Everyday objects seen through a fresh pair of eyes

Posted by ap507 at Oct 30, 2014 12:18 PM |
University mini public lecture series to challenge perceptions of household objects

Breasts, mobile phones and water bottles are just three of the ‘objects’ under scrutiny during the Sound Bites mini lecture series taking place at Leicester’s New Walk Museum from Monday 3 – Friday 7 November 2014.

As part of the Social Worlds in 100 objects project, leading social scientists from the University are inviting members of the public to bring their sandwiches along to a series of mini lectures each lunchtime during the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science to discover intriguing perspectives on household items.

Each day, the series of 10 minute lectures will discuss a different aspect of our daily lives, bringing social science research to life in a simple and accessible way and examining themes such as work and time, identity and belonging, commerce and consumption, education, childhood and politics.

Head of the College of Social Science, Professor Steven King said: “The Sound Bites lectures provide a great opportunity for our academics to engage the public in their research and to invite people to start to think about objects in a different way.”

Inspired by the popular BBC Radio 4 series, The History of the World in 100 Objects, the University launched its own social science perspective project in February 2013, which was initiated by Dr Jane Pilcher from the Department of Sociology, to showcase the broad range of research across all eight departments in the College of Social Science, offering unique insights into objects in and out of the home.

The lectures are free to attend, but space is limited. Click here for more information or to book a place.

See below for a video of Professor King, Head of the College of Social Science, discussing Social Worlds: