Previous Conferences

Democracy Conference 2015

Dr Bettany Hughes andAaqil Ahmed, Commissioning Editor Religion and Head of Religion & Ethics of the BBC - Democracy Conference 2015
Dr Bettany Hughes andAaqil Ahmed, Commissioning Editor Religion and Head of Religion & Ethics of the BBC – Democracy Conference 2015

Centre for Ideas, Middlesex University London
C219-C220 Executive Boardroom, The College Building, The Burroughs, Hendon NW4 4BT

Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Date: 28th May 2015

Talented thinkers, researchers and academics from across disciplines at Middlesex University will join keynote speakers including Dr Bettany Hughes and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks to debate and discuss the topic of Democracy on the 28th May 2015.

Draft Programme

09.30am – 10.00am  Registration and Refreshments

10.00am – 10.15am

Welcome Professor Waqar Ahmad, DVC Academic, Middlesex University

10.15am – 11.30am

Dr Bettany Hughes discusses the relationship between Democracy and Culture and the different aspects of democracy presented in her television programmes.

11.30am – 12.00pm  Tea & Coffee

12.00pm – 13.00pm

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks in conversation with Aaqil Ahmed, Religion and Ethics Editor at the BBC.

13.00pm – 14.00pm  Lunch

14.00pm – 15.30pm

Democracy for Young and Old – A discussion between Harris Bokhari, members of The Patchwork Foundation and Councillor Dr. Devra Kay

15.30pm  Tea and Close

Biographies

Dr. Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, who has devoted the last 25 years to the vibrant communication of the past, especially ancient and medieval history and culture. Her many TV programmes include Athens: The Truth about Democracy (Channel 4, 2007). She is currently working on a series Socrates, Confucius and Buddha for the BBC.

http://www.bettanyhughes.co.uk

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is a frequent contributor to radio, television and the press both in Britain and around the world. He is the author of many books and his latest work Not In Gods Name: Confronting Religious Violence will be published in June 2015. Rabbi Sacks’ most recent views on Democracy were broadcast on BBC Radio 4 ‘Thought for Today’ on 23rd April.

http://www.rabbisacks.org/never-take-democracy-for-granted-thought-for-the-day/

Harris Bokhari and members of The Patchwork Foundation –        The Patchwork Foundation aims to promote and encourage the positive integration of under-represented, deprived and minority communities into British political society. The foundation seeks to facilitate a positive interaction for under-represented, deprived and minority communities in British society, empowering citizens to play a role in the social and political arenas. It is not affiliated to any political party and does not promote a particular political view.

http://www.patchworkfoundation.org.uk

Councillor Dr Devra Kay is Labour Councillor for West Hendon and a Member of St Cross College, Oxford. She has held a number of academic posts and is the author of numerous articles on Tkhines and Yiddish women’s literature with particular interest in older people’s issues and she blogs on the subject. She will speak about the relationship between democracy and old age.

To register to attend please book your place through Eventbrite:

http://cfidemocracyconference.eventbrite.co.uk

Enquiries to Miss Mita Vaghji, Events Co-ordinator Cfi, Middlesex University London, E: m.vaghji@mdx.ac.uk

Symposium on Turkey 2014

Emma Dick 2

Date: Friday 10th October 2014

Venue: Committee Room 3, Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs

Time: 9.30am – 10am Registration, 9.30am Start 5pm Finish

The Centre for Ideas (Cfi) is hosting a ‘FREE’ one-day conference to showcase research projects on Turkey, and collaborations with colleagues based in Turkey and the Turkish community in London. Sessions will focus on a range of topics including Geopolitics of Turkey; Istanbul/Ankara/Izmir: Space and Place in the Turkish City; Negotiating the Ottoman Heritage and an open session presenting the University’s collaborations and partnerships with institution in Turkey. There will also be plenty of opportunity for discussion and networking.

The full draft programme and registration can be found below. Places are limited at this FREE event to a first come first served basis.

Cfi, is a forward-looking ‘virtual research institute’ set up by Middlesex University to promote discussion and collaboration between its internationally recognised scholars and leading public intellectuals, relevant professionals and policy-makers.

