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Ad Hoc Seminar: Bill Brock

Start: Jan 10, 2012 6:00:00 PM
End: Jan 10, 2012 7:30:00 PM

The first AD HOC session of 2012 takes place on Tuesday 10 January, from
6.00-7.30pm, in Room B15 (STS Department), 22 Gordon Square, University
College London.

To inaugurate our London season, Prof Bill Brock will be introducing two
chapters from his book, William Crookes (1832-1919) and the
Commercialization of Science
(Ashgate, 2008). Ch. 2 discusses photography
and chemistry, and Ch. 3 looks at earning a living as a chemist in the
nineteenth century. Afterwards, we will be going for dinner at a local

For copies of the readings, or to join the AD HOC mailing list, please
contact Stephanie Seavers: stephanie.seavers.09@ucl.ac.uk.

PUS Seminar: Clifford Stott

Start: Jan 25, 2012 4:15:00 PM
End: Jan 25, 2012 6:00:00 PM

Details: Perhaps the most famous social psychology experiment of the 20th century was Milgram's obedience paradigm where participants were led to believe they were giving fatal electric shocks to another person. The paradigm was developed in order to try to understand the psychological processes that led to the Nazi genocide and is celebrated by Social Psychology because of the social relevance of this important question.

At the same time it is also the case that Milgram is vilified for what is portrayed as an unacceptable breech of ethical standards. The controversy surrounding his methods led directly to the emergence of anethical framework that precluded further research along these lines. What remains is a social psychology unable to address some of the discipline’s most important questions through fear of placing participants in situations of temporary stress. Yet in recent years the Milgram paradigm has been recreated for television.

In this presentation there will be a discussion of the processes behind a 'replication' of the paradigm for the BBC's Horizon programme. Dr. Stott will describe how the institutions of research and media handled the ‘ethical responsibilities’ and ‘protected’ the psychological wellbeing of participants. In so doing he attempts to expose the contradictions whereby the paradigm can be recreated for journalistic purposes but not for scientific research.