Events 2022

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Thinking On Sunday:
The Suspect – Counterterrorism, Islam and the Security State

Sunday 22nd May 2022, 3.00pm at Conway Hall London WC1R 4RL

What impact has two decades’ worth of policing and counterterrorism had on the state of mind of Muslims in Britain? Rizwaan Sabir draws on his own experiences to take the reader on a journey through British counterterrorism practices and the policing of Muslims.

Sabir describes what led to his arrest for suspected terrorism, his time in detention, and the surveillance he was subjected to on release from custody, including stop and search at the roadside, detentions at the border, monitoring by police and government departments, and an attempt by the UK military to recruit him into their psychological warfare unit.

Writing publicly for the first time, in his book The Suspect, about the traumatising mental health effects of these experiences, Sabir argues that these harmful outcomes are not the result of errors in government planning, but the consequences of using a counterinsurgency warfare approach to fight terrorism and police Muslims. To resist the injustice of these policies and practices, we need to centre our lived experiences and build networks of solidarity and support.

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The Lazarus Heist – Inside North Korea’s Global Cyber War

Monday 23rd May 2022, 7.30pm at Conway Hall London WC1R 4RL

Meet the Lazarus Group, a shadowy cabal of hackers accused of working on behalf of the North Korean state. It’s claimed that they form one of the most dangerous criminal enterprises on the planet, having stolen more than $1bn in an international crime spree. Their targets allegedly include central banks, Hollywood film studios and even the National Health Service. North Korea denies the allegations, saying the accusations are American attempts to tarnish its image.

In his staggering, global investigation, award-winning journalist Geoff White examines how the hackers have harnessed cutting-edge technology to launch a decade-long campaign of brazen and merciless raids on its richer, more powerful adversaries. It’s not just money they’re after. The Lazarus Group‘s tactics have been used to threaten democracies, gag North Korea’s critics and destabilise global peace.

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London Fortean Society presents: A History of Delusions

Wednesday 25th May 2022, 7.30pm at Conway Hall London WC1R 4RL

For centuries, delusions have been dismissed as something for doctors to sort out behind closed doors. But delusions are more than just bizarre quirks: they hold the key to collective anxieties and traumas.
The King of France – thinking he was made of glass – was terrified he might shatter…and he wasn’t alone.
After the Emperor met his end at Waterloo, an epidemic of Napoleons piled into France’s asylums.
Throughout the nineteenth century, dozens of middle-aged women tried to convince their physicians that they were, in fact, dead.
For centuries we’ve dismissed delusions as something for doctors to sort out behind locked doors. But delusions are more than just bizarre quirks – they hold the key to collective anxieties and traumas.

Based on the Radio 4 series of the same name, Victoria Shepherd’s book A History of Delusions is a groundbreaking history which uncovers stories of delusions from medieval times to the present day. Where do delusions come from and what do they mean?

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REWEIRDING: William Blake and Heaven and Hell

Tuesday 7th June 2022, 7.45pm at The Miller London SE1 3SS

The Marraige of Heaven and Hell is one of William Blake’s most extraordinary works – at times outrageous, radical, heretical, profound, bewildering and very funny. Come and join John Higgs – the author of William Blake Vs The World – for a reading of this magnificent little book, as he attempts to understand both the text and what it reveals about William Blake himself.
John Higgs is a writer who specialises in finding previously unsuspected narratives, hidden in obscure corners of our history and culture, which can change the way we see the world. In the words of MOJO magazine, “Reading John Higgs is like being shot with a diamond. Suddenly everything becomes terrifyingly clear”.

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Progressive Economics 2022

Progressive Economy Forum launch the inaugural Progressive Economics Festival

Saturday 11th June 9:00am>6:00pm – University of Greenwich

On Saturday June 11, the Progressive Economy Forum is partnering with the University of Greenwich to bring you Progressive Economics 2022 – a one-day conference of debate, discussion and education on the defining issues of modern economics. 

In a world battered by crises, facing environmental collapse, Progressive Economics 2022 will bring together leading thinkers from across the progressive economics movement to present the arguments and solutions we need to build a radically better economy. 

The conference will be packed with over 25 in-person sessions, ranging from “The Cost of Living on a Dying Planet” to “The Coming Debt Disaster“, “Beyond the Green New Deal” and “The Future of Money“.

Featured speakers include: Ann Pettifor, Caroline Lucas, Guy Standing, Grace Blakeley, Gargi Bhattacharyya, Ed Miliband, Nadia Whittome and many more

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Tear Down their Statues, Build your own Monuments

Tuesday 14th June, 7:00pm at the Amersham Arms 388 New Cross Road SE14 6TY

In 2020, statues across the world were pulled down in an extraordinary wave of global iconoclasm. From the United States and the United Kingdom to Canada, South Africa, the Caribbean, India, Bangladesh, and New Zealand, Black Lives Matter protests defaced and hauled down statues of slaveholders, Confederates, and imperialists. Edward Colston was hurled into the harbour in Bristol, England. Robert E. Lee was covered in graffiti in Richmond, Virginia. Christopher Columbus was toppled in Minnesota, beheaded in Massachusetts, and thrown into a lake in Virginia. King Leopold II of the Belgians was set on fire in Antwerp and doused in red paint in Ghent. Winston Churchill was daubed with the word ‘racist’ in London.

Statues are one of the most visible – and controversial – forms of historical storytelling. The stories we tell about history are vital to how we, as societies, understand our past and create our future. So whose stories do we tell? Who or what defines us? What if we don’t all agree? How is history made, and why?

Alex von Tunzelmann is a bestselling author, screenwriter, broadcaster, and media commentator. She lives in London.

The Stone Circle in SE4

This is the story of the Stone Circle and sun clock installed on Hilly Fields for the Millennium in 2000. It covers the people and ideas behind the conception, planning and installation of this unique and much-loved local landmark. Presented by Clare Cowen of The Brockley Society.

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