Event location: Working Class Movement Library
Date: 27th Jul 2017
Event time: 18:30 to 21:00
In Service 1918-2017 is an Arts Council-funded artist residency project. To mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917 which is known as the ‘war to end all wars’, artist James Bloomfield has undertaken a research residency at Salford Museum & Art Gallery and the Working Class Movement Library.
The outcome of this research is the creation of art installation, In Service 1918-2017, which will consist of 226 commemorative ceramic plates that reference every global conflict since 1918 and the number of fatalities for that conflict.
For the launch event of this project James has invited Paul Rogers to talk on ‘New wars and how to prevent them’. Paul Rogers is Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University. He worked originally in the biological and environmental sciences, including lecturing at Imperial College and working in East Africa, but has worked for the past 35 years on international security.
Paul says: "The three core issues facing the world are a widening wealth/poverty divide leading to more anger, resentment and revolts from the margins, the potentially disastrous impact of climate disruption and the all-too-ready recourse to military action as the appropriate response. To avoid a deeply unstable and unjust world it is imperative to rethink our approaches to all three issues. Much good work is now being done on alternative security thinking and there are grounds for cautious optimism, even now."
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