Listed below are forthcoming events in Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology.
See also all events in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies.
Any college staff or postgraduates may always attend. Anyone else should contact the department or the centre in question.
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|24 October 2016||14:00|
Jonna Vuoskoski (Oxford) & Sarah Wilson (SMART Project, London) “ Music, Empathy, and the 'Aesthetics' of Wellbeing: Perspectives from Music Psychology and Music Therapy”SPA Research seminar Full details
|24 October 2016||15:30|
"Explaining the global warming “hiatus": models, measurements and media", Wendy Parker (Durham University)Egenis seminar series. Change in title and abstract. In both scientific journals and the blogosphere, there has been much discussion of a recent “hiatus” or "pause" in global warming. Climate skeptics see the hiatus as evidence that climate scientists have exaggerated the effects of greenhouse gases on climate. In the face of such criticism, climate scientists have found ways to explain the hiatus that do not require any significant revision to existing theory or models. Just as a coherent account seemed to be emerging, however, some climate scientists came to the conclusion that actually there is no hiatus to be explained(!), once appropriate corrections to the observational data are applied. This talk will discuss this unfolding hiatus episode, calling attention to some important features of explanatory practice in climate science: the centrality of computer models; the revisable nature of observational datasets; the multitude of causal factors that might be invoked in explanations; and the benefit and burden of substantial uncertainties. Full details
|31 October 2016||15:30||Full details||Byrne House|
|14 November 2016||15:30|
"Transnational “Truth machine”? Challenges of forensic DNA databases" Helena Machado (University of Coimbra)Egenis seminar series - In the “genetic age” of criminal investigation, the expansion of large computerized forensic DNA databases and the massive exchange of DNA data at a transnational level have been portrayed as being significantly important resources for fighting crime. The growing expansion of forensic genetic surveillance apparatuses raises acute and ambivalent challenges to the nature of social control, citizenship and democracy. The ethical implications of DNA data exchange between different jurisdictions are paramount. My talk has three interrelated aims. First, to provide an overview of “new” and “old” ways of constructing social order that emerge from the transnational exchange of DNA data for combating criminality. Second, to propose a methodology for developing a multisite ethnographic research on this phenomenon. Third, to understand how a particular group of scientific experts – forensic geneticists – politicize and de-politicize privacy, data protection and public trust. Full details
|21 November 2016||15:30||Full details||Byrne House|
|28 November 2016||15:30||Full details||Amory B316|
|5 December 2016||15:30||Full details||Amory B316|
|6 February 2017||15:30||Full details||Amory B316|
|27 March 2017||15:30||Full details||Amory B316|
|3 April 2017||15:30||Full details||Amory B316|
|8 May 2017||15:30||Full details||Amory B316|