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Apr 20

Economics Seminar Series: Financial Inclusion: The Way Forward

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 12:30 to 14:00

Online via Teams

This presentation, led by Dr Rajiv Prabhakar, will be of interest to anyone engaged in problems of financial planning and management, social inclusion and deprivation, and strategies for recovery.

Mar 18

Conference: ‘The Reader in the Book: Books, Reading and Libraries in Fiction’

Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 09:30 to Friday, March 26, 2021 - 16:30

Online, via Zoom

OU English researchers will participate in an online conference, ‘The Reader in the Book: Books, Reading and Libraries in Fiction’, organised by the Institute of English Studies, Senate House London, and hosted via Zoom on 18, 19, 25 and 26 March 2021

Feb 23

Time to Think: Open University Journeys in British and Irish prisons, 1972–2000

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 14:30 to 16:00


Drawing upon the archive’s visual and audio materials, this presentation will discuss the importance of the project in capturing educational journeys and stories of the past which highlight contested spaces and political identities, as well as illustrating that the collection provides an important resource in the present and future.

Speaker: Philip O’Sullivan and Gabi Kent (Open University)

Jan 26

Stuart Hood: Twentieth-Century Partisan

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 17:30 to 19:00

Online, via Zoom

You are invited to a discussion of the life and work of Stuart Hood (1915-2011). Highlighting Hood’s experiences fighting with the Italian Resistance in the Second World War, contributors discuss Hood’s multi-faceted post-war achievements: as a broadcaster who presided over a period of unprecedented creativity at the BBC; as one of the founding figures of media studies; as the translator of over 40 works from Italian, German, French and Russian; and as the author of the acclaimed war memoir, Pebbles from my Skull, as well as eight well-received novels.

Nov 19

An Introduction to the Arctic – A British Museum collaboration

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 17:30 to 19:45

Online, via Zoom

Join the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) for a free event on November 19th in collaboration with the British Museum; the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge; and the Natural Environment Research Council Arctic Office.

Nov 13

Eco-creativity: Music, Religion, Activism

Friday, November 13, 2020 - 10:00 to 17:00

An Online Conference, The Open University

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to foster dialogue around the interactions between music, religion and politics in the context of the ecological crisis.

Nov 3

Bookshelves in the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic conference - Registration now closed

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 10:00 to Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 20:00

Online, via Microsoft Teams

Organised by the History of Books and Reading (HOBAR) research collaboration, this conference invites proposals from researchers in all relevant disciplines (book history, literary studies, publishing studies, cultural studies, anthropology, visual and material culture, librarianship, digital cultures etc).

Oct 29

How to get published: An event presented in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 18:00 to Friday, October 30, 2020 - 20:15

Online, via 'Writers and Artists Website'

After holding Sold Out events at the Open University offices of Edinburgh, London, Cardiff & Belfast, we are moving to an online incarnation of our successful pre-pandemic conference format. Which means business as usual, with a line-up of acclaimed authors, commissioning editors and literary agents on hand to offer tips on the creative process as well as invaluable insight into the world of publishing.

Oct 16

Best practices to recruit and retain woman in tech - lessons from India

Friday, October 16, 2020 - 12:00 to 13:00

Online, via Microsoft Teams

The panel discussion will reflect on the best practices learned from India to recruit and retain women in tech. The panellists will reflect on the findings published from Gender, Skilled Migration and IT project (GSM-IT).  The speakers will share what they have learned from the published findings, how they have used the findings to change their practice, and how they might use the findings in the future.

Sep 15

Festivals Research and Covid 19: Virtual Community, Activism, Spirituality

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 11:00 to 17:00

An Online Conference, The Open University

This online conference investigates key themes in festivals and protestivals research and the newly prefigured virtual counterparts for community, activism and spirituality.

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