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Mary Midgley and Why She Matters
Contributor(s): Dr Panayiota Vassilopoulou, Ellie Robson, Dr Gregory McElwain | We celebrate the thought of Mary Midgley, whose writing ranges across animal ethics, religion, science, and the natural world, connecting philosophical thought to lived experience.
A fierce opponent of the over-reach of science and a lifelong advocate of the humanities, Mary Midgley’s writing ranges across animal ethics, religion, science, and the natural world. In all of these areas, she appealed to a philosophy that is humble and attentive, connecting philosophical thought to lived experience. Join Gregory McElwain, Ellie Robson, and Panayiota Vassilopoulou to celebrate Midgley’s life, work, and legacy, and ask what can she teach us about how to live.
Gregory McElwain (@gmcelwain) is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at The College of Idaho. He has a wide range of interests in environmental philosophy, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of science, and his research involves the intersection of animal and environmental ethics in environmental philosophy. He focuses primarily on the work of Mary Midgley, and his forthcoming book, Mary Midgley: An Introduction is due for release in November.
Ellie Robson (@ERO_Robson) is a Doctoral Researcher of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London.
Panayiota Vassilopoulou is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Liverpool.
Danielle Sands (@DanielleCSands) is a Fellow of the Forum for Philosophy and Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Thought at Royal Holloway, University of London.
The Forum for Philosophy (@forumphilosophy) is a non-profit organization that hosts weekly events exploring science, politics, and the arts from a philosophical perspective.
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Africa Talks: The future of African feminist activism
Contributor(s): Professor Amina Mama, Dr Siphokazi Magadla |
The coronavirus pandemic has magnified existing inequalities, particularly along lines of gender. In Africa, like in other regions around the world, containment measures including lockdowns, confinement and drastic reductions in sociability have significantly impacted women. Access to paid work and sustainable livelihoods has been significantly disrupted, rates of domestic violence have increased, and access to reproductive healthcare has been seriously curtailed, which points to wider social, economic and emotional breakdowns. But this crisis has also spawned new types of activism and social networks in support of local communities, especially the most vulnerable, with potentially the grounds for long-lasting change.
While African women have and continue to set new standards for women’s political leadership globally, many citizens are disappointed by decades of government inaction, where gender and women’s programmes are often underfunded, and international aid overlooks local needs. So how are the current challenges understood? Will grassroots activism be able to address the scale and foster meaningful change?
This event examines the long history of feminist activism in Africa and its enduring impact on society from an intergenerational perspective. At this critical historic juncture, speakers interrogate current achievements and fault lines as well as the crucial future of African feminist activism.
Dr Siphokazi Magadla is a Senior Lecturer in the Political and International Studies department at Rhodes University, Makhanda, South Africa. She was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a Masters Degree in International Affairs from Ohio University, USA. Her PhD examined the state assisted integration of women ex-combatants into civilian life in post-apartheid South Africa. She teaches and researches on post-colonial/civil wars and militarism in Africa; demobilisation, disarmament and reintegration processes in Africa; South African foreign policy; African feminisms, gender and citizenship in South Africa. She was a fellow of the Social Science Research Council’s Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellowship Program in 2013-2014, which she currently serves as a mentor since 2017. She is the current Board member and Book Review Editor of the Journal of Contemporary African Studies. In 2018, she served in the Presidential High-Level Review Panel of the State Security Agency. She was awarded the Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2018. Her most recent publication is Theorizing African Women and Girls in Combat: From National Liberation to the War on Terrorism (2020) in The Palgrave Handbook of African Women’s Studies. She is currently completing a manuscript on women and the armed struggle in South Africa.
Amina Mama is a Nigerian-British writer, feminist and academic. Her main areas of focus have been post-colonial, militarist and gender issues. She has lived in Africa, Europe, and North America, and worked to build relationships between feminist intellectuals across the globe.
Alcinda Honwana is Strategic Director at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa and Centennial Professor at the Department of International Development. She is also a Visiting Professor of Anthropology and International Development at the Open University, where she held a Chair in International Development.
The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (@AfricaAtLSE) promotes independent academic research and teaching; open and issue-oriented debate; and evidence-based policy making. The Centre connects social sciences disciplines and works in partnership with Africa to bring African voices to global debates.
Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEAfrica
After Brexit: the UK in the North Atlantic trade triangle
Contributor(s): Anthony Gardner, Beatrice Kilroy-Nolan, Luisa Santos | As the UK steers its post-Brexit future, it is placed between US and EU trade policies. What might these mean for the UK’s economic future? With multilateralism under threat, what are the implications for a ‘Global Britain’ strategy? Can the UK balance its US and EU interests or will it be squeezed out? What can we expect from Washington and Brussels?
Anthony Gardner (@tonylgardner) is former US Ambassador to the European Union, serving from 2014-2017, and previous Director for European Affairs in the National Security Council from 1994-95. He currently serves as Senior Counsel at Sidley Austin and as Senior Adviser at the Brunswick Group in London.
Beatrice Kilroy-Nolan is a former senior EU and trade advisor to the Prime Minister in No.10 Downing Street. In 2019, working with the PM’s Sherpa David Frost, she co-led the UK negotiating team in finalising the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. She is a leading expert on EU economic and trade policy development and negotiation. Beatrice is currently a Partner at Flint Global.
Luisa Santos (@milugrad) is Deputy Director General at BusinessEurope, responsible for international relations and Chair of BusinessEurope’s EU-UK Task Force.
Tony Travers is Associate Dean of the School of Public Policy at LSE.
