One-day Practitioners’ Conference on Media Discourse about British Muslims and Its Implications

Radio and Online Journalism

Organisers: English Department and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies, Liverpool Hope University

Date: Thursday, 13 July 2017

Place: Liverpool Hope University Conference Centre,Hope Park, Taggart Avenue, L16 9JD

Registration: Email Dr Salman Al-Azami at alazams@hope.ac.uk to book a place

This conference brings together three important stakeholders of Muslims in the media debate – academics, media practitioners, and the Muslim community, in one platform in order to enable rich informed discussions about linguistic issues related to the media representation of British Muslims and facilitate better understanding between all stakeholders.

An important aspect of the conference will be to discuss some of the findings on media representation of British Muslims in a recently published book Religion in the Media: A Linguistic Analysis (Palgrave: http://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9781137299727) by Dr Salman Al-Azami. This book takes an interdisciplinary approach to language, religion and media using an audience-response study investigating how the three Abrahamic faiths - Christianity, Judaism and Islam - are represented in mainstream British media and analysing how members of each religious group and those with no religion receive those representations.

There is little engagement between academics and media practitioners on this matter, nor is there much interaction between journalists and media commentators who write about Muslims, and members of the Muslim community. All stakeholders will benefit from this conference as it will bring people together to understand and benefit from each other’s perspectives. Media representations have the capacity to contribute to community cohesion and sense of well-being. Dialogue between media professionals, members of the Muslim community and academics across disciplines can be cultivated. Academics will share some of their research findings, media practitioners will discuss the untold stories of their representations, members of the Muslim community will tell stories how these representations affect their everyday life, and members of other faith communities will give their perspectives on the media coverage of British Muslims.

This is a free and invitation only conference and places are limited. Academics, journalists, and faith community leaders interested to attend this very important conference are requested to email Dr Salman Al-Azami at alazams@hope.ac.uk to book a place.

Details of the conference are in the Facebook page of Liverpool Hope’s Tutu Centre https://www.facebook.com/events/1837506146541329/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2222%22%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A%2222%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&pnref=story and updates can be found in the dedicated twitter account of the conference https://twitter.com/MDABM17. Proceedings of the conference will trend live on twitter during the conference. 

Conference 2017 Restoring Peace

 

 

Poster Conference 2017

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies Conference

“Restoring peace: building post-conflict societies”

Date: July 3, 2017

Place: Liverpool Hope University, Creative Campus

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Patricia Lundy, Professor of Sociology, Ulster University. Paper entitled: "Fieldwork Under Fire’: Doing Critical Research, Challenges, Dilemmas and Impact".  

Link to Conference Registration Here 

See final programme and delegates here Programme 2017 Conference

Poster Restoring Peace 2017

Art Exhibition: 

Les peuples figurants / History's extras 

Steph Goodger

(click here for more information about the artist)‌  

Steph Barricade Barricades, 2015

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Special launch

Sarah Black and Esther Wilson performance

"A Call to Arms. A performative response to The Mother's Day Proclamation - Julia Ward Howe (1870)"

 

Academic interest in peace building has traditionally looked at societies in transition to peace in the immediate years following a conflict. Yet, less is known about peace building as a long-term process. This conference aims to explore the ways that a multiplicity of actors and processes advance peace and stability in societies overcoming conflict. It also seeks to interrogate not only traditional issues related to peacebuilding such as security, human rights and economic development, but also aspects related to the symbolic and cultural expressions of reconciliation and social cohesion. 

Registration the conference and fees:

The online registration to the conference is now open and can be accessed here

The fees are £60 standard rate £35 student rate. These include: coffes/teas and lunch. An extra fee of £35 can be added for the attendance to the Gala Dinner at 6 pm.     



 

 

Radio interview BBC Radio Merseyside with Catalina Montoya and Stephen McLoughlin

Listen to the interview with Catalina Montoya and Stephen McLoughlin about the Peace Process in Colombia, Northern Ireland and the current challenges of terrorism in the UK. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04w2xtc 

 

 

 

 

Professorial Lecture 2017

 

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

Prof. Solomon Salako, Professorial Fellow, Department of Law and Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies, Liverpool Hope University, United Kingdom.

Date: May 3 2017

Place: Eden 130 Lecture Theatre 

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

All Welcome!

There is an international consensus that climate change is caused by human activities which substantially increase the atmospheric concentration of six greenhouse gases, viz., carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydro fluorocarbon, per fluorocarbon and sulphur hexafluoride.

The ill-effects of climate change are droughts which adversely affect the global poor who are engaged in agriculture and are less able to adapt to the health-threatening effect of climate change; storm surges which destroy local infrastructure, housing and crops; and the rise of sea levels which adversely affect the inhabitants of small island states such as Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribarti, the Marshall Islands, Antigua and the Maldives which could eventually be totally submerged.

