Update for Monday 17th April 2017

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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.

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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.

Ticket required.

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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.

Registration required.

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Clear communication of uncertainty is crucial for effective risk management, but is difficult to achieve in practice. This is compounded when the application area is complex and accurate calculation of uncertainty is both challenging and time consuming.
Uncertainty communication must be clear to experts and non-experts alike and must account for a lack of understanding of the definitions of both "risk" and "uncertainty". This talk will examine the underpinning principals of how risk and uncertainty is understood and communicated, using examples of the wide variety of defence applications that require an understanding of uncertainty and outlining the reason that uncertainty calculation and communication is crucial to decision making.
The talk will then provide an illustrative scenario examining the theoretical release and spread of a disease within a city, demonstrating both the challenges faced in such a complex scenario and sharing current best practice when communicating with decision makers.

Dr Veronica Bowman is a principal statistician at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). She specialises in uncertainty calculation and communication and Bayesian inference. She has spent many years applying Bayesian methodology and data fusion techniques to problems in the military domain as well as working with academia to improve understanding of how uncertainty is propagated and how decisions should be taken under uncertainty.

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Every so often a society decides which of its citizens really matter. Which get the star treatment and the big cash handouts – and which get shoved to the bottom of the pile and penalised. These are the big choices post-crash Britain is making right now. And this is the story of how and why an entire national economy has been reduced to little more than a bet on a few rich people in London.

Aditya Chakrabortty is senior economics commentator for The Guardian. He writes a weekly column on economics and politics for the newspaper as well as providing reportage from around Britain and the world. His work has won a Harold Wincott award for Business Journalism and in 2014 and 2015 he was shortlisted for an Orwell prize for political journalism. An alumnus of St Hugh’s College, Oxford, he was previously a senior producer for Newsnight and the Ten O’Clock News, and economics producer for the BBC. He has also written for the Financial Times, The Telegraph, and The New Statesman.

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Dr Fei Chen (University of Liverpool Architecture Department) and Dr Paul Jones (Bluecoat's Socioloigist-in-Residence) discuss the evolution of cities in China and Hong Kong as shown through the work of documentary photographs. The discussion will cover rapid urban expansion and architecture designed for investment.

Ticket required.

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Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke are the creators of The 3D Additivist Manifesto and Cookbook; a call to accelerate the 3D printer and other technologies to their absolute limits and beyond into the realm of the speculative, the provocative and the weird. Join them for a presentation of the work they have been undertaking as part #Additivism (a portmanteau of additive and activism): a movement concerned with critiquing ‘radical’ new technologies in fablabs, workshops, and classrooms.

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The influx of refugees from the war-torn Middle Eastern countries poses a significant challenge to all European countries. The aim of this international conference is to explore responses to this challenge by experts in migration and asylum policies from Germany, the UK and the Balkans.

Against the backdrop of what is perceived as ‘refugee crisis’, the speakers focus on the following themes: the role emotions of compassion, but also fear which leads to xenophobia with reference to Germany; the desperate plight of women and children along the ‘Balkan route’ who are in need of legal aid and psychosocial and health services, and the reception of refugees in the UK where asylum applicants are produced as clandestine economic migrants.
The conference will be chaired by Prof. Erika Harris.

Registration required.

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Merseyside Astronomy Day provides a chance to hear about the cutting edge research being done by some of the world's leading astrophysicists.

Speakers from LJMU and other universities and observatories around the world will give four talks during the day and will make up a panel of experts ready to answer your questions.

The Merseyside Astronomy Day is most suitable for adults and over 14s. The on-site café will be open for lunch and the museum is conveniently located near to a number of sandwich shops and cafés and a pleasant square if you wish to eat your own lunch outside.

Ticket required.

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