University of Dundee Culture Day - Radical!

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Baxter room 1.36, Tower Building

University of Dundee



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The 15th annual University of Dundee Culture Day

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The University’s annual Culture Day is a stimulating mix of talks and presentations across a wide-range of subjects united by a common theme. This year Culture Day celebrates its 15th birthday and like any stroppy teenager we’re in a radical mood! From radical politics to free radicals in our bodies, this stimulating event will definitely challenge the status quo.





Peter Mossey (School of Dentistry) –

Dentists without Drills - The switch from intervention to prevention

The future of the Dental profession may look very different from what the current situation is. Dentists and undergraduate dental curricula in the future will increasingly use evidence-based techniques to prevent dental decay and gum disease and therefore get rid of the need for drilling teeth. Peter will elaborate on the drivers for these radical changes.


Ellie Harrison (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design)

Art, Activism and Well-Being in the City

Artist and Lecturer in Contemporary Art Practices, Ellie will introduce her new book 'The Glasgow Effect' focusing on her controversial art project which saw her confined to Glasgow for a whole year.


Richard Holme (School of Education & Social Work)

Pies, Pints and Professional Development

Traditional school-based professional development for teachers is far from radical. And for people in the ‘business of learning’, many teachers aren’t that keen to learn either. But some teachers are challenging this, by taking control of their development. The BrewEd movement is now organising high quality professional development days … in the local pub. Richard will explore how and why this is happening.


Tim Morris (School of Humanities)

Radicals of Modernist Poetry

The Modernists of the early 20th century instigated a shift away from traditional poetic forms and embraced experimentalism and the avant-garde. Tim introduces some examples of the radical forms of composition that challenged and sometimes outraged contemporary readers, as poetry attempted to reflect the crises and uncertainties of the Modern Age.

2.35pm Break for refreshments


Inke Nathke (School of Life Sciences)

How, where and who: radical changes in research culture over the centuries

Using her own area of cancer research as an example, Inke will discuss the changes to research culture over the past 100 years. Originally focused solely on doctors and patients, today’s research encompasses a far more diverse group of people, and involves radically different technology and research capabilities. These changes have, however, introduced challenges which affect how research culture works.


Kenneth Baxter (Archive Services)

Archives of a Radical University

Dundee is known as the Radical Toun. Since it was founded in 1881 as University College, Dundee, the University of Dundee could fairly be described as a radical institution, starting with its revolutionary admission of men and women on equal terms. Since then it has also been the home to radical research and radical thinking. This talk will show how the University's Archives reveal this remarkable history.


Jane Fenton (School of Education & Social Work)

Social Work for Lazy Radicals

Should social workers be radical? Jane Fenton thinks so. This talk will summarise the thinking behind a ‘lazy radical’ approach to social work and will explain how such an approach can help recapture the moral heart of social work from the forces of neoliberalism and managerialism. Anyone who is at all interested in social work will have an opinion about the ideas presented here!

3.40 Break


Matthew Jarron (Museum Services)

A Radical Monument? The controversial saga of the war memorial on the Law

The huge granite war memorial on Dundee Law was unveiled in 1925, and remains to this day the largest piece of public sculpture in the city. It followed six years of arguments and debates about the best way to remember those who had died during the Great War. This talk will explore its troubled origins.


Matt Graham (School of Humanities)

Steve Biko and Black Consciousness: Remembering radical black thinking in the struggle against apartheid

While Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo and Desmond Tutu are celebrated heroes in the struggle against white minority rule in South Africa, the post-apartheid era has witnessed the rewriting of the past, excluding certain leaders and organisations. One such person is Bantu Steven Biko, who led the enormously influential Black Consciousness Movement, and deserves to be recognised as one of the giants of the anti-apartheid struggle. This talk will explore the emergence of Black Consciousness, which Matt will argue deserves greater acknowledgment in the modern history of South Africa.


Beverley Searle (School of Social Sciences)

Wellbeing: how to save the planet

From well-known natural historians to school children, it is recognised that radical change is needed if we are to address the significant challenges affecting the environment. The first phase of that change, arguably, is to challenge our own beliefs and sense of personal meaning in the world. This presentation will demonstrate how an individual’s wellbeing is an important contribution to whether or not they recognise a need for radical change to save the planet.


Neil Paterson (Botanic Garden) –

Deep Down and Dirty: radicles, roots and the endangered soil ecosystem.

Forget oil - after water, fertile soil is humanity’s most precious resource. We’ll think about the plant embryo’s first root (the ‘radicle’) and its adventures in the harsh soil environment, then see how alarmingly threatened the soil ecosystem is and what can be done to conserve it.

5.00pm End

You are welcome to attend as much or as little of the event as you wish. Refreshments will be provided during the breaks.

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University of Dundee



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