Radicals and Romans modern and ancient societies examined in next Doctoral Inaugural Lectures

Signet rings and social media are topics that may seem worlds apart, but two of our recent doctoral graduates will be speaking on how each of these is providing us with new insights into society.

The College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities is holding two Doctoral Inaugural Lectures on Wednesday 15 February 2017 from 5pm in the Bennett Building, Lecture Theatre 2. The lectures are free and open to the public and will be followed by a wine reception.

These lectures, hosted by the Graduate School, see the return of two recent PhD graduates to the University to deliver public lectures on the topic of their research.

The first lecture ‘Gemstones, Signet Rings and Society in Roman Britain’ will be given by Dr Ian Marshman, formerly of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History. The lecture will examine the ways signet rings can tell us about Roman Britain using his approach of examining the rings within the archaeological contexts in which they were found.

The second lecture ‘Anarchist Cybernetics: Radical Politics and the problem of Social Media’ will be given by Dr Thomas Swann, formerly of the School of Management (now the School of Business). This lecture explores why the potential of social media to facilitate radical social and political change is met with less enthusiasm nearly six years after the Arab Spring (2011) and argues that there is a problem at the heart of social media.

All University staff and students and members of the public are invited to attend the Doctoral Inaugural Lectures. Entry is free, but seats must be booked in advance.  You can book your seats here: https://goo.gl/Ra5zXh