Events from the 9th October onwards

Hi all,

Hope you have had a good weekend! This week sees another step towards the formation of a new social centre collective, so if that takes your fancy then take a look at Thursday’s events. Before I get into the events listing we also received the following notice that may be of interest to some folks:


A New Initiative for Free Information

– Do you want access to academic articles, chapters, etc. but don’t have the right credentials? Please send an info request with as much detail as possible (preferably link to journal article, bibliography details, etc) and we’ll download and send it back to ya. If you need it asap, please include that. Otherwise requests will be responded to on a monthly basis.

– Do you have access to information and want to spread the love? Get on board with Robin Academia. Send an email & we can hopefully build a wee network of access/downloads/printing.

We should be able to access most databases. If more people get involved, we can spread the access like yummy lemon curd toast. I AM HERE TO BE USED. If you have info on what is available to academic students/staff but not to you, get in touch and let’s find ways round things.

Send all thoughts and queries to Oh, and dinna tell the academy please.


Sounds like a worthy cause, and one I hope gets plenty of support. Now on with the events listing!


Forming the Social Centre Collective
Thursday, October 9 at 6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Electron Club Room, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

The next in a series of meetings to form a social centre collective. After our last meet we decided that all members of the collective would work towards a shared set of aims & principles (both in terms of the ideals of any project we undertake and the physical requirements of such a project) and work towards a shared safer space policy that every collective member would actively work to uphold.

This meeting looks to carry on the conversation about what these will all look like.


Thursday, October 9 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Hillhead Underground Subway Station, 248 Byres Road, G12 8SH

Ever wanted to try Parkour? Come along to Glasgow Parkour Coaching’s monthly Parkour taster this Thursday! This sessions of for Beginners only and is a chance to get a taste of what goes on at our weekly adult classes.

You can find more info on these here –


Fail Better: Let’s Fail Better

Thursday, October 9 at 8:00pm
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL
Come, have a drink, and listen to some great fucking people do their great fucking things.

Our hearts may feel like the lyrics of a Cranberries song, but the beer still flows, the words still roll, and the beat will go on and on and on and on…

JUANA ADCOCK will share the power of her words

Glasgow’s finest MAGI GIBSON will spill her thoughts

the long awaited return of TICKLE (do I need to say more?)

we’ll end the night with a psyche disc spinning set from NEIL DONALDSON

is any night complete without BECCI WALLACE? Naw. So we’re lucky to have her hosting our band of trouble makers.

As always, it’s free entry. Though our artists do need fed, so if ye can, chuck £3 in the bucket.


RiB at Document
Saturday, October 11 at 12:00pm until late
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

The Radical Independent Bookfair will be doing a one day stall this year at our favourite human rights documentary film festival. We will be located up in the balcony. Setting up in the morning for a lunchtime opening we will likely be open till after the last film comes out.


RENT REBELS – Resistance against the sell-out of the city @ Document 12
Saturday, October 11 at 4:30pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

BERLIN In the last years the capital has changed a lot. Flats that once were unattractive are now being used as secure investment objects. The transformation into owner-occupied flats and massive rent increases become an everyday phenomenon. The visible tenant protests in the vibrant metropolis of Berlin are a reaction to the growing shortage of affordable housing.
The movie is a kaleidoscope of the tenants’ struggles in Berlin against their displacement out of their neighbourhood communities. Ranging from the occupation of the Berlin town hall to a camp at Kottbusser Tor, the organised prevention of evictions and the struggle of senior citizens for their community center and age-appropriate flats, a new urban protest movement is on the rise.

A documentary by
Gertrud Schulte Westenberg and Matthias Coers
D 2014 | 78 min. | German with English subtitles

We would like to mobilize people from radical housing groups in Glasgow to join the screening and to have a common discussion afterwards on the topic and possible cooperation in resistance against inhumane housing policies.


Spirit of Revolt Archive and The Common Good @ Document 12
Saturday, October 11 at 12:00pm onwards
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Spirit of Revolt archive collective will show their display on the Con&Wealth
along side a short film, chat and mini exhibition about the
Spirit of Revolt.