Military strategists and intelligence analysts are preparing for future conflicts likely to be caused by environmental security issues such as threats to territorial sovereignty due to rising sea levels, climate-induced migrations and climate-related cultural and economic tensions which may exacerbate pre-existing conflicts or create new conflicts if the negative impacts of climate change are coupled with social and military factors of instability.  The ill-effects of climate change raise issues of intragenerational and intergenerational obligations, thus making climate change a matter of global justice.

The objects of this lecture are:

(i)           to evaluate the ill-effects of climate change as a matter of global justice,

(ii)         to consider whether future generations have the right not to suffer from the ill-effects of climate change, and if so,

(iii)        to evaluate the relevant conceptions of global justice, and

(iv)        to assess critically whether international law provides effective preventive responses to climate change and environmental security threats.

Finally, a monist-naturalist conception of global justice highlighting human dignity as one of its guiding principles is proffered as a solution to the problems raised by the mechanisms of dealing with the ill-effects of climate change and the attendant environmental security issues under international law.

Civic Lecture 2017: Eamon Gilmore speaks about the challenges of building peace

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Date: 24th of April, 2017

Time: 4-6 pm, followed by reception

Place: Senate Room

Come along and hear first hand about the challenges of peacemaking and peacebuilding in Ireland and Colombia

All welcome!  

Eamon Gilmore is the EU Special Envoy for the Peace Process in Colombia since 2015. He is also Adjunct Professor in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University and George Soros Visiting Practitioner Chair at the Central European University. Mr Gilmore has served as Deputy Prime Minister (Tanaiste) and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland (2011-2014), Member of the Irish Parliament (Dáil Éireann) (1989 - 2016), and Leader of the Irish Labour Party (2007 - 2014).

For more information about Eamon Gilmore, click here

 

 

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.

please visit our Conference Facebook Webpage

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.

 

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.  

Book Launch: EU-US Cooperation on Internal Security: Building a Transatlantic Regime

Book Dimitrios
Book Launch: 
 
"EU-US Cooperation on Internal Security: Building a Transatlantic Regime" by Dimitrios Anagnostakis (Routledge, 2017)
 
Presentation by Prof. Nicholas Rees
 
Place: Senior Common Room of the HCA Building 
Date: 22nd of March 
Time: 5-7 pm, followed by reception
 
Organised by the Archbishop Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Department of History and Politics, Liverpool Hope University. 
 
All Welcome! 
 
Accesss Poster Book Launch


Poster Book Launch EU-US Cooperation

 

Film Screening "The Sarajevo Derby"

Date: 20 March, 2017

Place: Eden 101

Time: 5:30 pm

All Welcome! 

See trailer here

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!! 

Poster High Stakes

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?

Poster High Stakes

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!! 

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

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.

 

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. 

Speakers:

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 
 

 

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?

Presentation Religions in the British Media

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

Salman Book

Some comments about the event: 

"I am halfway through writing my dissertation, I have found this event to be a brilliant foundation for my research"

"Really interesting talk"

"Very interesting! A lot of information and thoughts I'd never been aware of before"

"Good and helpful information which I will take into consideration when writing my language and context essay. Also enjoy how relevant this is to current events" 

 

Ali al-Munayyar's 17th century refutation of Christians and Jews in Egypt: Religion and social cohesion

Dr Yazid Said  

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

Date: 7th of December, 2016

Time: 2-3 pm

Place: FML211

 

Come along and explore the content of an unpublished 17th century Arabic manuscript of an obscure Islamic scholar called Ali al-Munayyar in 17th century Ottoman Egypt. Are theological reflections relevant for social cohesion then and now in the light the content of the manuscript?

Revd Dr Yazid Said is a lecturer in Islam in the Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies at Liverpool Hope University. He studied English Literature and Classical Arabic at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Christian Theology at the University of Cambridge. After being ordained an Anglican priest, he completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge (2010) on the medieval Muslim Theologian Abu Hamid al-Ghazali. He subsequently held a post-doctoral fellowship (2010-2011) at McGill University in Canada and the Woods-Gumble fellowship at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem (2011-2012). From February 2013- December 2014, he was lecturer in Islamic Studies at Mater Dei Institute of Education in Dublin. He became a research fellow at the Centre for Islamic Theology in the University of Tuebingen in Germany (2015-2016). His research is focused on medieval Muslim political and legal thought and on Christian-Muslim theological encounters as well. He is the author of Ghazali's Politics in Context (Routledge 2012).

Comments about this event:


"Very informative and enrivhing lecture"

"Good to use local resources! Organise more similar events!"

