Loughborough Market Lectures

From: Thu 28 April, 9:00am
To: Fri 29 April, 4:00pm

Venue: Market Square, Loughborough


A series of University lectures will be taking place in Loughborough’s town centre on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 April. This event is part of Something & Son’s Market Town commission Market Lectures, where the University and the market are trading places. The Market Lectures will be preceded by a University Market on Wednesday 27 April, when market traders will be coming to the University campus for a special market day. 

Something & Son have been playfully exploring the relationship between the two things that Loughborough is most famous for: the day-to-day activity of its markets and its University. These two elements from the town are usually quite separate and the design collective has created a unique installation which brings them together. A symbolic structure will be constructed which functions as both a market stall and a small lecture theatre and will form the centrepiece of both market and lectures. This structure will be produced by a local welder and can be used as a place for the trade of goods as well as knowledge. 


9am – 10am 
Towards Ash-Wednesday by Dr. Oliver Tearle
Lecturer in English

After T. S. Eliot's conversion to Christianity in 1927, his poetry found a new direction, and this is what Dr. Oliver Tearle will consider in his seminar. Dr. Tearle will be focusing particularly on T. S. Eliot's 1927 poem 'Journey of the Magi', which he wrote shortly after his conversion, and his 1930 poem 'Ash-Wednesday'. (This is a student seminar session) 

11am – 12pm
Making Mischief in Public by Antoinette Burchill 
Phd School of the Arts 

Antoinette has performed at street arts festivals across the UK: from Derby Festé, to Bath’s Bedlam Fair, to Kendal Mintfest, to a Banquet Tour of Cumbria. In her lecture Antoinette will talk about how she developed The Wizard of Oz as a walkabout street performance, and the tactics she uses to create a theatre on the street where none really exists. She states there is a delight in performing to a street audience who is expectant – waiting around for you to do something interesting, but there is more mischief to be made by guerrilla street performances. By seeking out, and then surprising an unsuspecting audience. 

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1pm – 2pm
Art, Activism and Alternative Institutions by Dr. Vlad Morariu & Jaakko Karhunen 
AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellowand Co-Researcher & Phd Research Student

1968 was the year in which there was a worldwide escalation of social conflicts, predominantly characterized by popular rebellions against military and bureaucratic elites. When thinking of this year, many will remember the French workers and students organizing the general strikes and university and factory occupations, or the invasion of Prague by Warsaw Pact troops. But what is the significance of 1968 for Britain? Dr. Vlad Morariu and Jaakko Karhunen will explore a chain of events in Britain ranging from the founding of the London Anti-University and its connections to the (anti)psychiatric institution of Kingsley Hall, to the art school occupations that happened in a number of art schools across the UK. The lecture explores the particular intersection between philosophy, psychiatry and art practices and theory and their influence in shaping the anti-establishment thrust of 1968 in Britain, and questions their role in shaping the contemporary intellectual, political and cultural public sphere.

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3pm - 4pm
The home: an energy machine for comfortable living? by Kate Simpson & Vicki Tink 
Phd Civil and Building Engineering

“A house is a machine for living in”. (Le Corbusier, 1923)
The home is ideally a comfortable, cosy place in which people feel safe and able to create precious memories with family or loved ones, right? Physical comfort is likely provided by a mechanical heat source and stored within the outer shell. What happens when we adjust the thermodynamics of the shell or adjust the efficiency of the mechanical heat source? How does this even take place? Is it invasive? How do people respond to changes in surface temperature and air velocity? An exploration of perceptions of comfort combined with empirical measurements to create a story of life within the machine called home.

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9 – 10am
The Role of Rapid Diagnostics In Humanity's 'War Against Bugs' by Dr. Sourav Ghosh

Lecturer in Healthcare Engineering

Rapid diagnosis of infections for early onset of appropriate treatment is essential to save lives and limit antimicrobial resistance. The state-of-the-art diagnostics is unable to address this need. This talk presents the importance of rapid diagnostics, the fundamental challenges in realising them in practice, and the innovations and cross-disciplinary skills required to address these challenges. It will also discuss the role of Loughborough University in bringing together global expertise from academia, industry and clinic to fight what is arguably the greatest threat to humanity. (This is a student seminar session)

11am – 12pm
What makes a successful career? by Professor John Arnold 
Professor of Organisational Behaviour in the School of Business and Economics

Everywhere you look these days there’s an emphasis on success, with a lot of envy of those who appear to have more of it than we do. Luckily, success is a very flexible concept. Applying it to our working lives, in this session Prof. Arnold will explore with the audience different ways of thinking about success in a career. He will also use academic research to consider how (and whether) we can increase our chances of achieving the kind of career success we want. This will be applicable to any working life, not just high status jobs with prospects.   

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No Laughing Matter? The History and Science of Laughter by Dr. Tim Miles
Lecturer in Drama

Why do we laugh? It is, when you think about it, an extraordinary thing to do. Our stomach muscles tense, we make strange sounds, start crying, and maybe even lose control of our bowels.  And all because someone has fallen over in the office.  Laughing is usually pleasurable but being tickled can be almost torture. We laugh when we are nervous or afraid, or want to feel part of a group, or to have people like us. Laughter is very odd, and very human. The talk will consider historical explanations of laughter, from seeing it as a sign of the presence of the devil to a form of mental illness, touching on the ideas of Kant, Nietzsche, Freud and others, to more recent discoveries in neuroscience and evolutionary biology. What happens when rats are tickled? Will computers ever be funny? How may laughter fit into out earliest developments of language?  Discover all this, and more!

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Dare we care? How we might make child mortality a thing of the past by Dr. David Roberts
Senior Lecturer of Peace and Conflict Studies

Every year, nearly 6 million infants die before they reach the age of 5 – the most vulnerable of our species. Doctors say proximate cause of death is mostly avoidable, so why do these epic fatalities occur? Dr. Roberts will discuss this philosophically, emotionally, politically, economically and in terms of global power structures that determine who lives and who dies. This might help us to see how easy child mortality is to fix, not by extraordinary people doing extraordinary things, but by ordinary people creating extraordinary outcomes.

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