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No (Commercial) Sex Please, They’re Suburbanites: Regulating the (Sub)Urban Sexscape

Transactional forms of sex (sex work/prostitution and stripping/lap-dancing) and commercial sex venues such as sex shops, adult theatres, strip clubs, BDSM dungeons, and brothels tend to be associated with the ‘inner-city’; what Parksian human ecologists referred to as the ‘zone of transition’. In many respects, this marginalized space was indeed the ‘natural area’ for commercial sex to take place as it was arguably the only space such activities could take root in the emerging modern metropolis. Relatedly, the zone of transition and commercial sex venues and spaces were generally located adjacent to male dominated spaces--the CBD and industrial areas—thereby offering a ready supply of customers and clients. This geography was no accident. History shows that efforts to regulate the ‘sex industry’ range from spatial containment to prohibition and eradication. In short, political and bureaucratic regulators have sought to prevent commercialized forms of sex invading the suburbs and subsequently contaminating suburbanites. A major reason for this is that the suburbs hold a special place in the heteronormative hearts and minds of politicians and bureaucrats. Suburbia has been framed not only in political but also popular cultural discourses as a heterosexual space, a space of domesticity and monogamy and a safe haven for women and children. This presentation traces the broad historical, sociological, geographical and regulatory contours surrounding the ‘sex industry’ in western liberal democracies by drawing on examples in my forthcoming co-edited book, (Sub)Urban Sexscapes: Geographies and Regulation of the Sex Industry. It is contended that contemporary efforts to eradicate sex work/prostitution by ending demand and over-regulating other forms of commercial sex (e.g. pornography, lap-dancing) are misplaced and doomed to fail in their primary objectives. Policymakers can achieve greater regulatory success if they adopt a pragmatic approach and base their decisions on evidence as opposed to moral panics and involvement of the sex industry in decision-making processes.

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CEM/CCRCB Special Seminar by Professor David Bates

The Centre for Experimental Medicine and the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology are pleased to announce a jointly-hosted seminar by Professor David Bates, Professor of Oncology at the University of Nottingham, on Friday 5 September 2014. Professor Bates will present a talk on “Next generation cancer treatments - understanding the tumour microenvironment". Professor Bates' research focuses on the role of VEGF in regulating endothelial cells’ function at all levels from molecular regulation to whole systems physiology. This includes the role of blood vessel growth and permeability in cancers, heart and vascular disease (including atherosclerosis, and coronary ischaemia, myocardial infarction, peripheral vascular disease), diabetes, (including retinopathy, nephropathy, vasculopathy and peripheral ischemia), rheumatoid arthritis, renal disease, lymphatic diseases, oedema (swelling) including burns, shock, septicaemia, meningitis, nephritis. Date: Friday 5 September 2014 Time: 1 – 2 pm Venue: North Lecture Theatre, Medical Biology Centre, Lisburn Road, Belfast If you would like to make an appointment to speak to Professor Bates during his visit to the University please contact the Centre for Experimental Medicine, tel: 028 9063 2636, email: cem@qub.ac.uk.

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Inaugural Lecture and Book Launch: Banking in Crisis

Professor Turner will discuss the rise and fall of British banking stability in the past two centuries, and highlight why banking systems crash and the factors underpinning banking stability.

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Presbyterians in the trans-Atlantic world, 1550-1700

This conference has been organised by Crawford Gribben (Queen's University Belfast) as part of the "Radical religion in the trans-Atlantic world: Ulster Scots perspectives" project, and is funded by the Northern Ireland DCAL Ministerial Advisory Group on Ulster Scots (2014-15).

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All-Island Innovation Programme - masterclass 1

