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Co-organised with the Centre for the Study of International Slavery
This session will explore how forced labour has been effectively removed from mainstream research agendas concerned with forced labour.
It will focus on three key sites of forced labour, including the use of work in immigration detention centres, prison work, and workfare schemes. These sites all are all forms of forced labour that are organised and administered by government.
The session therefore raises fundamental epistemological questions about how social problems are conceptualised in relation to policy agendas, and asks questions about how we can reshape the current debate on forced labour.
In an unstable and rapidly changing world it is sometimes hard to see what investments in the future may be worthwhile. Health underlies human capital to a great extent, in terms of healthcare costs but even more in relation to its effects on economic productivity, societal functioning, and the wellbeing and longevity of the population. Moreover, health capital is passed from one generation to the next. Yet we face new health challenges globally, especially from non-communicable diseases but also from infectious disease and the damaging effects of urbanisation and environmental destruction.
Demographic changes exacerbate these challenges and Professor Hanson will examine the new developments in health.
'The Tangled Veil and the Cloud of Unknowing - LOL' features as part of the national Being Human Festival. Being Human aims to engage the public with the very best of the innovative research taking place across the humanities and is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.
Dementia is certainly a tough subject for comedy, almost everyone is affected by it and knows someone who is living with dementia. In 2030 it is going to be the leading cause of death and disablement. There isn’t an easy way to explore something as tricky and challenging as Dementia. As the late Sir Terry Prachett said, "If there is indeed an emerging sense - finally - that we’ve stopped pussy footing around dementia and can now bear to utter its name, we nevertheless find a cloud of unknowing persists."
There's no doubt life is difficult and complicated. If it wasn't for our ability to often find humour in difficult situations, life could be very dreary indeed. In the Tangled Veil and the Cloud of Unknowing - LOL we have combined personal stories of dementia, amusing anecdotes with text analysis research. We have captured emotions both sad, true and funny to gain a fresh perspective of people’s dementia journeys.
Gentrification is described as "the process of renovating and improving a house or district so that it conforms to middle-class taste."
Closer to home, Liverpool has its own stories, opinions and opportunities that should be talked about.
Bluecoat Sociologist in Residence Dr Paul Jones, will be looking back at his time here, and reflecting upon some of the ways in which academics - and sociologists in particular - can seek to become more ‘public’ in their work. Drawing together reflections on what has been an exciting and extremely stimulating year’s residency, he will question the responsibility of academics to find alternative ways of doing their research and teaching. Paul will be suggesting some ideas for future public collaborations and partnerships that have grown from his time as Bluecoat’s Sociologist in Residence.
Paul will be joined by the well-known author, Guardian writer and social commentator Lynsey Hanley, who will be presenting a short lecture at the event. Reflecting on some of her own experiences, Lynsey will explore the ways in which research debates can be made public. As well as being a prominent author - having written Estates: An Intimate History (2007) and Respectable: The Experience of Class (2016) - she is also a highly-acclaimed media commentator, with recent pieces in The Guardian on homelessness and on Radio 4, on housing. Lynsey is currently studying for a PhD at Liverpool John Moores University.
LivWiSE is excited to welcome science journalist, author and presenter Angela Saini to talk about the themes in her new book, and what they mean for women in science.
We hope that science is free from bias and prejudice, but its record of research on women proves that this isn't always true. In her new book, Inferior, Angela Saini interrogates what we think we know about women and why so much of it is wrong. She also explores new research that is attempting to paint a more accurate, and more empowering, portrait of women.
The 10th Dr John Kennedy CBE KSG KCMCO DL DHI Lecture in Irish Studies will be given by Mr Enda Kenny, TD, Former Taoiseach (March 2011 - June 2017) and former Leader of Fine Gael (June 2002 - June 2017), who will give a lecture entitled: “Ireland - England's place in the Europe of the Future”.
Admission is free but places are limited. Please contact Dorothy Lynch (Dorothy@liverpool.ac.uk) to register.
Enda Kenny TD was the most successful leader in the history of the Fine Gael Party, having held the position from 2002 until 2017. Under his leadership, Fine Gael became the largest political organisation in the State. Fine Gael went on to become the biggest Irish Party in the European Parliament and in local government. The longest serving TD in Dáil Éireann, he was also Vice-President of Fine Gael’s European affiliate, the European People’s Party from 2006-2012. From Islandeady, outside Castlebar, Enda is a former primary school teacher. He has served in a wide variety of Party and Parliamentary positions during his time as a TD and oversaw an unprecedented growth in tourism business, and Ireland’s trade position internationally. As Minister he also chaired the European Union Council of Trade Ministers during Ireland’s Presidency, and he co-chaired the successful Singapore round of the World Trade Organisation talks in 1996. He also headed the EU Council of Trade Ministers during Ireland’s Presidency of the Union. Through the fostering of international trade, so crucial to the birth of the Celtic Tiger, Enda played a significant role in creating the economic boom that began under the last Fine Gael-led Government (’94-97). Drawing on this experience, he will be delivering a talk entitled “Ireland - England's place in the Europe of the Future”.
Every year the Astrophysics Research Institute hosts a public lecture in Astronomy.
This year the lecture will be given by Dr Jackie Bell, one of the 12 applicants selected for the BBC series Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?
Dr Bell will guide us through her astronaut training experience and its links to current research.