SOR set up 2 years ago and is an important project to come out of the Glasgow.
As an archive of dissent it digs up and preserves Glasgow’s,Clydeside’s and
wider Anarchist and Libertarian-Socialist past and present. The everyday
struggle for a fairer life has industrial and cultural activism at heart, a
colourful and empowering history. Come and find out what SOR does and how you
could turn Glasgow’s radical history into useful tools for future action.

Common Good Awareness Project will present a film and discussion in the
Electron Club (Film 2:00pm Discussion 3:00pm).

The film was made to create awareness and understanding of the Common Good,
and to support the Portobello Park campaign, where a dangerous president
through the use of private bills could have a devastating effect on Common
Good assets across the country.

We will be discussing 3 aspects concerning Common Good:

1. Scotland’s Common Good Fund is 500 years of our common stuff! Our publicly owned assets preserved from across Scotland are now worth tens of millions of pounds. But their value has dwindled mostly due to mismanagement of the fund, by elected city councillors who are its stewards. We believe these assets, part of our working class history, should be used for us – as a social networking tool across the country, to help empower communities, particularly young folk, who will lose most if these assets are allowed to conveniently disappear.

2. The Farmhouse The farmhouse is an old building in Elder Park, Govan and is part of the Common Good Fund. By being transformed into an independent resource centre by us, we are creating a template for Scotland, showing others how to identify and bring Common Good assets back into community use.

3. Participatory Action Research The Farmhouse Project involves everyone from planning it, building skills as well as deciding how the resource will be used. By practising new skills like filming, audio, interviewing, presenting and documentation the project will capture key interests and concerns. Our local issues are actually city wide so the research could be spread across the city. Come and find out how we will do this.

Contact info: bob@citystrolls


Would you eat a GM Chicken? – Prof. Helen Sang | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, October 13 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

The recent development of a range of technologies for genetic modification of animals means that the possibility of genetically modified farm animals being licensed for human consumption is getting closer. What are these technologies, and what are the applications that are being developed? The current regulations for licensing GM animals for food, including the differences between assessing GM animals and plants, will be discussed. Many of the objections to the use of GM technologies relate to societal issues rather than technological risks, so how does this relate to possible introduction of GM animals for food?

Professor Helen Sang was born in Edinburgh but went to high school in Brighton. She is a geneticist and molecular biologist, with a degree and PhD from Cambridge University. She continued her research career with postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard and Edinburgh universities. Since the 1980s, she has led a research group at the Roslin Institute (famous as the home of Dolly the sheep), with a research goal to develop methods for genetic modification of chickens with applications in basic biomedical research and for improving chicken breeds, particularly for enhancing resistance to major diseases including bird flu.

Doors open at 19:00 for a start at 19:30 sharp.

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.


Spanish Civil War in Cinema: Book Launch and Screening
Tuesday, October 14 at 8:30pm
Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, G3 6RB

Come and mark the publication of the paperback edition of The War That Won’t Die: The Spanish Civil War in Cinema with a screening of El espinazo del Diablo/The Devil’s Backbone. Del Toro’s first cinematic engagement with the civil war draws heavily on El espíritu de la colmena, which I screened to mark the hardback. There will be wine after. All welcome.


Clydeside IWW Branch meeting
Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
The Electron Club Room, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Agenda includes Scottish assembly/Strike Back 3/ Glasgow universities branch.


Witchcraft Accusations in Africa – Leo Igwe | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, October 20 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Leo Igwe is a skeptical activist and human rights advocate from Nigeria, and is a former representative of the International Humanist and Ethical Union. He has bravely worked to end a variety of human rights violations, including homophobia, sorcery, witchcraft, ritual killing, human sacrifice, “untouchability”, caste discrimination, “child witch” superstition, and anti-blasphemy laws. He is presently enrolled in a three year research programme on “Witchcraft accusations in Africa” at the University of Bayreuth, in Germany.

Doors open at 19:00, for a start at 19:30.

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,


Would you eat a GM Chicken? – Prof. Helen Sang | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, October 27 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.


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, t: 0141 330 1834.


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.

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