Aug
26
Tue
Hogarth: Paintings within Paintings
Aug 26 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

This talk will focus on the ways in which William Hogarth approached story-telling in episode form, looking particularly at how he used other paintings – often recognisable Old Masters – within his pictures. These often allude to moral dilemmas or point to the moral character of his subjects.

The end of the Roman Empire in Britain
Aug 26 @ 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Dr Richard AbdyA gallery talk by Richard Abdy, British Museum.

Aug
27
Wed
The sculptures of the Parthenon
Aug 27 @ 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

A gallery talk by Susan Woodford, independent speaker.

How to Use Philosophy to Create a Better Life w/ @julesevans77
Aug 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

How can practical philosophy be used to increase resilience and flourishing? 

Jules Evans suffered from PTSD and social anxiety in his late teens and early 20s. He recovered through a course in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and then went to interview the founders of it – Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck. They both told him that their inspiration for CBT was ancient Greek philosophy, and particularly Stoicism.

Ellis was inspired by a quote from the Stoic philosopher Epictetus: ‘It’s not events, but our opinion about events, that cause us suffering.’

Jules became fascinated by the practical therapeutic insights of ancient philosophy, how modern psychotherapy has rediscovered them, and how ordinary people are using them in their lives today.

Ancient Greek philosophy is particularly popular with entrepreneurs, from Tim Ferris to Luke Johnson to Nassim Nicholas Taleb, as a means of coping with setbacks and uncertainty, while reflecting on and moving towards our model of the Good Life.

The workshop combines ideas with personal stories, practical illustrations and group exercises.

What you’ll learn:

  • How ancient philosophy inspired CBT
  • How to uncover your unconscious beliefs, values and biases, and to examine them Socratically
  • How Epictetus teaches us to be resilient by focusing on what we can control
  • The importance of practice and habits in ancient philosophy and modern psychology
  • How to define and move towards your definition of flourishing
 

Praise for Jules’ practical philosophy courses:

‘The most popular thing we did this season’. – Paul Gustard, coach, Saracens rugby club

‘Jules’ workshop was absolutely fantastic’. – Winni Schindler, Association of Spanish Business Coaches (AECOP) Praise for Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations

‘It changed my life.’ Adrian Edmondson

About Jules Evans (@julesevans77)

Jules Evans runs the Well-Being Project at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations, which was published in 19 countries and was a Times book of the year. He teaches practical philosophy courses and workshops through his company, Philosophy for Life – clients include the US Army and Saracens rugby club.

As a journalist he has spoken on practical philosophy on Radio 3 and 4, on BBC 2′s Culture Show, and written on it in the Financial Times, Telegraph and other media. He was a BBC New Generation Thinker in 2013.

He runs the London Philosophy Club, the biggest philosophy club in the world, and blogs at www.philosophyforlife.org

Aug
28
Thu
Humans & animals in American Indian arts
Aug 28 @ 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Max CarocciA gallery talk by Max Carocci, Birkbeck, University of London.

Aug
29
Fri
The journey from Roman Britain to Anglo-Saxon England
Aug 29 @ 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

A gallery talk by Katharine Hoare, British Museum.

The Ancestors Trail with @andrewcopson @DrYanWong
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm

ancestors_trail_53ad531d646cfThe BHA and the Central London Humanist Group presents
The Ancestors Trail Evening lectures – Speaker event @ Conway Hall

This is the start of the Weekend’s entertainment

 

7pm – Andrew Copson – Chief Executive BHA

Andrew became Chief Executive in January 2010 after five years coordinating the BHA’s education and public affairs work. His writing on humanist and secularist issues has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Times and New Statesman as well as in various journals and he has represented the BHA and Humanism extensively on television news on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky, as well as on television programmes such as Newsnight, The Daily Politics, Sunday Morning Live and The Big Questions. He has also appeared on radio on programmes from Today, You and Yours, Sunday, The World Tonight, The World at One, The Last Word and Beyond Belief on the BBC, to local and national commercial radio stations.

armand_leroi_main8pm – Professor Armand Leroi – Professor of Evolutionary Development Biology at Imperial college, author and broadcaster.

