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About the Politics & Applied Global Ethics Festival 2015

Page Festival.

The annual Festival of Politics & Applied Global Ethics (PAGE) is a week-long event running from 16 to 20 November 2015. It features a programme of talks, debates and workshops led by academic staff, students and high-profile external speakers, focussing on a wide range of current and engaging social and political issues. The festival is organised by our PAGE group which is part of our University’s School of Social, Psychological & Communication Sciences. Festival events are free and open to students and staff from our University and members of the public who are interested in engaging with these issues.

For further information and to register please visit our booking page.

Festival programme:

Monday 16 November

Plus Icon The Migration Crisis - Student Conference: 9.30 - 12.00 Calverley CL214
What is the nature of the ‘migration crisis’? How should we respond (eg as the EU, as member states, as citizens)? What does the crisis tell us about the nature of the ‘European project’, the EU’s role in the world and the commitments to human rights and solidarity? What policies are needed to resolve the crisis? What are our moral obligations in responding to the crisis? The conference, based on contributions from PAGE students, will enable a conversation on these questions and many other aspects of the migration crisis.
Plus Icon How Studying Politics & International Relations Makes You Employable: 12.00 - 13.00 Northern Terrace NT118
Professor John Craig, Head of School
School of Social, Psychological and Communication Sciences

Graduate employability has become a key issue for students, universities and government. While there is often a focus on the development of generic and transferable skills, the intellectual and practical skills that come from studying a discipline are also important. This session will examine how studying politics and international relations can contribute to your employability. It will explore how employability has always been an aspect of studying politics, and how governments and local authorities have long recognised the value of education in this area. It will examine some of the particular skills that politics and international relations students develop during their studies and help you to think through how these might be presented to potential employers.
Plus Icon Still Time to Prevent Dangerous Global Warming? - Looking Ahead to Paris 2015: 13.30 - 15.00 Lecture Theatre 1
Simon Bullock (Friends of the Earth)
Lucy Soanes (PAGE – IR & Global Development)
Dorron Otter (PAGE)

This workshop will explore the challenges that climate change poses for humanity. December 2015 sees the 21st Conference of the Parties that are brought together by the UN and this is seen by many as the last chance to get the nations of the world to agree a regime of co-operation to stop run-away climate change.
Plus Icon Corbynomics: Does it really work?: 16.00 - 17.30 NT118
James Meadway (Chief Economist, New Economics Foundation)

Jeremy Corbyn’s successful campaign in Labour’s leadership election was based largely on proposing a clear alternative to the austerity programme being implemented by the Conservative government. This economic alternative has been expressed in Labour’s opposition to the Fiscal Responsibility Bill that commits governments to a budget surplus in ‘normal’ times. In this session leading economist James Meadway of the New Economics Foundation will examine the nature of ‘Corbynomics’ and whether it would actually work.
Plus Icon International Relations & Contemporary Literature: 17.30 - 18.30 Calverley CL310
‘Where My Heart Used to Beat’ by Sebastian Faulks – Book Club discussion. Read the book and join in the discussion. Facilitated by Professor Alex Nunn.

One of the aims is to look at Faulks’ reflections on conflict and its relationship to human nature and technological development.  We will consider what we can learn from the book about international politics as well as thinking about what academic work on international politics might have to say about the themes in the book.  This is an opportunity to think about politics in different ways – through the eyes of popular culture.

Tuesday 17 November

Plus Icon Volunteering Workshop: 10.00 - 12.00 Northern Terrace NT221
Oriel Kenny (PAGE)
Speakers from International Service (10.00 - 12.00), International Office & SU

International Service is one of the agencies delivering government-funded, 12-week overseas placements. Its ICS volunteers work in teams with in-country partners, living in local homes and developing projects with established local organisations. You will hear from returned volunteers about their experiences, and the type of projects you can take part in. This experience can transform your CV, whether you want to build a career in development or elsewhere.

The York-based development charity has been protecting and promoting the rights of marginalised people in Latin America, West Africa, and the Middle East for over 60 years.

Plus Icon PAGE Global Inequalities Research Roundtable: Continuous Proletarianisation at the Frontiers of the World Market: 12.00 - 13.30 Calverley CL104
Prof. Alex Nunn, Dr Sophia Price, Dr Tom Purcell, Priyan Seneviratne, Dave Robertshaw, Moses Okech

In the 1990s Neil Smith revived Frederick Turner’s Frontier Thesis of US economic development to describe the then regeneration of urban landscapes in US cities.  His argument was that urban regeneration had become the frontier in the expansion of global capitalism to reclaim what had become dangerous and ‘uncivillised’ territory. In doing so he raised questions about the permanence of processes of proletarianisation or the drawing in of people and places under the remit of capitalist social relations.

