Conference Announcement: Occupy the Issues (29 November 2012)

Occupy the Issues: Alternatives in Politics, Economics, and the Media

A Conference and a Seminar at the University of Edinburgh, Thursday, 29 November 2012

 

THIS CONFERENCE IS NOW FULL – BUT WE ARE TAKING NAMES FOR A WAITING LIST. ANYONE IS WELCOME TO COME TO THE SEMINAR AT 16:10 AT NEW COLLEGE.

CTPI in conjunction with IASH and Ekklesia is proud to announce the Occupy the Issues conference and seminar to be held 29 November 2012, at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Themes

A year ago, on 24 November 2011, the City of Edinburgh Council became the first governmental body in the world to officially recognize both the Occupy Edinburgh and the worldwide Occupy Movement. The tents are now gone, but the Occupy Movement continues and the issues remain. Scandals plague the media, politics, and our corporations, while the influence of big money within these sectors have left many questioning whether they can once again operate for the common good.

This day conference and seminar will examine the sectors of politics, economics, and the media. Inspired by the Occupy Movement, which has usefully shone a light into the plutocratic nature of our economic and political life, Occupy activists and expert speakers will examine questions of how we got into our present predicament, and what options might exist for moving toward a more equal, just, and peaceful society.

In accordance with the mission of CTPI, this conference and seminar seeks to highlight how Christian theology can make a constructive contribution to these debates. The Conference and seminar will offer papers from named speakers and offer plenty of time for conversation and debate from a range of perspectives.

Venues

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH)
The University of Edinburgh, Hope Park Square,
Edinburgh EH8 9NW (map)

Martin Hall
New College, Mound Place
Edinburgh EH1 2LX (map)

Registration and Enquiries

THIS CONFERENCE IS NOW FULL – BUT WE ARE TAKING NAMES FOR A WAITING LIST. ANYONE IS WELCOME TO COME TO THE SEMINAR AT 16:10 AT NEW COLLEGE.

Free registration for the conference at IASH is by emailing your name, organization, and contact details to iash@ed.ac.uk. Also include any special dietary requirements for lunch. Or phone +44 (0)131 650 4671. Numbers are extremely limited.

The seminar at New College is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

All other enquiries to organiser Richard Davis- Richard.Davis@ed.ac.uk

Speakers

  • Simon Barrow, co-director of Ekklesia
  • Kathy Galloway, Head of Christian Aid Scotland
  • Prof Philip Goodchild, Professor of Religion and Philosophy, University of Nottingham, author of Theology of Money (2007)
  • Hannah Hofheinz, ThD student Harvard Divinity School, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Boston, and Occupy AAR/SBL
  • Prof Jolyon Mitchell, Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Edinburgh, author of Media Violence and Christian Ethics (2007)
  • Prof Michael Northcott, Professor of Ethics, University of Edinburgh, author of Life After Debt – Christianity and Global Justice (1999) and An Angel Directs the Storm: Apocalyptic Religion and American Empire (2007)
  • Dr Paul-François Tremlett, Lecturer in Religious Studies, The Open University

Programme

Conference

10:15 to 15:30 at IASH

  • Welcome – Mr Richard Davis, CTPI
  • Setting the Scene – Mr Simon Barrow and speaker from Occupy Edinburgh
  • Faith & Occupy: Harvard Yard to Zuccotti Park – Ms Hannah Hofheinz, Occupy Wall Street
  • Politics – Prof Michael Northcott, Edinburgh
  • Media – Dr Paul-François Tremlett, London and Prof Jolyon Mitchell, Edinburgh
  • Economics – Prof Philip Goodchild, Nottingham

Public Seminar

16:10 to 17:30, Lecture Room 1, New College, followed by a drinks reception in Rainy Hall.

Chair: Dr Alison Elliot, Associate Director, CTPI

Speakers

  • Rev Kathy Galloway, Christian Aid
  • Prof Philip Goodchild, University of Nottingham
  • Prof Michael Northcott, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Paul-François Tremlett, Open University

Sponsors

Summer Event: Jolyon Mitchell at the Edinburgh International Festival

On Thursday 30 August, Professor Jolyon Mitchell will take part in an interactive workshop at the Truce event at the Edinburgh International Festival. The event will address truce in the arts, and will also feature the composer and Reid Professor Nigel Osborne, Dr Igor Stiks and Dr Olga Taxidou. For tickets and more details on the event, please see the Festival’s website: http://www.eif.co.uk/truce.

