2019 LIAS events

June 2019

3 June

The world of business on an Anthropocene Earth

This inaugural public lecture will focus on thought-provoking reflections on the politics of scientific, economic, social, cultural and artistic approaches to the Anthropocene.

Special guest: Professor Bruno Latour

4 June

'Anthropocene: The Human Epoch' premier and discussion panel

Join us for the UK premier of ‘Anthropocene: The Human Epoch’, a documentary critically engaging with the rapidly evolving issues of the current age, and analysing how human-driven activities surrounding capitalist, financial and industrial spheres are inextricably linked to the Earth system and affect the geological fabric.

A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is a four years in the making feature documentary film from the multiple-award winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky; script consulted by Professor Zalasiewicz and Professor Colin.

Panel discussion and refreshments following the screening.

6 June

Interdisciplinary methodologies for researching ephemeral lives in global cities

To mark the culmination of Dr Dhiren Borisa’s time LIAS Fellow Dhiren Borisa has spent at Leicester University, he shall, together with host Professor Gavin Brown, be hosting an event bringing together an interdisciplinary group of researchers to explore different methodologies for researching ephemeral lives in global cities. Dr Borisa shall give a talk entitled Reading ephemeral geographies of caste and queernesss in Delhi, followed by roundtable discussion, a series of provocations and a reflective exercise on potential future collaborative research.

12 June

‘The first Workshop for Sino-UK to Promote the Development and Application of Artificial Intelligence’ Zhou, Huiyu and Mohammad Mousavi.

The AI Network shall be hosting a day event of guest speakers depicting thought-provoking talks on various areas of AI, and the affect that it has on our considered approach to the development and application of it in various contexts.

  • 09:00-17:00
  • Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 2, Ground floor

24 June

LIAiSon workshop: Designing Future Intelligent Mobility Innovations Together, Dr Genovefa Kefalidou

Living in a world where mobility and the ability to travel around is critical, for all generations, we wish to run a workshop to explore how we have been migrating and moving from ancient times up to now. We then wish to brainstorm and frame together what we now know about migration and mobility (and how migration can inform new mobilities), what are the emerging needs and priorities for all people to move around. To do so, we want to draw insights from different disciplines, which will then help us identify priorities and opportunities for designing new intelligent technologies, systems and services that can enhance  Future Intelligent Mobility. The workshop should take approximately 2 hours and we hope to formulate some tangible joint areas/trends of interests and potential collaborative links by the end of it. This will helps us formulate future collaborative research and network bids.

  • Venue: 7-9 Salisbury Rd
  • 14:00 - 16:00

25 June

Problems and support for the street children of Delhi – Professor Naved Iqbal & Professor Panos Vostanis Join us for an open seminar with GCRF Fellow Professor Naved Iqbal (Department of Psychology, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi), hosted by Professor Panos Vostanis with the Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies, presenting research surrounding the welfare of children living on the streets of Delhi. The seminar will discuss how qualitative methodologies are being used to  derive information used to inform in what ways resilience can be identified and promoted in challenging circumstances with increasing numbers of homeless children. The GCRF Fellowship shall build collaborations within and beyond the University of Leicester to deliver cutting-edge research addressing the challenges faced by developing countries. 

  • 7-9 Salisbury Road, Seminar Room
  • 14:00 - 15:00

28 June

Open seminar - Alternative Learning Approaches for People with Disabilities (PwDs) in Business, Dr Fiona Mulira & Dr Winfred Onyas

Dr. Fiona Mulira is currently hosted by Dr. Winfred Onyas in the University of Leicester as awardee of the GCRF Fellowship scheme. Dr. Mulira will collaborate with academics within and beyond the University of Leicester to deliver cutting-edge research addressing the challenges faced by developing countries.  The workshop shall bring together multidisciplinary participants to focus on alternative learning approaches promoting sustainability for PwDs in resource constrained environments. A series of portfolios of women entrepreneurs with disabilities in Uganda shall be shared, followed by a brainstorming session using the ‘crazy eights exercise’ to generate research ideas on alternative learning approaches for people with disabilities, and to discover approaches for entrepreneurship training and managing business in resource deprived contexts which empower the marginalised. Please express your interest by emailing crk18@le.ac.uk

