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The Sam Cooke Lectures

The Sam Cooke Lectures

By OldRope
Come along to the Sam Cooke lectures and join Peter as he attempts to learn something he doesn't know much about. Each episode has a guest lecturer patiently teaching him about a specialist topic. You never know, you might learn something too.
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05 | Dialects
In this episode, Peter was joined by Alex Broadhead, an English language and literature lecturer at the University of Liverpool and author of The Language of Robert Burns, published by Bucknell University Press. The podcast serves as a taster in the use of dialects in 18thCentury writing and covers what is meant by the term ‘dialects’, when they start to appear in written texts and also focuses on some interesting examples. Along the way Alex and Pete play the roles of two sisters from a sample dialect text, The Exmoor Scolding, and Alex tests Pete’s ability to guess the meaning of some Dorset dialect words. The fabulous podcast artwork of Sam Cooke is by Sarah Bilton: @bilton_art on Instagram for commissions. This podcast was produced by Old Rope. Visit www.oldrope.co.uk for more information, the blog and other podcasts. SCL Category: Language Alex's further reading recommendations are: Dialect in Film and Literature - Jane Hodson The first textbook to cover dialect representation in both film and literature, "an excellent book from a professor at the University of Sheffield". The Language of Robert Burns - Style, Ideology and Identity - Alex Broadhead Alex's own contribution, in which he explores some of these issues in relation to Burns and his own Scottish dialect. Google Books - Advanced search Try the advanced search function, set the dates to 1700 - 1800 and type, for example, 'Devon Dialect', Liverpool Dialect', 'Yorkshire Dialect'.
36:06
July 13, 2021
04 | Ontology
In this episode, Peter is joined by Gabby Santos, an enterprise ontology manager and author of a PhD in ontology matching. The podcast serves as a beginner's guide to digital ontologies and covers the basics of what they are, how to get them to talk to each other and some practical applications of this computer science. Along the way we touch upon chunky Brazilian legend Ronaldo, the difference between dogs and cats (woof!) and the pharmaceutical industry. SCL Category: Computer Science Gabby's further reading recommendations are: A Practical Guide To Building OWL Ontologies Using Protégé 4 and CO-ODE ToolsEdition 1.3 - Matthew Horridge "It’s quite formal but it’s a relatable subject that even if you don’t have the software you can get an understanding of the way ontologies work by having a read." Two Robots Create Their Own Language, BBC’s Hunt for Artificial Intelligence (Video) "Two robots learn how to move their own bodies by themselves, and go on to teaching each other their own language." The fabulous podcast artwork of Sam Cooke is by Sarah Bilton: @bilton_art on Instagram for commissions. This podcast was produced by Old Rope. Visit www.oldrope.co.uk for more information, the blog and other podcasts. About the Sam Cooke Lectures Come along to the Sam Cooke lectures and join Peter as he attempts to learn something he doesn't know much about. Each episode has a guest lecturer patiently teaching him about a specialist topic. You never know, you might learn something too.
