Our new series of lectures will begin in September 2022.
Philosophy and Literature
23 March: Matt and Charlotte
This lecture, focused on the role of Philosophy within Literature, will be divided into two components; one component will focus on the significance of key literary figures such as Dostoevsky in the philosophical world, with the other component exploring the ways in which literature is utilised as a tool in order to convey abstract, philosophical ideas to audiences and society on a pragmatic level. Matt and Charlotte aim to analyse the links between the worlds of Philosophy and Literature, and the ways in which they are intertwined, with philosophical ideas frequently serving as a key source of inspiration for various key literary texts over the centuries.
How game theory controls your life
15 February: Jy
Game theory is the study of strategic interactions where individuals aim to maximise their benefit (or as game theorists say, payoff). Game theory has universal relevance, ranging from the safety that lies in the lethal stocks of nuclear weapons held by countries across the globe all the way to evolution, and how dominant strategies are used in nature to achieve survival. Jy explored how famous precedents in game theory, such as the well-known “Prisoner’s dilemma”, appear in everyday marketing strategies that we unknowingly encounter, for example, the brand new film that came out that you just can’t miss. Game Theory links to several other subjects and this lecture was of interest to students of Economics, Mathematics, Philosophy and Ethics, Psychology and Biology.
Women as weapons in war
15 December: Flora
Women are a target of victimisation within warfare, and throughout the entirety of history violence against women has been used as a tactic in war and as a tactic of revenge. Flora delved into examples of modern and ancient methods used by armies against women, exploring their effects. She focused on the portrayal of women in propaganda. The basis for this idea has been the book written by award-winning journalist Christina Lamb: ‘Our Bodies, Their Battlefield’ which inspired Flora’s interest in the topic.
Do we live in a multiverse?
24 November: Matthew and Soba
In their lecture Matthew and Soba explored different interpretations of quantum theory, focusing on the “many worlds” interpretation which postulates that multiple universes exist. They also considered different interpretations of the theory, and finished their lecture with a section addressing whether it is worth investing into this area of science as opposed to areas like renewable energy and sustainability.
Beauty and Morality
13 October: Eva and Charlotte
Charlotte and Eva explored the connections between beauty and morality, from both a psychological perspective and in the way that these tropes have been displayed in various forms of media. They focused on particular theories, such as those of Locke and Lombroso, as well as works of literature and the arts that draw connections between the morally good and the conventionally beautiful.
‘A Clockwork Orange’: a social prophecy fulfilled?
22 September: Thomas and Will
In this lecture, Thomas and Will explored how Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, written in 1961, is still relevant today. They discussed Burgess’ study of ‘free will’, ‘paternalism’ and human capacity for change; in a dystopian novel whose protagonist partakes in graphic ‘ultra violence’ and is consequently forced into state re-education, we are encouraged to question where our sympathies lie. Ultimately, the two Year 13 students aimed to give their conclusion to the question: Has Anthony Burgess’ social prophecy, ‘A Clockwork Orange’, been fulfilled in the 21st century?’