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Open Minds Sessions

Taster Talks with the University of Roehampton

Sunday 19th September 2021, 1-2pm

Robert Graves Tent

FREE EVENT (booking fee only - £3.50)


Seize the opportunity to hear the latest academic research and beef up your intellectual muscles at this free event!

Leading academics from the University of Roehampton offer engaging and fascinating 15-minute taster style 'TED' talks on their specialist subjects.

Mark McCormack: Covid-19 and queer nightlife
Mark is Professor of Sociology at the University of Roehampton, and his research examines social trends related to gender and sexuality. This talk discusses the impact of COVID-19 on London's queer nightlife scene, drawing on focus groups and individual interviews. It considers the specific contours of the London context, as well as how sexuality structured experiences, and considers ways to improve London's nightlife scene for queer creatives in the future.

Josh Appignanesi: How to be a Filmmaker
Josh is a Senior Lecturer in Film at Roehampton University and recently directed the docufiction feature film Female Human Animal, funded by Arts Council England, which The Observer called "A Triumph." HIs films include The Infidel, The New Man and Song of Songs. He also co-wrote All Roads Lead to Rome. He has directed talent including John Malkovich, Tom Hiddleston and David Tennant. Josh talks us through his career as a writer and director of both fiction and documentary, asking what we're really doing when we're representing the world on screen.

Adam Ockelford: In the Key of Genius
Adam has had a lifelong fascination for music, as a composer, performer, teacher and researcher. While attending the Royal Academy of Music in London, Adam started working with children with special needs - several whom, he noticed, had special musical abilities too - and he became interested in how we all intuitively make sense of music, without the need for formal education. In this talk Adam will be exploring the skills of musical savants and the consequences for our understanding of learning, memory and creativity. Adam is a Professor in the School of Education at Roehampton University.

University of Roehampton is Wimbledon BookFest's Lead Education Partner.

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