Conference: Sacred Places: Performances, Politics and Ecologies – A Multidisciplinary Perspective

Creative Campus

Date: April 20-21, 2017

Place: Creative Campus, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool

Organisers: Drama, Dance and Performance Department, in partnership with the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) and the Working Group ‘Performance, Religion and Spirituality’; and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies.

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A Multidisciplinary Perspective is a two-day conference aimed at investigating the actuality of sacred places in contemporary society; their practices and performances, politics and ecologies. The overarching theoretical umbrella is the perspective of Performance Studies, which offers a prolific framework for multidisciplinary engagement and exchange.

Keynote Speakers:
Dr Joshua Edelman, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Contemporary Arts at the Manchester Metropolitan University; international artist Anne Bean working with installation, large-scale sculpture, sound art, and performance art; Prof Andy Newsam, astrophysicist at Liverpool John Moores University; international artist Louise Anne Wilson working within biological-sciences, ecology, art, and performance.


Conference on Sacred Places: January 15th deadline for Abstracts approaching

The Conference: Sacred Places: Performances, Politics and Ecologies – A Multidisciplinary Perspective, organised by Drama, Dance and Performance Department, in partnership with the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) and the Working Group ‘Performance, Religion and Spirituality’; and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies will receive abstract submissions until the 15th of January. 

We invite contributions by scholars, artists and scientists willing to present individual papers, provocations, performance presentations and workshops on topics including but not limited to:

• Sacredness and human agency;
• Cartography and territories of the sacred;
• Notions of sacred places and scientific practices;
• Theatre and art galleries as sacred places;
• Performances and practices of sacred locations;
• Inscription and/or natural dispositions of the sacred;
• Pilgrimages to sacred locations as performative practices;
• Geopolitics and activism in sacred locations;
• The role of sacred places in conflict;
• The function of sacred locations in peace building;
• Ecology and sacred grounds;
• Sacred places and experimentation;
• Religion, eco-ethics and sacred locations;
• The body as sacred space;
• Identity, perception and sacred locations.

Please send abstracts of max. 300 words (word or pdf-format) for presentations lasting no more than 20 minutes to the conference organisers Silvia Battista at, and Rachel Sweeney at by – extended call - the 15th of January 2017. Also include name, contact information, and affiliation and technical requirements where applicable. Please provide a brief biography (max. 100 words) and a list of keywords (max. 5), and use the subject heading: ‘Sacred Places’ followed by your name and surname.

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Are the media responsible while depicting religions?

0006 Dr Salman Al-Azami

Dr Salman Al-Azami

Date: 31 January

Place: EDEN047

Time: 12-2 pm

All Welcome!!

Poster Are Media Responsible While Depicting Religions?

This talk is based on the findings of Dr Al-Azami’s latest book Religion in the Media: A Linguistic Analysis (Palgrave) in which he investigated how the British media use language to represent the three Abrahamic faiths (Christianity, Islam and Judaism), and then examined how members of different faiths and those of no professed faith respond to the same media representations analysed linguistically.

In this talk, Dr Al-Azami will argue that the media has an undeniably significant influence on how the majority of the community, many of whom may be unfamiliar with other cultures, perceives ethnic or religious minorities. Therefore the media needs to be sensitive in their portrayal of religions, particularly Islam, as the linguistic analysis made it clear that most of the UK media look at Islam from an ethnocentric perspective, considering Western culture as the only ‘civilised’ culture and any religious or cultural practice that is different is portrayed as ‘other’. Although there is no evidence to suggest that the media deliberately undermine Islam and Muslims all the time, but almost all research in this field, including this study, agrees that the media is not playing a responsible role while representing Islam. Dr Al-Azami will provide examples from his study where Christianity also receives negative press coverage, particularly on issues like homosexuality, while the British media engages very little with Judaism as a religion, and discusses Jewish issues almost entirely on Israel.

Dr. Al-Azami's latest book Religion in the Media: A Liguistic Analysis Link to Palgrave Macmillan site

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Seeking refuge: Multiple perspectives


Refugees Welcome March Brussels

Event organised by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies

Date: February 6, 2017

Time: 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Place: LTC C - Lecture Theatre Complex 

All welcome! 

Poster Seeking Refuge: Multiple Perspectives


Come along and hear about the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers coming to Europe from people who has first hand experience on the issue. This seminar will include the voices of an academic researching on Calai, organizations working locally to improve the lives of refugees and asylum seekers, volunteers working internationally and people who had to leave their countries to seek refuge in the UK. 