Photo credit: “peace dove” by Jeff Attaway

Micheal O’Siadhail Poetry Reading

The Centre for Theology and Public Issues and Faith in Older People present

Tongues
New Poetry by

Micheal O’Siadhail

Poetry Reading
Thursday 31st, May 2012
4:10pm
Martin Hall
New College
University of Edinburgh

Micheal O’Siadhail is one of Ireland’s best known contemporary poets. His thirteen published collections include Tongues (2010), Globe (2007) and Love Life (2005). He has been awarded an Irish American Cultural Institute prize (1982), a Toonder prize (1998) and was short-listed for the Wingate Jewish Quarterly Prize (2003). Micheal has read and broadcast his poetry widely in Europe, North America and Japan.

Annual Malcolm Goldsmith Lecture: Elizabeth MacKinlay on Dementia

Faith in Older People in collaboration with the Centre for Theology and Public Issues present

The Annual Malcolm Goldsmith Lecture

Finding Meaning in the Experience of Dementia

Professor Elizabeth MacKinlay
Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia

Tuesday 29th May 2012

5pm tea, lecture at 5:30, drinks reception following the lecture

Lecture Room 1, New College, University of Edinburgh
The Mound, Edinburgh

BOOKING FOR THIS EVENT IS ESSENTIAL. You can reserve your place by following the link below:

https://events-made-easy.com/Client_Event_Sites/fop5853/2012-02-107/cgi-bin/php/programme.php

or by visiting the Faith in Older People website: http://www.faithinolderpeople.org.uk/

Image Credit:Do you find my brain? – Auf der Suche nach meinem Gehirn,” by alles-schlumpf

Thursday Lecture: Ethics in Investment Banking

You are warmly invited to a public presentation and discussion on ‘Ethics in Investment Banking’, Thursday 1 December,  5pm-6.15pm in the Martin Hall at New College, on the Mound.

John Reynolds, author of the recent book Ethics in Investment Banking, will be speaking on this topic. Michael Northcott (Professor of Ethics, at New College, the University of Edinburgh) will provide a response. Dr Alison Elliot (Associate Director CTPI) will chair the event.

Ethics of Investment Banking: The financial crisis has focused unprecedented attention on ethics and ethical failures in investment banking. Investment banks, as well as politicians and regulators, have accepted the need to revisit ethical standards. This book explores the meaning of ‘ethics’ in investment banking and the capital markets and develops a framework for assessing and managing investment banking ethics. It provides a guide to the high profile concerns arising from the financial crisis, as well as discussing day-to-day ethical challenges. Essential reading for investment bankers, MBA students, regulators, ethicists and those seeking to understand investment banking.

The financial crisis has focused unprecedented attention on ethics and ethical failures in investment banking. Investment banks, as well as politicians and regulators, have accepted the need to revisit ethical standards. This book explores the meaning of ‘ethics’ in investment banking and the capital markets and develops a framework for assessing and managing investment banking ethics. It provides a guide to the high profile concerns arising from the financial crisis, as well as discussing day-to-day ethical challenges. Essential reading for investment bankers, MBA students, regulators, ethicists and those seeking to understand investment banking.

“Reynolds and Newell have produced a well-informed assessment of the multiple ethical issues that investment bankers must confront. With an insider’s view of the industry as well as expertise in applied ethics, they focus on the critical differences between compliance and ethics. The result is a no-nonsense book full of practical and workable solutions to ethical problems. Ethics in Investment Banking could not be more timely, making it very clear that there is no excuse for the absence of a strong ethical foundation to investment banking.” Lord Myners

“Whether banks, including especially investment banks, lost their moral and ethical compass, as well as vast amounts of shareholders’ capital, is a fair question to ask in the wake of the financial crisis. What is clear is that sustainable returns in banking can only be achieved if banks act fairly and responsibly to their key stakeholders. This book makes an important contribution to considering this question.”  Sir Philip Hampton, Chairman RBS

