Why ideas matter- University of Leicester seminar exploring why we should be imagining six impossible things before breakfast

Posted by ew205 at Nov 28, 2017 10:44 AM |
Psychology Cultures Seminar on Monday 4 December

How often do you push yourself to imagine the seemingly impossible? The power of new ideas, and perspectives on where they might come from, will be the subject of an upcoming seminar at the University of Leicester on Monday 4 December.

As part of the Psychology Cultures Seminar Series at the University of Leicester, Professor Jennifer Clegg will deliver a seminar entitled ‘Why ideas matter’, considering how ideas give substance to possibilities that lie just out of reach. The seminar is free and open to all.

The seminar, which will take place from 2.30 to 4.30 pm, will explore the importance of imagining six impossible things before breakfast.

It will invite the audience to sit with paradoxes, notice the Anglo-American preference for brightsiding (always looking on the bright side of life) and wonder about how challenging ideas from Europe might gain more space.

Professor Jennifer Clegg is Adjunct Professor at La Trobe University, Melbourne in Australia and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham. Prior to her recent retirement, Professor Clegg was both an academic and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, managing the clinical psychology service to adults with Intellectual Disability in Nottinghamshire.

Professor Clegg is editor of Journal Intellectual & Developmental Disability, and a long-term member of both the BPS History and Philosophy of Psychology Section and IASSIDD’s Ethics Special Interest Research Group.

Dr Stephen Melluish from the Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour at the University of Leicester, said: “‘Jennifer Clegg is a true scholar-clinician: her career has been unusual in the way it has brought together academic and clinical work.”

The seminar will take place in Room 409 (Garendon Room) of the Charles Wilson building, University of Leicester main campus.

To book a place, please contact Carl Gudgeon at the University of Leicester: cmg16@le.ac.uk

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