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The Interdisciplinary Lab (TIL) - The Social Life of Creative Methods

June 11th 2024


This event will bring together researchers in the social sciences, arts and humanities, artists and practitioners who deploy arts methods and filmmaking. The event will outline the use of creative methods and interdisciplinary methodologies for PGR’s and early career academics interested in, and engaged with, creative methods.

Organised around a series of presentations, conversations and discussions by social scientists, arts scientists, local and international filmmakers and film theorists who pursue artistic collaborative methodologies, the workshop outlines the uses of creative methods and offers practical insights on their potential impact in research and the social.

Find out more and book here.

Pint of Science – Pride, Pregnancy and Protests

A slice of cake with multicoloured layers like the Pride flag13 May 2024, 7.30-9.30pm

LEAF, Bold Street, Liverpool

Join us for an evening of thought-provoking discussions: from what makes a cook book queer, to the impact new surveillance techniques have on protesters in the US, and how we can help people understand the risks when they give birth.

Also not to be missed, our daring Shots of Science speakers will compete in a series of rapid-fire talks with the winner voted for by you!

Book your place here.


A Surrealist image of a figure in a long dress walking under a chandelierWednesday, 1 May 2024, 3-5PM at
The School of the Arts Library
19-23 Abercromby Square
Liverpool L7 7BD

Featuring papers on ‘Misanthropic Camp’ by Dr. Emelia Quinn (Amsterdam) and ‘Between Hopepunk and Misanthropy: Narrating Anthropocene Biodiversity’ by Dr. Pete Sands (York).

This event will consider the intersections of sexuality, literature, science fiction, and the climate.

Emelia Quinn is Assistant Professor of World Literatures and Environmental Humanities at the University of Amsterdam and currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa. She is author of Reading Veganism: The Monstrous Vegan, 1818 to Present (Oxford University Press, 2021) and co-editor of Thinking Veganism in Literature and Culture: Towards a Vegan Theory (Palgrave, 2018) and The Edinburgh Companion to Vegan Literary Studies (Edinburgh University Press, 2022).

Peter Sands is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity and the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York, UK. His research examines the relationship between animals, technoculture, and ecological futures in the literature and culture of the cold war period and in contemporary speculative fiction.

Run in conjunction with the Joint Liverpool Universities English and Creative Writing (JLUECW) group brings together researchers from across the city’s universities. 

Book your place here.

Talk by Khairani Barokka: 'amuk: Unpathologising Worlds in a Word'

2-3pm 26 April, 2024, online

Khairani Barokka

University of Liverpool Power, Space and Cultural Change (PSCC) research group and Centre for Health, Arts, Society and Environment (CHASE) are honoured to host an online talk by Dr. Khairani Barokka.

amuk: Unpathologising Worlds in a Word

Khairani Barokka's book amuk (Nine Arches) is the story of how the (mis)translation of a single word pathologised 'natives' in Indonesia, and continues to this day. This is a history of how rage was thieved, and how this relates to continued brutal assaults on indigenous lands, life, and bodyminds, across the genocides of colonial capitalism. It also attempts to thieve it back, and recognises resistance as reclaiming meaning.

In her talk, Okka will connect the lessons of these histories to the community of unbelieved Muslim women with chronic illness she is a part of, and has worked with as part of the Disregarding Disbelief project.

Zoom link: Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 991 2346 6652
Passcode: +Qu=4&sj

Normative Implications of the Metaphysics of Extra-Corporeal Gestation

11th-12th April 2024, University of Liverpool

Organisers: Katherine Furman, Thomas Schramme, Megan Rawson (University of Liverpool)
In collaboration with the Wellcome Trust programme on The Future of Human Reproduction, Lancaster University

This event will be hybrid.
Booking is free but required.

New reproductive technologies, such as ectogenesis, draw a wedge between the commonly assumed close connection between foetus and maternal agent. This shift has potential metaphysical implications on how we conceive their relation even in cases of natural pregnancy. Is the foetus contained in the future mother or do they form a unity? If gestation can happen outside of the woman's womb, then this seems to support the so-called container model of pregnancy over the parthood model.