Masterclass 1: The Organization and Funding of Early-Stage Businesses We are delighted to welcome Professor Erik Vermeulen to Queen's University Belfast for the All-Island Innovation Programme, funded by InterTradeIreland. Erik is Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Centre (TILEC). Professor Vermeulen is also a Senior Counsel Corporate of Philips (a technology company) based in the Netherlands. Professor Vermeulen will be conducting a range of masterclasses during his visit to Queen's on 15 and 16 September 2014. Find out more about Professor Vermeulen's masterclasses by visiting our website: http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/ResearchandEnterprise/BusinessNetworks/InnovationProgramme/All-IslandInnovationProgramme2014/ErikVermuelen/Masterclass/ This event is free. Details of this masterclass: Investors typically use four criteria when evaluating an investment opportunity: (1) the attractiveness of the project analyzed in terms of market size and growth, product attractiveness, the business strategy, the likelihood of customer adoption, and the competitive position of the venture; (2) the quality of the management team and the organization of the venture; (3) deal terms; and (4) exit opportunities (the topic of Workshop 3). This Workshop delves into the organization and governance of early-stage businesses. Recent developments on this topic reveal that there have been major changes in how early-stage businesses are organizing themselves nowadays. How did this come to be? There is an increasing shift towards more entrepreneur favorable deal terms, investors are ditching the legalese and are instead opting for more user friendly term sheets, and the reputable and well-established investors are orchestrating a code of conduct to restore trust and confidence in the start-up ecosystem. Each of these developments begins to confirm the changing landscape within the industry. One thing is clear: early-stage businesses better take notice.

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All-Island Innovation Programme - masterclass 2

Masterclass 2: New Trends in Early-Stage Business Financing We are delighted to welcome Professor Erik Vermeulen to Queen's University Belfast for the All-Island Innovation Programme, funded by InterTradeIreland. Erik is Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Centre (TILEC). Professor Vermeulen is also a Senior Counsel Corporate of Philips (a technology company) based in the Netherlands. Professor Vermeulen will be conducting a range of masterclasses during his visit to Queen's on 15 and 16 September 2014. Find out more about Professor Vermeulen's masterclasses by visiting our website:http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/ResearchandEnterprise/BusinessNetworks/InnovationProgramme/All-IslandInnovationProgramme2014/ErikVermuelen/Masterclass/ This event is free. Details of this masterclass: Access to finance is a major challenge for early-stage businesses. As discussed in Workshop 1, there are many strings attached to traditional financing whether it be through equity or debt, which explains the increasing interest in alternative investment options, including new types of investors such as micro-venture capital funds, crowdfunding platforms and corporate venture capital. Many of these financing options offer unique propositions beyond what is offered by the more traditional avenues of funding. For instance, crowdfunding (as a new type of entrepreneurial finance) enables early-stage start-up companies to raise ‘venture capital’ from a large group of individuals, sidestepping the traditional fundraising process that includes lengthy due diligence periods and tough negotiations over the valuation and contractual terms. This Workshop has been designed to better understand the new trends in early-stage business financing and to create awareness of the difficulties and challenges associated with these alternative financing options.  

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All-Island Innovation Programme - evening lecture

We are delighted to welcome Professor Erik Vermeulen to Queen's University for our All-Island Innovation Programme, funded by InterTradeIreland. Erik is Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Centre (TILEC). Professor Vermeulen is also a Senior Counsel Corporate of Philips (a technology company) based in the Netherlands. Professor Vermeulen will be delivering a public lecture during his visit to Queen's on 15 September 2014. Find out more about Professor Vermeulen's lecture 'The Globalisation of Innovation and Business Creation' by visiting our website: http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/ResearchandEnterprise/BusinessNetworks/InnovationProgramme/All-IslandInnovationProgramme2014/ErikVermuelen/Lecture/ This event is free and open to the public, but registration is essential, as places are limited. Please register online at the above website.

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All-Island Innovation Programme - masterclass 3

Masterclass 3:The Truth about IPOs (and Acquisitions) of High Tech Companies We are delighted to welcome Professor Erik Vermeulen to Queen's University Belfast for the All-Island Innovation Programme, funded by InterTradeIreland. Erik is Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Centre (TILEC). Professor Vermeulen is also a Senior Counsel Corporate of Philips (a technology company) based in the Netherlands. Professor Vermeulen will be conducting a range of masterclasses during his visit to Queen's on 15 and 16 September 2014. Find out more about Professor Vermeulen's masterclasses by visiting our website:http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/ResearchandEnterprise/BusinessNetworks/InnovationProgramme/All-IslandInnovationProgramme2014/ErikVermuelen/Masterclass/ This event is free. Details of this masterclass: Liquidity issues disrupt the venture capital model and make venture capital investments less attractive. How should this problem be addressed? The solution is clear: We need more liquidity options (e.g., a structured pre-IPO segment in stock markets) that can effectively bridge these gaps. The Workshop starts with a bird’s eye view of legal and institutional measures that are currently being unveiled by policymakers, regulators, and exchange operators in their attempts to revitalize the IPO model. We later zoom in to examine the determinants that make an IPO successful. A particular focus is on the interactions among managers, board members, and investors. These interactions can have a positive impact on the inner workings of the newly listed company. We also explore the dynamics of the IPO market, and in particular show how interactions with intermediaries and advisors affect the further development of companies beyond the IPO. Finally, the Workshop looks at the costs and benefits of IPOs (compared to acquisitions).