  • 7/9 Salisbury Road, Seminar Room
  • 10:00 - 12:00 

Identifying, Treating and Preventing FGM

The Identification Network invites you to an interdisciplinary symposium, bringing together leading practitioners and academics in the fields of medicine, law and social sciences to examine the topics of FGM, exploring the difficulties which arise in relation to the identification and treatment of the victims of FGM; the domestic and international law frameworks and legal difficulties which have arisen in relation to the prosecution of alleged perpetrators of FGM, and in child protection cases, and the social and cultural context within which FGM is performed, considering best practice and possible medical, legal and social solutions.
Food and refreshments will be provided.

July 2019

8 July

Critical friendship group: digital storytelling toolkit for practitioners

  • 14:00 - 15:00
  • 128 Regent Road, Conference Room

9 July

Research Crucible - Pathways to resilience, child trauma, water, indigeneity, technology

  • 10:00-12:30
  • 128 Regent Road, Conference Road

Open Seminar - Eradicating FGM in Kenya: Lessons Learnt from Gikuyu Women’s Change Stories

  • 13:30 - 14:30

LIAS welcomes back alumni Fellow Professor Grace Wamue-Ngare to the University of Leicester, to continue collaborating with host Professor Teela Sanders on her research surrounding FGM. Prof Wamue-Ngare is particularly interested in researching the ways in which Alternative Rites of Passage (ARPs) programmes have gone unabated, with girls and women in some community’s continuing to bear the FGM burden. This talk will outline and explore her project, which is set to investigate the transformational processes which propelled FGM’s abandonment among the Gikuyu people. This will act as a platform to discuss the social, cultural and economic domains of transformation derived from ‘Change Stories’ of those heroic women and their support back-up who boldly resisted FGM amidst much pressure in the 70s and 80s, and how the theory of change concept has strengthened a holistic local-level commitment, socio-cultural and gender construction of womanhood supersedes legal and policy frameworks in ending the practice. Please contact crk18@le.ac.uk with any questions.

10 July

Research Crucible - Pathways to resilience, child trauma, water, indigeneity, technology

  • 14:30 - 16:00
  • 128 Regent Road, Boardroom

August 2019


Royal Society Science Festival

  • Organised by: Mohammad Mousavi

September 2019


Landscaping workshop: Surveying mobility

Organised by: Mohammad Mousavi

October 2019

17 October

Artificial Intelligence and Work with confirmed speakers: Lina Dencik, Juan Grigera, Athina Karatzogianni, Alex Wood, Jamie Woodcock, and Xanthe Whittaker.

  • Date: 17th October
  • Location: TBC.
  • Organised by: Phoebe Moore, Yujie Chen, Torsten Geelan

Artificial Intelligence (AI) augmented tools and applications are becoming increasingly prevalent in contemporary workplaces and work is increasingly impacted by intensified forms of digitalisation. This conference focuses on where and how this is occurring and what is at stake for workers and the labour movement. Workplace decision-making has become increasingly digitalised, and the integration of AI enhanced technologies into human resources (HR) - via people analytics and interview filming, AI augmented robotics including collaborative robots (cobots) and chatbots, the uses of wearable technologies and assistive tablets on the production assembly line, and algorithmic processes in gig work - has created a range of new issues. Panels examine the empirics for where this happening, looking at the philosophical and ethical questions arising and the emergence of new forms of activism and worker representation to raise labour standards, as the employment relationship continues to transform at the behest of technological advances and management practices.

Crick Lectures

Crick Lectures

The Crick Lectures are open to researchers from Leicester through a collaboration formed as part of our Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (WTISSF).

The lectures are delivered by leading internationally-renowned scientists and aim to be relatively accessible to scientists in other disciplines, while also offering something for the specialist.

Crick Lectures typically take place on Thursdays at 4pm in the auditorium. The Francis Crick Institute is located directly opposite St Pancras Station, London, thus making seminar attendance a relatively easy possibility. We have funding through the ISSF to pay for standard class train travel to get you there and back, if you would otherwise struggle to cover the train fare; contact Anna Harding for further information: aijh1@le.ac.uk

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