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Star Public Lectures

Wednesday June 19 6.00 - 7.00PM

Public Lectures

At the end of the rainbow: Where next for the queer refugee?

A public lecture by S. Chelvan, a globally recognised legal expert on refugee and human rights based at No5 Barristers’ Chambers, London

Countries across the world continue to criminalise people who identify as LGBTQ+ and to subject them to barbaric and humiliating treatment. Establishing refugee status for people who do not conform to their country’s expected behaviours or "normal" sexual or gender identities raises a number of complex legal and human rights issues. Understanding how these challenges are met and overcome helps us to understand the potential for, and limits of, human rights protection. In this talk, S. Chelvan will discuss his work as a Barrister in the field of immigration and asylum law. He will reflect specifically on the challenges of representing those who are fleeing persecution on grounds of sexual and/or gender identity or expression.

This talk is organised as part of the celebration of Portsmouth becoming a City of Sanctuary and the University's work towards becoming a University of Sanctuary. The Sanctuary initiative aims to ensure that cities and universities actively welcome and support refugees, asylum seekers, and others who may experience isolation and exclusion into their communities, and seeks to foster a culture of awareness and inclusion.

The event is supported by The Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA). CARA provides urgently-needed help to academics in immediate danger, those forced into exile, and many who choose to work on in their home countries despite serious risks. CARA also supports higher education institutions whose work is at risk or compromised.

Date: Wednesday 19 June 2019

Time: 6-7 pm, followed by a drinks reception

Venue: University of Portsmouth, King Henry Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DY

Parking: Milldam car park on Burnaby Road PO1 3RE is available after 5pm

Admission is free, but please book a place on Eventbrite using the button below.

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Wednesday July 10 6.00 - 8.00PM

Public Lectures

The quantum future of computing: an IBM perspective

Learn more about Quantum Computing and some of the most promising application areas from IBM UK Chief Technology Officer: Master Inventor and Distinguished Engineer, Professor Andy Stanford-Clark.

About the speaker:

Andy Stanford-Clark is the Chief Technology Officer for IBM in UK and Ireland. He is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor with more than 40 patents. Andy is based at IBM's Hursley Park laboratories in the UK, and has a long background in Internet of Things technologies. He has a BSc in Computing and Mathematics, and a PhD in Computer Science. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle, an Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southampton, and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.

The Talk:

We experience the benefits of classical computing every day. However, there are challenges that today’s systems will never be able to solve. For problems above a certain size and complexity, we don’t have enough computational power on Earth to tackle them. To stand a chance at solving some of these problems, we need a new kind of computing. Quantum computers could spur the development of new breakthroughs in science: Medications to save lives, machine learning methods to diagnose illnesses sooner, materials to make more efficient devices and structures, financial strategies to live well in retirement, and algorithms to quickly direct resources such as ambulances.

IBM Q is the world's most advanced quantum computing initiative, focused on propelling the science and pioneering commercial applications for quantum advantage. An industry first initiative to build universal quantum computers for business, engineering and science. This effort includes advancing the entire quantum computing technology stack and exploring applications to make quantum broadly usable and accessible.

This event is supported by the British Computing Society and the Institution of Engineering and Technology


5.45pm: Arrival

6.00pm: Presentation

7.00pm: Refreshments and Networking

8.00pm: Close

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Wednesday 10 July 2019 6.00 - 8.00PM University of Portsmouth


Wednesday June 26 6.00 - 7.00PM

Public Lectures

Women's Community Activism in Portsmouth

A public lecture by Dr Sue Bruley, Project Co-Lead and former Reader in Modern History at the University of Portsmouth

The impact of feminist movements in Britain since the 1960s has been enormous, not least in Portsmouth with its distinct naval heritage. The University of Portsmouth awarded a Heritage Fund grant to lead a study that looks at how women have campaigned for and promoted a better way of life for people in the city. In this lecture, Dr Bruley discusses the findings and outcomes of this year-long project and there will be a showcase of a touring exhibition on the lives of the 50 local women whose life stories have been recorded for this project.

