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Experts speak at child science and psy-expertise CRIMA workshop
Brunel University was host to interdisciplinary experts from around the world for the Centre for Research in International Medical Anthropology’s workshop on May 30th.
The rise of child science and psy-expertise brought together anthropologists, sociologists, and historians of child and adolescent psy-expertise to explore the ways in which child science has evolved in diverse socio-cultural contexts in the 20th and early 21st Centuries.
Keynote speakers at the event included Professor Allan Young from McGill University, Professor Rayna Rapp from New York University, and Professor Richard Rechtman from EHESS... continue reading
International Responses to Piracy Workshop at Leading Institute
Dr Anja Shortland and Dr Matthew Rablen will be presenting their joint research on ransom negotiations with Somali pirates on 25th September. The research workshop based at The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) will be presented to an audience of naval commanders, diplomats and private sector representatives.
Making it easier to be British
Varun Uberoi and Tariq Modood are presenting findings from their research to policy makers at a House of Lords ESRC Festival of Science seminar. Their research argues that despite the obituaries of multiculturalism there has been a multiculturalist advance as where once leading politicians objected to the multiculturalist goal of making Britishness more inclusive of ethnic minorities they often no longer do. Published in Political Studies, their article is available by clicking on the first link below and the second link is to a short version published by the Huffington Post.
Professor Taeko Wydell to give invited lecture at 2013 Oxford-Kobe Symposium
Brunel Psychology Professor Taeko Wydell will be an invited speaker at the 3rd Oxford-Kobe Symposium, 11-14th April 2013 at St. Catherine's College, Oxford University. The talk by Professor Wydell, who is an expert on language-related cognitive and neural processes, is entitled ‘The manifestation of visual attention span deficit in English-native-speakers with compensated dyslexia: an fMRI study’.
The Oxford-Kobe symposium will involve "twenty-five world experts on the neurobiological basis of dyslexia… discuss[ing] its genetics, neurology, diagnosis and treatment in different writing systems" (for more information see http://www.oxfordkobe.com/).
New Interdisciplinery 'Cost of Living' blog
A new interdisciplinary blog 'Cost of Living' http://www.cost-ofliving.net/ has been launched in collaboration with the Open University and University of Essex.
Dr Lesley Henderson, contributing editor (Co-Director, Centre for Culture, Media and Regulation) explains: “The blog, funded by the Medical Sociology Group/BSA, is aimed at facilitating public engagement in Sociology from a wide readership across politics/economics/sociology". It provides a vibrant mix of topical comments, analytical features and contemporary reviews. Articles will address both enduring questions in health and more immediate concerns – anyone interested in contributing (350-1000 words) should consult the author guidelines on the blog or contact one of the editors.