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?

Dan Hamermesh – It’s About Time

  Event Date: 27 January 2014 Windsor Auditorium Royal Holloway University of London Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX The Department of Economics at Royal Holloway University of London presents: Inaugural Lecture Professor Dan Hamermesh (RHUL) – It’s About Time This lecture examines how people in rich countries spend their time and how economics – the study of scarcity and incentives – …

Giana Eckhardt – Consuming Buddhists

  Event Date: 23 January 2014 Windsor Auditorium Royal Holloway University of London Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX The School of Management at Royal Holloway University of London presents: Inaugural Lecture Professor Giana Eckhardt (RHUL) – Consuming Buddhists How do Chinese Buddhists incorporate their non-materialist beliefs into the increasing consumerism which permeates modern Chinese society? A Buddhist worldview can encompass the …