Monthly Archives: May 2012

OU Lecturer helps National Theatre in Antigone production

Antigone by Sophocles in a version by Don Taylor, at the National Theatre Desperate to gain control over a city ravaged by civil war, Creon refuses to bury the body of Antigone’s rebellious brother. Outraged, she defies his edict. Creon … Continue reading

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‘Bad history? Virgins, vibrators and Queen Victoria in the history of medicine’

Public Lecture at the University of Kent Wed 30 May 5.15 pm by Professor Helen King, Open University ‘Bad history? Virgins, vibrators and Queen Victoria in the history of medicine’ In this lecture, I shall be reflecting on current debates … Continue reading

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Talk: Sex, Sin and Sympathy 31 May, Cambridge Folk Museum

The Open University’s Susan Woodall joins Dr Philip Howell to explore how Cambridge, one of the world’s most respected universities was a hotbed of filth, vice and sin in Victorian times.                   … Continue reading

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The Horse: From Arabia to Royal Ascot at the British Museum

Art chronicles the myriad roles horses have played in our history, but it’s blinkered to see them just as a resource, says Elaine Walker, Associate Lecturer for A230 Reading and studying literature at The Open University. Elaine has written a … Continue reading

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Philosophical Conversations Conference – 26 May, Senate House

‘Philosophical Conversations’, a conference organised by the Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study and Nigel Warburton, Department of Philosophy, Open University Philosophical Conversations Saturday 26 May 2012, 10.30 – 5.00pm, Room 349, Senate House, Malet Street 10.30   Registration … Continue reading

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AI – Can Machines Be Human? Loebner contest results from Bletchley Park

Phil Perkins (Professor of Archaeology) spent a day judging if machines really can be human.  Read his experience below: On the 15th May I was one of four judges for the Loebner Prize. This is a version of the ‘Turing … Continue reading

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“Pain and at the same time the pleasure” – can Roman ‘genital massage’ inspire an Age of Great American Sex?

In an article in The Atlantic on 14 May, journalist Andy Isaacson investigates the design of sex toys, and how their marketing has changed over time.  He talked to Helen King, Professor of Classical Studies at The Open University, about … Continue reading

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Dying Matters Awareness Week

This is Dying Matters Awareness Week. Find out how you can help change attitudes and behaviours towards death: http://www.dyingmatters.org/ The Open University offers the following free courses on OpenLearn on the subjects of death and dying: Why death and dying? … Continue reading

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Further British Academy funding secured over next 5 years for Commodities of Empire project

The Projects Committee at the British Academy has agreed additional support for the Commodities of Empire project, the full grant applied for, £25,000, has been awarded in £5000 tranches annually over the five-year period 1 April 2012-31 March 2017. The British Academy … Continue reading

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Fellowship on ‘Imaging Labour’

Steve Edwards, Senior Lecturer in Art History, has been awarded a 2-month fellowship in 2013 at the Harry Ransom Centre (University of Texas at Austin) for a project called ‘Imaging Labour’. Steve Edwards joined the Open University as Research Lecturer … Continue reading

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