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Join us for a weekend of free day time talks as part of the Oxford Think Festival.

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Saturday 9th - Thursday 21st November

Oxford University Press is delighted to once again partner with Blackwell’s Oxford to host a weekend of talks and discussions and present the Oxford Think Festival.

Celebrating the quest for knowledge and seeking to stimulate discussion of some of the big issues and ideas of our time, the festival brings together some of our most inspiring and exciting minds. Join us for a full weekend of debates and discussion, a preview event with Jon Davis & John Rentoul on the legacy of the Blair government, and a special World Philosophy Day event with Richard Swinburne.

All events are free to attend, but registration is strongly recommended.

Sunday, 17th November, 1pm - A Biography of Loneliness with Fay Bound Alberti

Despite 21st-century fears of an ‘epidemic’ of loneliness, its history has been sorely neglected. Using letters and diaries, philosophical tracts, political discussions, and medical literature from the eighteenth century to the present, along with informative case studies such as Sylvia Plath, Queen Victoria, and Virginia Woolf, Fay Bound Alberti offers a radically new interpretation of loneliness as an emotional language and experience, and charts its emergence as uniquely modern emotional state.

Fay Bound Alberti is a Reader in History and UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at the University of York. She is a TED speaker and has published widely on medicine, the body, gender and emotion in books and scholarly articles as well as in the media. She co-founded the Centre for the History of Emotion at Queen Mary University of London, where she was Honorary Senior Research Fellow in History, and has taught at various other universities around the UK including UCL, Lancaster, and Manchester.

Sunday, 17th November, 3pm – Tom McLeish in conversation with Kirsten Shepherd-Barr on The Poetry and Music of Science

What human qualities are needed to make scientific discoveries, and which to make great art? Many would point to 'imagination' and 'creativity' in the second case but not the first. Tom McLeish challenges the assumption that doing science is in any way less creative than art, music or fictional writing and poetry, and treads a path through common territories of the creative process, weaving the supposed ‘two cultures’ together.

Tom McLeish is Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of York where he works with chemists, engineers and biologists in universities and industry to connect material properties with their molecular structure. He also works on connections between science and policy, history, and the humanities, and has previously published on the relationship between science and religious faith.  

Kirsten Shepherd-Barr is Professor of English at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, whose research interests include the interaction between theatre and science, and the relationship between modernism and theatrical performance.

All talks will be taking place in the Philosophy Department located in the Norrington Room, please note, this area is only accessibly via stairs. Limited seating is allocated on a first come first seated basis, we recommend to arrive early to ensure a seat. For all enquiries email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or call our Customer Service Department on 01865 333623.

For more information about the other events feature in the festival please click on the links below:

Saturday 9th November, 1pm - OUP Oxford Think Festival - 'Heroes or Villains?' Jon Davis & John Rentoul

OUP Oxford Think Festival Saturday 16th November

Thursday 21st November at 1pm - World Philosophy Day Event : Are We Bodies or Souls? with Richard Swinburne

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