We are back after a wee holiday with some amazing events for the coming month. Be sure to email us if you have any events you think fit the bill for the update, and feel free to link people to the subscription page (all in the events tab here).
Now, without further ado…
Gender Based Violence Research Network Seminar: Sexual Abuse as a Moral Panic?
Wednesday, October 29 at 1:00pm – 4:30pm
57-61 Oakfield Ave, Nursing & Health Care, University of Glasgow
Recent media coverage of high profile sexual abuse cases prompted some commentators to question if we are witnessing a ‘moral panic’ in relation to sexual abuse. Join us for presentations and debate about the implications of framing sexual abuse in these terms for survivors, practitioners and researchers.
This half day seminar organised by the Gender Based Violence Research Network is free to attend, but places are limited.
To book, please contact Lisa Campbell, SCCJR Knowledge Exchange Assistant, University of Glasgow, Lisa.Campbell@glasgow.ac.uk t: 0141 330 1834.
New Spaces: Music, film, and discussion towards new DIY venues in Glasgow
Thursday, October 30 at 7:00pm
The Old Hairdressers, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH
On Thursday 30th October the Old Hairdressers will be hosting a meeting for punks and other musical miscreants interested in discussing ideas for the creation of new DIY spaces for practice, performance and connected activities in Glasgow. Inspired by recent developments in England such as JT Soar and DIY Space For London, as well as the long-standing European autonomous centre model(s), the evening will be an opportunity to put forward proposals, consider practicalities, make connections with like-minded people, and most importantly to form plans of action to live up to those three letters we hold so dear.
Prior to the discussion, we’re hoping to be able to screen NO FUN CITY (2010, 84 mins). The film documents the Vancouver punk scene’s fight to sustain itself in the context of and in opposition to local bureaucracy and creeping gentrification, themes particularly pertinent to our own fair city.
Closing off the night will be DJs and a performance from BLACK COP on the first date of their European ‘fact-finding mission’. Afficianados of all things angry will be as equally enthused as doyens of daft dancing by this tour-de-force of whirlwind hardcore punk.
Doors 7pm, film screening begins 7.30pm
Suggested donation £3
All money received after costs will be donated to the Unity Centre, which provides practical solidarity and support for asylum seekers in Glasgow (for more information see http://unitycentreglasgow.org/)
**NB previously advertised Gas Rag/Komplott gig is no longer happening**
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari
Friday, October 31 at 7:00pm
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall, 113-117 Trongate, G1 5HD
Two men on a park bench discuss the story of Cesare, a sleep-walking circus performer under the control of the murderous Dr. Caligari. But all, of course, is not quite as it seems…
A free (donations welcome) halloween screening of the 1920 German silent horror film “The Cabinet of Dr Caligari” at the Panopticon, the world’s oldest surviving musichall.
Fighting The Housing Monster: Film and Discussion Event
Saturday, November 1 at 10:45am – 4.00pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)
The housing monster’s voracious appetite for land and rent has pushed the cost of living to breaking point. In Glasgow, public housing has been eradicated since stock transfer in 2003. Rents in the ‘social housing’ sector inexorably move closer to private-market levels. Mortgage rates continue to rise disproportionately to people’s income, and housing is the staple ingredient of the debt-based economy. Yet ‘the housing question’ seems strangely absent from current debates. This event places housing at the front of the agenda, creating a forum for debate, discussion, and resistance.
The day will comprise three films on housing which will be used to prompt discussion about the current state of housing in the UK, and Scotland more specifically. In the morning we will discuss the current (miserable) state of housing across tenures and in the afternoon we will discuss the forms of organisation around housing that might be possible or desirable in the current era.
We want to engage with a range of different groups. Not with the intention of generating a false unity, but with the hope that we can learn from each others’ struggles through discussion and find ways to challenge the housing monster in the present and future. It is our contention that these struggles will have to be undertaken at a range of different levels and that a plurality of struggles, both defensive and offensive, is welcome and necessary. All those with similar interests are warmly invited.
Schedule info: http://gamesmonitor2014.org/fighting-the-housing-monster-film-and-discussion-event-sat-nov-1st-kpc-11am-4pm/
Sunday, November 2 at 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Rottenrow Gardens, Off Rottenrow, G2
“Myths and fiction have finally spilled over into reality and now… it’s time for survival. You’ve seen the reports and how it’s escalating. It’s only a matter of time till it’s at your doorstep so it’s time to stock up on supplies and anything you can use to defend yourself.
If you’re reading this and wondering what it all means then you obviously haven’t noticed the strange behaviour from few people lately. Well… I’d say, even at this point, they’re far too gone to be people.
As I said, we’re all going to need supplies to last us as long as possible. There’s plenty of them in the City Centre of Glasgow. Let’s meet at Rottenrow Gardens and make the effort together, using power in numbers, to collect them. Don’t forget you weapon of choice.”
Many Movements is proud to present it’s first interactive experience in the form of a ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ on Sunday the 2nd of November. This is a free event that we hope to make an annual event if successful.
Location: Rottenrow Gardens.
There are safe areas at the top and bottom of Rottenrow Gardens. Also, an established perimeter before hand which players can not go beyond. Players must go from one safe area to another in a specific area in set rounds over 1 hour. Dependant on numbers we may create teams on the day.
Rounds – Time is of the essence! A whistle will signal the start of a 2 minute time limit to arrive at said ‘safe area’. A horn will signal the last 30 seconds in order to prompt players of time left. Finally 3 whistles will signal the end of each 2 minute round. If you fail to arrive at the appropriate safe area on time you will be eliminated.