This event is part of the LSE Programme, 'Brexit and Beyond'. The LSE Programme: Brexit and Beyond is a dedicated series to stimulate the public debate and informed discussion about this most pivotal topic. It comprises a variety of events, targeting LSE staff and students, as well as the general public and specific categories of policy-makers, practitioners and professionals working on Brexit; with the aim of continuing to shape the discussion surrounding its complex and uncertain agenda. The Programme is organised by LSE's European Institute and School of Public Policy.
The LSE European Institute (@LSEEI) is a centre for research and graduate teaching on the processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework the Institute was ranked first for research in its sector.
The School of Public Policy (@LSEPublicPolicy) equips you with the skills and ideas to transform people and societies. It is an international community where ideas and practice meet. Their approach creates professionals with the ability to analyse, understand and resolve the challenges of contemporary governance.
This event forms part of LSE’s Shaping the Post-COVID World initiative, a series of debates about the direction the world could and should be taking after the crisis.
Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEBrexit #LSECOVID19
Empires Past & Present: the idea of empire
Contributor(s): Professor Odd Arne Westad | For most of the past five millennia, the world has been dominated by empires. These mega-states have set the agenda for much of human development, but their rule has never been uncontested. Anti-imperialism is as old as empires. Economic change and devastating wars have weakened some states and promoted others. This first lecture in the series discusses the concept of empire and resistance to empire in a long historical perspective.
Odd Arne Westad is the Engelsberg Chair for 2020/21 at LSE IDEAS. He is currently the Elihu Professor of History and Global Affairs at Yale, and is a former director of LSE IDEAS.
Michael Cox is Director of LSE IDEAS and Emeritus Professor of International Relations at LSE.
LSE IDEAS (@lseideas) is LSE's foreign policy think tank. We connect academic knowledge of diplomacy and strategy with the people who use it.
Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEEngelsberg
The US Presidential Election and the Left
Contributor(s): Jennifer Epps-Addison, Professor Jeff Manza | What do the results tell us about the changing bases of voting behaviour and what do they mean for the left in the US and beyond?
Jennifer Epps-Addison (@jeppsaddison) serves as the President and Co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy and CPD Action's network of partner organisations throughout the country. As President, Jennifer leads CPD’s racial justice campaigns, and works closely with its network of local affiliates. Jennifer boasts over 15 years of community organizing experience, advancing systems-change campaigns for economic and racial justice. Prior to joining CPD, Epps-Addison was the Chief Program Officer for the Liberty Hill Foundation, a social justice foundation in Los Angeles that funds grassroots community organising campaigns for social change.
Jeff Manza is Professor of Sociology at NYU. He is the author of Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy, as well as many articles on voting, partisanship, and public opinion.
Robin Archer is Director of the Ralph Miliband Programme and Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Political Sociology at LSE.
The Ralph Miliband Programme (@rmilibandlse) is one of LSE's most prestigious lecture series and seeks to advance Ralph Miliband's spirit of free social inquiry.
Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEUSElection
Finding peace in Somalia – the Galkaio ‘local’ agreement
Contributor(s): Ilham Gassar, Khalif Abdirahman, Dr Nisar Majid, Mark Bradbury | Galkaio town represents a boundary on the ground and in the imagination within Somali society. The 1993 Peace Accord held a fragile peace for many years as political and developmental trajectories differed markedly on either side of this border town. This talk explores the 2016/17 peace agreement, in its local and national dimensions, and which occurred as part of the state-building project that is still ongoing in Somalia and offers insights on the quality of international intervention.
Nisar Majid is the Research Director for the CRP-Somalia. He has worked in and on Somalia and the Somali territories of the Horn of Africa for over twenty years, in various applied research capacities. This included his doctoral research which explored transnationalism in the Somali context. He a co-author of Famine in Somalia: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failures, 2011-21 (Hurst, 2016).
Khalif Abdirahman is Senior Field Researcher on the CRP- Somalia. He has conducted research across the Somali regions for the last seven years including for Tufts University, the Rift Valley Institute and the Overseas Development Institute.
Mark Bradbury is Executive Director of the Rift Valley Institute. He is a social analyst with over 20 years’ experience in international development and humanitarian aid. He has worked in and written about Somalia, Somaliland, Sudan, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Uganda, and Kosovo as a development worker and researcher. He is author of Becoming Somaliland (Indianapolis, Indiana University Press, 2008), Search for Peace, a synthesis report of a Peace Mapping study on Somalia, and Whose Peace is it Anyway? Connecting Somali and International Peacemaking.
Ilham Gassar is CEO of KIGS Consulting. She is currently a Senior Stabilization and Conflict advisor to the International Organization of Migration (IOM). Prior to that she served with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), as a Political Advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), from 2016 to 2019. Ilham was the chief negotiator of the Galkayo Peace agreement and chief facilitator for the Ahla Sunna Wah Jama and Galmudug State power sharing agreement. She has over 10 years’ experience in social advocacy, strategy and programme development and project management. She has undertaken two research assignments for the CRP-Somalia.
Matthew Benson is the CRP’s South Sudan Research Director and the CRP’s Research Manager. He has conducted researched on, and worked in, South Sudan and Sudan in various capacities since 2008, with on-going research on taxation and state-formation in these countries. Matthew has also researched the equitable provision of public services in the Horn with the World Bank, the Rift Valley Institute, the Overseas Development Institute, the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex, the UN Refugee Agency, and Oxfam America.
The Conflict Research Programme is based within LSE IDEAS.
Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSESomalia
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