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An informal discussion over tea and biscuits with Madeleine Long (University of Edinburgh, @PhDLing) discussing that it’s never too late to learn a language and how her work suggests it will help keep your brain young!
The Edinburgh University European Union Society is pleased to invite you to its upcoming event:
Brexit: Its Impact on Ireland and British-Irish Relations
Dr Mark Hanniffy
Consul General of Ireland
Doors open from 5pm
Event begins at 5.30pm
Nearly seventh months on from the EU referendum, Irish Consul General in Edinburgh Dr Mark Hanniffy will offer his perspective on the implications of Brexit for Ireland and British-Irish relations. Prof Christine Bell (The University of Edinburgh) will respond following the Consul General’s remarks.
Prof Christine Bell FBA | Discussant
Professor of Constitutional Law
Assistant Principal (Global Justice)
The University of Edinburgh
Anthony Salamone | Chair
European Union Society President
PhD Candidate in British and European Politics
The University of Edinburgh
ABOUT THE SPEAKER AND DISCUSSANT
Dr Mark Hanniffy took up the post of Consul General of Ireland in Edinburgh in May 2016. Before moving to Scotland, he was Deputy Director of the Policy Planning Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin, having joined the Irish Diplomatic Service in 2007. Among other assignments, he served in Ireland’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and on secondment as a Policy Advisor to the Houses of the Oireachtas.
Prof Christine Bell FBA is Professor of Constitutional Law, Co-Director of the Global Justice Academy and Assistant Principal (Global Justice) at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests include constitutional and international law, gender and conflict, and legal theory.
This event is free. Registration in advance required. All are welcome
Contact address for queries: [email protected]
Ukie’s nationwide Brexit roundtables
Over the next three months Ukie is touring the country with its Brexit Roundtables. We want to hear from game businesses about their post-referendum concerns and examine opportunities for providing more support for the sector.
Come along to one of our Brexit Roundtables to:
- Shape the games industry’s position to government on key areas such as access to talent, international trade, video games tax relief, the free flow of data and funding.
- Hear the latest expert thinking around the key areas affecting games businesses in the UK
- Develop new ideas that could re-think policy to better support the games sector and increase growth
- Help provide evidence and case studies to present to government on key issues
This roundtable is designed for games developers and publishers.
Russian media and conspiracy theories
We are pleased to invite you to our upcoming event jointly organised with the School of Social and Political Science of the University of Edinburgh.
Whilst nowadays conspiracy theories are becoming mainstream the world over – the victory of Donald Trump and Brexit are the cases in point – contemporary Russia is a curious example. From the mid-2000s the Russian government has spent years and millions of roubles in spreading fears of Western conspiracy among the population and thus guaranteeing the stability of Putin’s popular support. Russian media have played a key role in this process, constantly spreading falsified evidence of the subversive activities of the Russian opposition with the alleged support of the West. Moreover, from the end of the 2000s, the Kremlin reshaped the international television channel RT into a source of various conspiracy theories, thus turning a media outlet in a sophisticated public diplomacy tool.
Following the approach suggested by Mark Fenster (2008), Dr. Yablokov investigates the phenomenon of conspiracy theories as a populist tool of power relations which helps relocate legitimacy and power among different political actors. He argues that in post-Soviet Russia conspiracy theories have become a popular element of the media environment owing to the lack of ethical principles among journalists. The failure of the journalistic community to develop a code of ethics and create a strong, united professional community caused a situation whereby the quality of journalistic output has been less important than loyalty to the owner or the state. In this paper, Dr. Yablokov will demonstrate the evolution of the Russian media community in the 1991-2016 period, compare the popularity of conspiracy theories in the media in the US and in Russia and will demonstrate how journalists became one of the main drivers to the popularity of conspiracy theories in contemporary Russia.
