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Professor Dejan Jović specializes in politics of nationalism generally with special emphasis on the Balkans. In post-conflict societies selective use of historical memory is particularly harmful for re-building of democratic societies.
In his latest book War and Myth, Professor Jović focuses on the institutionalisation of war narratives in Croatian society. He illustrates the dynamics of identity politics and development of nationalist myth by all political actors. The use of selective memory and the utilisation of war for the purpose of maintaining the social structure reinforces illiberal and autocratic tendencies.
Professor Jović addresses questions that are becoming increasingly more important for all societies. How does war impact on identity? How do societies overcome wars, but more importantly, how do societies prevent the (mis)use of historical narratives for political gains. In answering those questions, Jović engages in broader discussion on identity politics and state-building.
FACT and Liverpool Pride present an inspiring documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic. Utilizing oral histories of members of ACT UP, as well as rare archival footage, the film depicts the efforts of ACT UP as it battles corporate greed, social indifference, and government neglect. The screening will be followed by a discussion between Liverpool Pride and filmmaker Jim Hubbard.
COLLIDE Resident Artist, Yunchul Kim, and Professor Tara Shears, University of Liverpool and CERN, will be holding a talk about art, physics and how the two inform and interact with each other. Yunchul Kim will be speaking about his work which focuses on research towards new materiality, the artistic potential of fluid dynamics and metamaterials. Kim will also speak about his residency project proposal Cascade, which looks at the possibility of controlling the propagation of light through colloidal suspensions of photonic crystals.