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Sep 30

Indigenous responses to climate change for COP26 – visit TOTEM LATAMAT as it tours the UK

Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 10:00 to Friday, November 19, 2021 - 17:00

In the lead-up to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow this November, OU Professor of Religious Studies Graham Harvey has partnered with Border Crossings to commission Indigenous Mexican artist Jun Tiburcio to design TOTEM LATAMAT. There are dates and locations you can visit the totem on its journey from London to Glasgow for COP26.

Sep 21

Imagination and the Natural World - writers, writing and perception

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 17:30 to 18:30

Online via Zoom

This is 1st seminar of Contemporary Cultures of Writing Seminar Series Autumn 2021 - Climate change and creativity.

How do contemporary writers concerned about climate change begin to address this subject? Can imaginative writing create new ways of relating to the natural world? What is the role of metaphor, symbol or experimental strategies in this? And can writing help develop habits of attention which lead to fresh perceptions? This panel will ask whether climate writing itself is intrinsically an act of political dissent at the present moment.

Aug 31

Conference: British Society of Aesthetics Connections: Conceptual Engineering and Aesthetics

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 09:00 to Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 17:00

Cambridge, UK

British Society of Aesthetics Connections: Conceptual Engineering and Aesthetics conference was planned to take place on 7–8 September 2020 in Cambridge, UK, but was POSTPONED until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jul 26

Live Panel Session at IF: MK International Festival - Encountering Urban Wildlife

Monday, July 26, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:15

Live streamed online

This live virtual panel reflects on our relationships with wildlife in cities in response to Marco Barotti’s Woodpeckers that are installed in public spaces around Milton Keynes during the IF Festival 2021. The panel opens up conversation between environmentally engaged academics, educators, activists, birders, and the public.

Jul 15

Live Talk at IF: MK International Festival - Gaia, Sacred Earth

Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:30

MK Central Middleton Hall, and online

Prof Shonil Bhagwat will give a short lecture followed by a dialogue with British artist Luke Jerram, creator of Gaia, on the topic of Gaia, Sacred Earth, asking if the ways in which we map, represent, talk about, and even talk to the Earth, can change the unsustainable ways in which we relate to our planet.

Jul 7

British Society of Criminology Annual Conference: ‘Crime and Harm: Challenges of Social and Global Justice?'

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 09:00 to Friday, July 9, 2021 - 13:00

Online via Microsoft Teams

We, at the The Open University, are delighted to welcome you to the BSC Conference 2021: ‘Crime and Harm: Challenges of Social and Global Justice?'

Registration is open.

Jun 28

Opening Psychology for Changing Times

Monday, June 28, 2021 - 09:30 to Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 18:30


Located in the School of Psychology and Counselling within The Open University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), the Open Psychology Research Centre is inviting you to its launch event. The launch event will be online and will span from June 28th to July 6th. Registration is open. Programme is available.

Jun 15

StudentHubLive FASS Curriculum Showcase - Exploring the Social and the Global

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 13:30 to 17:00

Have you considered how researchers make sense of the social world and try to improve societies? Do you want to understand how research feeds into our modules? For answers to these questions and more, join us for the Exploring the Social and the Global: New Curriculum in Social Sciences and Global Studies event.

Jun 14

Conference: Improving Access to Higher Education & Employment for Forced Migrants

Monday, June 14, 2021 - 10:00 to 17:00

Virtual Conference, Microsoft Teams Meeting

This conference aims to improve access to higher education and employment opportunities including the role of further education for forced migrants in Wales and beyond.

May 13

Conference: Tobias Smollett at 300: the work of writing

Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 09:00 to Friday, May 14, 2021 - 20:00

Online, via Zoom

This year marks the three-hundredth anniversary of the birth of the Scottish writer Tobias Smollett (1721–1771). The conference will be hosted by the Institute for English Studies, online via Zoom, in two sessions on 13 and 14 May 2021. The event is free to attend but you will need to register. For full details about the programme, including paper abstracts and speaker biographies, see the conference website

To register, follow the link to the IES booking form.

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