The Leeds UCU teach-out programme for the 2019 UK Higher Education Strike.
Most events take place in the Quaker Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9DX. http://www.leedsquakers.org.uk/meetings/central-leeds.
Rooms are disabled-accessible unless otherwise stated. For events in other venues see the 'notes' column for accessibility information.
For more information about the events or to edit this programme, contact Alaric Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the strike, see http://www.leedsucu.org.uk/.
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Events away from campus
|26 November||Paul Chatterton and Shared Futures||Citizens juries and assemblies – responding to the climate emergency||26 November||1000-1600|
Unit 11 Kirkstall Bridge Retail Park, Kirkstall, Leeds. (Unit 11 is the new community centre of the Kirkstall Valley development trust https://www.kvdt.org.uk/unit-11/.) Bring lunch to share.
City governments across the world are declaring climate emergencies. Central to any vision for achieving zero carbon must be the opinions of local people. In recognition of this at a national level Parliament has announced the formation of a national deliberative process – a national Citizens’ Assembly on climate change in 2019, as have Oxford, Sheffield, Camden and others. The Leeds Climate Commission is organising its own deliberative process, the Leeds Climate Change Citizens’ Jury. The jury will complement the work of Leeds City Council’s Big Leeds Climate Conversation and the civic led group Our Future Leeds. The Citizens’ Jury is an example of a deliberative process, which is smaller in number than a Citizens’ Assembly. Over a number of sessions participants hear from a range of ‘witnesses’. During the jury, participants have an opportunity to question the witnesses, share opinions with each other, to deliberate, challenge each other and ultimately reach a set of recommendations on a given topic.During this teach-out, the morning session will outline citizen juries and citizen's assemblies, and reflect on the experiences and outcomes of the Leeds climate change citizens jury. In the afternoon participants will use a range of participatory methods to critically examine the role of such processes. The session be led by a team of facilitators with extensive experience in Citizens Jury facilitation from the social enterprise Shared Future, supported by Paul Chatterton.
|27 November||Asa Roast & Morgan Campbell||(Un)Conscious Construction: an unguided journey through remaking Leeds||27 November||1300-1430|
Meet at Quaker Rooms. This is a form of walking tour - There will be a short introduction, then participants will be given a sheet of questions and asked to reassemble at a place in the city centre in an hour's time. There participants will discuss what they encountered on their journey, and their answers to the questions posed. Note that, as such, the travel from the start to the destination will be very different for people with different mobility needs. The end destination will be accessible.
None - but as mentioned, the walk may present challenges for people with different mobility needs. Anyone who is worried their mobility needs will prevent them from participating fully, please talk to organisers.
|28 November||Eva Frojmovic||Special Collections visit to Leeds Central Library to see their medieval treasures.||28 November|
1200 and 1300 (repeats)
Pre-booking by 26 Nov is essential: email email@example.com with your name and choice of time slot. Bring ID to event.
|28 November||Alexander (Sandy) James|
Introduction to Permaculture: A design science for sustainable livelihoods. a.k.a. Revolution disguised as organic gardening.
|28 November||1500-1600||Hyde Park Source, 2 Rosebank Rd, Leeds LS3 1HH||max 12 people|
|29 November||The World||School Strike for Climate||29 November||1130-later||Leave from Parky Steps at 1230 and head to Town Hall|
|2 December||Polina Merkulova||Training Sawbones: A (slightly) ghastly history of teaching doctors in Leeds||2 December||1300-1500|
Guided walk around Leeds. Meet in the Grand Arcade's exit to Vicar Lane, LS1 6PG. We'll finish near the LGI.
How did people become doctors in Leeds? Why were some students expelled?Who were the teachers? Who and how could access medical help? What does architecture have to do with all of these? While wandering around the city we will answer these and many other questions, talk about student pranks, learn the history of some of Leeds’ iconic buildings and step into the lives of medical students, teachers and patients from the early 19th century onwards. There will be “hard facts”, curious anecdotes, urban legends and gruesome stories of disease, blood and broken bones. No prior knowledge is needed and all are welcome! The walk will take approximately 2 hours and will be around 2 miles long with frequent stops. There is a nice pub nearby where we can warm ourselves and chat about Leeds' medical history a little more after the walk.
