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

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:
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