Teachout, starting March 5th

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Feminism 100

Thursday 8th March, Edith Morley Building, Room G25, 5-7pm

International Women’s Day Debate and Celebration: ‘Press for Progress’.

Dr Madeleine Davies (SLL) organises an ‘International Women’s Day’ event for students every year. This takes the form of talks from senior colleagues at UoR and a student-led debate following the talks. The event is primarily student-facing and is always a lively affair. The evening will conclude the series of celebrations that constitute ‘Feminism 100’.

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Archive & Texts

This paper has been postponed. Apologies for any inconvenience

Dr Melanie Ramdarshan Bold (Centre for Publishing, UCL)

‘The Social Author: Identifying a new generation of influencers and innovators in contemporary authorship’

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International Women’s day talk: 8th March 5-7pm

2018 marks the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK and staff and students from the School of Languages and Literature, and the School of Humanities, have collaborated on a series of events called ‘Feminism 100’ held throughout the Spring Term. The SLL International Women’s Day annual talk and debate will conclude this series on Thursday 8th March, 5pm-7pm (Edith Morley, G25)

A party to celebrate the date has been generously supported by the Vice-Chancellor’s Endowment Fund so we are able to offer wine and party food to our guests. The evening involves brief talks by three staff members (Maddi Davies – Dept of Eng Lit, Carol Fuller – IoE, and Jacqui Turner – Dept of History), each raising an equalities issue that matters to them. We would then like our students to take the floor and express their own ideas, and this will then be followed by a debate.

This event is always very well subscribed and produces strong argument and an excellent atmosphere of staff/student partnership and dialogue. Colleagues and students are warmly welcomed to the evening. There is no need to register for the evening – please just come along to EM G25, drink wine, celebrate, and join a conversation that matters to us all.

If you need any more information, please email Maddi Davies (m.k.davies@reading.ac.uk), or any one of our student co-organisers, Imi Snell, Maeve DeBordons-Alvarez, Vicky Matthews and Jack Champion.

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Health Humanities seminars

6 March, 5pm, Edith Morley Building, 127

Anna Maerker (King’s College London), ‘Interpreting the Preserved Body: Making intelligible Specimens in Nineteenth-century Anatomy’

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Tony Watkins Annual Public Lecture for 2018

This annual lecture commemorating the academic work of Tony Watkins will take place on Thursday May 3rd at 6 pm in Edith Morley (formerly HUMSS Building) room  44.

The eminent critical psychologist Dr Jan De Vos will speak on ‘Digitalizing childhood: leading the child via its synapses to a psychologized virtuality’

Dr De Vos explains that the lecture will consider the following:

There is a substantial overlap between the discourses and the practices of neuro-education (attempting to ground education/parenting in neuroscience) and the digitalisation of education (schooling or parenting). An illustrative example is IBM’s “learning analytics” and its, mainly, metaphoric, recourse to neuro-terms, speaking of “neuromorphic hardware”, “brain-inspired algorithms”, “neurosynaptic chip”. One can furthermore observe that “learning platforms” most centrally address psycho-social issues such as empathy and social skills: this is at play on the discernible and visible level (of for example the virtual architecture of the platform) but also on the more hidden level of the algorithms and codes that give form to and direct the interactions. Education and schooling, seemingly, are psychologized via digitalization. Also in the field of the so-called “parenting apps” one can discern how digitalization connects to the (neuro)psychological: the app “Vroom”, for example, advertises with the claim “Vroom turns shared moments into brain building moments”. Or, digital technology turns human interactions into an issue of brain-regions and brain chemistry: the digital app neurologizes childhood and parenting.

In this lecture I will explore how the child (and its parents and educators), is led to the digital via a rationale which understands childhood from the (psycho)neurological paradigm. Digitalization, thus, as the heir of (neuro)psychologization?

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GCMS Seminars

Thursday 1st March, 4.30, Edith Morley 124.

Susan Edgington (Queen Mary, London)

‘Guido of Vigevano’s Rules of Health for an Old Man Going on Crusade’

Drinks and nibbles to follow in G27L

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James Grande, ‘Radical tours and rustic harangues: William Cobbett and John Thelwall’

James Grande, Radical tours and rustic harangues: William Cobbett and John Thelwall

12:00 – 13:00, 1st March, Museum of English Rural Life.

This talk will explore the radical tradition of rural writing through the work of Cobbett and John Thelwall, focussing on their tours, agricultural experiments, political oratory, and their thinking about the English countryside.

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Health Humanities seminars

1 March, 6pm, Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road, Reading

Naomi Lebens (Special Collections, UMASCS) and Eleanor Crook (Anatomical Artist), ‘Anatomy for Artists: the Minnie Jane Hardman Collection and the Medical Body at the Nineteenth-Century Royal Academy of Art’

Booking Required: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/anatomy-for-artists-tickets-42860473831

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Eary Modern Research seminar

Monday February 19th, Edith Morley G57

Richard Blakemore, Chloë Houston, Michelle O’Callaghan,University of Reading

Early Modern Travel: A Research Conversation.

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