placed, discharged, returned… Suitable for over 16s.
C. Liverpool School of Art & Design Tours and Exhibition