Armand Leroi is not your average Professor of Evolutionary Developmental Biology. As a scientist, his expertise lies in tiny worms and why they grow to precisely the same size. But outside the lab he has written a book about human mutants, presented several TV shows about biology and done (serious) research into the evolution of pop music.

Though accessible, Mutants was grounded in Leroi’s scientific expertise in evolutionary developmental biology, or ‘evo-devo’ for short. The field tries to explain how our developmental processes work. For example, how do our arms, eyes, kidneys, brains and other organs form from just a few cells? And why do they look like they do? It’s when these processes go wrong that we tend to get the most unusual mutations, so studying mutation can tell us a lot about our developmental processes.

But why evolutionary developmental biology? Well, studying evolution shows us why we are different from all the other living things on Earth. Development is a big part of that difference. You might expect us to develop completely differently from, say, a microscopic worm, but you’d be wrong. In fact, over millions of years evolution has never really reinvented development. Instead, small mutations mean that similar genes, used in a slightly different way, can give rise to the millions of different forms that exist today. So in evo-devo, biologists compare how different organisms develop to find out how they (and we) evolved.

In 2004, Leroi adapted his book into a television series called Human Mutants for Channel 4. This became the first in a string of biology documentaries he has presented, covering subjects like evolution, its discoverer Charles Darwin, and the ancient Greek philosopher/naturalist Aristotle.

Today, Professor Leroi is working on several new books and regularly publishes new research. If you want to find out more about him his work, visit his website at www.armandmarieleroi.com.

9pm – Dr Yan Wong – Evolutionary Biologist, co-author of ‘the Ancestor’s Tale’ and broadcaster for TV’s ‘Bang goes the theory’.

Dr Yan Wong is an evolutionary biologist who studies the theoretical underpinnings of life. This gives him a wide-ranging expertise, covering the maths, the chemistry, the genetics, and the ecology of the natural world. Coupled with a strong interest in statistics, this broad background means he can appear (and usually is!) well-informed over a extensive set of scientific disciplines.

His DPhil involved modelling the evolutionary effects of self-recognition systems in plants, which was followed by a number of years at the Oxford Museum of Natural History, where he helped to research and write ‘The Ancestor’s Tale’, an expansive history of life with the renowned biologist, Richard Dawkins.

In 2009, following a lectureship in evolutionary biology and ecology at the University of Leeds, Yan was invited to join the presenting team of BBC1′s prime-time series “Bang Goes The Theory”, demonstrating a wide and eclectic range of scientific ideas to members of the public. His current research interests include a nationwide experiment into the evolutionary aspects of human dance, statistical analysis of patterns in DNA packing, and the evolutionary biology of self-replicating patterns on computers.

As a television presenter, Yan enthuses about our scientific understanding of the world in diverse ways: ambushing unsuspecting passers-by with ‘street science’, setting brainteasers for viewers, producing video guides to many hands-on science experiments, and answering questions posed by members of the public via his (allegedly) infallible ‘Ask Yan’ feature. He delights in the challenges of live science demonstrations, having wrestled with live broadcast demonstrations, nationwide stage shows, and the reconstruction of historical science experiments (such as Fizeau’s measurement of the speed of light – with a blender). Yan also incorporates live science demonstrations into his talks.

Friday night accommodation is bookable at Cheshunt YHA via our website.

Aug
30
Sat
Chinese blue-and-white porcelain
Aug 30 @ 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

A gallery talk by Anne Haworth, independent speaker.