To attend this ‘FREE’ conference simply register below:

https://confonturkeymdx.eventbrite.co.uk

Please find a draft programme for the day below:

09:30 – 10:00     Registrations and Refreshments

10:00 – 10:15      Welcome and Introduction

10:15 – 11:15:

Negotiating the Ottoman Heritage Convened by Emma Dick

Emma Dick – ‘Refashioning the Ottomans: Embodying the Golden Age through textiles and dress.’

Bharain Mac An Bhreithiún-Bertapelli – ‘Negotiating the Ottoman Heritage in the Balkan City – practices of place and street culture in Sarajevo and Bucharest.’

Mike Smith – ‘The Ottomans: Europe’s Muslim Emperors’ (BBC, 2013)

11:15 – 12:15:

The Geopolitical Turn in Turkish Foreign Policy: From Westernization to Grand Strategy Convened by Tunc Aybak

Topic: ‘What is new in Turkey’s new geopolitics?’

Speaker: Professor Bulent Gokay, Head of the School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy from Keele University

12:15 – 12:30      Refreshments

12:30 – 13:30:

Space & Place in the Turkish Metropolis Convened by Graeme Evans and Ozlem Edizel

The main theme discussed will be the urbanisation/growth (population, land use, culture, industry etc.) of Istanbul.

This session also includes a screening of a new work by Ergin Cavusoglu featured in the 4th International Canakkale Biennial has its conceptual framework structured upon ‘1914-1918 – The Centenary of World War 1’.

13:30 – 14:30      Networking Lunch

14:30 – 16:30:

Dialogues Middlesex and Turkey Convened by Fiona Belton

A series of presentations about collaborations and partnerships between the university and external bodies:

Topics include:

Maggie Butt – Academic Partnerships

Peter Ryan – a blended learning approach to community mental health care in Turkey

Mehmet Ali Dikerdem – ‘Keep on going’ – Past & Present Partnerships

Kelami Dedezade – Turkish Supplementary Schools in the UK

16:30 – 17:00     Networking, Refreshments and Close

 

Water Conference 2014

Dr. Abimbola O. Odumosu (Save the Children & Unicef) - Water Conference 2014
Dr. Abimbola O. Odumosu (Save the Children & Unicef) – Water Conference 2014

This free open conference seeked to explore water through its symbolic, ecological and geopolitical functions.

This free open conference seeked to explore water through its symbolic, ecological and geopolitical functions.

The day comprised of key note speakers Ed Stourton (Journalist and Radio 4 presenter) and Dr. Abimbola O. Odumosu (Save the Children & Unicef), clips of the new BBC series ‘Sacred Rivers’, as well as presentations and posters by colleagues from across the University, together with commentaries from a number of invited experts.

Our aim was to highlight the different meanings and values placed on water as a strategic resource against a backdrop of globalisation and climate change.

This event was free and open to all staff and students.

 

Fairness Conference 2013

Bianca Jagger - Fairness and Human Rights Advocate - Fairness Conference 2013
Bianca Jagger – Fairness and Human Rights Advocate – Fairness Conference 2013

Middlesex experts debated the issue of ‘fairness’

21-23 May 2013

Talented thinkers, researchers and academics from across disciplines at Middlesex joined keynote speakers including John Redwood MP, Bianca Jagger and honorary Middlesex graduate Will Hutton to debate and discuss the topic of fairness on the 21st May 2013..

The then current climate of economic and political strife across Europe made the need for fairness in society more pressing than ever. But is our society fair? This unique interdisciplinary conference provided an eclectic range of responses to this question, unpicking the notion of what is fair in society, and how it impacts individuals, businesses and countries. Fairness in politics, our human rights, how fairness affects creative industries, heath care and the environment was amongst the topics on the agenda.

Middlesex thought leaders across the arts, human rights law, healthcare, social sciences and many more academic areas either chaired or delivered sessions.

The conference was free and aimed at anyone with an interest in society today – from public sector managers, academics and business leaders to the general public.

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The Centre for Ideas, Cfi, is a forward-looking ‘virtual research institute’ at Middlesex University London.

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