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Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR) from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to socialise and learn in an informal setting. The event is free and there are two talks separated by a break…
Simon Byrom is talking about his film Poppies for Peace – a powerful, thought provoking film is a tribute to: Harry Patch (1898 2009: last surviving soldier of WW1) and Tony Benn (1925 2014: the great politician of Peace). The documentary film was created by Simon with the purpose of reflecting on the current state of the World 100 years since “The War To End All Wars” the film asks the question: “Has their sacrifice been betrayed by our failure to end war?”. This thought provoking film reflects on the 100th anniversary of The War To End All Wars.
There will be some food during the break and an opportunity to chat before the next short talk
I have chosen to give a short presentation on this part of World War One because I came to read Alan Clark’s book ‘The Donkeys’. Im someone who is lucky enough never to have seen war but to have known by proximity how badly war has affected many. War is the true embodiment of madness and horror, and part of that I fear is the lack of holding to account the idiots in charge sometimes.Drawing on Alan Clark’s history of the rise of a cluster of “donkeys” to the High Command, this is to commemorate the thousands of men who were failed and sent to their senseless doom by the hubris, pride, pomp, lack of strategy and idiocy of certain specific Field Marshal’s like Field Marshal Haig. I think it is not just enough to remember the dead but understand the mistakes which were part of the catastrophe. Out of dignity and respect, some knowledge of the failures that took place needs to be part of our collective living memory.
Come along to The Castle Hotel (66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE) from 7pm. Come along for some food, some socialising and a two talks in an informal setting…
What is feminism? Ask ten people this question and you might get ten different answers. It’s not that I claim to have the one right answer but rather that I do have one I have settled on and I am pleased to share it with Ragged members. My generation of women has seen enormous changes in our lives. I hardly recognise myself as the young woman who always sat quietly in one corner or another. To me, that is proof of feminism as an agent of personal growth and empowerment; one more reason to share what I know about it.
Feminism to me is a political sisterhood because it aims to challenge the dominant social force generally known as patriarchy. Some people get very precise and define it as capitalist patriarchy or imperialist capitalist patriarchy, even imperialist patriarchal capitalism. I suppose one’s view is always determined by where one stands.
My talk therefore aims to clarify what a plain and simple patriarchal society is, how it is structured and how feminists have over time risen to the challenge of the ways in which patriarchy disempowers and even harms women as a sex class; a thing feminists call patriarchal oppression. Moreover, whilst women are doing different things differently today than they did fifty years ago they are still doing it for themselves and often for men as well. Mine will be a whistle-stop tour through an immensely rich and complex cultural landscape but I hope there will be enough time left to take questions.
During the break we have a bite to eat and a chance to socialise. Everyone is welcome to bring an item of food to put on the table to share and take away what is left at the end so nothing goes to waste
In this presentation I hope to share my story of researching ICT integration in education with rural female teachers from an island in Bangladesh. I will particularly focus on how I attempted to tap into teachers’ own ways of seeing, feeling and expressing life.
Firstly, I will talk about how I used multimodal artefact production- a method through which teachers have shared significant day to day experiences with me,- through a mode and genre of their choice-sometimes they chose images, sometimes video clips, audio clips while sometimes poems and journal entries.
Then I will talk about the distinct Bengali genre of ‘golpo/ adda’ (informal chatting) which I used in my research as an attempt to enable my participants’ experiences to emerge through their own discursive style. I will conclude by sharing how these two processes made me aware of my own ‘gaze’ and maybe helped me understand my participants from the position of a female-the position of a teacher- rather than the power position of a researcher.
Come along to Gulliver’s (109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW) at 7pm to listen to Alex ’s talk. Share a crust of bread, and hear the reflections he has to share…
Jean Ziegler said in an interview with Gilles Toussaint: “There are more and more people who understand that hunger is man-made, that we live in a cannibal world-order maintained by multinational companies and their mercenary organizations, that is, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization and the World Bank” – Jean Ziegler: “L’ordre cannibale du monde” Gilles Toussaint Publié le samedi 15 octobre 2011
In an interview with Philipp Löpfe for the Swiss national paper Tages-Anzeiger he said: “According to the World Food Organization, there is enough food on the planet for 12 billion people. If people still starve today, it’s an organized crime, a mass murder. Every five seconds a child under the age of ten starves to death and one billion people are permanently severely malnourished”
These quotes from the former United Nations special rapporteur to the Right to Food highlight the reality of human made famine. In this talk I am going to go through some of the research which he has published in his book ‘Betting on Famine; Why the world still goes hungry’ supplementing it with other information with the aim to have a conversation after the talk.
The way the stockmarket and multinational corporations are operating today is no doubt pathological. Understanding just how this form of finance functions in our world allows us to formulate how we respond to the problems which we are presented with. There are complexities which just are not spoken about like the role which pension funds play in the proliferation of scarcity as they are invested on our behalves in whatever returns dividends for the pension holder.
At the same time we are faced with a never ending series of charities and ‘voluntourism’ organisations which speak to us of helping underdeveloped nations in hard times. Which of these charities are also pressing for the lifting of economic restrictions on these ‘underdeveloped nations’ ? When organisations such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, the World Bank and multinational corporations are causing the hard times, what should be done ?
Come along listen and take part in the discussion