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Science and Literature Seminars: Francis Galton, Karl Pearson and the Biographical Laboratory

This talk will explore Francis Galton's use of biography; it will account for his use of biographical dictionaries as the basis for his early work in eugenics, including his own attempts to institute a so-called 'Golden Book of Thriving Families' as foundational work for early British sociology. More...

Starts: Dec 2, 2014 5:30:00 PM

London’s Burning: Our Habitat in Times of Crisis

Publication date: Apr 25, 2014 3:09:03 PM

Start: May 29, 2014 6:30:00 PM
End: May 29, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Location: Roberts Lecture Theatre 106, Roberts Building, Malet Place, London, WC1H 0AT

Building on fire, Tottenham riots

Contemporary discussions of the crisis of global capitalism depict the city as a locus of particular vulnerability; the centre of a pattern of intersecting and mutually reinforcing calamities. London’s Burning aims to capture what is seen as the emergence of a new historical consciousness of crisis, and offer a collective critical reflection on its workings. The discussion is the result of a group of researchers forming a creative and constructive dialogue between disciplines, in what has recently been described as a ‘politics of microspection’.

Led by Florian Mussgnug, the contributors will deliberately adopt the standpoint of the local, the habitat, and explore how the sites of our daily life in London – our private and shared spaces, images, stories – can point the way to a new experience of the planet.

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