Weapons – Arm yourself! There will be a limited number of weapons at the start of the game. Over the hour these weapons will continue to be limited. How you ask? The rules of the game dictate that you can only use your weapon once. After that you must drop it to the ground, prey and continue running.
Pay attention! Zombies tend to hunt better later into the night. You may not be scared of the Zombies at the start but as the game progresses your skills will be tested. If a Zombie touches you then you will be eliminated.
It’s important that we have someone to help ensure the game runs smoothly. If you feel that you would like to be a referee yourself instead of taking part then please message Many Movements directly.
Players must be 16+. This is a free event and all participants who decide to play the game enter at their own risk. Many Movements, it’s organisers and Zombies taking part shall not be held liable during your participation in the event.
Concept by Scott Houston
Lies, Cover-Ups, Theft, and Death: The Psychology of Corporate Corruption – Dr Adam Moore | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, November 3 at 7.00pm – 9.30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA
Why does it seem like every other day we hear news about another scandal: banks fixing interest rate; mortgage companies giving loans to those who can’t afford them; investment firms scamming their investors; and corporations covering up evidence of profiting from crime. The above are just some of the more recent stories we’ve all heard.
This presents a challenge to psychologists – how can we understand and explain how so many people commit obviously immoral acts?
Adam will dissect a number of famous cases of corporate violence and corruption, focusing on the elements they share in common, and argue that otherwise normal people can easily become co-conspirators in horrifyingly immoral actions.
Dr Adam Moore received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2011, where his work focused on developing a computational model of the cognitive processes underlying moral judgement. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Advanced Brain Imaging, at the Georgia Institute for Technology, where he conducted neuroimaging investigations into self-control, working memory, and attentional focus. He accepted a faculty position at the University of Edinburgh in 2012, where he continues to research judgement and decision making, moral psychology, and human cognition. Adam spoke to Glasgow Skeptics in December 2013, in a talk titled, “Moral Judgment and Moral Emotion: What Have We Learned About Mass Atrocity?”
Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance.” Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.
‘War: Women, Work, Resistance’, SLHS Annual Conference
Sunday, November 8
STUC Building, 333 Woodlands Road, G3 6NG
To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the First World War, the theme of this year’s SLHS annual conference is the role of women during the conflict. Speakers include Professor Sheila Rowbotham (The University of Manchester), Dr Billy Kenefick (The University of Dundee), Dr Annmarie Hughes and Dr Rose Elliot (The University of Glasgow). This one-day event will include a sandwich lunch and the society’s AGM, and is kindly supported by the Glasgow General APEX branch of the GMB.
Registration is availaible here: http://www.scottishlabourhistory.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/eslh-28-08-1.jpg
Leaving Hate Behind – Nate Phelps | Glasgow Skeptics 5th Birthday
Monday, November 10 at 7.00pm – 9.30pm
John Anderson Building, 107 Rottenrow East, G4 0NG
Nate Phelps is son of the late Fred Phelps, founder and patriarch of the Westboro Baptist Church – “the most hated family in America”. Nate is Executive Director of the Centre for Inquiry Calgary. A vocal LGBT advocate, he speaks out against the dangers of religion and child abuse, and serves on the board of directors for Recovering from Religion.
Join us for a very special evening – on Glasgow Skeptics’ fifth birthday – in which we hear from Nate Phelps, in an incredibly moving talk on the Westboro Baptist Church, the childhood he spent growing up in it, and how he came to leave his family behind at the stroke of midnight on his 18th birthday.
K325, John Anderson Building
University of Strathclyde
107 Rottenrow East,
Accessibility: The John Anderson Building features a lift that provides access to K325.
Jim Dick: Life is Dutiful!
Thursday, November 13 at 7.00pm
The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, G2 8DL
The Arches presents an exhibition of new works by Jim Dick. Join us for the launch event on Thursday 13th November, 7-9pm, for drinks and a DJ set from Afrodeesia.
“Every time people perform an activity they have not themselves defined and do not themselves control, every time they pay for goods they produce with money they received in exchange for their alienated activity, every time they passively admire the products of their own activity as alien objects procured by money, they give new life to Capital and annihilate their own lives…”
Fredy Perlman, The Reproduction of Daily Life
This exhibition presents a series of drawings prompted by the pantomime characters we often find ourselves forced to adopt in the reproduction of the social and economic relations of Capitalism.
In July 2008, The Arches hosted The Glasgow School of Art graduate’s ‘Fornixxation’ exhibition; a series of compelling paintings on the theme of subconscious memories, desires and symbolic associations.
See the work here: http://www.swg3.tv/?p=546
Follow Jim on Instagram: http://instagram.com/jimmdick/
Anarcha-Feminism Today! A report back from the AFem2014 conference
Wednesday, November 19 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ
Anarchism and feminism have been intertwined for over a century, however mainstream feminism often fails as a movement for liberation for the working classes, while anarchist organising often reproduces the same patterns of sexism and misogyny we see through the world. To address these and many other points, this year seen the first in what hopes to be a series of international anarchist feminist conferences.
Several Glaswegians were able to head down and attend and will report back on the conference set-up, the main points of discussion, the thoughts towards current activities, and their thoughts on the direction of anarcha-feminist organising both here and globally in light of the conference.
Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs will be appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to wheelchairs/powerchairs. We will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: http://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/
Glasgow Social Centre Collective
Thursday, November 20 at 6:00pm
Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, Garnethill, G3 6RE
The Glasgow Social Centre collective is working towards opening a space for grassroots and community-based projects and groups to meet and work from. If you are interested in getting involved in this project then get in touch!