April 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the April 2018 newsletter. We have a difficult March, with the industrial action continuing at many universities continuing and events being cancelled due to bad weather, as well as the Easter holidays starting relatively early. Most of the bookings we had for these events were merely postponed, so we will have them for you at some later date.

So here is the contribution from the Aristotelian Society:

Martin Saar – What is Social Philosophy?

We have one recording from the Royal Asiatic Society:

Peter Webb – Arab Origins: Identity, History and Islam

The Leo Baeck Institute has continued its lecture series for 2017/18 on writing family history with:

Atina Grossmann – Trauma, Privilege and Adventure in the “Orient”: A Refugee Family Archive

As the celebrations for the 25th Anniversary of the School of Law, Birkbeck continue, the retirement of one of its founding members, Professor Mike Hough gave rise to an event which looked at criminological research and policy making:

Does Justice Policy Listen to Criminological Research?

The Physics Outreach team at Royal Holloway managed to engage young minds again with a lecture in Quantum Engineering:

Phil Meeson – Quantum engineering, leading the way to a new technological era

Dr Maria Adamson from the business school at Middlesex University organised another one of the ‘Gendered Inclusion’ seminars, this time on female entrepreneurship (4 speakers):

Alternative Work Arrangements? Gendered Inclusion in the Field of Entrepreneurship

The centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston Univerity contributed with:

Ayse Yuva – The European Boundaries of Philosophy in the 19th Century: shaping cultural identity through the history of philosophy

Now on to two events on literature – the first one on the writer Alan Moore. And before you ask ‘who is he?’ we can tell you that Alan Moore is one of the most successful and widely read authors in the English speaking world of…graphic novels, the inventor of ‘Watchmen’ and many other widely known graphic novels and comic strips in the 1980 and 1990s. It is most likely that you have read some of his materials without even noticing the name of the writer. So here is a half-day symposium with various contributions on the life and work of Alan Moore, organised by the Humanities and Arts Research Institute at Royal Holloway and the amazing Professor Robert Eaglestone:

The Original Writer: Reading Alan Moore

The same organising team is behind the second literature offering ‘Brexit and Literature’ , with five speakers on very varied topics relating to their research and Brexit, with diverse topics such as cosmopolitanism, nostalgia, psychoanalysis and history. It’s all very interesting, so listen to it here:

Brexit and Literature: a year from Article 50

And finally, a podcast from a regular contributor, Slavoj Žižek. This was supposed to be a series of master classes (3), but as it turned out, two of those days were strike days, so we only have the one. Please note that the missing master classes will not be rescheduled, due to Slavoj Žižek’s work commitments and (at the moment) relatively poor health. He has had some king of facial paralysis and his speech suffers a little from it (it’s not the recording). So here it is, enjoy!

Slavoj Žižek – Like a Thief in the Night

Before I sign off, a few comments and answers to questions that some of you have asked. I think we all have noticed that we have considerably less recorded events than we used to. The reasons for this are many: Universities not wanting to spend money, the ‘Brexit Uncertainty’, research paradigms and guidelines changing and of course a continuing obsession with the visual. I cannot count the number of times that we have been asked whether we could film instead just audio recording. We here at Backdoor Broadcasting firmly believe that listening to a research paper or lecture is more effective, and more is taken in by listening to a good quality audio recording than a poor quality video. To organise good quality filming of events would put up prices by enormous amounts, and universities would not be able to afford this (their budgets are very limited). Also we know that not all of the internet users around the world have fast broadband to stream video, and particularly in those countries the contributions from UK universities might be valued the most.

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