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November 2020

Popular Magic Café

17 November, 2020, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This is an online event. What kind of things do you do ‘just for luck’? Writing a wish on a piece of paper, burning it and drinking the ash with your New Year’s champagne, tying a ribbon on a special tree for good fortune, wearing a ‘lucky’ necklace to a job interview – these small rituals permeate our daily lives. They are difficult to categorise, belonging neither to any mainstream religion, nor aligning strictly with pagan revivals like Wicca or…

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Being Human Cafe: Block Life

17 November, 2020, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Online: Bloc Projects, Sheffield, 71 Eyre Ln
Sheffield, Sheffield S1 4RB United Kingdom

This is an online event. Learn about how researchers from Sheffield and Oxford Universities are uncovering the diverse ways that people make blocks of flats ‘home’. Participate in this live-streamed discussion about what our homes reveal about who we are and the societies we live in. Dr Inge Daniels from the University of Oxford will talk about ‘Disobedient Buildings’, her multi-sited research project on housing, welfare, and wellbeing. Inge will show how the anthropological approach of ethnography combined with collecting…

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New Worlds Café

17 November, 2020, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Star Glazer’s Potter and Painting Cafe, 17 High Street
Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 2AB United Kingdom
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This is an online event. Please note due to the lockdown restrictions now in place across England, this event can no longer go ahead in person. If you have already registered for the event please get in touch with the organiser directly. The event will now take place online. Since Covid-19 reared its ugly head the world seems to have got darker. This free, informative, and fun workshop will imagine new worlds where things can get better. There will be…

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De-Stigmatising Eating Disorders in Men Café

18 November, 2020, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online: University of Nottingham Nottingham, United Kingdom

This is an online event. Men and boys get eating disorders too. It is not only women and girls who are affected by anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and other types of eating disorders. Males and those identifying as male can also experience concerns with weight, shape and size and other stresses and problems that might contribute to developing an eating disorder - but it is a topic that is very little talked about, often associated with stigma and under…

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Miniatures – Live Podcast Café

18 November, 2020, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This is an online event. What can we learn from a headstrong donkey determined to drop its rider into a ditch, a WW1 soldier refusing his corporal’s order to make coffee, or an ancient scribe doodling a labyrinth on a clay tablet? On the Miniatures podcast we show that the big picture in history is best seen through a collage of such individual and local stories. In this live episode, researchers from the University of St Andrews share their favourite…

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Antic-Queer-Tea Café

18 November, 2020, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Online: The Roseate, Reading, 26 The Forbury
Reading, Berkshire RG1 3EJ United Kingdom

This is an online event. 'Antic-Queer-Tea' will explore how Greco-Roman antiquity has influenced new worlds of LGBTQI+ identities. Sappho, Ganymede, Artemis, Tiresias, Spartans, Greek symposia or Roman emperors have populated our imaginations, providing models and perspectives for thinkers and writers such as Winckelmann, Foucault, Wilde or E.M. Forster, films such as Call Me by Your Name, and many theatre-performances. Three scholars working in the University of Reading’s Classics Department and its Ure Museum - Oliver Baldwin, Katherine Harloe and Claudina…

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Vaccination Old and New Café

18 November, 2020, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Online: TORCH, University of Oxford Oxford, United Kingdom

This is an online event. Vaccines dominate the news right now. Vaccine development represents a possible exit strategy from the pandemic, conjuring up both hope and fear. But how did we get here? Featuring a mix of lightning talks and spoken word performance, come and join us for a chat about the history of vaccination. Find out about the history of infectious diseases and how vaccination was a medical tool mired in controversy from its beginning. Enter the strange world…

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Afghan Women Small Spaces Café

18 November, 2020, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This is an online event. Join women from the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association, legal researchers from Royal Holloway, University of London, and others, over Afghan tea and cake to learn about human rights law’s purpose, problems and potential. Universal dignity, equality and rights will be connected to our own experiences through artwork, sewing and discussions between participants, by exploring what everyday habits and material objects tell us about ourselves and each other. Professor Jill Marshall, a human rights specialist,…

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Perceptual Illusion Cafè

18 November, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online: University of Glasgow, University of Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland G12 8QQ United Kingdom

This is an online event. The Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience (CSPE) at the University of Glasgow is thrilled to present the 'Perceptual Illusion Cafè'! Researchers from the centre be holding an online, interactive presentation to showcase ongoing research into perceptual illusions. Topics will draw from the project's Illusions Index. Following the presentation experts Prof. Fiona Macpherson (University of Glasgow, Director of CSPE) and Dr. Derek H. Brown (University of Glasgow, Deputy Director of CSPE) will be on…

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Bolton’s Literary Heritage Café

19 November, 2020, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This is an online event. Think you know about Bolton's heritage? Think again! Discover the lost literary heritage of Bolton’s past and find out why Bolton was important to writers such as Walt Whitman, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, and Thomas Hardy. Learn about the successful writers who came from Bolton and join this interactive talk to explore the pleasures of shared reading, writing, and storytelling from the Victorian period to the present.