Sep
1
Mon
DigiPal IV
Sep 1 @ 9:30 am – 7:00 pm

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It is with great delight that the DigiPal team at the Department of Digital Humanities and the Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies (CLAMS) announce the programme for the fourth DigiPal Symposium. Building on the conversations of previous years, the focus will be the computer-assisted study of medieval handwriting and manuscripts. This year there is something of an international theme with speakers discussing Scandinavian fragments, Scottish charters, Greek and Latin inscriptions, Hebrew manuscripts of Portuguese provenance, Old English from the eleventh century, and a corpus of French documents. There will be a mix of epigraphy, numismatics, Digital Humanities, codicology, exciting technology to decipher material scratched into manuscripts and… and… ah yes, palaeography!

Registration is free and the first 80 people to register will receive a free lunch. After that, I’m afraid there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Judging by previous experience, places and lunches are expected to disappear rapidly, so if you’d like to attend, then please register through Eventbrite. Oh, and do let us know if you are vegetarian.

Draft Programme:

09.30 Registration & Coffee
09.50 Welcome
10.00 Ben Pohl (University of Cambridge) and Dot Porter (Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies)
11.00 Break
11.30 Stewart Brookes, Peter Stokes and Matilda Watson (King’s College London)
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Debora Matos (King’s College London), Florence Codine (Bibliothèque nationale de France) and Simona Stoyanova (University of Leipzig)
15.30 Break
16.00 Marc Smith (École Nationale des Chartes), Dauvit Broun (University of Glasgow) and Julia Crick (King’s College London)
17.30 Closing remarks
17.45 Drinks reception

George Bellows’ New York
Sep 1 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

The early years of the 20th century saw the City of New York undergo an extraordinary spurt of growth and change.

Of the artists who responded to this development, George Bellows stands out for his complex, ambivalent and sometimes sardonic take on the city and its inhabitants.

Following the recent accession of Bellows’ ‘Men of the Docks’, this talk will examine the breadth of Bellows’ reactions to his adopted city and place them in the context of the work of other painters who looked at New York during this lively and transformative moment in its history.
David Peters Corbett

David Peters Corbett is Professor of Art History and American Studies at the University of East Anglia. He has worked on American art of this period, as holder of the Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship and as Terra Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

From Deadly Spiders to Alien Mummies with @PaoloViscardi
Sep 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Paolo ViscardiFrom aliens and holy fish to False Widow spiders, interest in the unfamiliar can whip up a storm of speculation and spectacle. But cutting through hype, assumptions and misinformation is essential when you’re trying to uncover the truth.

A new talk from Paolo Viscardi who explores some weird reporting from the past and present – using scientific methods and museum collections to get beneath the surface of the hype.

Paolo is a natural history curator at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in south east London. He is Chair of the Natural Sciences Collections Association and was Scientific Consultant for the BBC television series Secrets of Bones. In his spare time Paolo blogs, gives talks and helps run an online biology Q&A site, Ask A Biologist.

Sep
2
Tue
Making sense of the UK collaborative economy
Sep 2 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

istock_000025707558largeTo coincide with the launch of Nesta and Collaborative Lab’s new report exploring the UK’s emerging collaborative economy, we will be welcoming a number of prominent figures operating in this space to discuss the collaborative economy in the UK.

The ways in which we consume, contribute and participate are changing. Amidst volatile markets and the rapid proliferation of digital technologies, a new swell of collaborative organisations and activities has emerged. The implications of these emergent models of exchange are significant for policy makers, entrepreneurs and for the public.

Join us for the launch of the report and a discussion as we consider some of the challenges and opportunities presented by the collaborative economy.

Details will follow in due course, but please keep this date free in your diary.

Registration and breakfast start at 9:00am with the event starting promptly at 9:30am. The event finishes at 11:30am.

There are only a limited number of tickets – to avoid disappointment register now.

This event forms part of The Unusual Suspects Festival – a four-day festival that will blend international expertise and innovation with local thinking and practice from across the UK.

The Festival will take place in London during 2 – 5 September 2014 and is curated by the Social Innovation Exchange, Collaborate and The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Veronese: Composition, Colour & Meaning
Sep 2 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

In the light of our recent exhibition ‘Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice’, Nicholas Penny, Director of the National Gallery, discusses the composition, colour and meaning of Veronese’s work.

