Nature-based solutions (NbS) can contribute to the fight against climate change up to the end of our century.But the world must invest now in nature-based solutions that are ecologically sound, socially equitable, and designed to deliver multiple benefits to society over a century or more. Properly managed, the protection, restoration and sustainable management of our working lands could benefit many generations to come.While solutions such as community-led restoration and protection of mangroves, kelp forests, wetlands, grasslands and forests, bringing trees into working lands and nature into cities can bring multiple benefits from storing carbon and protecting us from extreme events, to supporting biodiversity and providing jobs and livelihoods, how can we engage governments, businesses and local communities in these solutions to ensure their success?The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review states that relative to other interventions, Nature-based solutions have the potential to be cost-effective and provide multiple benefits beyond climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction. So how can these economic evaluations for each solution be derived?Join Professor Nathalie Seddon, Director of the Nature-based Solutions Initiative, and Professor Cameron Hepburn, Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, as they discuss the need for increased investment combined with rigorous evaluation of activities undertaken, using metrics which consider the complex, long-term benefits that NbS provide.Register to watch this talk live.The talk will also be streamed via YouTube here but please note you will not be able to take part in the interactive Q&A session unless you join the talk on CrowdCast.
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The Faculty Research Online Series (FARO) is a weekly online research seminar open to all, but particularly suited to academic colleagues and PhD students. Each session will be held by a member of academic staff in the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences and is free to join. The session will be held via Microsoft Teams - please click here to join on the day.
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In this event, discover the surprising uses of some weird and wonderful medieval ingredients and how this knowledge might benefit us today. Plus learn how to make your own soothing herbal tea blend, using a range of historic ingredients.
Connecting with countries, territories, cities and projects, Dr Jana Scholze is chairing a London Design Biennale Session. A common dining experience can hide a world of thorny issues, but it can also reveal surprising solutions for sustainable development. Questioning traditional design culture and its wasteful processes, our panel will discuss the benefits of circular economy, investigating new materials and suggesting ingenious ways to upcycle food waste through architecture and interior design. Speakers: Thomas A. Geisler, Director, Museum of Decorative Arts of the Dresden State Art Collections Maria Elena Pombo, Founder, Fragmentario Chair: Dr Jana Scholze, Design Curator and Associate Professor at the Kingston School of Art This event will be held on Zoom.
In the presentation of A Citizen’s Guide to the Rule of Law - Why We Need to Fight for the Most Precious Human Inventions of All Time, the authors, Kalypso Nicolaidis and Adis Merdzanovic, will investigate the importance of the rule of law.In our daily lives, the rule of law matters more than anything and yet remains an invisible presence. We trust in the rule of law to protect us from governmental overreach, mafia godfathers, or the will of the majority. We take the rule of law for granted, often failing to recognise its demise—until it is too late. For under attack it is, not only in the growing number of authoritarian countries around the world but in Europe, too.As a citizen’s guide, the book explains in plain language what the rule of law is, why it matters, and why we have to defend it. The starting point is to ask why EU efforts to promote the rule of law in candidate countries have succeeded or failed, and what this tells us about what is happening inside the EU. The book moves on to suggest ways of strengthening the rule of law in Europe and beyond, calling to action in defence of the most precious human invention of all time.
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When: 17 June 2021, 17:00 — 19:00 Venue: Online Join us for the last in a series of online research talks organised by the Birkbeck and Durham Centres for Nineteenth-Century Studies, focusing on our theme of The Victorians at Home and Abroad. Speaker Dr Kate Nichols (Birmingham): 'Tigers and a Global History of Victorian Art' Respondent Dr Lara Atkin (Kent) Contact name: David Mcallister Tags: ARTS: School ARTS: English, Theatre and Creative Writing Corporate website Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies Public lecture or event
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Dr Bianca Frohne (University of Kiel): 'Learning How to See Crip: (Non-)Visual Cultures of Disability in the Middle Ages' Images shape our knowledge of and our attitudes towards past societies. The imagery of ‘disability’ in medieval and early modern cultures has an effect not only on how we tend to imagine the lives of disabled people in premodern times, but also on how we approach and study histories of disability. In the past, art history tended to view representations of disabled people either through a medicalised lens or as evidence of social marginalisation. However, disability is not a fixed category. Recent scholarship on disability has placed renewed emphasis on disability as a complex and diverse, changeable, multifaceted way of being and has highlighted its epistemological potential. The aim of this lecture is to find ways to reflect this shift in perspective in our study of the visual (and non-visual) cultures of disability in premodern societies by looking beyond well-known representations of impairment. Learning how to see crip means to focus on the visible as well as the invisible, on embodied performances, visual practices centred on inner and outer images, and on the epistemological value premodern societies attributed to different ways of (not-)seeing. This three-part lecture series addresses discourses of disability in the medieval and early modern periods, organized by Jess Bailey (UC Berkeley) and Felix Jäger (Bilderfahrzeuge Project / Warburg Institute), and complements a workshop and a public keynote presentation centered on “technologies of disability” in the Wellcome and Warburg collections, currently scheduled for Autumn 2021 - date tbc. FREE VIA ZOOM if we can make this event more accessible for you, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
What you’ll doJoin poet and artist Khairani Barokka and curator Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz for this conversation about Khairani’s new work ‘[Molekuler]’. This new work consists of poetry and images that weave together narratives from headlines, histories and personal experiences during the pandemic. ‘[Molekuler]’ critiques the notion of what was ‘hidden’ during the Covid-19 pandemic. Accessibility is creatively woven into the work, with the poems describing the images. Bárbara and Khairani will talk about the making of the work and will explore intertwined stories, from colonial legacies to today’s health inequities. Khairani will also read extracts from the work alongside sharing some of the images. The speakers will self-describe and describe visual elements of the event.You will be able to comment and ask questions during the event using YouTube Live Chat and Slido. Your microphone and camera will be switched off for the whole session. This event will be streamed live to our YouTube channel. After booking a ticket, you will receive a confirmation email with joining instructions. ‘[Molekuler]’ was commissioned by Wellcome Collection as part of a programme of new artworks for the collection interrogating the impact of the UK government Covid-19 campaign ‘Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives’.