This session will focus on the continuous – rather than one-off – nature of processes of proletarianisation, exploring these processes in the context of a series of different 'frontiers’ from Sri Lanka to Uganda and from Venezuala to Welfare Reform in the Northern Cities of the UK. The session will involve a range of PAGE staff and research students reporting findings from their research that are illustrative of continuous 'proletarianisation at the frontiers of the world market’.  
Plus Icon Working With & Influencing Parliament Workshop: 14.00 - 15.30 Rose Bowl RB444 (Lecture Theatre C)
Lynn Hobson is Regional Outreach Officer (North East, Yorkshire and the Humber) for the Parliamentary Outreach Service. She works in public engagement for Parliament UK, offering a range of workshops, presentations and interactive sessions explaining how Parliament works and the opportunities for people to get involved and have influence.
Plus Icon The Secure & the Dispossessed: How The Military And Corporations Are Shaping A Climate-Changed World: 15.30 - 17.00 Rose Bowl RB444 (Lecture Theatre C)
Panel Discussion and Book Launch

Steve Wright (PAGE)
Ben Hayes (Statewatch and Fellow of the Transnational Institute).

While ecologists and environmentalists view the melting of the polar ice caps as a dire and threatening effect of climate change, many business and political leaders see emerging opportunity, as a result of newly accessible oil and gas fields. As the contributors to The Secure and the Dispossessed reveal, the ongoing environmental transitions raise a host of complicated questions about global assets and resources as well as dangerous opportunism.
Plus Icon From Magna Carta to the Modern Day: the Journey of Universal Human Rights Protections: 17.30 - 19.00 Rose Bowl RB444 (Lecture Theatre C)
Sanchita Hosali
Deputy Director, British Institute of Human Rights

Sanchita is a recognised expert in human rights and equalities law, policy and practice, with over fifteen years of working both in the UK and internationally. As Deputy Director at BIHR, Sanchita oversees operations and manages the delivery of BIHR’s education, outreach and information services, with a lead role in policy and campaigning. Sanchita has a particular expertise in addressing violence against women from a human rights perspective.

In the year that marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta, Sanchita Hosali, Deputy Director of the British Institute of Human Rights, looks at how universal human rights protection has developed overtime, and the vital role that human rights now play both in holding power to account  and as a catalyst for positive change in modern British society.
Plus Icon Festival Pub Quiz: 19.00
This event will be held in the Leeds Beckett Students' Union building, City Campus.

Wednesday 18 November

Plus Icon Militarism & Austerity: an Alternative Approach: 11.00 - 12.30 WH135 (Lecture Theatre 3)
Bruce Gagnon
Co-founder & Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space

Bruce Gagnon will report on the growing movement around the planet to oppose endless war making - particularly as it relates to President Obama's 'pivot' into the Asia-Pacific and NATO expansion eastward up to Russia's borders.  This provocative, dangerous and expensive military strategy comes at a time when growing global poverty and climate change demand a redirection of foreign and domestic policies in our countries.  
Plus Icon Chemical Weapons in the Modern World: 13.00 - 14.30 WH135 (Lecture Theatre 3)
Riot Agents And Incapacitating Chemical Weapons –  Research, Risk, Responsibility & Abuse

Dr Michael Crowley - Director of the Bradford Peace Studies project on Non-Lethal Weapons and a Research Associate with The Omega Foundation. Michael is one of the world’s experts on military, security and police technology transfers and has headed up programmes both at Amnesty International and VERTIC. His expertise has been in demand in both research for the UN in Geneva and the European Parliament in Brussels. He is one of the few hands-on experts in this field undertaking both policy work and field missions gathering data.