Controversial Conservation: Killing other peoples birds w/ @ChrisGPackham
Sep 2 @ 7:00 pm

chris-packham-bbc_1After the success of Controversial Conservation 2013, international conservation charity World Land Trust (WLT) will be holding a second public meeting with Chris Packham at the Royal Society on 2 September 2014.

Panellists at the event will debate issues relating to the persecution of birds from protected species in the UK to birds killed on migration, and will involve for a second year in a row TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham, a patron of World Land Trust. Other guests joining Chris in the panel will include writer and scientist Mark Avery and Founder of World Land Trust, John Burton.

Sep
3
Wed
People helping people – the future of public services
Sep 3 @ 9:30 am

people_helping_people_handsWhether we call it volunteering, social action or simply people helping people, we know that public services up and down the country are being transformed by using the skills and talents of the local community to augment public services.

Evidence suggests social action is changing lives. We don’t think this is a periphery activity, we think it’s at the heart of public service reform helping to improve outcomes and save money.

But what would public services look like if they were able to mobilise the latent talents and energy of the local community to solve problems? And what needs to happen to make the most of social action in the future?

Join us to explore how social action can play a bigger role in the design and delivery of public services with keynote inputs from:

Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of Nesta and former Head of the Strategy Unit

Alex Fox, Chief Executive, Shared Lives Plus

Clare Sutcliffe, Co-founder, Code Club

Joanna Killian, Chief Executive of Essex County Council

Philip Colligan, Deputy Cheif Executive, Nesta

David Knott, Head of Social Action, Office for Civil Society

Helen Stephenson, Director Office of Civil Society and Government Innovation Group, Cabinet Office

Charlie Leadbeater, social entrepreneur and thinker

Charlotte Hill, Chief Executive, Step up to Serve

Bobby Duffy, Managing Director, Public Affairs, Ipsos MORI

Graham Daly, Head of Partnerships, Transport for London

The day will also include panel and plenary sessions in the main hall, a ‘meet the innovator’ showcase and 8 interactive workshops featuring entrepreneurs, national and international speakers:

Commissioning social action in practice: overcoming the risks and challenge
The most promising models for scaling social action
Why peer support is the future of healthcare
Transforming tutoring: how social action is helping children excel
Pathways from volunteering to work: what’s really working?
Evidencing the impact volunteers make on outcomes
A service year – the new gap year or retirement plan?
New models of community action

This event would be perfect for policy makers, public service managers, commissioners and innovators in charities and social enterprises.

Jo Fidgen (@WirelessJo) interviews Michael Pollan (@michaelpollan)
Sep 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

For the past twenty-five years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment. Contemporary classics like The Omnivore’s Dilemma have established him as arguably the best-known and most influential writer in the US on the subject of food, farming and us. He has written sustained critiques of industrial agriculture and urged humanity to reconnect to the joys of growing, preparing and eating food. Jo Fidgen will interview Michael and take questions from the audience in a session to be recorded for an edition of Analysis on BBC Radio 4.

The lagoon: How Aristotle invented science
Sep 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Starfish_in_lagoon_on_Pom_Pom_Island,_Celebes_resort,_Sabah CREDIT Profmauri via Wikimedia CommonsAristotle was one of the greatest philosophers in the history of Western thought. But he was also a scientist — the first. More than 2,000 years ago, by the shores of a lagoon on a Greek island, he began to examine the natural world as no-one had before him, and so laid the foundations of biology. Join Armand Leroi, Professor of Evolutionary Developmental Biology, to explore Aristotle’s science — its genius, its errors and its lessons for 21st century science.