Ethics in Investment Banking by John Reynolds and Edmund Newell is available from Amazon:

UK:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ethics-Investment-Banking-John-Reynolds/dp/0230285082/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1305711009&sr=1-1-spell

US:
http://www.amazon.com/Ethics-Investment-Banking-John-Reynolds/dp/0230285082/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1305710905&sr=1-1-spell
Image credit: “Paternoster Square” by tonyhall


Edinburgh Postgraduate Workshop on Conflict and Peace

Edinburgh Postgraduate Workshop on Conflict and Peace

Call for Papers and Participation

If you would like to participate in the event, and if you would like to present work in progress, please email george.wilkes@ed.ac.uk with a short description of your work or area of interest. The first meeting of the Workshop will be held 10am-4pm on November 29, at Paterson’s Land 1.21, Moray School of Education. Sandwich lunch will be provided. The Workshop is being organised by the Project on Religion and Ethics in the Making of War and Peace (http://relwar.org).

CTPI at the Africa in Motion Film Festival

The Centre for Theology and Public Issues is sponsoring four films at the Africa in Motion Film Festival this Saturday, 5 November. The films will be presented in two double bills at the Filmhouse Cinema in Edinburgh. Each double bill will be followed by a discussion with Jolyon Mitchell, Professor of Communication, Arts and Religion at the University of Edinburgh and Director of CTPI, and Eolene M. Boyd-MacMillan, Research Associate with the Psychology and Religion Research Group at the University of Cambridge.

The first double bill features the animated documentary Slaves, by Swedish director David Aronowitsch, and Fambul Tok, by the American Sara Terry.

Slaves is about Abuk, nine, and Machiek, fifteen. Like thousands of other children they were taken by government-sponsored militia in Sudan and exploited as slaves. They were later liberated by the organisation CEAWC (Committee for the Eradication of Abduction of Women and Children). Capturing the full power of animation, Slaves is based on an interview made in 2003 and part of a series of animated documentaries with and about children in difficult situations.

Fambul Tok documents how victims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war are coming together for the first time to make peace, face-to-face, in an unprecedented programme of tradition-based truth-telling and forgiveness ceremonies. Through reviving their ancient practice of ‘fambul tok’ (family talk), Sierra Leoneans are building sustainable peace at grassroots level–leading their own reconciliation process and succeeding where the international community’s post-conflict efforts have failed. Filled with lessons for the West, the film explores the depths of a culture that believes true justice lies in redemption and healing for individuals–and that forgiveness is the surest path to restoring dignity and building strong communities.

The second double bill includes Where Do I Stand?, by American filmmaker Molly Blank, and Congolese director Djo Tunda Wa Munga’s State of Mind.

Where Do I Stand? looks at the aftermath of the xenophobic attacks that broke out across South Africa in May 2008. At the time, many South Africans found themselves caught off-guard, shocked by a violence that felt like a violation of the principles of their newly democratic nation. In the midst of this violence, many young people, clad in the bright greens and maroons of their school uniforms, looted neighbourhood shops while some of their classmates, refugees themselves, fled to safer ground. Where Do I Stand? is a window into the lives of seven young people thinking deeply about their actions during and after the violence. They include a Rwandan refugee, a girl wrestling with the reality of foreigners in her township, a boy facing calls of cowardice, and a girl whose family sheltered their Malawian gardener. Where Do I Stand? captures the optimistic voices of youth carving out their own places in this complex and divided country.

State of Mind is a layered, engrossing and intriguing look at a national collective trauma and the ambitious initiative to try and heal its wounds. In war-torn countries, people will not be able to lead productive lives and reconstruction will fail until they have overcome their trauma. In the Democractic Republic of the Congo, a country where over five million people have been killed in wars in recent history, can one develop new ways to deal with this massive trauma and open doors to development? DRC filmmaker Djo Tunda Wa Munga sensitively follows an intriguing psychological experiment that might enable millions of people to overcome their trauma.

Please book your tickets at the Filmhouse box office or on their website.

Image credit: Still from Slaves by David Aronowitsch.