21:07
April 25, 2021
03 | Translation, Technology and Activity Tracking
In this episode, Peter is joined by Dr Valentina Ragni, Research Associate at the University of Bristol, who teaches him about translation, technology and activity tracking. The podcast serves as beginner's guide to the issues around the work of translators, how modern tools can track their work and also how this applies to wider society. Valentina is co-author of the forthcoming industry report Activity tracking in Translation - Productivity tools and translators’ perceptions, for the Institute for Translators and Interpreters (ITI). (Note: This podcast was recorded remotely in 2020). SCL category: Modern Languages Valentina's further reading recommendations: Joss Moorkens – “A tiny cog in a large machine” "If you are interested in how Taylorist practices of workplace labour control are currently applied to the translation industry, this is an excellent place to start." Valentina Ragni and Lucas Nunes Vieira. Activity tracking in Translation. Productivity tools and translators’ perceptions. Institute for Translators and Interpreters (ITI), UK. Forthcoming 2021. [industry report] "Summary of a study with a group of professional translators who used tracking tools to record their work and measure their productivity over a period of four months. The findings reveal potentially problematic applications of tracking technology." Valentina Ragni and Lucas Nunes Vieira. What changed with neural machine translation? A systematic review of human factors. Perspectives: Studies in Translation Theory and Practice. Forthcoming 2021. [research article] "About neural machine translation (NMT), i.e. automatic translation systems that now use principles of artificial intelligence and tend to produce higher-quality translations than their predecessors." Virginia Eubanks – Automating Inequality "A book about the broader (non translation-specific) risks of indiscriminate tracking. Check out her blog too: https://virginia-eubanks.com/" Shoshana Zuboff – The Age of Surveillance Capitalism "Arguably the most thorough work to date about tracking in the contemporary globalised world." Aruna Ranganathan and Alan Benson – A Numbers Game "Looks at one of the most common applications of tracking technology to the world of work, namely to control labour and quantify factory worker productivity." VPRO documentary on Surveillance capitalism Available on YouTube and Vimeo. Joy Buolamwini’s project Gender Shades and Algorithmic Justice League The fabulous podcast artwork of Sam Cooke is by Sarah Bilton: @bilton_art on Instagram for commissions. This podcast was produced by Old Rope. Visit www.oldrope.co.ukfor more information, the blog and other podcasts. About the Sam Cooke Lectures Come along to the Sam Cooke lectures and join Peter as he attempts to learn something he doesn't know much about. Each episode has a guest lecturer patiently teaching him about a specialist topic. You never know, you might learn something too.  
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December 15, 2020
02 | Culture Is Bad For You
In this episode, Peter is joined by Dr Dave O'Brien, Chancellor's Fellow in Cultural and Creative Industries at the University of Edinburgh, who teaches him why culture is bad for you. The podcast serves as beginner's guide to the issues around class, race and gender in terms who makes and who consumes culture. Dave is co-author of Culture Is Bad for You (Manchester University Press) and co-host of the Critical Theory section of the New Books Network podcasts. (Note: This podcast was recorded back in 2018). SCL category: Sociology Dave's further reading recommendations: | Panic! It's An Arts Emergency | Re: Thinking 'Diversity' in Publishing | Raising Our Game: Next Steps for the UK Film and Television Industry | Understanding the value of arts & culture The fabulous podcast artwork of Sam Cooke is by Sarah Bilton: @bilton_art on Instagram for commissions. This podcast was produced by Old Rope. Visit www.oldrope.co.uk for more information, the blog and other podcasts.  About the Sam Cooke Lectures Come along to the Sam Cooke lectures and join Peter as he attempts to learn something he doesn't know much about. Each episode has a guest lecturer patiently teaching him about a specialist topic. You never know, you might learn something too.
27:42
November 29, 2020
01 | The Spanish Civil War
In this episode, Peter is joined by Danny Evans, a lecturer in history at Liverpool Hope University, who teaches him all about the Spanish Civil War. The podcast serves as an idiots guide to the conflict and covers the how, what, where, when and whys. Danny is the author of Revolution and the State (AK Press) and co-host of the Anarchist Book Club with Danny and Jim. (Note: This podcast was recorded back in 2017 before its publication). SCL category: History Danny's further reading recommendations are: The Spanish Civil War: A Very Short Introduction - Helen Graham "Not a historian whose point of view I share" but a good starter Homage To Catalonia - George Orwell "Worth pairing with the following..." Red Spanish Notebook - Mary Low and Juan Breá "A phenomenal lyrical account of the Spanish revolution" Blood of Spain - Ronald Fraser "A wonderful oral history that provides a variety of perspectives" The Spanish Civil War - Granada documentary "Lots of interviews with participants and a wide variety of sources" The fabulous podcast artwork of Sam Cooke is by Sarah Bilton: @bilton_art on Instagram for commissions. This podcast was produced by Old Rope. Visit www.oldrope.co.uk for more information, the blog and other podcasts. About the Sam Cooke Lectures Come along to the Sam Cooke lectures and join Peter as he attempts to learn something he doesn't know much about. Each episode has a guest lecturer patiently teaching him about a specialist topic. You never know, you might learn something too.
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November 14, 2020