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May 06, 2011

What is the Future for Social Sciences?

The Festival of Social Sciences takes place on campus between Thursday 5 May - Thursday 26 May 2011 and the Knowledge Centre will be there to bring you the best from the seminars, lectures and discussions taking place during the Festival.

The aim of the Festival is to showcase the varied and innovative social sciences research taking place at Warwick, involving staff and students from the Faculty of Social Science, as well as other areas of the University and beyond.

Guest speakers include Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, the National Council for Civil Liberties who will be giving a public lecture entitled “Common Values: The State of Rights and Freedoms in Modern Britain”. We will be bringing a video of the talk as well as coverage of the keynote event: Former Registrar of the University of Warwick, Mike Shattock (1983-1999) will be joining current Registrar, Jon Baldwin and Professor Robin Naylor from the Department of Economics to talk about  “Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities”.  

We will be capturing Business Entrepreneur, Ram Gidoomal CBE's talk on “Sustaining Dialogue: Multicultural Societies Under Pressure" and The Academy of Social Sciences Campaign for Social Science roadshow that will be published alongside an article looking at the future of social sciences.

One of the festival’s themes is Early Career Research development and we have been speaking to Ben Richardson, Daria Luchinksaya, Ben Jacoby, Clara Ruebner Joergensen and David Webber about their work.  A number of them will be contributing reviews of other interesting events planned, such as a film showing of The Roots of Revolt in Arabic World today - an Egyptian film (with English subtitles) based on the critically-acclaimed novel by Alaa al-Aswani.

Prof Richard Aldrich from the Department of Politics and International Studies will be giving his presentation Landscapes of Secrecy following on from a recent conference looking at ‘The CIA in History, Fiction and Memory’. He is our expert for this theme and you will have an opportunity to put your questions to Prof Aldrich on the history of GCHQ, the CIA and international security from Monday!

With book extracts from the best publications across departments, our Share Your Thoughts page - as well as more interviews and articles - it is set to be a busy few weeks ahead. For full listings of the whole range of events going on, the programme is now online. To find out more about the events taking place during the Festival, visit the Festival of Social Sciences webpages.

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