Death, life, money and revolution: Leicester academics make their voices heard on academic discussion site

Posted by pt91 at Aug 01, 2013 10:55 AM |
International academic magazine features pieces by a number of Leicester academics

Four academics from the University of Leicester have lent their voices to the academic comment and debate website The Conversation in July, speaking on topics ranging from the ethics of a Damien Hirst photograph to the origins of humanity itself.

Earlier this month, Professor Sarah Tarlow from our School of Archaeology and Ancient History joined academics in criticising the exhibition of a Damien Hirst photograph ‘With Severed Head’ - in which the sixteen year old artist grins next to a severed head in a morgue - calling it an “abuse of power”.  On The Conversation, she responds to criticism by Jonathan Jones of The Guardian, arguing that her aim was not censorship, but respect for the dead.

Meanwhile, Daniel Zadik of the Department of Genetics raised questions about our earliest ancestors—an “Adam” over 100,000 years older than previously thought recently discovered by geneticists. The find may change the whole story of human origins.

Meanwhile, two other academics looked at social issues: Research by Dr David Bartram, Senior Lecturer in our Department of Sociology, suggests that economic migration—moving for increased income and prosperity—actually rarely leads to greater happiness for migrants; while Dr Paul Reilly, of the Department of Media and Communication, looked at the role of social media in revolutions around the world—asking whether it really has the positive effect that it is so often claimed.