Date: Wednesday 26 June 2019

Time: 6-7 pm, followed by a drinks reception

Venue: University of Portsmouth, King Henry Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DY

Parking: Milldam car park on Burnaby Road PO1 3RE is available after 5pm

Admission is free, but please book a place on Eventbrite using the button below.

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Star Conferences and seminars

June 6-7

Conferences and seminars

Queer Celebrity Conference

The focus of celebrity studies on the cultural mediation and function of a diverse range of public personalities has foregrounded an ever-growing archive of queer celebrities. This conference aims to explore how the entry of queer figures into the public imagination, in different historical periods and geographical locations, has had a transnational, even global, impact, changing perceptions, attitudes and the way individuals live their lives.

LGBTQ figures, for example, have risen to public prominence and become positive role models, while negotiating their fame alongside cultural associations of homosexuality with crime, scandal and blackmail. This conference will consider how the cultural visibility of queer celebrities has reshaped and expanded norms and expectations relating to gender, sexuality and identity.

    Keynote Speakers:

    Professor Richard Dyer (King’s College, London)

    Professor Jack Halberstam (Columbia University)

    Dr Michèle Mendelssohn (University of Oxford)

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Thursday June 6 6.00-7.00pm

Conferences and seminars

Queer Celebrity

The Celebrity, Citizenship and Status project at the University of Portsmouth is pleased to welcome Professor Jack Halberstam to give a keynote at the Queer Celebrity Conference in Portsmouth, 6-7 June 2019.

Jack Halberstam is a professor at Columbia University and an internationally renowned gender and queer theorist. Professor Halberstam is the author of six books including Female Masculinity (Duke UP, 1998), In A Queer Time and Place (NYU Press, 2005), and, Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variance (U of California Press, 2017).

Venue: University of Portsmouth, Richmond Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3DE

Parking: Milldam car park on Burnaby Road (PO1 3RE) is available after 5 pm

Given the wide interest in Professor Halberstam’s research and writing, this lecture has been made free and open to the public. Please book on Eventbrite using the button below.

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Wednesday June 19 8.15-12.00pm

Conferences and seminars

‘Winning in the Solent Region’ #WISR2019

New Solent region collaboration to host ‘business without borders’ growth event

Solent region businesses will have the chance to learn about new opportunities for UK and global growth and expansion at a new business event on Wednesday 19 June at the Hilton Hotel at the Ageas Bowl, Hedge End.

The ‘Winning in the Solent Region’ event has been organised by Portsmouth and Solent universities, in partnership with Solent LEP and the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.

At the free event, delegates will be able to listen to speakers from Portsmouth International Port, Southampton Airport and Solent LEP and make new business contacts from across the Solent region.

There will also be two sessions offering practical tips to understanding global cultures and increasing business through leadership and skills:

‘Winning new business across borders’

This session will discuss the ever changing world of the global marketplace. It will explore traveling and businesses overseas – discussing the different protocols, cultures and how to personally prepare, as well as the opportunities of trading and undertaking business on a global scale. The University of Portsmouth and Solent University will explain the support available from both institutions.

‘Winning new business through learning and skills’

The session is an informative session that will help delegates evaluate their current workforce, support with workforce planning as well as self-evaluation of their own development to become a future leader.

Peter Hooley, Director of Business Development at the University of Portsmouth, said: “This is a rare opportunity for businesses to hear from successful international businesses, learn about ambitious future plans for the area, discover the many ways the two universities support all regional businesses and make new connections with like-minded businesses.”

Catherine Lee, Director of Research, Innovation and Enterprise at Solent University commented: “This is a valuable opportunity for local businesses to explore how they can work with universities to develop new ideas and innovative solutions. The event will offer delegates the opportunity to hear from a selection of guest speakers and take part in practical workshops to explore challenges and opportunities.“

The interactive half-day event runs from 8:15am to 12 noon and delegates will have the opportunity to attend both sessions.

