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1:30 pm

Wonders on Wednesday 1 – Women

February 12 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Yorkshire Room, JB Morrell Library, University of York, Heslington
York, YO10 5DD United Kingdom
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Wonders on Wednesday The Library & Archives are full of treasures, some old, some new and some unexpected. As part of our ‘Wonders on Wednesday’ series we invite you to take a closer look at some of these gems. Come along any time between 1.30 and 3pm - everyone is welcome. Week 1: Women – The Library & Archives hold many stories of inspirational women – from the suffragette movement through to 1960s feminist theatre. Come along and learn more about the women who have shaped our world today.

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4:00 pm

The political repression of Muslim civil society on UK university campuses

February 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Room W/222, Wentworth College, University of York
Heslington, York, YO10 5DD
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Dr Narzanin Massoumi, University of Exeter Sociology Lecture Universities play an important role in public life not just as educational institutions but as an arena of political participation and civil society engagement. Drawing on findings from a multi-site ethnography, this paper demonstrates how the introduction of the Prevent duty has undermined Muslim civil society participation in UK universities. Under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act (2015) it has become a statutory duty for UK universities to pay due regard to ‘prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. The introduction of this policy has created political opportunities for the mobilisations of social movements who have targeted Muslim student activism and religious practice on campus. These social movements are comprised of a number of think tanks and civil society organisations which collaborate with governmental actors within and without the university arena to deliver and develop counter terrorism initiatives. In this paper, I argue that these social movements act as ‘para-statal agencies’. The relatively autonomous nature of these actors means that they are able to evade the (albeit limited) range of official forms of scrutiny of their actions. The impact of their involvement in counter terrorism delivery at universities has increased Islamophobia and political repression of Muslims on campus.

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5:30 pm

Ageing Without Children – public meeting

February 12 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cross Keys, Goodramgate
York, United Kingdom
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For all those who have never been able to have children, whose children have died or moved away, who never wanted children, who are estranged from their children… the question is “Who will speak up for me and lend a hand when I can no longer cope on my own?” Is the state the answer, charities, self-help? February meeting guest speaker: Andy Fox - Frauds and Scams Meetings are every second Wednesday of the month, at the Cross Keys pub, Goodramgate, York; alternate afternoons (2-4pm) and evenings (5:30-7:30pm) – for more information phone Sue 01904 488870

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