Events looking at sport, cultural issues, Manchester’s devolution and more are featuring as part of the University’s involvement the ESRC Festival of Social Science next month.
The festival is a week-long celebration of the social sciences and social science research and experts from Manchester Metropolitan will be sharing their knowledge with the public in a host of exciting and innovative events.
Running from 5-12 November across the UK, the Festival offers a range of free to attend events suitable for all ages and levels of interest.
Prof Richard Greene, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Knowledge Exchange, said: “The ESRC Festival of Social Science is an important part of the calendar because it reminds everybody – academics and non-academics alike – of the true value of social science research to the economy and society.
“This year will be the fourteenth year that the ESRC Festival has run and each year it has gone from strength to strength. It is a modern festival for modern times and I’m very much looking forward to it taking place next month.”
Academics from Manchester Metropolitan University have organised and are involved with a host of events across the city:
- Healthier together: public perception of Greater Manchester devolution: An exhibition of artwork co-curated with community groups, a soundscape, interactive displays and activities inspired by Greater Manchester health and social care devolution.
- Caste in the spotlight: exploring caste discrimination in India and UK: Exploring the social, legal and cultural issues around caste discrimination and its impact on people’s lives in the UK and India.
- The rime of the ancient Manchester: This events puts arts and social sciences at the heart of the devolution debate – deciding our vision for Manchester as it approaches its third millennium.
- Devolution and the dismal science: are economists desperately devoted to devolution?”: The political economics of devolution: a precautionary tale. This event will comprise five short applied economics seminars on the opportunities for success and failure of devolution.
- Medical technologies: should we do what we can?: This event addresses the impact of the medical innovation bill on R&D, patients’ rights and the role of the law in mitigating impacts.
- Into the field: the added value of field research in legal studies: An exhibition of photographs taken by researchers during field trips to study the constitutional law of different countries.
- Making a difference: the social contribution of sport in Manchester: Manchester has developed an international reputation as home to high-quality, world-class sport. The main aim of this event will be to examine the nature of this contribution, discussing how it can be further strengthened and the role the public play.
- Deal with each other in the spirit of Ubuntu: Social science, environmental art and global citizenship are fused together to create a unique experience for the audience.
- Putting it out there: engaging young people with numbers: A fun-packed day filled with interesting activities, promoting the use of numbers to young people.
- Renaming Greater Manchester’s football stadia: Seminar exploring fan reactions to corporate re-naming of new and existing football stadia in the Greater Manchester region. Implications for clubs and sponsors will also be discussed.
- Decent work and decent social care: This event will present key findings on the relationship between employment practice, recruitment, retention and quality of domiciliary social care.
- Manchester Open Data Dive: An intense one-day hackathon event to hunt down, crunch and beautify open data relating to Manchester and the region.
- It’s written all over your face: the science of face perception: Explore the science of face perception, through interactive displays and hands-on activities. Consider how we identify known people, why faces are attractive, and how faces age.
- Oh Manchester … so much to answer for: Exploring the legacy of the Moors Murders and the relationship between media and crime.
For more information and the full listing of ESRC Festival events, please visit: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-events-and-publications/events/