Dr. Ilya Yablokov holds an MA in Nationalism studies from Central European University, Hungary (2009) and received his PhD from the University of Manchester (2014). His research interests include conspiracy theories, nation building and politics in post-Soviet Russia, the history of post-Soviet journalism and international broadcasting. His book Building Fortress Russia: Conspiracy Theories in the Post-Soviet World (Cambridge: Polity Press) is due to be published in 2018. Currently, he teaches Russian politics, history and media at the University of Leeds (UK).
“Let’s Talk About Health” is all about advancing our knowledge of health and what goes wrong in disease. Join us to hear about new research in our University that is increasing our understanding of diseases and providing new advances in treatment. Guests will be able to talk to our young scientists about their research, and S4 and S5 pupils will have an opportunity to tour our labs before the talks. We look forward to seeing you there!
Professor Karen Chapman
University/BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science
Most people associate breast cancer with women. However, men can also be affected. Currently, 1 in 8 women in the UK will be affected by breast cancer during their lifetime. Huge steps have been made in understanding some of the complexities underpinning this disease and developing increasingly effective treatment strategies. This started here in Scotland, with Beatson’s discovery that in some women, removal of the ovaries can shrink tumours. Join us to hear about some of the key advances that have led to over 85% of women now living more than 5 years after diagnosis of breast cancer. We will explore exciting research aimed at developing new treatment strategies, that are personalised to the individual patient’s cancer, to maximise treatment effectiveness and limit unpleasant side-effects.
Dr Helen Creedon, and Professor Val Brunton, Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre, The University of Edinburgh
Doors open 4.30pm with teas and coffees available.
Refreshments available after event.
Photography & filming
This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University or University approved third parties.
For any further information contact the organiser, Karen Chapman [email protected]
The Edinburgh University European Union Society is pleased to invite you to its forthcoming event:
Scotland’s Environment after Brexit
Doors open from 4.30pm
Event begins at 5pm
Introduction by Martine Bisenius
European Union Society Committee Member
Dr Annalisa Savaresi
Lecturer in Environmental Law · The University of Stirling
Dr Antonio Cardesa-Salzmann
Lecturer in EU Environmental Law · The University of Strathclyde
Anthony Salamone | Chair
European Union Society President
Further speakers TBC
Questions for the panel can be submitted in advance by email to [email protected]
The future of the natural environment is likely to play a prominent part in the Brexit debate. This is particularly the case for Scotland, as most environment powers are devolved, but much of its environmental regulation is framed around or underpinned by EU law. Important decisions will have to be made on how Scotland’s environment is regulated and protected in the future – and it’s unclear when, how or who by those decisions will be made. This event will explore these challenges and encourage public discussion of them.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Dr Annalisa Savaresi is Lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of Stirling. Her research focuses on climate change, biodiversity, forestry, environmental liability, renewable energy and the interplay between environmental and human rights law. She has also acted as a consultant on environmental issues for numerous think tanks and international organisations.
Dr Antonio Cardesa-Salzmann is Lecturer in EU Environmental Law at the University of Strathclyde. His work explores global environmental justice and sustainability using critical, socio-legal approaches. His research interests include environmental law theory (including global constitutionalism, pluralism and post-colonialism), EU environmental law and human rights and the environment.
This event is free. Registration in advance required. All are welcome
Contact address for queries: [email protected]
The UK and Scottish Governments – and other devolved administrations – seem to be at loggerheads over how to deal with Brexit – how might a mediation approach deal with the problem?
During the Referendum on possible Scottish Independence, Collaborative Scotland and Core Solutions hosted a number of events to illustrate how a different approach could be taken to discussing difficult constitutional problems. These events were a success in opening up new possibilities, not just in process terms but in outcomes.
In this event, we will invite participants to work in groups and play roles for one of the many stakeholders: the Scottish Government, the UK Government, the Welsh administration, the Northern Ireland government, the Republic of Ireland, the EU, the USA, regions of England, Orkney and Shetland, other European nations – and perhaps others.