Sep
9
Tue
The First World War & drug and alcohol control
Sep 9 @ 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

The First World War and drug and alcohol controlSpeaker(s): Virginia Berridge, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

It is often forgotten that the First World War was a key formative period for both drug and alcohol control. The international drug control system which still operates today came about because of the war. The war also saw restrictions placed on drinking in the UK and elsewhere which had a significant impact on drinking cultures. This talk will examine those initiatives from the standpoint of their present day legacies.

Admission: Registration required.

Constable to Mondrian – Passing the Baton
Sep 9 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

What possible connection could there be between the English landscapes of John Constable and the austere abstracts of Piet Mondrian? This pioneer of abstraction, whose father and uncle were also painters, began making landscapes in the style of the Hague school which, in turn, was influenced by the French Barbizon school of painters. The French artists’ inspiration came from John Constable, an artist who admired the 17th-century Dutch masters.

In this talk James Heard will examine the visual language that connects traditional landscapes with the modernist imagery of Mondrian.

A Brief History of Humankind
Sep 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

In Sapiens, Dr Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical – and sometimes devastating – breakthroughs of the cognitive, agricultural and scientific revolutions.

Harari invites us to not only connect past developments with present challenges, but to question our basic narratives of the world; and to imagine how humankind will use its power to create in the decades to come.

Speaker: Yuval Noah Harari, lecturer in world history, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Chair: Tom Feilden, science & environment correspondent, BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

The View from Westminster
Sep 9 @ 6:30 pm

Parliament at Sunset.JPGWith little certainty about which party will win the 2015 General Election many companies and public sector organisations operating in the UK are unsure about the regulatory and economic environment they will be operating in over the next five years. On September 9th 2014 Ipsos MORI is holding an event to discuss the issues that MPs themselves think will define the next parliamentary term, such as:

  • Maintaining good relationships with the House of Commons and the future of lobbying in the UK
  • The state of the economy and attitudes to business
  • The prospect of further cuts to public spending, and whether the public is ready to accept them
  • Public trust in politicians and politics

This event will provide you with valuable insight into the thoughts of politicians and a forum to discuss the findings with your peers.

Hack Attack with @Bynickdavies @StewartPurvis
Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm

xHackAttack-196x300.jpg.pagespeed.ic.s1S7EbKvlSIn July 2011, revelations that journalists from The News of the World hacked the phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler created public outrage. But we were soon to learn this was just the tip of the iceberg. The revelations that followed revealed a scandal that has since engulfed Fleet Street, Scotland Yard and Downing Street.

The man behind that story, and the years of investigative work that came before it, was Nick Davies. In his new book Hack Attack: How The Truth Caught Up With Rupert Murdoch, Davies recounts his painstaking investigation and exposes the inside story of what went on in the newsrooms and the corridors of power.

Nick Davies will be joining us in conversation with Stewart Purvis, to talk about the investigation, the revelations and the future of press regulation. We will be asking how the press have changed in a post-Leveson world and whether they have really reformed.

Nick Davies writes investigative stories for The Guardian, and has been named Journalist of the Year, Reporter of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year in British Press Awards. He has written five books: White Lies, Murder on Ward Four, Dark Heart, School Report and Flat Earth News.

Stewart Purvis is professor of television journalism at City University. He is a former editor-in-chief and CEO of ITN, Ofcom’s Partner for Content and Standards, and author of When Reporters Cross The Line: The Heroes, the Villains, the Hackers and the Spies.

PATIENT 39: Memory, consciousness & our sense of self
Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

patient 39 3 (1 of 1)Award-winning writer/director Dan Clifton presents his new short film ‘PATIENT 39′, about a soldier who wakes from a coma with no idea of his identity or his past.

Join a panel of experts as they discuss the reliability of memory, and how important it is to consciousness and our sense of self – questions at the heart of modern neuroscience.

