2014 lectures online

Throughout the year, the University of Sussex is host to an exciting series of public lectures that illustrate the breadth and quality of research being conducted at the University.

Most lectures are recorded and made available here in a number of formats.

Why biomedical anthropology is crucial to political decisions about the future of life, life science and local health

Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner

03 December 2014
Speaker: Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner, Professor of Social and Medical Anthropology - School of Global Studies

Whilst genomics, regenerative medicine and other life sciences promise to revolutionalise society as we know it, anthropology has approached issues around the role of biology in society only hesitatingly. But anthropological insights into biomedical economies and cultures are urgently needed when discussing innovative biomedical technologies that require radical societal adjustment. This lecture will question one-size-fits-all solutions to population health in the context of global diversity.

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The Draper Lecture 2014 - On Liberty

Shami Chakrabarti

20 November 2014
Speaker: Shami Chakrabarti, Director, Liberty

On 11 September 2001, our world changed. The West’s response to 9/11 has morphed into a period of exception. Governments have decided that the rule of law and human rights are often too costly. Shami Chakrabarti explores why our fundamental rights and freedoms are indispensable and will show too, the unprecedented pressures those rights are under today. Drawing on her own work in high-profile campaigns, from privacy laws to anti-terror legislation, she will show the threats to our democratic institutions and why our rights are paramount in upholding democracy.

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A model for democratic transition and European integration? Why does Poland matter

Professor Aleks Szczerbiak

15 October 2014
Speaker: Professor Aleks Szczerbiak, Professor of Politics and Contemporary European Studies - School of Law, Politics and Sociology

Poland has witnessed some of the most momentous events of the last century, seen vast changes in its social, economic and political systems and plays an increasingly important role in European affairs. However, for many it remains largely invisible compared with other large European states. Why is this? This lecture will explore how understanding developments in Poland can teach us important lessons about contemporary Europe by critically examining the notion that it provides a model for democratic transition and European integration.

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Public experiments: the science and art of scientific advice

James Wilsdon

01 October 2014
Speaker: James Wilsdon, Professor of Science and Democracy - School of Business, Management and Economics

Fifty years after the appointment of the UK’s first Chief Scientific Adviser, scientific advice has never been in greater demand; nor has it been more contested. From climate change to cybersecurity, the questions being asked of scientists and other experts continue to multiply, whilst at the same time, their authority and legitimacy is increasingly scrutinised. This lecture will describe how cultures of scientific advice in the UK have changed, questioning whether this current enthusiasm is part of a broader shift towards more ‘experimental’ forms of government.

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How to design new medicines

Professor Simon Ward

04 June 2014
Speaker: Professor Simon Ward, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry - School of Life Sciences

The availability of new medicines has contributed to a dramatic increase in our life expectancy, but many diseases remain poorly understood and untreated. The traditional ‘big pharma’ model of discovering and developing new drugs is under unprecedented financial pressure and new models are needed. This lecture will describe an example of treating schizophrenia using a novel new approach and will highlight the opportunity for 'academic' drug discovery in oncology, neuroscience and infection.

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Financial Market Volatility

Professor Carol Alexander

21 May 2014
Speaker: Professor Carol Alexander, Professor of Finance - School of Business, Management and Economics

Volatility is the defining characteristic of efficient markets: prices move in random ways, and so no one can make a certain profit. Yet randomness can be described, measured and forecast. Financial market volatility is the essential driver of trading and a fundamental determinant of risk – in the financial system as well as the wider global economy. This lecture will document and explore Professor Alexander’s research into volatility, from guiding the first statistical models implemented by London banks, to the ‘risk-neutral’ world of volatility implied by the prices of financial options listed on exchanges.

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Alternative Societies

Professor Luke Martell

14 May 2014
Speaker: Professor Luke Martell, Professor of Political Sociology - School of Law, Politics and Sociology

Sociology is a critical discipline. This lecture will look at alternative societies implied by criticisms of existing ones. It will explore the role of utopianism and question whether we can envisage a world with much less work, or no borders in the way of free movement. What alternative types of living are possible, economically, socially, educationally, politically, ecologically and that overcome divisions of class, gender and race?

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Howmanydunnit? What do crime statistics tell us, and can we trust them?

Jil Matheson

30 April 2014
Speaker: Jil Matheson, UK National Statistitian

The 'Issues in Criminal Justice' series brings high-profile figures from both academia and practice to Sussex to speak about their work. This term, Jil Matheson, the UK National Statistician, Head of the Government Statistical Service and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority will be discussing the work of the ONS and the challenges of constructing national statistics.

Risks and Rewards: Building symbiotic innovation eco-systems

Professor Mariana Mazzucato

05 March 2014
Speaker: Professor Mariana Mazzucato, Reginald M Philips Professorship in the Economics of Innovation

The State not only 'fixes' different problems in the market (of which there are many), but also actively shapes and creates them. In doing so, it faces extreme risk. This lecture will focus on rethinking the dysfunctional relationship between the State and the Market, considering more concrete mechanisms for reform, building more ‘symbiotic’ eco-systems between the public and private sector, and achieving growth that is not only smart but also inclusive.

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Uneven and Combined Development

Professor Justin Rosenberg

26 February 2014
Speaker: Professor Justin Rosenberg, Professor of International Relations

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Seventy years after the Holocaust: Why does it still matter and what have we learned?

Sir Andrew Burns KCMG

30 January 2014
Speaker: Sir Andrew Burns KCMG, United Kingdom Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues

Survival, memory and trauma

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch

30 January 2014
Speaker: Anita Lasker-Wallfisch

Holocaust Memorial Day

Trudy Gold, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, Maya Jacobs-Wallfisch

30 January 2014
Speaker: Trudy Gold, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, Maya Jacobs-Wallfisch

Digital childhoods

Professor Rachel Thomson

22 January 2014
Speaker: Professor Rachel Thomson, Professor of Childhood and Youth Studies - School of Education and Social Work

Screens play an increasingly important part of everyday life. Because of this, we face growing concern about how mediation is changing interaction and, as a result, the character of contemporary childhoods. This lecture will outline current debates on digital childhoods, discussing emergent findings from a new study conducted by the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth, at the University of Sussex. It will also explore the challenges faced by professionals and how they respond to new questions that arise working with young people in a digital age and landscape.

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