Facilitated by Core mediators, John Sturrock and Charlie Woods, with commentary from Oliver Escobar of co-sponsors, the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, we will mix discussion and learning on the process with interactive simulation.
Come along to The Castle Hotel (66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE) from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to socialise and a talk about how news stories reflect on popular fiction plus alternative views in mental health…
The first talk is:
News Stories and Popular Fiction by Julian Edge
I’ve always wondered if I could write fiction. I mean, inventing characters and having them populate a context in ways that other people will want to read about? Over the years, I once or twice thought of interesting set-ups for a novel, but never followed them through. I started to develop a story, a fiction, something that did not relate to any real people, no, but which did, yes, draw on the documented fact that such events as I was imagining, and my characters were experiencing, were, in principle, possible.
None of it is “true.” It’s all made up. But it’s made up against the backdrop of some basic events that occurred. Is that permissible? Where does that leave the possibly injured feelings of some of the real people about whom I am not writing, but whose actions created a news context that fed the creation of the story?…
During the break there is a chance to share food, conversation and a bite to eat. Everyone is invited to bring an item of food to put on the table to share, as well as take away what is left at the end. The second talk follows the break:
Having been involved greatly in championing a re-reading of the evidence bases for views and approaches, in particular for what gets treated as Obsessional Compulsive Disorder, I want to put forward that there is something fundamental missing from how we are understanding people caught up with these clinical terms and labels.
I argue that there as emerged in the last few years that there is absolutely no evidence base in Mental Health Universally for The Brain Disease, Medical Model which underpins psychiatric interventions and practice. And I will be presenting an Evidence Base Alternative based on Emotional and Social Trauma.
Come along and put your feet up, have a bite to eat and enjoy picking over the subject with Julian in good company. As usual, everyone is welcomed to bring an item of food to put on the table to share, but there is no obligation to do so. It is free and open to everyone, so you are welcome to bring your friends. No need to book…
Meet in Costa Coffee on South Bridge from 1:00pm
Then go to Radisson Blu on the High Street for 2:00pm to join the demo and walk to the Scottish Parliament
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM GMT
On 24 March, Young European Movement Edinburgh and the European Movement in Scotland invite you to gather to show the media, the government, and those who tell us to “get over it” that Brexit is not wanted and we will not be silenced. We are and always will be European. Come lend your support for a vision of a Europe future – we can still have it. Let’s Stop Brexit.
The last year and a half have been in complete shambles. Whatever way you voted in the referendum, this is not what was wanted. The government is ignoring the voices of those (now the majority) who are vehemently opposed to leaving the EU. 2016 was the year of the vote. 2017 was the year of stitching up the wound. 2018 will not be the year of passively accepting what the Minority Government has decided.
There is no good Brexit. We are already feeling the Brexit squeeze, and Britain is becoming less ‘Great’ by the day. Brexit has brought out the nasty side in our neighbours and is already making us poorer, more divided and neglectful of the underlying problems of our society. Many things we have so long taken for granted are now under threat because of Brexit and it’s time to call it off and go back to normal.
We need to show up and explicitly demonstrate that the anti-Brexit and pro-European sentiment is still strong in Scotland. This is our future at stake. This issue is far too big to be ignored or neglected. We need to do everything possible to show that we still care, and we are still here – protesting and ready to vote.
The march will take place in central Edinburgh at 14:00, from the Radisson Blue to the Scottish Parliament. There will be speeches and music, so come join us if you do not want to just sit there while the government is taking opportunities and freedoms away from you and your children.