Sep
10
Wed
After 2015: Development and its Alternatives w/ @CliveSG
Sep 10 @ 9:30 am – Sep 11 @ 5:00 pm

13588The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will expire in 2015, with mixed results. This conference takes a social and political perspective on why development fails, and how local knowledge might inform a post-MDG environment more sensitive to those structurally disadvantaged by the global economy. Within mainstream debates there has been little room for the developmental alternatives lived by people in conditions of poverty and thus no space for exploring more critical and alternative paradigms of development to the orthodox neoliberal-MDG paradigm. This conference brings together leading critical scholars on development, and activists from the global anti-poverty, buen vivir and degrowth movements.

Sep
11
Thu
How We Are: Negotiating Change in Daily Life
Sep 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

coffee-cupsOur ways of life, our daily routines, are not just habits of thinking and doing the same things in the same way. We embed our ways of life in the places where we do our living and we surround ourselves with others, our tribes, who act as mirrors to remind us who we are and what we are like.

It takes a lot to get us out of that, a compelling call, an overwhelming imperative. But sometimes something interrupts our routine lives. Heightened arousal and attention are the hallmarks of these times of transition, putting us under constant internal pressure to get back to normal, a new normal, as quickly as possible. During such difficult times it is often easier to fall back on the consolation of old habits, even though these will not get the job of change done.

Drawing on a variety of resources, from the wisdom literature to modern evidence-based psychotherapy, from ‘Rebecca’ to ‘The Matrix’, health psychologist Vincent Deary illuminates and explores the way habit structures and runs our daily lives, counting the necessary challenges and costs of change.

Speaker: Vincent Deary, health psychologist, Northumbria University.

Forget the Future: What’s Happening in Journalism Now?
Sep 11 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

323x200xgrapevineeventslogo.png.pagespeed.ic.PG37UAQibzWith everyone talking about the future of journalism, it’s easy to forget what’s happening now. Do paywalls work? Is the industry still in crisis? Is it still too white and middle class? And where are the jobs?

Grapevine events will be inviting some of the country’s top editors for a night of questions – and answers.

The panel of editors will include:

Amol Rajan, editor of the The Independent.

Ian Hislop, editor of Private Eye.

Emma Tucker, deputy editor of The Times.

Alex Miller, editor-in-chief of VICE.

Sarah Sands, editor of the Evening Standard.

This event is primarily for young journalists, who will get priority tickets. If you fall into a different category please email Maxwell Benwell and you will be put on a waiting list for tickets and given first priority once ticket sales are opened to everyone.

This event is the third in a series organised by Grapevine events.

Sep
12
Fri
Smart Resources: new forms of open data for a more circular economy
Sep 12 @ 9:00 am

open_data_circular_economy_-_websiteThe manufacturing of everyday products requires the use of finite resources and rare earth elements, many of which are running out.

Indium, key to the manufacture process of LCD screens and solar cells, has been reported to have little as 10-15 years left of material that is feasible to extract.

Other rare earth elements are being monopolised by Chinese companies, while materials that originate from areas of conflict are increasingly regulated, further destabilising supply chains.

There are bottle-necks in these supply chains, where one company can be responsible for the supply of as much as 75 per cent of a material, which creates high levels of risk. After use the majority of these resources are simply discarded or badly re-processed.

Reuse, Repair, Remanufacture and Recycling; the principals of the Circular Economy, provide a way to manage supply and design out the notion of waste.

For this system to work efficiently, these principals need to form part of a products life, right from the design stage – where are our products sourced from? How do we inform better design? How can we repair products? How can we disassemble them to carry out better quality recycling?

Sharing information between the different stages of design, production, use and recycling will be crucial to making the circular economy possible.

But how open can and should this data be? How can we ensure the information is accessible but also protect the processes and institutional expertise of private companies?

Please join us and our specialist panel including:

Matthew Polaine (Lead Researcher, The Circular Economy, British Telecommunications)
Nick Cliffe (Marketing Manager, Closed Loop Recycling)
Dominic Hog (Chairman, Eunomia Research & Consulting Ltd)
David Gardener (Senior Project Manager, C-Tech Innovation)

This event is being organized in partnership with Rob Maslin, director of We All Design and Mark Shayler, director of Ape.