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Too Gay to Foster

SPEAKER: Daniel Monk , Birbeck University, will present a paper on the experiences of a gay couple who were rejected as foster parents because they were in an open relationship.  He will examine different understandings of child welfare and the limits to equality.A gay couple is welcomed by a progressive local authority as potential foster parents.  But then the authority discovers that the couple are in an open relationship. What happened? What should happen?. This paper takes this real life story as a starting point for exploring a number of contemporary concerns: the limits to formal legal equality for gays and lesbians; shifting understandings of ‘the best interests of the child’ and adult sexuality; and the uses of ‘childhood’ in social policy.Daniel Monk is a Reader in Law at Birkbeck, University of London and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Gender and Sexuality. His research has explored children’s rights, home education, school exclusions, homophobic bullying and, most recently, inheritance. For flyer click here

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Screening: Runaway Jury

To welcome new and returning students, the QUB Law School Film Group is screening the suspense filled thriller ‘Runaway Jury’ on Wednesday 24 September 2014 at 16:00-18:30 in Lanyon Building/OG/074, Queen’s University Belfast. The film will be followed by a social drink in the Parlour Bar on Elmwood Avenue. This event is free and open to everyone - you do not have to be part of QUB, the Law School or Film Group to attend. The QUB Law School Film Group welcomes - film enthusiasts, scholars/students from all disciplines, and members of the public who just want to grab the opportunity of seeing a film that they missed first time round – to its monthly movie night. On the first Wednesday of every month we screen a film that relates to legal principles and the challenges they face.

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Racial Equality Strategy - Consultation Event

The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister is currently consulting on a Racial Equality Strategy for Northern Ireland (http://www.ofmdfmni.gov.uk/racial-equality-strategy). Along with public events held at various locations across Northern Ireland, OFMDFM are keen to get the perspectives of the research community. Queen’s University and OFMDFM are hosting a consultation event to consider the content of the proposed strategy and feed into the consultation process. This will be held in the Canada Room at Queen’s University on 26 September, between 9.30 and 12pm, and Queen’s staff will speak on some of the themes identified within the strategy, including human rights, social cohesion, migrants and social justice. The event is free and morning coffee and tea will be supplied.

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Aspects of Belfast's History, Group 1

The growth of ‘modern’ Belfast began with Sir Arthur Chichester, who in 1603, was given land including Belfast for his part in the defeat of the Ulster Gaels in the Nine Years’ War. This field trip around central Belfast will tell the story, through the people, events and buildings that go to make up the history of the city. Meet at the front of the City Hall at 10.00 am.

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Career and Life Planning, Group 1

‘The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams’. Eleanor Roosevelt. This one-day workshop explores how we can get more joy and fulfilment from our professional and personal lives. If your goal is to achieve a better work/life balance and to take practical steps to help you think better, feel better, work better and live better- then this workshop is for you.

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Supporting your Family (Son/Daughter) through Higher Education

Choices around Higher Education study can be challenging in terms of choice, cost and commitment. This one-day programme is designed to help you the parent, extend your knowledge and understanding of the Higher Education system to better support your son or daughter through this process from the initial stages through to degree success and graduate employment. While the decision making is the preserve and the responsibility of the aspiring student, parents are key stakeholders and influencers so this course is designed to take you from the broad perspective of the current HE landscape through to the specifics involved in choosing courses and institutions. It will increase your understanding of the requirements, both academic achievement and personal experience, and provide the opportunity to explore different routes and strategies which your son or daughter might consider.

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Beginners Guide to Researching Your Family Tree, Group 1

Have you ever wanted to research your family tree but didn’t know where to begin? This workshop will provide an introduction to researching your family tree. You will learn the basics of birth, marriage and death records. The workshop will also focus on the information that is available online, for example, census records, genealogy websites, wills, street directories, cemetery records.

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