Tanja Bueltmann – Anti-Brexit Campaigner
Madeleina Kay – EU Supergirl
Mike Galsworthy – Scientists For EU
Joanna Cherry – QC MP, SNP
Struan Stevenson – Former MEP, Conservative
Jack Caldwell – Scottish Young Liberals
Patrick Harvie – MSP, Green
Catherine Stihler – MEP, Labour
Sing For Europe Choir
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Come along to St John’s Church Community Hall (Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ), doors open at 2pm and the event starts from 2.30pm. Come along for a bite of food, a film screening and discussion on prison and dehumanisation…
Prison and Dehumanisation – film screening and talks on crime, prison and us
Bullet points of what you would like to talk about:
- Film screening
- Discussion on rehabilitation and the prison system
- Discussion on reform and rehabilitation
A few paragraphs on your subject:
Prison and Dehumanisation – film screening and talks on crime, prison and us. Screening of award-winning prison documentary and talks by the director of Injustice, Tabitha Wilkins from Prison Rehabilitation Coordinator and Alex Dunedin from Ragged University. After a whirlwind roadshow of screenings across the UK the controversial documentary film Injustice will be screened at St John’s Church Hall on 13th October 2018.
At the moment there are 80,000 prisoners in England and Wales and more than 7,000 in Scotland, but who are these people and what happens to them?
Around half of prisoners have mental health issues, half have addition problems, nearly two thirds were unemployed, and nearly half were excluded from school as children. Each year in English and Welsh prisons are 40,000 assaults each year, with nearly a death a day in prison and a suicide on average every three days.
Prisons are not holiday camps!
Nor do prisons reduce crime – around half of people released from prison reoffend within the first year. People released from prison are given £46 to survive and face enormous difficulties in finding accommodation and employment on release, with homelessness and unemployment often compounding the problems that led them to prison in the first place.
There are around 10 million people with convictions in the UK at the moment, leading us to ask – if the prison system doesn’t reduce crime or rehabilitate people, what’s the point of it?
Ultimately we are locked into a prison system that the public and media promote as a system of punishment and vengeance against those who have made mistakes. Finding a way out of this mess is key to creating a safer society for all of its members. Yet successive governments seem beholden to the press narrative about crime and punishment, which in the past 300 years has never succeeded in achieving its stated aims.
Governmental inaction means that crime rates continue to be high, people who’ve committed crimes are as likely as ever to be excluded from society and driven into further criminal activity and in the mean time the public is being failed. We must address the question of crime and punishment as a society.
Outside England and Wales there have been successful initiatives address this perennial problem, whether by creating better societies in the first place, or creating a system that prioritises reform over harm. This even will provide and open space to listen and speak on the issues that affect us all.
The award-winning film Injustice investigates the prison and criminal justice system, interviewing ex- prisoners, campaigners and academics to shine a light on this dark zone of our society, asking who the prisoners are, how the criminal justice system treats them, what happens in prison and what life is like on release. The Prison Rehab Company and Dr Wood join the panel discussion to report on their work with prisoners and give insight to the reality of the prison system.
About the panel:
Lee Salter is the director of Injustice
Lee Salter is a film maker, writer and researcher. After his 15-year academic career came crashing to a half with his 2016 conviction, he immersed himself in the worlds of the fellow convicts he found himself among. Taking notes of each story he encountered he began writing about the lifeworld of people with convictions, and began making contacts with a range of ex prisoners. Having made 3 feature documentaries in the style of Third Cinema he interviewed the “ex-prisoner” Gethin Jones while making a film to help launch his consultancy Unlocking Potential, and followed the leads he generated, which eventually led to the production of the documentary Injustice.
Tabitha Wilkins is the founder of the Prison Rehab Company
My name is Tabitha and I am the “Prison Rehabilitation Coordinator”. I like to think of myself as a jack of all trades, and have had many job roles over the years! I have taught young offenders, facilitated addiction groups, managed community order offenders and worked in bail hostels with prison leavers. I have been involved with the homeless community for the last 8 years, and am also a qualified social worker – currently practicing in a child protection team. I have personally experienced a variety of challenging circumstances throughout my life, and feel that these struggles have allowed me to become a resilient, empathetic practitioner who can work with people from any walk of life without judgement.