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39 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Episode 10 - We are what we read, with Dr Charlotte Lee
In this episode we discover how words move us. Literally. Dr Charlotte Lee is a Senior Lecturer in German at the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages at the University of Cambridge, but just lately she’s stepped beyond her academic boundaries to ask everyone from neuroscientists, to dancers, to tiny children, more about the transporting power of poetry. Working in three languages, and across disciplines, her current research tries to discover how writers make us physically feel things that we only read about, and how our brain dances along to textual rhythms even when our bodies remain sitting still in a library chair. From the Ancient Greeks to nursery rhymes to hip hop, literature is always moving to the beat. But we’re only just discovering where it could take us. Learn more: Find out more about the New Hall Art Collection, the location for this episode, here https://www.murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk/about/new-hall-art-collection The 'Watching Dance' project (http://www.watchingdance.org/) is an excellent resource for understanding principles such as kinesis and kinaesthetic empathy as discussed in this episode. 'Dance of the Muses' (http://www.danceofthemuses.org/) offers danced reconstructions of Ancient Greek choral poetry. At Cambridge, the Baby Rhythm Project of the Centre for Neuroscience in Education (https://www.cnebabylab.psychol.cam.ac.uk/) is elucidating the central role of rhythm in language acquisition in babies. Charlotte Lee's 2017 article on Klopstock and Goethe explores the relationship between poetry and movement (MOVEMENT AND EMBODIMENT IN KLOPSTOCK AND GOETHE - https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/glal.12172) Her first book, also discussed in this episode, is a study of Goethe's last works and can be found here: (www.mhra.org.uk/publications/gl-5).
41 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Episode 9 - We are what we question, with Dr Anna Alexandrova
In this episode we ask an expert on expertise what she knows for sure. Dr Anna Alexandrova is a Reader in the Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, and the principal investigator for the ‘Expertise Under Pressure’ group at CRASSH. Her latest research is co-authored with people currently in severe financial hardship, and combines their insights and lived experiences with conventional academic approaches to articulate a more authentic, democratic understanding of what it means to truly ‘flourish’ – work which could have significant impact on the government’s current wellbeing agenda. At a moment when expertise, globally, is under extreme pressure how can we make space for different ways of knowing? Is it reasonable to expect cast-iron certainty from our public experts? And what did Dr Alexandrova learn as a teenager that has shaped her whole career? Follow Anna Alexandrova and the Expertise Under Pressure team on Twitter via @ExpertiseUnder Anna’s writings can be found on her PhilPeople profile (https://philpeople.org/profiles/anna-alexandrova) and her webpage (https://sites.google.com/site/aaalexandrova/). Her 2017 book A Philosophy for the Science of Well-being is now available in paperback: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/a-philosophy-for-the-science-of-well-being-9780197598894 You can find out about her ongoing work on responsible science of wellbeing (https://twitter.com/BennettInst/status/1409434292430770176) by following the Bennett Institute for Public Policy @BennettInst. Some recent articles include “Wellbeing and Pluralism”(https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10902-020-00323-8), “Happiness Economics as Technocracy” (https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/behavioural-public-policy/article/abs/happiness-economics-as-technocracy/ED0C177E734BCAF9458CF4755775B603), “Mental Health Without Wellbeing” (https://philarchive.org/archive/WREMHWv1). And read more about national poverty charity Turn2Us and the co-production research work mentioned in this episode here: https://www.turn2us.org.uk/Working-With-Us/Co-production-and-involvement-at-Turn2Us
37 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Episode 8 - We are what we feel, with Dr Emma Claussen
In this episode we take a long look at what the New York Times believes might be “the dominant emotion of 2021.” But what is languishing? And did we really just invent it? Dr Emma Claussen, a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in French at the University of Cambridge and research associate at Peterhouse College, thinks we certainly did not, and that writers and thinkers have been battling with how to ‘beat the blah’ (or at least learn to live with it) for centuries. So, what can voices from the Early Modern period tell us about living a ‘good’ life in uncertain times? How do the acts of reading and writing help us deal with loss, distance and disappointment? And what do you do when your meticulously documented research term suddenly becomes a media buzzword? Learn more: - Follow Emma Claussen on Twitter @eclaussen - Emma Claussen's new book, discussed in this episode, is available here and from all good bookshops: Politics and ‘Politiques' in Sixteenth-Century France(https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/politics-and-politiques-in-sixteenthcentury-france/1C233A43CF8B287AAB5AB12A2079DDB9)
