Friday, 9 October 2009

'In Our (Lunch) Time': PVC's Lunchtime Seminars 2009-10

For this year’s Lunchtime Seminars academics themselves are being given the chance to choose the topics and the participants for each event. The academic ‘host’ for each Seminar has chosen a topic that is rooted in their research, but has the potential to be of interest to (and informed by) other disciplines.
The 2009-10 series kicks off on 4 November with a Seminar hosted by Dr Charlotte Sleigh in History. It will focus on ‘the Face of the Expert’, and will explore issues around expertise, authority and communication. Who are (and were) experts? How do they get to be experts? Can they cease to be experts? What are their relationships with lay persons? How do these relationships structure knowledge and society? And as members of academia are we experts or not?
Dr Sleigh will be inviting a panel of academics from across the University to discuss the issue, in a format similar to that used on Radio 4’s ‘In Our Time’.
All are welcome. This year the Seminar itself will be first (at 12:30) with lunch – and further informal discussion – afterwards. Please let me know if you would like to attend, so that I can arrange the catering.

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The full list of Lunchtime Seminars 2009-10 is as follows:
  • 4 November 2009 (Keynes Seminar Rm 14): 'The Face of the Expert'
    Hosted by Dr Charlotte Sleigh, Senior Lecturer in the History of Science (History).
  • 9 December 2009 (Senate Chamber): 'Institutions: the New Economy of Knowledge and Power’
    Hosted by Prof Jeremy Carrette, Professor of Religion & Culture (Secl).
  • 27 January 2010 (Keynes Seminar Rm 17): ‘Diagnosing Genetic Diseases in IVF Embryos: Could we? Should we?’
    Hosted by Prof Darren Griffin, Professor of Genetics (Biosciences).
  • 10 March 2010 (Senate Chamber): ‘Flesh and the Body’
    Hosted by Patricia Debney, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing (English).
  • 7 April 2010 (Senate Chamber): Topic to be confirmed
    Hosted by Prof Mike Fairhurst, Professor of Computer Vision (Engineering & Digital Arts)
  • 5 May 2010 (Senate Chamber): ‘Energy Security’
    Hosted by Dr Amelia Hadfield, Lecturer in European International Relations (Politics and International Relations).
  • 2 June 2009 (Senate Chamber): ‘Utopias and Social Change’
    Hosted by Prof Davina Cooper, Professor of Law and Political Theory (Kent Law School).

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