London Fortean Society: Twins – Superstitions and Marvels, Fantasies and Experiments
"Twins are or continue to be gods, beasts, spirits, monsters, animals, signals and signs, instruments, molecular assemblages, fungible communities, textual and filmic devices." William Viney tells us more. This talk will be held at Conway Hall AND online.
Whether we're grieving or afraid, worn down by everyday troubles or relentless bad news, there is always hope. Bernadette Russell has the toolkit that will give you all you need to cultivate hope in yourself.
*ONLINE* Thinking On Sunday: Northern Ireland – The Fragile Peace
The April 2021 riots in Northern Ireland were a reminder that peace there is fragile. Feargal Cochrane considers the region’s troubled history from the struggle for Irish independence in the nineteenth century to the present.
The Gould Piano Trio, directly compared to the great Beaux Arts Trio for their ‘musical fire’ and ‘dedication to the genre’ in the Washington Post, have remained at the forefront of the international chamber music scene for a quarter of a century.
*ONLINE* Ethical Matters: The Truth About The Satanic Panic
A generation after the “Satanic Panic”, the world is confronted with a new era featuring the internet, social media and “fake” news. The same principles that fed the fear factory and insanity 30 years ago rolls on into new territories such as the rise of the White Supremacists.
*ONLINE* National Secular Society: Inventing Secularism – The Radical Life of George Jacob Holyoake – book launch with Ray Argyle
In this talk to mark the launch of Inventing Secularism, the first modern biography of Holyoake, author Ray Argyle will describe how Holyoake's life helped shaped the modern world. He will also explain how Holyoake's vision rings with renewed clarity at a time when secularism is under siege worldwide.
*ONLINE* Ethical Matters: Bellingcat – The Citizen Intelligence Agency
How did a collective of self-taught internet sleuths end up solving some of the biggest crimes of our time? Bellingcat is what the world needs right now – an intelligence agency by the people, for the people.
*ONLINE* Thinking On Sunday: Britain and Borders – A Story of Migration, Race and Law
As borders multiply, so too must campaigns of resistance. From 'Detained Voices' to acts of cross-border solidarity, people are fighting back to break down borders and standing up for everyone's right to belong.
** New date! ** This one day festival will bring together alternative art schools, peer-support groups and collectives in range of events, performances, discussions, installations and workshops on education, pedagogy, peer-support, co-operation, self-organisation, labour and precarity.
*ONLINE* Ethical Matters: Can Your Identity Survive 21st Century Technology?
In the future, how many identities will you have? How many do you want? From surveillance and identity hacking to social media and our legacies beyond the grave, Tracey Follows presents a fascinating and urgent exploration of what personal identity will mean for all of us in the coming decades.
The Leonore Trio brings together three internationally acclaimed artists whose piano trio performances as part of Ensemble 360 were met with such enthusiastic responses that they decided to form a piano trio in its own right.
*ONLINE* Thinking on Sunday: Gender Revolution and The Domestic Labour Gap
Forty years of feminism and still women do the majority of the housework. Why? Sally Howard investi-gates how we got here and what the future could look like for feminism’s final frontier: the domestic la-bour gap.
In 2020 we saw clearer than ever that Black people are still fighting for the right to not the colour of their skin. In the words of Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, “there is no freedom without rights and no rights with-out the freedom to exercise those rights.”
*ONLINE* Thinking on Sunday: China 1949 – Year of Revolution
Graham Hutchings offers a vivid, gripping account of 1949: the year in which China abruptly changed course and pulled the rest of world history along with it. The overthrow of Chiang Kai-shek’s government by Mao Zedong reverberated across the world, resulting in long-lasting consequences that are still being felt today.
*ONLINE* Reweirding: Love-Locks – The History and Heritage of a Contemporary Custom
Love-locks is are new custom, demonstrating love and devotion with a padlock attached to a public space, often a bridge or other landmark. They are everywhere: Paris and Taiwan; New York and Seoul; Melbourne and Moscow; London and Westcliff on Sea. Ceri Houlbrook explores the worldwide popu-larity of the love-lock as a ritual token of love and commitment by considering its history, symbolism, and heritage.
*ONLINE* Ethical Matters: Machine Learning and Human Values
We are increasingly putting our lives in the hands of machine learning. From the AI program which cheats at computer games to the sexist algorithm behind Google Translate, Brian Christian explains how, as AI develops, we rapidly approach a collision between artificial intelligence and ethics.
*ONLINE* Thinking On Sunday: Innocent Subjects – Feminism and Whiteness
In a time of intensified global white supremacist and patriarchal violence, anti-racist feminist movements and analyses have never been more vital. Women of colour are at the forefront of such struggles worldwide - but are white feminists really by their side?
*ONLINE* Thinking On Sunday: Cyber Republic – Reinventing Democracy in the Age of Intelligent Machines
George Zarkadakis envisions a future liberal democracy in which intelligent machines facilitate citizen assemblies, helping to extend citizen rights, and blockchains and cryp-to-economics enable new forms of democratic governance and business collaboration.
Join us for our Saturday Salsa Special. With one of the best dance floors around. If you have never been to one of our socials in this venue, please come join us for a great night of dancing! Starting with a class from Gil and Shelley, dancing until 2 am!
*ONLINE* Thinking on Sunday: Pandemic Solidarity – Mutual Aid during the Covid-19 Crisis
Marina Sitrin discusses what she found whilst writing her book Pandemic Solidarity, which collects first-hand experiences from around the world of people creating their own narratives of solidarity and mutual aid during the global crisis of COVID-19.
*ONLINE* London Fortean Society: Paleo-fantasy and Ancient Alien Contact
Did you learn in school that the Greeks invented civilization? Do you believe that aliens built the pyramids? Stacy Hackner discusses a few ways in which a common conception of the past doesn’t add up, why we’ve come to think of history in this biased way, and how we can continue to question and correct these misunderstandings.
*ONLINE* Ethical Matters: Russia, Fake News and the Future of Conflict
Since the start of the Trump era, the United States and the Western world has finally begun to wake up to the threat of online warfare and the attacks from Russia. The question no one seems to be able to answer is: what can the West do about it? Nina Jankowicz reveals all.
*ONLINE* National Secular Society: Bradlaugh Lecture 2020 – The Ultimate Blasphemy: Disestablishing the Church of England
Geoffrey Robertson QC, who defended the last blasphemy cases in the UK – against Gay News and The Satanic Verses - recalls the struggle to abolish the blasphemy law and looks forward to the struggle to disestablish the Church of England before the coronation of Charles III.
*ONLINE* Thinking On Sunday: Assignment Moscow – Reporting on Russia from Lenin to Putin
The story of western correspondents in Russia is the story of Russia's attitude to the west. James Rodgers analyses the news throughout history, from the coverage of the siege of the Winter Palace and a plot to kill Stalin, to the Chernobyl explosion and the Salisbury poison scandal.
*ONLINE* London Fortean Society: Calling the Spirits – A History of Seances
Lisa Morton investigates the eerie history of our conversations with the dead, from necromancy in Homer’s Odyssey to the emergence of Spiritualism – when Victorians were entranced by mediums and the seance was born.
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