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Fantastic Research: Is there equality in the world of witches and wizards?

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Living with the Pandemic: Easing the Lockdown
What will easing the Covid-19 lockdown will look like and what are the challenges we face? Listen to the first of the The Institute of Global Innovation series Living with the Pandemic where our experts will be sharing their research. The panel are: Prof John Bryson: Social distancing and why people are the problem. Prof Heather Widdows: The ethical and privacy implications of the Covid Symptom Tracker app. Prof Willem van Schaik: The lessons we can learn from those countries ahead of the UK. https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/global-goals/igi/living-with-the-pandemic.aspx
59:25
June 4, 2020
The Vice-Chancellor's Great Debate - Trolls, flat-earthers and fake news purveyors: What are the challenges we face in trusting Social Media?
Join us for an exciting panel debate looking at the challenges we face in trusting social media. The debate, filmed on Thursday, 21 May, is hosted by journalist and presenter Ritula Shah, joined by: Anne McElvoy, Senior Editor of The Economist Will Moy, Chief Executive of Full Fact Isabel Oakeshott, political journalist and commentator Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. Join the conversation #UoBreatDebate To keep up to date with the latest University of Birmingham Distinguished events visit http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/distinguishedlectures
1:12:04
May 28, 2020
The Rise of Research: Does Star Wars carry a political message?
Join us for a tour of the galaxy to discover how research here at the University of Birmingham relates to the Star Wars universe and discover why the Force is strong with our academics . . .  Professor Scott Lucas, Department of Political Science and International Studies, and Dr Richard Langley, Department of Film and Creative Writing discuss if the latest Star Wars movies carry a political message.  www.birmingham.ac.uk /the-rise-of-research
22:30
December 16, 2019
The Rise of Research: What can we learn about branding and marketing from Star Wars?
Join us for a tour of the galaxy to discover how research here at the University of Birmingham relates to the Star Wars universe and discover why the Force is strong with our academics . . .  Professor Finola Kerrigan and Dr Caroline Moraes from the Department of Marketing explore in depth the branding and marketing around the Star Wars franchise.  www.birmingham.ac.uk /the-rise-of-research
18:52
December 16, 2019
The Rise of Research: What do Han Solo and water fleas have in common?
Join us for a tour of the galaxy to discover how research here at the University of Birmingham relates to the Star Wars universe and discover why the Force is strong with our academics . . .  Dr Luisa Orsini PhD, Senior Lecturer in Biosystems and Climate Change and PhD Students Muhammad Abdullahi and Niamh Eastwood discuss how, like Han Solo, water flea Daphnia can survive being frozen and also help tell us important information about biodiversity.  www.birmingham.ac.uk /the-rise-of-research
12:24
December 16, 2019
The Rise of Research: Can mental health training help improve peak performance like the Jedi in Star Wars?
Join us for a tour of the galaxy to discover how research here at the University of Birmingham relates to the Star Wars universe and discover why the Force is strong with our academics . . . Prof Matthew Broome, Director of our Institute for Mental Health and Dr Jen Cummings, School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences discuss how mental health training can help with athletes peak performance. www.birmingham.ac.uk /the-rise-of-research
21:33
December 16, 2019
UNFILTERED Episode 1: All things considered, is the world really such a bad place?
In this first episode, experts Professor Scott Lucas and Amelia Morris discuss the question "All things considered, is the world really such a bad place?"
13:38
February 19, 2019
UNFILTERED Episode 4: Has consumerism stolen Christmas?
In this fourth episode, marketing experts Professor Isabelle Szmigin and Dr Caroline Moraes discuss the question "Has consumerism stolen Christmas?"
09:54
December 13, 2018
UNFILTERED Episode 3: Why do we need more female CEOs?
In this third episode of UNFILTERED, Professor Kiran Trehan (Director of WE-LEAD)and Andy Lee (Strategic Lead for Diversity in Business, Natwest) discuss the question "Why do we need more female CEOs?"
17:12
December 13, 2018
UNFILTERED Episode 2: What does it mean to be British?
The 22 June marks 70 years since the arrival of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury docks. Fast forward to today, three generations later, the Windrush scandal is a stark reminder of this contested history of settlement, integration and exclusion throwing into question what Britishness really means. In this episode of UNFILTERED, we ask Dr Nando Sigona, Reader in International Migration and Forced Displacement, and Doctoral Researcher April-Louise Pennant, "What does it mean to be British?"
21:26
December 13, 2018
Fantastic Research: Is there equality in the world of witches and wizards?
There are witches among us! Why are all witches evil, old hags and wizards wise and wonderous? Professor Michaela Mahlberg and Dr Anna Cermakova discuss the language used in the wizarding world. Listen to a more indepth discussion into how J K Rowling has managed to help young people read more and why her fantasy world is so appealing to today's children? www.birmingham.ac.uk/fantasticresearch
10:07
November 13, 2018
Fantastic Research: What will we see in the Mirror of Erised?
Professor Heather Widdows knows a thing or two about body image and our innermost desires, so we asked her what would we see reflected in the mirror... www.birmingham.ac.uk/fantasticresearch
09:11
November 13, 2018
Fantastic Research: Will we ever be able to aparate?
Will aparating ever be possible? The answer is yes. And no!b Dr Nikk Effingham's area of expertise is time travel, so we asked him to unpick the riddle! Now listen to Dr Effingham discuss the challenges of moving through time with his colleague Dr Henry Taylor - and answer the question what has philosophy got to do with time travel? www.birmingham.ac.uk/fantasticresearch
14:53
November 13, 2018
Fantastic Research: Are there fantastic beasts among us?
You don't have to watch a movie to discover fantastic beasts! They have walked this land already! Dr Stephan Lautenschlager introduces us to our very own fantastic beasts - from the huge to the tiny. Now discover more about the work of palaeobiologist Dr Lautenschlager and his colleague lecturer in micropalaeontology Dr Kirsty Edgar - and how films like Jurassic Park and Fantastic Beasts really do inspire scientists! www.birmingham.ac.uk/fantasticresearch
16:55
November 13, 2018
Fantastic Research: Why are the films based on the books of J K Rowling such a phenomenon?
Why are these movies such a phenomenon? And why do we all enjoy being part of this magical world? We've have put these questions to Dr James Walters. Reader in Film and Television Studies. Dr Walters is joined by his colleague Dr Catherine Lester as they discuss whether this movie franchise can sustain itself and how can we use them to understand the fantasy cinema more generally? www.birmingham.ac.uk/fantasticresearch
18:02
November 13, 2018