"Well worth putting on this event"

"Informative about the Egyptian civilization" 

 

Leaflet Ali al-Munayyar

 

 

Film Screening 'The other World Cup’ – Football across borders

Film screening of  'The other World Cup’  –  Football across borders

Date: Monday 28 November 2016 

Time: 5.30-6.30pm

Place: EDEN 010, Liverpool Hope University

In June 2016 an alternative ‘Football World Cup’ was held for territories that are not recognised as independent countries. The tournament was staged in Abkhazia, a disputed region of Georgia on the Russian frontier.

Dr Joel Rookwood, formerly a senior lecturer at Liverpool Hope University, attended the event. He obtained rare access to life on both sides of the contested border – which is the subject of his latest documentary. In a territory where international access is severely restricted, Joel was granted full media accreditation to the event, and captured some unique footage. He has produced a film which examines connections between football and identity, conflict and statehood.

As well as viewing the film you will also have the opportunity ask Joel about his experience in Georgia through a Q&A discussion. Staff, students and the local community are welcome to attend this free showing of what promises to provide a captivating experience.

Take a look at the trailer here

The other world cup

 

Feedback about the event:

"Extraordinary event: Such a brave attempt by the speaker. Provided amazing insight"

"Very enjoyable and worthwhile event"

"An excellent talk, insightful, engaging and highly entertaining. Fail play to all involved"

"Fantastic film Joel, very interesting. I can't wait to see what you do next"

 

 

 

 

 

Two perspectives on the Colombian Peace Process

Event organised by the Archbishop Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies and the MA in Peace Studies
Date: 22 November 2012

Place: Eden 045

Time: 4-6 pm

All Welcome!

Voting

Negotiating peace in Colombia: a place in the table or the party is over!

Dr. Catalina Montoya Londoño

The talk draws upon García Peña’s (2007) models of conflict resolution in Colombia with a particular focus on key actors included (or left out) and compares those models in relation to the present peace process between the Santos Government and the left wing guerrillas of FARC. On the basis of recently completed research, I argue that that although the recent peace process was the most successful to date partly due to the inclusion of previously neglected actors in different stages of the negotiation process, it ended being blocked by the emergence of new actors brought about by transitional justice and land reform mechanisms contained in the agreement.

Dr Catalina Montoya is lecturer in International Relations, director of the MA in International Relations and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies. She has published on the impact of event driven news in the projection of US foreign policy in Colombia, the use of media by civil society organizations to foster democracy and human rights in Colombia and Latin America, the relationships between political and media systems, and political and media debates regarding transitional justice in Colombia.

 

The role we all play in the peace building processes

John Paul Lederach, recognized peace scholar, has said that peacebuilding could be represented as a “web” where we are all connected. Therefore, all our actions and decisions have an effect in the whole society. During my research I explored how we could contribute to peace starting in our own family, university or work. Initiatives focused on promote a culture of peace starting by every individual have been increasing in Colombia, especially during the peace process and the referendum held last month.

Martha Caceres is a student of the Master in Peace Studies at Liverpool Hope University. Martha holds a post graduate degree in Conflict Resolution and a BA in Economics from Javeriana University. Before coming to the UK, Martha was working at Ideas of Peace Foundation, Colombia on a project concerning the society participation in the peace process between the National Government and The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Martha has been very interested in exploring the different levels of peacebuilding, starting by individuals and communities.  She has also explored the contribution from different disciplines including Arts, Buddhism and Psychology to the culture of peace and the processes of healing, reconciliation and forgiveness.

Some comments on this event:

"It was fantastic to hear first hand accounts on a current issue that isn't as widely publicised as it should be"

"Really interesting and actually very moving and emotional. Both gave a good account of what is happening at the moment. Very informative but also could feel the emotional dimension"

"Great work Catalina and Martha. It made me think about so many situations around the world where peacebuilding can benefit from what we discussed"

"I enjoyed the two different approaches to the issue"

"Wonderfully balanced discussion from top down and bottom up level of peace process in Colombia. I enjoyed every bit of it"

"Well organised event and the presentations were very rich of information about the situation in Colombia. Hope the peace will be achieved in the whole world" 

 

Two perspectives on the Colombian Peace Process‌ 

 

 

 

Peacebuilding is not for wimps: Interfaith dialogue and mediation in the work of the Soul of Europe

 

World Religions

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

Date: 18th of November, 2016

Time: 2-4 pm

Place: FML211

Guest speaker: Revd. Donald Reeves

Donald Reeves is a cofounder of the Soul of Europe, which has been working in the Balkans for 15 years.

He describes his organisation as a mediating body; after 18 years as the Rector of St James Piccadilly he wanted to walk the talk - to see if its really possible for former enemies to live together. The Soul of Europe brought together the survivors of the killing camp at Omarska - all Muslim with the Bosnian Serbs to see if together they could create a Memorial for those murdered there in the Bosnian war.