44 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Episode 7 - We are what we spend, with Dr Niamh Mulcahy
In this episode we talk inequality, life chances, and the daily struggle to balance household budgets with Dr Niamh Mulcahy, economic sociologist at CRASSH and Alice Tong Sze Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. The financial crash of 2008, followed by the UK government's decade of austerity, and the Covid-19 pandemic has left millions of people in Britain facing a very uncertain future and holding increasingly unmanageable levels of personal debt. What set us on such a precarious path? How can we return to what Dr Mulcahy terms "steadiness"? And how is her college addressing these challenges in its own backyard? Learn More: Niamh Mulcahy's book, 'Class and Inequality in the Time of Finance', discussed in this episode is available for pre-order: https://www.routledge.com/Class-and-Inequality-in-the-Time-of-Finance-Subject-to-Terms-and-Conditions/Mulcahy/p/book/9780367530990#
41 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Episode 6 - We are what we buy, with Dr Bronwen Everill
In this episode we join the dots on the global story of abolition with Dr Bronwen Everill, 1973 lecturer in History at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Why was the Cambridge connection so central to those campaigning to end the slave trade in Britain? What did these abolitionists have in common with those in West Africa and in the United States? What was the product that both drove slavery and helped early ethical consumers do their bit for the abolitionist cause? And how do we acknowledge the different types of ‘labour’ that make an academic life possible today? Learn more: Bronwen Everill's book 'Not Made By Slaves: Ethical Capitalism in the Age of Abolition' is available here and in all good bookshops: https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674240988 Hear Bronwen Everill talking further about the Zong massacre on BBC Radio 4. BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, The Zong Massacre: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000pqbz Read Bronwen Everill's blog article about buying ethically, and its limitations "Shopping for Racial Justice" (https://harvardpress.typepad.com/hup_publicity/2020/06/shopping-for-racial-justice.html) and her research during her CRASSH fellowship here: - a journal article in History of Science (https://doi.org/10.1177/0073275320945117) on Freetown, Sierra Leone, as a ship-building and repair hub in the nineteenth century - and an African Economic History working paper on measuring the standard of living in nineteenth century Freetown (https://www.aehnetwork.org/working-papers/on-the-freetown-waterfront-household-income-and-informal-wage-labour-in-a-nineteenth-century-port-city/) The plaque to Anna Maria Vassa, discussed at the beginning of this episode, can be found at St Andrew's Church, Chesterton, Cambridge: https://www.standrews-chesterton.org/ St Andrew's Church, Chesterton's Wikipedia entry which discusses the plaqu: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Andrew%27s_Church,_Chesterton
38 minutes | May 29, 2021
Episode 5 - We are what we connect, with Professor Simon Goldhill
In this episode, presenter and broadcast journalist Catherine Galloway talks youth, ageing, research time, and timelessness with Professor Simon Goldhill, a former director of CRASSH, and Professor of Greek Literature and Culture at the Faculty of Classics. We also spend time considering the life-changing power of the moment. As chair of the Nine Dots Prize Board, Professor Goldhill makes the phone call to the winner of this lucrative and prestigious biennial international essay competition, telling the astonished recipient that their ‘out of the box’ thinking has netted them $100,000, a publishing contract with Cambridge University Press, and the chance to come to CRASSH for a term to work on turning their essay answer into a book. The latest recipient was announced this month, and we’ve got the scoop on the idea that won. Thoughtlines is produced by Carl Homer at Cambridge TV. Learn more: - Find more on Professor Simon Goldhill here: https://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/directory/simon-goldhill - To discover the identity of the 2021 winner of the Nine Dots Prize mentioned in this episode click here: https://ninedotsprize.org/ - An open access copy of the first Nine Dots Prize book, Stand Out Of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance In The Attention Economy, by James Williams, is available here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/stand-out-of-our-light/3F8D7BA2C0FE3A7126A4D9B73A89415D - An open access copy of the second Nine Dots Prize book, Bread, Cement, Cactus: A Memoir of Belonging and Dislocation, by Annie Zaidi, is available here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/bread-cement-cactus/75DCB40487D5CD8DCB772761555CF10C Simon Goldhill is the Professor of Greek Literature and Culture at the Faculty of Classics and a Fellow of King's College Cambridge. Professor Simon Goldhill's forthcoming book on time, discussed in this episode, will be released in 2022 by Cambridge University Press, and is titled The Christian Invention of Time: Temporality and the Literature of Late Antiquity. Two of his recent books are A Very Queer Family Indeed: Sex, Religion and the Bensons in Victorian Britain (The University of Chicago Press, 2016)https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/V/bo24550846.html