|2 December||Elspeth Mitchell with Asa Roast||Out of Office: Foraging and Feminist Reading in Meanwood Park||2 December||1400-1600||Meet at the entrance to Meanwood Park Café.|
Part reading group, part mushroom foraging, part holly and ivy gathering expedition. Bring your mushroom ID books, mushroom knives and baskets -- or just yourself! We will provide copies of extracts from two texts, ('Nose Hair: Love it or Leave it? the lovecidal of bodies that filter' by Xin Lui and 'Unruly Edges: Mushrooms as Companion Species: For Donna Haraway' by Anna Tsing) which we will read and discuss while foraging for fungi. As it is quite late in the season for mushrooms, Asa will share with us the best spot for ivy in the park. The walk will last at least two hours and you are welcome to join us for a drink afterwards. Please dress warmly and wear suitable footwear. To register your interest and for any questions contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Events around campus
25 November (theme: University activism)
|UCU committee||Why are we on strike?||25 November||1300-1400||Quaker Meeting House||hall|
|Rebecca Starr, Meenakshi Sarkar||Resistance is Lazy / Why we need more activist academics||25 November||1400-1500||Quaker Meeting House|
Rebecca proposed 'an open discussion around not doing and rethinking laziness as a form of resistance (e.g. in art and literature such as Bartleby, the Scrivener, etc)'; Meenakshi proposed the similar-but-completely-different sounding 'why we need more activist academics'. Could we discuss them both at once?
|Stuart McAnulla||The Politics of the Intellectual Dark Web||25 November||1400-1500||Quaker Meeting House||hall|
26 November (theme: stuff)
|Catherine Bates||Singing for justice - using an inclusive community choir voiceworks approach||26 November||1300-1400||Quaker Meeting House|
|Sara Gonzalez||Builidng a network of UCU members in management role||26 November||1300-1400||Quaker Meeting House|
This is a chance to meet up with other UCU members in management roles. The aim would be to create an informal network of union colleagues that you can count on to discuss decisions at management level. Not just during strike but throughout the year.
|Eva Frojmovic||Muslims in the Medieval Imaginary||26 November||1300-1500||Leeds Central Library, Local and Family History Library|
|Dominic O'Key||Poetry and the Sixth Extinction||26 November||1400-1500||Quaker Meeting House|
How does poetry make sense of the Sixth Extinction? This session will prioritise collaborative discussions about selected poems that work through anthropogenic extinctions
Following the devastating Grenfell Tower and Bolton Cube fires, is student housing safe and what can we do to ensure it is?
|26 November||1400-1500||Quaker Meeting House|
27 November (theme: climate crisis)
|Julia Steinberger & others|
The scientific basis for the climate emergency, and the social, economic and political insights which might enable a low carbon transformation
|27 November||1300-1400||Quaker Meeting House|
Series of 10 minute talks by scientists on the physical and socio-economic sides of climate.
|Adam Booth||Glaciers: the inside story||27 November||1300-1400||Quaker Meeting House|
How do glaciologists monitor glacier evolution? A virtual fieldtrip to the Arctic!
|Caroline Mullen||A red-green vision of city sustainability.||27 November||1400-1500||Quaker Meeting House|
|Megan Povey||Re-imagining food production in a sustainable world||27 November||1400-1500||Quaker Meeting House|
28 November (theme: race and migration)
Migrant Detention These Walls Must Fall (North West) -a talk by migrant support grassroot group-We hope to organise this in collaboration with student societies, for example Leeds STAR, and use it to help kick-start activism against immigration detention by students and staff
|28 November||1300-1400||Quaker Meeting House|
|Joshua Alston||Decolonising the University: A Jewish perspective||28 November||1300-1400||Quaker Meeting House|
Short workshop aimed at how we can decolonise the university and what Jewishness can bring to the discussion. No knowledge of Judaism or academic decolonisation required.
|Jonathan Jarrett and Francesca Petrizzo||The medieval Mediterranean, race, and religion||28 November||1400-1500||Quaker Meeting House|
Richard Cleminson, Deirdre Conlon, Glenda Garelli, Louise Waite
|Migration control and crises in the neoliberal economy||28 November||1400-1500||Quaker Meeting House|
Short conference style presentations: 'migration, crises, and European borders', 'UK/US immigration detention economies', 'the case of modern slavery in the neoliberal economy: migrant 'illegality' and exploitative work'; "Black Lisbon": Anarchism, Anti-colonialism and the Portuguese-speaking world (1920-1940); followed by open discussion.