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When: 17 June 2021, 18:00 — 19:30 Venue: Online Book your place The importance of technology in managing the response to the pandemic is clear to everyone. Driven by the need to minimise bodily interactions, we witnessed a rapid intensification of the transfer of social life away out of public space and into digital media. Within a matter of weeks people learned to work, shop, teach and learn, socialise, and more via online platforms. The value of the major internet companies rose rapidly, and during the 2016 US presidential election the role of communication platforms became highly contentious, both as objects of regulation and as arbiters of who, and whose ideas, could shape legitimate political discussion. It would be a mistake to imagine that we can simply go back to ‘before the pandemic’. In this panel our guests will present three ways in which the world has changed, explain the new challenges that we face, and ask what role law might play in dealing with them. Law On Trial - Law, Pandemic And Crisis Law On Trial is the School of Law’s annual week of free, public events around a particular theme. This year we explore law’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and how the pandemic has left a lasting effect on various aspects of our society including the Black Lives Matter movement, global concerns with racist policing, climate protests and insurrection in Colombia. Find out more and book your place at the week's events. Contact name: School of Law Speakers Dr Bernard Keenan - Dr Bernard Keenan is a Lecturer in Law in the Department of Law at Birkbeck. He will be the Chair of this event. Dr Edmund Schuster - Dr Edmund Schuster is a Associate Professor of Law at London School of Economics and Political Science, who will address the cryptocurrency boom (and bust) and the rise of personalised financial systems during the pandemic. Dr Jennifer Cobbe - Dr Jennifer Cobbe is a Senior Research Associate and Affiliated Lecturer at the Computer Laboratory, Cambridge, who will address the growing political power of platforms like Amazon, Google and Facebook in organising and monitoring social life. Professor Cynthia Estlund - Professor Cynthia Estlund is the Catherine A. Rein Professor of Law at New York University, who will address the rapid shift to automated systems during the pandemic and the ways in which workers’ rights have been affected. Tags: LAW: Criminology Conferences/workshops LAW: Department of Law LAW: School of Law Corporate website Public lecture or event Law on Trial
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The Common Law was conceived as a thing comprising beautiful and simple principles. Has English law and procedure lost its way? Where are we to go in the 21st Century? Register for Online Lecture If we decide we can go ahead with a live audience, we will email you and let you know.To attend lectures online, please register using the button above. This also allows us to let you know how to book in-person tickets when they are reintroduced. The registration process is simple, free, and only requires an email address.
Theoretical debates over international legal regimes, such as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), have tended to revolve around the constraints international law may or may not place on confrontational state behaviour, leaving its constitutive aspects underexplored.This talk offers a counterintuitive explanation for why tensions in the South China Sea have risen, not declined, in the UNCLOS era. The new international regime reconstituted China and its neighbours’ interests in jurisdiction at sea to produce harder, yet also more ambiguous claim.Tracing four representative cases of China’s new and assertive patterns of behaviour in the South China Sea in 2007-2008, it shows that, intertwined with rising material capabilities and resource insecurity, the new challenges and opportunities presented by the implementation of the legal regime were crucial drivers of Beijing’s policy shift on its maritime periphery.Using PRC maritime law enforcement agency materials, internal government advisory papers, State Department cables, official statements and research interviews, the paper identifies three causal pathways linking the UNCLOS to China’s altered behaviour. International law not only constrains confrontational state actions, but can also authorise, enable, and catalyse them.Andrew Chubb is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University.
