Festival brings academia to life

Academic research will be brought to life with film and drama during the week-long Festival of Social Sciences, organised by Nottingham University in conjunction with the Economic and Social Research Council.

The free festival starts on Saturday, 2 November, and is an opportunity for members of the public to learn more about the valuable research undertaken by social scientists at the University.

Professor Todd Landman, Pro-Vice Chancellor said: “This year’s festival is bigger than ever before, with over 11 events taking place and a chance to meet some of our leading academics, to discuss and debate with them how research affects our lives.

It’s an exciting opportunity to showcase the valuable work our social scientists are contributing to the wellbeing and economy of those living here and abroad.

Films that raise awareness about forced marriages among people with learning disabilities and the contribution made by Windrush generation and their descendants to British society will be screened at events across the city.

‘It’s gym, like g-y-m, not J-i-m’ is a theatrical exploration of how gender matters in the gym. This event uses performance art to bring to life the experiences of women and men gym-goers interviewed by Dr Stephanie Coen for her research. Audience members will be invited to contribute to the unfolding narrative.

‘Writing Justice/Performing Injustice’ includes clips from a play, based on research by Professor John Holmwood from the University’s School of Sociology and Social Policy, about the ‘Trojan Horse’ affair, an alleged plot to Islamify several state schools in Birmingham.

A workshop in Beeston will explore what social media users reveal in their Twitter, Facebook and blog posts about their wellbeing. It will look at how people express mindfulness and its opposite in everyday language, and how to apply this knowledge in the field of digital mental health.

Sessions targeted at ‘Supporting vulnerable children in Nottinghamshire Schools’ and ‘Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) in a Digital Age’ are also scheduled for the week as part of a national festival organised by the Economic and Social Research Council that will feature more than 470 events across the UK.

To find out more and book a place visit the website for Nottingham events

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