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Anthropology, Philosophy and the State of Nature: Book Launch of Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy by Prof Karl Widerquist @ S1
Jan 26 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Anthropology, Philosophy and the State of Nature: Book Launch of Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy by Prof Karl Widerquist @ S1 | Scotland | United Kingdom

The state of nature, the origin of property, the origin of government, the primordial nature of inequality and war – why do political philosophers talk so much about the Stone Age? And are they talking about a Stone Age that really happened, or is it just a convenient thought experiment to illustrate their points?

Karl Widerquist and Grant S. McCall take a philosophical look at the origin of civilisation, examining political theories to show how claims about prehistory are used. Drawing on the best available evidence from archaeology and anthropology, they show that much of what we think we know about human origins comes from philosophers’ imagination, not scientific investigation.

Join us to discuss this fascinating book and celebrate its publication with author Prof Karl Widerquist. Prof Widerquist will offer an overview of the book, followed by comments from Dr Leila Sinclair Bright (Anthropology, University of Edinburgh) , Dr Simon Hope (Philosophy, University of Stirling) and a Q and A. The event will be followed by a wine reception sponsored by Edinburgh University Press. The event forms part of the Foundations of Normativity Project supported by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.

Edinburgh Medical School: Let’s talk about health: Breast cancer; the advent of personalised medicine @ Queen's Medical Research Institute
Feb 15 @ 4:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Edinburgh Medical School: Let’s talk about health: Breast cancer; the advent of personalised medicine @ Queen's Medical Research Institute | Scotland | United Kingdom

“Let’s Talk About Health” is all about advancing our knowledge of health and what goes wrong in disease. Join us to hear about new research in our University that is increasing our understanding of diseases and providing new advances in treatment. Guests will be able to talk to our young scientists about their research, and S4 and S5 pupils will have an opportunity to tour our labs before the talks. We look forward to seeing you there!

Professor Karen Chapman

University/BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science

Most people associate breast cancer with women. However, men can also be affected. Currently, 1 in 8 women in the UK will be affected by breast cancer during their lifetime. Huge steps have been made in understanding some of the complexities underpinning this disease and developing increasingly effective treatment strategies. This started here in Scotland, with Beatson’s discovery that in some women, removal of the ovaries can shrink tumours. Join us to hear about some of the key advances that have led to over 85% of women now living more than 5 years after diagnosis of breast cancer. We will explore exciting research aimed at developing new treatment strategies, that are personalised to the individual patient’s cancer, to maximise treatment effectiveness and limit unpleasant side-effects.


Dr Helen Creedon, and Professor Val Brunton, Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre, The University of Edinburgh

Doors open 4.30pm with teas and coffees available.

Refreshments available after event.

Photography & filming

This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University or University approved third parties.

For any further information contact the organiser, Karen Chapman [email protected]

Professor Richard English: Nationalism, Terrorism and Religion @ Playfair Library, Old College
Mar 2 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Professor Richard English: Nationalism, Terrorism and Religion @ Playfair Library, Old College | Scotland | United Kingdom

Richard English is Professor of Politics, and Distinguished Professorial Fellow in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, at Queen’s University Belfast.

Event Details

Date: Thursday 2 March 2017, 5.30 – 6.30pm

The lecture may be followed by questions. Latest finishing time is 7pm.

Venue: Playfair Library, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

The Monthlies: Collection of Sanitary Products for the Homeless @ Grassmarket Community Project,
Mar 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Monthlies: Collection of Sanitary Products for the Homeless @ Grassmarket Community Project, | Scotland | United Kingdom

We don’t believe anyone should have to suffer in silence and be unable to access these vital supplies, so we decided to launch The Monthlies. We are collecting donations of unopened packets of sanitary pads, baby wipes, tampons, panty liners, underwear, etc. – some of the essential supplies that people may need to manage their periods, and which no one should have to go without.

In addition to hosting collections at events like this screening of I, Daniel Blake, we’re organising monthly collections at the Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh (the next will be on Monday 6th March from 4-6p.m.) and we’re in the process of setting up more permanent collection boxes around the city for people to donate outwith these times.