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When: 18 June 2021, 14:00 — 15:00 Venue: Online Book your place This panel brings together response to the COVID-19 crisis from scholars in Brazil, Colombia and the UK. It is organised around the key question: how is it possible to think the crisis that we are living through? What new horizons does thinking about the pandemic open up? Are the existing ways of framing ‘the human being’ adequate to our troubled times? What new vocabularies, and ideas are required to plot the changing terrains defined by the pandemic - a question made particularly acute by the intensifying civil unrest in Colombia. Is this the first pre-revolutionary situation provoked by the pandemic? The panel aims to generate ideas to think across jurisdictions and traditions. The grounding assumption is that – at very least - the pandemic requires us to expansive and engage critical thinking. Law On Trial - Law, Pandemic And Crisis Law On Trial is the School of Law’s annual week of free, public events around a particular theme. This year we explore law’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and how the pandemic has left a lasting effect on various aspects of our society including the Black Lives Matter movement, global concerns with racist policing, climate protests and insurrection in Colombia. Find out more and book your place at the week's events. Contact name: School of Law Speakers Dr Oscar Guardiola-Rivera - Dr Oscar Guardiola-Rivera is a Professor of Human Rights and Political Philosophy in the Department of Law at Birkbeck. They will be discussing 'A Lexicon for Protest'. Prof Adam Gearey - Professor Adam Gearey is a Professor of Law in the Department of Law at Birkbeck. They will be the Chair of this event. Professor Bethania Assy - Professor Bethania Assy is a Professor of the Philosophy of Law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and Rio de Janiero State University. They will be discussing 'COVID-19: An Ethics of Resilient Cohabitation'. Professor Fernanda Frizzo-Bragato - Professor Fernanda Frizzo-Bragato is a Professor of Law at the Unisinos Law School. They will be discussing 'The Struggle for Land: How Can Indigenous Peoples Save Us?' Professor Juan Felipe Garcia Arboleda - Professor Juan Felipe Garcia Arboleda is the Head of Department at the Department of Philosophy and History of Law, Pontifical Universidad Javeriana. Professor Juliana Neuenschwander Magalhaes - Professor Juliana Neuenschwander Magalhães is a Professor of Legal Theory at the Departamento de Teoria do Direito - FND/UFRJ. They will be discussing 'The Sovereignty of the Virus'. Tags: LAW: Criminology Conferences/workshops LAW: Department of Law LAW: School of Law Corporate website Public lecture or event Law on Trial
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When: 18 June 2021, 14:00 — 18:30 Venue: Online Book your place Narrating Nature: Framing Ecologies in the Middle Ages The 2021 Birkbeck Medieval Seminar 'Narrating Nature: Framing Ecologies in the Middle Ages' examines stories of nature, landscape, and environment as they were told in the Middle Ages. Drawing on interdisciplinary discussions across history, literature, and archaeology, we explore how ecologies were not only encountered and perceived, but also constructed, imagined, and evoked. Participants in this seminar are invited to interrogate a range of topics, including: how people in the middle ages (broadly conceived) used narratives to define and frame interactions between humans and non-humans within the multi-species systems we now describe as ‘ecologies’; how topographies of culture and nature, of human work and natural agency, were negotiated in practice; and how culturally-determined approaches to texts and materials were used to structure approaches to, and understandings of, medieval environments. Rather than viewing the middle ages as a source of primitivist, harmonious ways of living with a now-estranged nature, this seminar playfully posits that ecological constructs such as ‘wild nature’ are medieval dreams from which we ‘moderns’ have not yet awoken. By focusing on narrative, we will explore how the making of places in landscape and the telling of places in text can occupy and operationalize the ‘same’ ecologies. Ultimately, the seminar seeks to explore the ways that narratives of nature constructed in the middle ages continue to shape how we think and feel about ecologies. This is an online event and shall be hosted on Microsoft Teams. Please note that booking is essential, we shall send the joining link to all those who book in the days before the seminar. Speakers: Professor Pam J. Crabtree (NYU): Ecologies of Anglo-Saxon Settlement in the Brecks and the Fenland: Evidence from Brandon and West Stow Dr Karen Dempsey (NUI Galway): Sowing Seeds: Green Worlds and the Castle Garden Dr Leonie Hicks (Canterbury Christ Church University): Narrating Normans and Nature in Chronicle Sources Professor Jill Rudd (University of Liverpool): 'A Certain Glue': Framing Animals in Their Natural Habitats - The Book of the Chase of Gaston de Phébus and Edward of Norwich. Organizers: Mike Bintley and Kate Franklin We reserve the right to cancel or postpone this event if necessary. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com. Contact name: Birkbeck Events Team Tags: International students Birkbeck Medieval Seminar Alumni SSHP: History, Classics and Archaeology Research students Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities Corporate website Public lecture or event ARTS: School Prospective students ARTS: English, Theatre and Creative Writing ARTS: Cultures and Languages ARTS: History of Art ARTS: Film, Media and Cultural Studies Discover the Past Medieval and Early Modern Worlds
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Take a virtual tour of the House of Commons chamber, from the green benches and despatch boxes to the Speaker’s Chair, to explore how we see, and have seen, parliament at work.
The British Academy: Earl's Court Gate, Holland Park (next door to the Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High St, London, W8 6AG)
On this walk in Holland Park, you’ll hear from soundwalk maker Ann, who remembers the park as the place she decided to escape from abusive employers; as well as fellow domestic workers sharing experiences of activism and workers' rights.