Cancelled due to illness (to be rescheduled after the strikes)
|James Dickins and Greg Philo|
Bad News for Labour: Antisemitism, the Party and Public Belief. “Ever since his shock election to the Labour leadership in 2015, Jeremy Corbyn has been dogged by allegations of “antisemitism.” Both the media and hostile MPs claim he has failed to confront Jew-hate in party ranks — one Tory minister even said Corbyn would be “the first antisemitic Western leader since 1945.” Often bound up with debates on Israel and anti-imperialism, this has become one of the main lines of attack against Corbyn, both within and outside the party. Yet for all the headlines about “mounting antisemitism” in Labour, we are rarely given any sense of its scale. Data released by the party in February 2019 showed that it had received 1,106 specific complaints of antisemitism since April 2018, of which just 673 regarded actual Labour members. The party membership stands at over half a million: the allegations, even if they were true, concern around 0.1 percent of the total” – Greg Philo: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/10/labour-party-antisemitism-claims-jeremy-corbyn. “'At last! Here is a book that rigorously examines the facts behind the allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party. The reality is more shocking, and more surprising, than the headlines in the press would have you believe. Here is the evidence - read it.” – Ken Loach
|28 November||1500-1600||Quaker Meeting House|
A groundbreaking study on the reality behind the headlines on antisemitism and the British Labour Party.There has been an extraordinary media output on the issue of Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party and antisemitism. Accusations about the Labour Party have made headlines on a daily basis. In the three years after Corbyn became leader there were over five thousand news stories and articles in the national press alone.Bad News for Labour examines the impact of this coverage on public beliefs about the Party. It replaces media hype with the rigorous analysis of evidence. The authors draw on carefully compiled research to reveal surprising findings in this guide to the reality behind the headlines.https://www.plutobooks.com/9781786805720/bad-news-for-labour/
29 November (theme: save the species from itself)
YOUTH CLIMATE STRIKE SOLIDARITY
|March down to the Town Hall to support the young people as they march round Leeds.||29 November||1130-later||Leave from Parky Steps at 1230|
2 December (theme: health, and disability equality in education)
|Jo Ingold with Liz Oliver||Disabled people and employment (for day of action on disability equality in education)||2 December||1300-1400||Quaker Meeting House||hall|
|Rob Sturman||The Mathematics of Voting||2 December||1300-1400||Quaker Meeting House|
|Dan Howdon||Healthcare and the Pharmaceutical Industry: What Is To Be Done?||2 December||1400-1500||Quaker Meeting House|
|Rachel Muers||Student mental health and the role of academics - an open conversation||2 December||1400-1500||Quaker Meeting House|
Opportunity for conversation between academics and students about academics' role in relation to student mental health problems. This is a discussion & sharing of ideas facilitated by a non-specialist
|New session||Gabriella Alberti||Building a coalition for climate action @Leeds||2 December||1400-1500||Fenton pub|
|New session||Drasko Kascelan||How do we do action short of a strike? UCU Researchers @Leeds||2||15:00-16:00||Fenton Pub|
3 December (theme: casualisation)
|MA theatre students||Street theatre! https://www.facebook.com/events/1200412713497058/||3 December||1000-1200||Woodhouse Lane|
|Everyone||UCU General meeting||3 December||1200-1300||Quaker Meeting House|
Helen Thornham, Chris Birchall, Joanne Armitage
|Strike Data Hack Workshop||3 December||1300-1500||Quaker Meeting House|
This is a practical data hack workshop where we will scrape, analyse and visualise the data and discourses of the strike. ideally would run as 2 or 3 50 minute slots - or as an additional event.No experience necessary! Just bring a laptop and your extension cable to make sure the battery doesn’t run out! We will teach some basics to scraping and coding, data visualisations and analysis and critically interrogate how the strike actions and pension dispute have been presented. Perhaps we could look at the language used across national media, the statistics used to defend positions, or the longer data histories of the pension dispute. We could look at university policy documents, VC letters across universities, or union publicity for example.
|Eva Frojmovic||Jews in the Medieval Imaginary||3 December||1300-1500||Leeds Central Library, Art Library|
|UCU committee||The state of PGTAs at Leeds: discussion and fact-finding||3 December||1300-1400||Quaker Meeting House|
|Carl White||Fleabag: Sex, Confession, and the Camera||3 December||1400-1500||Quaker Meeting House|
|UCU committee||Strike pay workshop after picketing||3 December||1400-1500||Quaker Meeting House|
Manisha Anantharaman, 'Critical Sustainability'. Community organizing, solidarity and radical hope, in relation to her research. She researches sustainability and development.
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