Ragged University: ‘The Importance of Being Smelly’ plus ‘Improvised Fiction Meets Research’ @ Cabaret Voltaire
Jun 22 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ragged University: 'The Importance of Being Smelly' plus 'Improvised Fiction Meets Research' @ Cabaret Voltaire | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come along and put your feet up at Ragged University, a free education project where everyone is welcome and we socialise around learning… It is informal and there is a bite to eat, you are also welcome to bring some food to share if you want.


The Importance of Being Smelly by Mairi MacLeod

You might not think your sense of smell is particularly essential, but research is showing that we give and receive all sorts of important signals through the olfactory channel and scientists have dubbed humans “the scented ape”. We glean information on each others’ age, gender, emotions and even personality through our noses, but perhaps the most important function of our sense of smell is that of mate choice.In this talk, I’ll explain why liking your partner’s natural smell is vital for relationship satisfaction, sexual attraction and fidelity, fertility and our children’s health. I’ll also reveal the rather surprising effects of perfume and of “the pill” on the biological signals we give out and receive via smelliness.



There will be some food provided, and everyone is invited to put some food on the table to share if they like – there is no obligation.  During the break there is a chance to eat, have a drink and socialise


Improvised Fiction meets research: Creative and pioneering ethnographic filmmaker Jean Rouch’s lasting legacy by John Morrison

The genesis of the Ethnofiction genre can be attributed to the creative praxis (theory in action) of pioneering French anthropologist and filmmaker Jean Rouch, they can be identified by today’s definitions as hybrids of ethnographic documentary and fictional film genres.

During the 1950s, while working as an ethnologist for the French state in West Africa, Rouch asked the participants of his studies to respond to a subject inspired by aspects of their real-life experiences and act them out in front of the camera as fictional improvisations. This participatory and playful approach to visual ethnography was later dubbed by critics ‘Ethnofiction’.



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Ragged University: ‘Carl Rosa; The Entrepreneur Who Made Opera Popular’ – plus – ‘The Post Modern Doctorate’ Discussion @ Cabaret Voltaire
Apr 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Ragged University: 'Carl Rosa; The Entrepreneur Who Made Opera Popular' - plus - 'The Post Modern Doctorate' Discussion @ Cabaret Voltaire

Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR), doors open at 6.30pm and the talk starts from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to socialise and learn all about Carl Rosa, the man inspired by Opera – plus – the Post Modern Doctorate and how we value knowledge outside of formal education…

Carl Rosa; The Entrepreneur Who Made Opera Popular: or From ‘Juvenile Paganini’ to Operatic Entrepreneur by Iain Fraser

The man who did most to bring opera to Scotland (and indeed Britain) in the golden age of opera, the late nineteenth century, was Karl Rose, a native of Hamburg and by turns a citizen of the USA and finally of Britain. He was active in Britain with Carl Rosa Opera from 1873 until his death in 1889, at the early age of 47.

Rosa believed in the potential of opera for a mass market if performed in English. Just as there were schools of Italian, German and French opera, so Rosa argued there should also be an English school of opera. To this end he commissioned new works from the leading British composers of the day – including two Scots (Alexander Mackenzie and Hamish MacCunn). Rosa built market demand to such an extent that his company, under shifting managements, continued until 1960, by which time opera in the UK required state subsidy to survive.


Post Modern Doctorate – Short Presentation and Discussion by Alex Dunedin

Ragged University as a project has been running for 8 years now at points over four different cities. In the background to the events lots of conversations have been had with universities and colleges about the knowledge and skills people develop in their own lives independent of formal education. Through these conversations with formal educators an idea has emerged which is being brought together called the ‘post modern doctorate’ and I am interested to gauge the interest of people in being involved in the development.

I would like to meet and hear the thoughts of people who would be interested in writing and submitting papers to journals, doing presentations at educational conferences, writing essays which follow conventions of learning and creating your own PhD. This discussion will form the basis of much to come, please register your interest if it is attractive as an idea.


Edinburgh Cancer Immunology Workshop @ Wellcome Auditorium,
Jun 28 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Edinburgh Cancer Immunology Workshop @ Wellcome Auditorium,

Edinburgh Cancer Immunology Workshop