The Soul of Europe instigated the reconstruction of one of the great Mosques of Bosnia - the Ferhadija in Banja Luka – and a Bosnian TV company made a film about the Mosque inaugurated in May this year.

More information about the Soul of Europe here

Watch the film about the Mosque inaugurated in May 2016 here

Comments about the event

"Was interesting hearing about the interfaith efforts in the area" 

"It was brilliant, both very informative and very moving"

"Inspirational! Fantastic work. Really interesting delivery also!"

"Great event, really interesting"

"Really enjoyed the speaker and the topics covered. Engaging and informative"

 

 

 Flyer Peace is not for Wimps‌ 


"Beyond Forgiving" Film Screening

On 23rd May 2014, The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies were proud to host the film screening of the documentary "Beyond Forgiving", directed by Howard Grance.

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Exhibition 'Silent Voices' Opening

Silent Voices’ is an exhibition that is currently being shown at the exhibition space on Hope Campus, and over thirty people attended. The photographer, Elaine Stapleton, formally opened the exhibition on Monday 27 December 2014, and explained the reasoning behind various different photographs.

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The First World War Research Group

Several members of the Desmond Tutu Centre work on the First World War and its contexts, and so we have created a First World War Research Group in order to create a forum for discussion, collaboration and interdisciplinary research.  

During 2014-18, the group will give public talks themselves, host conferences and invite leading figures in the field to speak at Hope.  The group will also develop existing links with the Liverpool community, including museums and galleries, in order to play an active part in the city and the region during the centenary of the First World War.  

The group currently works on British and American literature of the war, on naval history, social history, women's history and Irish history.  

Anyone interested in the group and its research should please contact Guy Cuthbertson

Upcoming roundtables

We are planning a roundtable on victims and trauma on Wednesday 11th December 2013 as well as a roundtable on post-revolutionary Egypt on Tuesday 18th March 2014. Details will be announced on this website in due course.


"Beyond Forgiving" Film Screening

On 23rd May 2014, The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies were proud to host the film screening of the documentary "Beyond Forgiving", directed by Howard Grance.

read more


Exhibition 'Silent Voices' Opening

Silent Voices’ is an exhibition that is currently being shown at the exhibition space on Hope Campus, and over thirty people attended. The photographer, Elaine Stapleton, formally opened the exhibition on Monday 27 December 2014, and explained the reasoning behind various different photographs.

read more

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

Drama Capstone Theatre

Date: April 20-21, 2017

Place: Creative Campus, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool 

Hosted by the Drama, Dance and Performance Department at Liverpool Hope University

 

Organising Institutions: Research Cluster ‘Cartographies of Belonging’, 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.  

Organising team: Annalaura Alifuoco, Silvia Battista, Kris Darby, Simon Piasecki, Rachel Sweeney. 

Description

Sacred Places: Performances, Politics and Ecologies. 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.

Sacer, from which the term sacred derives, defines an area that stands apart; the Hebrew term k-d-sh, which is usually translated as “holy”, is based on the idea of separation; and the Latin word templum is derived from the Greek templos, of which the root tem means “to cut out” (Tuan 1978, 84). According to the geographer Yi-Fu Tuan the activity of differentiating the undifferentiated space through the establishment of sacred places is an operation analogous to the geographer’s cartographic activity of mapping a territory. Both are attempts at confining nature within demarcated bounds.

Sacred places might refer to landscapes, operating rooms, scientific laboratories, theatrical spaces, rehearsal studios, religious architectures, museums, rooms in houses, street corners, gardens, stones, trees, the body, archives, etc. Depending on the cultural contexts, sacred places become points of arrival and departure; locations for personal and collective transformations; sites where the given confines of nature and culture are re-negotiated. In addition, sacred locations are becoming increasingly involved in issues of social and environmental justice, peace and conflict, resistance and activism, potentially having an impact on the political, economic, historical, and cultural developments of our time. 

This event is part of the ongoing research project of Liverpool Hope University’s Research Cluster ‘Cartographies of Belonging’, and the first of a series of activities designed to create a web of networks that examine and redefine the terms of human agency in relation to the environment, at both a micro- and macrocosmic level. The main objective is to set up a transdisciplinary platform from which to engage critically with the function and role that sacred places might play in intervening in the present ecological, social and ethical crisis.

 

Call for Papers

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 battiss@hope.ac.uk, and Rachel Sweeney at sweener@hope.ac.uk by 10th of December 2016. 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.

An open call for papers to be submitted for publication in a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal PRS (Performance, Religion, and Spirituality) will be announced at the event.

 

Keynote Speakers

Dr Joshua Edelman, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Contemporary Arts at the Manchester Metropolitan University; international artist Anne Bean; Prof Andy Newsam, astrophysicist at Liverpool John Moore University; international artist Louise Anne Wilson.

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