Registration opens at 9.00am with the event starting promptly at 9.30am. A networking lunch will follow the event.

Culture Now: Sophia Al-Maria & Omar Kholeif
Sep 12 @ 1:00 pm

2.Artist, filmmaker and writer Sophia Al-Maria discusses her latest body of work, Virgin with a Memory, with Omar Kholeif, curator of Fox Reading Room exhibition Whose Gaze is it Anyway?

Sophia Al-Maria rose to fame with her memoir The Girl Who Fell to Earth (Harper Collins, 2012). Both paying homage to cult cinema and a call to arms, Al-Maria’s latest project evokes a culture of B-list horror movies and rape revenge thrillers, exploring the manipulation of the Arab male gaze through video and installation.

This talk marks Al-Maria’s new commission for Whose Gaze Is It Anyway? and the launch of her new book, Virgin with a Memory: The Exhibition Tie-in (Cornerhouse and The Third Line, 2014).

Sophia Al-Maria (born in Tacoma) is an artist, writer, and filmmaker who currently lives and works in Doha, Qatar and London, UK. For the past few years, she has been carrying out research around the concept of Gulf Futurism. Her primary interests lie in the isolation of individuals via technology and reactionary Islam, the corrosive elements of consumerism and industry, and the erasure of history. Her work has been exhibited at the Gwangju Biennale, the New Museum in New York, and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Triple Canopy and Bidoun. She studied comparative literature at the American University in Cairo, and aural and visual cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Omar Kholeif is a writer and curator whose work focuses on issues of narrative, expanded geography and political satire for a post 9/11 world. He is Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, Senior Visiting Curator at Cornerhouse and HOME, Manchester, and Senior Editor of Ibraaz Publishing. Previously, he headed up art and media at SPACE, London and was Curator at FACT, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool. In 2012, he was a co-curator of the Liverpool Biennial. His most recent books are respectively, You Are Here: Art After the Internet, Virgin with a Memory (for Sophia Al-Maria), and Jeddah Childhood circa 1994, all published in 2014. Omar is almost a doctor, a part-time insomniac, a failed dietician, and aspires for worldwide musical domination with Lulu Abu Hamdan, with whom he will eventually record an album.

This event is part of Safar: The Festival of Popular Arab Cinema (19 – 25 Sep 2014)

Sep
15
Mon
Curators’ Choice: Uccello
Sep 15 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunchtime talks

Focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks.

What did ‘The Great War’ do for Public Health?
Sep 15 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

'What did 'The Great War' do for Public Health?Speaker(s): Rosalind Stanwell-Smith, Hon. Senior Lecturer, Centre for History in Public Health

Histories of public health tend to date our modern practice to the reorganization of national and international systems following World War II. But this was only possible because of the lessons learned in previous wars, in particular the global impact of WWI. The tragic experiences of this ‘war to end all wars’ provided a major impetus to improved welfare and housing and to increasing involvement of the State in managing population health. It’s no accident that public health and military share a common vocabulary, such as campaigns, officers, surveillance, strategies – and the occasional victory. The personnel in both fields share a respect for protocols and hierarchical service – also the application of new technology. For WWI, this included rapid communications via field telephones, mobile triage and treatment units, improved water and sanitation, blood transfusion, immunisation and more efficient, although not always effective, methods of controlling the spread of infectious disease. Use of media for health promotion became widespread – and there was also the social effect of the high death toll, first use of rationing for food shortages, the increasing role of women in the workforce and a focus on the health of children and factory workers. Some of the lessons were too painful to be analysed at the time, for example the inability to control the influenza pandemic of 1918-19, because they did not fit with the rhetoric of an ever more triumphant application of public health to disease and wellbeing.

Packed with images and highlights from the military and civilian front, this lecture aims to show how contemporary public health has echoes both of the gained knowledge of this eventful period, as well as its lost innocence.