32 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Episode 4 - We are what we know, with Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya
In this episode we talk wisdom, forgetting, and what we all have in common, with Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya, the Founding Director of the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies at CRASSH. What do the things we share, across all human history, tell us about who we really are? What are we missing? Why does the way we farm our planet need a re-think? And what on earth does the humble potato have to do with it all? (This episode was recorded remotely, during Covid-19 lockdown restrictions) Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya is Principal Research Associate and Principal Investigator on the ERC-funded project ARTEFACT (http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/programmes/artefact) as of March 2018, and founding director of the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies or gloknos (http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/programmes/centre-for-global-knowledge-studies-gloknos), since September 2017. Inanna answers questions about the project here: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/blog/post/global-epistemics-6-questions-to-inanna-hamati-ataya. She is the founding editor of the book series Global Epistemics (http://gloknos.ac.uk/media/book-series) at Rowman & Littlefield International.
33 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Episode 3 - We are what we dig, with Prof. Martin Millett
In this episode we talk to archaeologist Professor Martin Millett about the ground-breaking changes in how we search, and respond to, the landscape of the past. We hear what happens when sound artists and radar technicians start really listening to the earth beneath our feet. What it means – on both sides - to be part of an Empire. And why nothing really beats the academic excitement of getting your hands dirty. For more on Professor Millett's radar discoveries in Falerii Novi in Italy, mentioned in this episode, please click here: The city rises: Cambridge archaeologists reveal an entire Roman city without digging - https://www.cam.ac.uk/stories/roman-city-rises And for more on Professor Millett's Roman town project in Aldborough, England, also mentioned in this episode, please click here: https://aldboroughromantown.wordpress.com/
30 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Episode 2 - We are what we code, with Dr Marcus Tomalin
In this episode we talk tech with Digital Democracy expert Dr Marcus Tomalin. Can our computing systems be better and do better? How can we – everyday users and professional coders - spot the hidden biases and fleeting programming decisions that make a lasting difference in ‘real’ life? And can we even imagine what we’ll be asking Alexa ten years from now? (This episode was recorded before Covid-19 lockdown restrictions and when face to face teaching at the University of Cambridge was still occurring) LEARN MORE: To hear Marcus Tomalin talking more about Artificial Intelligence and Social Change please click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhcKL7pb180&ab_channel=CRASSHCambridge To read Marcus Tomalin's journal article on 'Quarantining Online Hate Speech', discussed in this episode, please click here: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10676-019-09516-z
31 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Episode 1 - We are what we eat, with Dr Melissa Calaresu
In this episode we talk food with cultural historian Dr Melissa Calaresu. The need to nourish ourselves is an eternal, daily preoccupation for all of us, but what we eat, and why, is an altogether meatier subject. Food is pleasure, performance, politics and even panic. Which fruit was a full-blown fashion craze in the 1600s? What did an undergraduate Isaac Newton feel guilty about buying? And why are our own early food memories so powerful? (This episode was recorded before Covid-19 lockdown restrictions) LEARN MORE: For a short film on Melissa Calaresu's 'Feast and Fast' exhibition featured in this episode, please click here https://feast-and-fast.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/film/. For an academic introduction to food culture in Europe from 1500-1800 by Melissa Calaresu please click here https://brill.com/view/journals/jemh/24/1/article-p1_1.xml. And for more of Melissa Calaresu's research on the Neopolitan food experiences of Welsh painter Thomas Jones, featured in this episode, please click here https://brill.com/view/journals/jemh/24/1/article-p84_5.xml.
1 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
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