This conference will use the current philosophical debate about the metaphysics of pregnancy as a springboard to discuss normative implications of how we fundamentally conceive of the relation between foetus and maternal agent. Whether we opt for a container or a parthood model has important repercussions for how we conceive ethical and legal regulations.

The conference will include a speaker-commentator structure, with colleagues working on ectogenesis from a variety of areas, including metaphysics, ethics and law, as well as science and speculative fiction, and design. We will also be hosting an archive tour of the University of Liverpool’s extensive science fiction collection with Anna McFarlane (University of Leeds) and Tom Dillon (University of Liverpool).

Invited Speakers and Commentators:

Victoria Adkins (University of Greenwich)
Teresa Baron (University of Nottingham)
Andrew Darby (Lancaster University)
Tom Dillon (University of Liverpool)
Mary Donnelly (University College, Cork)
Suki Finn (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Anna McFarlane (University of Leeds)
Claire Pierson (University of Liverpool)
Elizabeth Chloe Romanis (Durham University)
Seppe Segers (Ghent University)

Book tickets here.

Pioneering Health Equity: The Life & Medical Career of Dr. Virginia M. Alexander

Frances Ivens Lecture promo featuring Prof. Gamble502 TEACHING HUB Lecture Theatre 1, Liverpool, L69 7ZP
Mon 11th March 2024 5:30PM

In this year's annual Frances Ivens Lecture, Prof. Vanessa Gamble will examine the life of Dr. Virginia M. Alexander (1899-1949) an African American physician-activist who crafted a career that combined medicine, research, and activism to become a leading pioneer of racial justice and health equity.

This talk will examine her personal and professional biography to illuminate the role of racism in American medicine and the frequently unrecognized history of African American women physicians to combat it.

This event is co-hosted by the Centre for Health, Arts, Society and Environment (CHASE) the Centre for the Study of International Slavery (CSIS), the Department of History and the Department of Public Health, Policy and Systems. 

This lecture will be followed by a Q&A and wine reception in the 1st floor foyer of 502.

Register for the lecture here.

Culture is NOT an Industry

Culture is not an industry posterWednesday 6th March 2024, 4.15 - 5.30
SLSJ Event Space, Ground Floor SLSJ Building, Chatham Street, University of Liverpool.

Speaker: Justin O’Connor, Professor of Cultural Economy at University of South Australia and Visiting Professor School of Cultural Management, Shanghai Jiaotong University, in Conversation with Dr Pete Campbell (SSPC) 

Culture is at the heart to what it means to be human. But twenty-five years ago, the British government rebranded art and culture as 'creative industries', valued for their economic contribution, and set out to launch the UK as the creative workshop of a globalised world.

Where does that leave art and culture now? Facing exhausted workers and a lack of funding and vision, culture finds itself in the grip of accountancy firms, creativity gurus and Ted Talkers. At a time of sweeping geo-political turmoil, culture has been de-politicised, its radical energies reduced to factors of industrial production.

In this presentation, drawing from his new book Culture is not an Industry, published by Manchester University Press Justin O'Connor discusses what happens when an essential part of our democratic citizenship, fundamental to our human rights, is reduced to an industry. Culture is not an industry argues that art and culture need to renew their social contract and re-align with the radical agenda for a more equitable future.

Register for this event here.

The Politics and Practices of Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice

Reproductive rights event posterSchool Of The Arts Library - University of Liverpool,
Fri 16th February 2024

Funded by Engage@Liverpool through the Methodological Innovation and Development Award Scheme (MIDAS) and supported by the Centre for Health, Arts, Society & Environments (CHASE), this symposium is working to bring together academics involved in research on reproductive health, rights, and justice (RHRJ), to build a network of passionate researchers, enabling future collaborations and cross-disciplinary innovation.

It will focus on the politics and practice within the field, taking an intersectional feminist approach. This event will be a place for sharing, learning, and networking. The day will involve an interactive workshop, presentations from early career repro scholars, and a roundtable with staff from the University of Liverpool.

Reserve your place here.

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