Zaki Nahaboo, Liverpool Hope University

Geoffrey White, volunteer, refugee advocate 

Alison Moore, Director of the Merseyside Refugee and Asylum Seekers Neo-Natal Support Group MRANG 

Nadine Daniel, Project Manager of Hope +  

Ali Hussein, refugee from Sudan 


Irregular War: the long-term implications of al-Qaeda and ISIS

Guest speaker:  Prof. Paul Rogers, Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies, University of Bradford and Global Security Consultant to Oxford Research Group. He has worked in the field of international security, arms control and political violence for over 30 years. 

Date: February 15, 2017
Place: FML201
Time: 2-4 pm
All welcome. 


We are now in the sixteenth year of war with al-Qaida and successor movements such as JFS and ISIS, with no end in sight.   Are they part of a single problem relating mainly to Islam and the Middle East or are the actually part of a much greater issue of the evolution of global "revolts from the margins"?  If the latter then we may need to think our very understanding of international security. 
Please see Prof. Rogers' latest book Irregular War: ISIS and the New Threat from the Margins

Donald Trump, US Grand Strategy and Forthcoming Prospects for War and Peace

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Webinar, Liverpool Hope University and Chesnut College

Dr. Rob Busby, Liverpool Hope University 

Dr Jacqueline Reich, Chestnut Hill College

Date: February 28, 2017

Place: Learning Lab Eden Bldg

Time: 4:00-6:00 pm

All Welcome!! 

Since WWII, U.S. foreign policy has been informed by an activist grand strategy, specifically the idea that the U.S. should actively lead the global order, using its military and economic super power in the service of democracy and individual freedoms.  Will American foreign policy be different under the new Trump administration?  Jacqueline Reich's presentation will discuss the ways in which Trump’s preferred direction in foreign policy both differs and remains similar to American grand strategy of the past; the presentation will also briefly gauge the likelihood that Trump will succeed in achieving his preferred foreign policy direction.

Jacqueline C. Reich is Associate Professor of Political Science at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she teaches courses in international relations, foreign policy, and comparative politics.  She directs the Global Affairs program and is co-director of the new minor program in European Union and European Studies.  She is author of several articles, including “Achieving the Vision of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty; Can We Get There Step By Step?” “Global Learning and General Education for the 21st Century,” “Sustaining Global Learning: Principals, Agents, and Pitfalls" (forthcoming), and “Science, State Power, and Authority in International Policy-Making” (forthcoming).

The lack of detail on foreign policy in Trump’s presidential campaign leaves a range of questions about how America’s global role will change following his victorious election. His rhetoric was laced with a series of reinventions of America’s relations with Russia and China, alongside ideas of isolationism, unilateralism and perhaps most prominently pragmatism. Robert Busby's talk focusses on Trump’s world view, his likely actions and how a new grand strategy will have repercussion far beyond the North America continent.

Dr Robert Busby is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at Liverpool Hope University.  He teaches a range of Politics courses and specialises in American Politics and in Political Communication. He has published a range of research material on contemporary political issues in the United States, with a focus on the Republican party and the challenges it has faced in the Obama era.

High Stakes: Women and peacebuilding in an illiberal world

International Women's Day ‌‌

Judith Large, Senior Research Fellow at the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC), University of Kent, Canterbury with twenty-five years international experience on war to peace transitions and issues of human rights.

Date: March 8, 2017

Place: FML014

Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm

All welcome!! 

Marking International Women’s Day 2017, this session will examine global trends of backlash against women’s rights;  and the acute challenges facing UN operations and institutional legitimacy regarding the Women, Peace and Security agenda.  How can we better understand and navigate these conditions?

A tale of two cities? Social movement in the divided city of Mostar

Susan Forde

Date: March 27, 2017

Time: 3-5

Place: FML309

All Welcome! 

Come along and hear about Mostar, a divided city in Bosnia-Herzegovina since the start of the Bosnian war in 1992. The city is now split in to six areas, three are Bosniak on the East side, and three are Croat on the West side. Fundamentally, political divisions have the potential to instil social divisions, and as the educational system is also divided, there are limited opportunities to engage across ethno-nationalistic divides. However, in Mostar, social actors do traverse the institutional divides in the city. This talk will discuss the narratives of social movement in the city with respect to the ethno-nationalistic division, other sub-divisions and the facilitation of conflict transformation.  

Professorial Lecture 2017


Professor Solomon Salako - 150 Professorial lecture: Climate Change,Environmental Security and Global Justice

Prof. Solomon Salako

Date: May 3 2017

Place: Eden 130 Lecture Theatre 

Time: 4:00- 6:00 pm, Followed by reception. 

All Welcome!