Andrew Sayer – Social Science, Critique and the Rich

In the light of the extraordinary return of extreme wealth at the top over the last 35 years Andrew Sayer will talk about how social science might contribute to the critique of the political, economic and symbolic domination of the rich.

Mike Spagat – War Deaths: Knowledge, Pretense and Progress

During the summer of 2014 headlines proclaimed more than 191,000 violent deaths in Syria and 2,100 in Gaza. Where do these numbers come from? Are they accurate? What do they mean? Over the last decade estimates of “excess deaths” in the Iraq war started at 100,000 and rose quickly to 655,000 before falling back to half a million five years later. Yet even these huge numbers pale in comparison to 5.4 million estimated excess deaths in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the “deadliest conflict since World War II”. What are excess deaths? Are such numbers credible? A display stands in Srebrenica containing the names of 8,372 massacre victims. What is the meaning of this form of memorialization and where might it lead?

Dominic Gregory – Visual Content, Expectations, and the Outside World

Dominic Gregory teaches Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. He has written on the logic, epistemology, and metaphysics of modality, but his work has lately focused upon various questions concerning distinctively sensory representations such as pictures and sensory mental images.

Desert Island Pics: Simon Roberts

In this talk for London Art Fair 2015, Award-winning British photographer Simon Roberts will reveal the eight photographs he’d like to have with him if castaway on a desert island. He’ll discuss his choices and how they reflect his life and career with with our regular Desert Island Pics host Stephen Bull.

Industrielle Volksmusik for the Twenty-First Century: Kraftwerk and the Birth of Electronic Music in Germany

Kraftwerk have long been recognised as major pioneers of electronic music. The group attracted keen interest particularly in the UK, where their innovative sound had a decisive influence on the development of 1980s synth pop. While the announcement in 2009 of Florian Schneider’s departure from the core team of Hütter/Schneider initially suggested an end to the band, the now solely Hütter-led group has since made a stunning return to public attention.

Robert Priest – Renan, Religion, and the Republic: The Life of Jesus Controversy in Fin-de-Siècle France

Event Date: 20 January 2015 McCrea 336 Royal Holloway University of London Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX Royal Holloway University of London Department of History 
Departmental Research seminars 2014/2015 Dr Robert Priest (RHUL) – Renan Religion, and the Republic: The Life of Jesus Controversy in Fin-de-Siècle France Disputes over the iconoclastic depiction of sacred figures in France are not a new …