Places are limited and restricted to two representatives from each organisation. To attend, please book your place at Eventbrite below

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June 25-27

Conferences and Seminars

Gender and Education Association international conference

The University of Portsmouth will host the annual Gender and Education Association international conference in June 2019.

The University of Portsmouth will host the annual Gender and Education Association international conference in June 2019. Hundreds of education practitioners, activists, academics, students, community leaders, artists, researchers, and policymakers from across the UK and around the globe will be welcomed to explore identities, in/visibilities, inequalities, and intersections in education through a gendered lens.

25-27 June 2019 University of Portsmouth

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July 9-12

Conferences and seminars

Hospitality Tourism Marketing Conference

The 9th Advances in Hospitality and Tourism Marketing and Management Conference will be hosted at the University of Portsmouth from 9 to 12 July 2019.

This is the first time the event has been held in the UK and during the four-day event delegates from academia, industry and other organisations will have the opportunity to share and exchange knowledge and expertise on hospitality marketing and management.

Professor of Marketing Yuksel Ekinci, from the Marketing and Sales group at the University of Portsmouth, said: “We are very excited to host this conference especially as it is the first time the event has been held in the UK. Delegates will be coming from across the world and we know they will enjoy the facilities that Portsmouth has to offer.

“Within the sector there are many issues of intense interest including the future of the industry and innovative developments.”

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Star Performances and Exhibitions

Friday Jun 7 5.00 - 9.00PM

Performances and Exhibitions

CCI Graduate Show 2019

The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries is delighted to invite you to this year’s Graduate Show 2019 taking place at Eldon Building at the University of Portsmouth.

The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries is delighted to invite you to this year’s Graduate Show 2019 taking place at Eldon Building at the University of Portsmouth.

The Preview Evening takes place on Friday, 7 June 2019, 5 – 9pm, continuing into Graduate Show Week, from Monday 10 June until Friday 14 June, 10am – 4pm. Everyone is welcome and entry is free.

The Graduate Show 2019 presents high-quality physical, digital and virtual exhibitions in a broad range of creative disciplines:

Architecture, Interior Architecture & Design, Fashion & Textiles, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Drama & Performance, Musical Theatre, Animation & Visual Effects, Digital & Creative Media, Games Technology & Enterprise, Music & Sound, Film Production, Television & Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Media, Film & Communication, Journalism

During Graduate Show Week, young people from schools and colleges can book onto tours and workshops. If you are interested in arranging this for your students, please contact our Recruitment and Outreach Team

Please note, there is no bag drop available.


Friday 7 June 2019 5.00 - 9.00PM Eldon Building

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Performances and Exhibitions

Portsmouth Chamber Music Series

Now in its fifteenth season, the Portsmouth Chamber Music Series brings world-class musicians to the city.

In partnership with Music in the Round and the Portsmouth Cultural Trust, we present the finest music in informal surroundings where you are never more than a few metres from the performers. Q and A sessions follow each concert, and a 20% discount is available to those who book the whole series.

8 October 2018 - Goldmund Quartet

5 November 2018 - Steven Osborne (piano)

28 January 2019 - Ensemble 360

25 March 2019 - Trio Isimsiz

29 April 2019 - Piatti Quartet

20 May 2019 - Ensemble 360 (piano quartet)

Time: All concerts are on Mondays and start at 7.30pm.

Venue: Portsmouth Guildhall: seating is unreserved, with doors open from 7pm.

Box office: 023 9387 0211. Tickets: £18 full price, £16 concessions, £86.40 for the whole season (£76.80 concs). Student-standby tickets are available from 7pm on the day of each concert, for £6. Prices include booking fee and restoration levy.

For further information or to join our mailing list, please contact or 023 9284 3023.

October-May 2018/19

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