2020 new year university talks

The University of Winchester curate interesting and informal talks throughout the year which are perfect for our guests who love an opportunity to learn. From thought provoking talks about modern social issues, to forgotten history and religion.

Here we've compiled a selection of public talks in 2020 you can attend at the University for a pleasant evening. Expand your knowledge on all the amazing progressions the intellects of the University are having on this planet.

What's On

big data myths

Tuesday 14 January 2020

17:30 for a 18:00 start

Tickets: Free entry but places are limited

St James' Tavern, Romsey Road, Winchester SO22 5BE

From online tracking to micro-targeted advertisements, there is growing public and political concern that big data has the power to determine aspects of social life. This talk will explore some of the fears and fantasies underpinning current debates about data analytics.

Dr Alexander Taylor is Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Media & Communication and has worked as an advisor to the Mozilla Foundation and as a United Nations Researcher.

If you require any further information, please contact inga.bryden@winchester.ac.uk

performing solidarity - dissensus and compromise

Thursday 6 January 2020


Tickets: Free entry

University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR

Please join us for the third in a series of talks discussing the ways that solidarity can be organised and performed through the arts. In what ways can performance participate in the solidarity economy? How does performance function as a site for solidarity? Can performance practice offer specific models for organising solidarity? Each gathering will bring together artists and representatives from the wider solidarity economy to share their creative and activist approaches.

Organised and chaired by Dr Noyale Colin (University of Winchester, Centre for Performance Practice and Research) and Dr Stefanie Sachsenmaier (Middlesex University).

Big city stories

Wednesday 19 January 2020


WB5, King Alfred Quarter, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 4NR

Speaker: Imruh Bakari (University of Winchester)

Discussant: Xavier Guégan (University of Winchester)

Chair: Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers (University of Winchester)

This meeting will provide the opportunity to gain insights into the experience of approaching history from an interdisciplinary approach through a partial screening and discussion of Big City Stories (2011, 80mins) which is a compilation of archive footage, offering a new perspective on twentieth century life in an expanding and ever-changing London metropolis. The assembly of images reveals the shifting and often contrasting perceptions about the Black citizens of the UK at various key periods across the century, from 1911 to the 1920s, into the 1930s, “World War II”, and from the 1950s onward to 1995; by which time, areas such as Brixton and Notting Hill in London had gained iconic significance. Imruh Bakari is a filmmaker, writer and Lecturer in Film Studies at the Faculty of Arts in the University of Winchester. He will discuss the origins of the compilation co-curated with June Givanni of the June Givanni Pan-Africa Cinema Archive, and its relevance to current archival work. This will be framed within the ‘postcolonial’ concerns of his current research relating to some of the debates around archives and archiving, and the related issues of history and its narratives, representation, and cultural production.

This talk is hosted by the University's Modern History Research Centre.

No booking required. For further information, please contact the MHRC leading convenor, Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers

slavery & abolition - a napoleonic blindspot?

Wednesday 4 March 2020

16:30 -18:00

WB5, King Alfred Quarter, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 4NR

Speaker: Professor Alan Forrest (University of York)

Discussant: Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers (University of Winchester)

Chair: Dr Xavier Guégan (University of Winchester)

The words used by Napoleon in the decree he issued on his return from Elba were carefully chosen. The French slave trade was to be abolished. There would be no more slaving expeditions, whether from French ports or from France’s colonies; and any ship’s captain caught infringing the law would have his ship and its cargo confiscated. Napoleon hoped to send a signal to his supporters and to a wider audience across Europe, that he was a liberal, a son of the revolution who would champion human rights and bring about the end of slavery. But did he mean it? Had he really been converted to the abolitionist cause? He had championed reforms to justice and administration, to the church, the army the professions. Did he have a blind spot when it came to slavery?

Professor Alan Forrest is one of the world's leading authorities on the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon, author of many books including Napoleon's Men: The Soldiers of the Revolution and Empire (2002); with Philip G. Dwyer, Napoleon and his empire: Europe, 1804-1814 (2007); with Karen Hagemann and Jane Rendall , Soldiers, Citizens and Civilians: Experiences and Perceptions of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1790–1820 (2009); with Matthias Middell, The Routledge Companion to the French Revolution in World History (2015). He is currently one of the editors of the upcoming 3-volume The Cambridge History of the Napoleonic Wars. In this session he will talk about his latest book The Death of the French Atlantic: Trade, War, and Slavery in the Age of Revolution soon to be published by Oxford University Press.

This talk is hosted by the University's Modern History Research Centre.

No booking required. For further information, please contact the MHRC leading convenor, Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers

For a full list of all talks held by the University of Winchester please visit their website www.winchester.ac.uk

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