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Sex Education Zine Café

19 November, 2020, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This is an online event. For marginalised people – particularly women, queer people, and disabled people – learning about sex often involves educating each other and ourselves outside of traditional settings. Join researchers Kit Heyam and Ashleigh Blackwood for a workshop discussing how marginalised people learned about sex in 17th and 18th-century England, how we do it today, and what our vision for the radically inclusive and consent-focused future of sex education might be. Inspired by the discussion, you will…

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Being Superhuman Café

19 November, 2020, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Online: ScotSci Edinburgh United Kingdom

This is an online event. High visual acuity is a characteristic of the best pilots. Sommeliers develop excellent olfactory skills... but what if they could smell more than wine? What if humans could use an enhanced sense of smell to detect the chemical changes in our bodies linked to disease? Join this interactive discussion about the world of human skills and senses, and how they have been used to diagnose disease throughout the ages and in modern day. With Dr Hannah Newton, Associate Professor…

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Bostin’ Tea Party Virtual Café

19 November, 2020, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Online: School of Humanities, University of Wolverhampton, Camp St
Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV1 1AD United Kingdom

This is an online event. Come along to a bostin’ tea party in this virtual café and share your favourite Black Country words and phrases, especially those related to food. Listen to some Black Country poetry from the University of Wolverhampton’s Dr Rob Francis, and share your memories and thoughts about the distinctive Black Country dialect. Once you sign up, you'll be provided with a resource pack to get you thinking, along with some Black Country recipes so you can…

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Forty Winks Café

19 November, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online: Northumbria University, 2 Sandyford Rd
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH United Kingdom

This is an online event. Trouble sleeping? Worried about coronavirus? Want to find out more about representations of sleep, health, and illness in contemporary culture, as well as sleep health? Brew your favourite relaxing tea and get cosy at this virtual café! This online event, chaired by Claire Malcolm of New Writing North, will feature three short talks by Northumbria University’s academics and Q&A sessions. Prof Katy Shaw will introduce the evening by discussing how writings grapple with health issues…

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Mutual Improvement Café

19 November, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online: University of Liverpool Liverpool, United Kingdom

This is an online event. What offered a new world of education for a working-class Victorian? Why did working people come together once a week of an evening and what kind of things did they learn about? Come along to this online café to learn about the mutual improvement movement in 19th-century Wales and Liverpool. The café will include a brief presentation overview of the 19th-century mutual improvement movement and how Dr Catherine Charlwood has been researching it in Wales…

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Plotting Outdoor Worlds Café

20 November, 2020, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Online: Bishop Grossesteste University, Lincoln, Longdales Road
Lincoln, East Midlands LN1 3DY United Kingdom

This is an online event. Whether fleeing infection or screen time, open spaces promise new worlds. As the conservationist Octavia Hill put it in 1877, by being outdoors we all gain ‘a little pause, a little more room.’ Join us for this Being Human Café to discover how the Victorians campaigned for the right to access the outdoors, to compare their efforts to contemporary activists locally, nationally and internationally, and to be inspired by the award-winning nature poet Isabel Galleymore.…

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Plague Journal Café

20 November, 2020, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Online: Ulster University United Kingdom

This is an online event. Tune in for a joint session on the use of speculative/dystopian fiction as both a premonition for the future and as a reflection of the current times. Jeff Vandermeer’s Annihilation and Emily Mandel’s Station Eleven will be used to discuss what it’s like to physically and psychologically navigate your way through a world on the verge of apocalypse and one where the apocalypse has happened. In both cases the key notion interrogated is that ‘survival…

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Impressionists at Home Café

20 November, 2020, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online: Queen’s University Belfast, University Rd
Belfast, Northern Ireland BT7 1NN United Kingdom

This is an online event. You are warmly invited to take part in this 'Impressionists at Home café'! Delivered online, this family-friendly event focuses on representations of the home in Impressionist painting. While Impressionism has been associated with the urban and outdoor world, the reality is that many Impressionists, especially women, focused on the home and on domestic space. This Café seeks to highlight this lesser-known aspect of Impressionism, through first a short talk on how female Impressionists transformed modern…

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White Rose Circle Café

21 November, 2020, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online: TORCH, University of Oxford Oxford, United Kingdom

This is an online event. In 1943 five students and a professor at the University of Munich were executed. They had been part of the White Rose, a group secretly writing pamphlets calling on Germans to resist Hitler. In the White Rose Circle café, Dr Alexandra Lloyd will introduce the group and their resistance pamphlets, texts inspired by literature and philosophy with quotations from a wide range of sources, from Goethe to Laozi. After a short break, participants will be…

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History is ‘Mental’ Café

21 November, 2020, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online: Birkbeck, University of London, Malet St, Bloomsbury
London, WC1E 7HX United Kingdom

This is an online event. Even though it provides powerful insight into why and how we came to see ourselves the way we do, the history of science and medicine is many times overlooked in popular conversation. In this café, the neuroscientist Pedro Ferreira and the psychotherapist Mary Heffernan — who both find themselves researching the history of mental health at Birkbeck, University of London — will explore what the humanities can teach us about the ways of knowing ourselves,…

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