Chemical Weapons - Ethical Dilemmas Associated With Research, Development, Deployment & Accountability

Professor Alastair Hay OBE - Professor of Environmental Toxicology at Leeds University. Alastair has worked on chemical weapons issues for nearly forty years. Professor Hay was responsible for identifying the chemical weapon mustard gas and the nerve agent sarin in soil samples taken from Iraq in 1995.  He has worked tirelessly promoting the ethical responsibilities of chemists in relation to the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention, which outlaws chemical weapons. The treaty is in many ways a prototype of all future arms control treaties since it is crafted to be future-proof. Issues surrounding both the social responsibilities of scientists and the whole process of transparency and inspection of such weapons are crucial to our future security. Professor Hay is the go-to expert for the media when chemical warfare rears its ugly head.
Plus Icon That's what she said. How can we challenge sexism in universities? 15.00 - 17.00 Northern Terrace NT118
Kate Milnes and Tamara Turner-Moore (Leeds Beckett University, Psychology Group)
Kate and Tamara will talk about a peer-led workshop on sexual bullying and harassment, Students Against Sexual Harassment (SASH)

Lucy Thompson (Leeds Beckett University, Psychology Group)

Lucy will talk on ‘LAD-culture’ and sexual bullying, explaining that it is not just 'lads' but that there are many females who are involved as well.

Sarah Gillborn (Student Union Vice President for Welfare)
Sarah will talk about the Consent Campaign and explain the approach being taken to tackle this cultural problem within our university.

Naomi van der Sloot (PAGE) will introduce and chair the session.

Thursday 19 November

Lawrence Cockcroft
Founder of Transparency International.
Plus Icon Human Rights: Does Anyone Care?: 17.00 - 18.30 Broadcasting Place BPAG02
Rex Bloomstein
Award winning documentary filmmaker

Rex Bloomstein’s major themes as a documentary filmmaker have been crime and punishment, human rights, and the Holocaust. He helped pioneer the modern television prison documentary with his Bafta winning series Strangeways, more recently Lifer, Living with Murder and this year Inside The Sex Offenders Prison for Radio 4. His explorations on the Holocaust include Auschwitz and the Allies and ‘KZ’, an award winning film described as ‘the first post-modern Holocaust documentary’.

Rex concentrates in this lecture on excerpts from the various films and programs he has made on human rights. These include Traitors To Hitler which graphically illustrates what happens when the rule of law is suborned to the State. How a man becomes a torturer from the series The Roots of Evil and discusses the making of 11 years of human rights appeals and their impact with the BBC series Prisoners of Conscience, Urgent Action and Human Rights, Human Wrongs.

Friday 20 November

Plus Icon Nonviolence & Nonviolent Strategy Workshop - Launch of the West Yorkshire Nonviolence Network: 10.00 - 17.00 Calverley CL311
Dr Rachel Julian
A day-long workshop, open to everyone interested in non-violence, in which we will explore principles of nonviolence, the importance of strategy and some of the key tools and methods for working with Nonviolence and Social Change.
Plus Icon Tackling our Sugar Habit & the Obesity Epidemic: 11.00 - 12.30 WHG01 (Lecture Theatre 1)
Tackling our sugar habit and the obesity epidemic

Robin Ireland MPH, MFPH
Chief Executive, Health Equalities Group

Dr Diane Lowcock
Leeds Beckett University School of Health & Wellbeing

Tim Rycroft
Corporate Affairs Director at the Food and Drink Federation

Sugar consumption is recognised as a cause of major harms such as obesity and diabetes. The government is coming under increasing pressure to support a ‘sugar tax’, a measure it has so far resisted. Jamie Oliver is campaigning for a tax on sugary drinks, and it has been advocated, along with a range of other measures, in the recent report by Public Health England. But industry groups, such as he Food & Drink Federation are opposed. This panel examines the urgent need to break our sugar habit and whether a sugar tax can be part of the solution.
Plus Icon The Syrian Crisis – what should be done?: 13.00 - 14.30 Rose Bowl RB444 (Lecture Theatre C)
Hilary Benn
Labour MP for Leeds Central and Shadow Foreign Secretary.

In a recent article in The Guardian Hilary stated that ‘We have a responsibility to protect people, but in Syria no one has taken responsibility and no one has been protected. It is the great humanitarian crisis of our age and one of our greatest tests too’. In this lecture Hilary will set out his views on what should be done in order to pass this test.
Plus Icon The 2015 Sustainable Development Goals: One Grand Vision or 17 Empty Promises?: 14.30 - 16.00 Rose Bowl RB444 (Lecture Theatre C)
Dr. Tom Houseman, Lecturer in International Politics and Political Economy, University of Manchester

Tom will lead a workshop on the politics and prospects of ending global poverty.
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