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The Open University is taking part in ESRC Festival of Social Science

Dates
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 09:00 to Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 17:00
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Another year has gone by and The Open University is delighted to announce it is once again taking part in the ESRC Festival of Social Science in Northern Ireland, along with Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University.

With an exciting programme of up to thirty-one events running from 4th – 11th November in Belfast and Derry, this programme promises to be our biggest and most compelling yet! This Festival aims to bring social science to the public domain to show how it shapes public policy, contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st century society.

A quick snapshot of OU events can be found below: 

 


 The New Urban Agenda in Belfast New Urban Agenda in Belfast

Date: 8 November 2017

Time: 10.00 - 11.00

Venue: The Open University, 110 Victoria Street, Belfast, BT1 3GN

Showcasing new cutting-edge research, we will engage with young students in the Belfast area to explore the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and the subsequent New Urban Agenda. In an urban context characterised by conflict, what can our young people tell us about the city of Belfast and how will they imagine their city in the future?

Speakers:

  • Dr Philip Horn
  • Dr Belinda Wu
  • Dr Charlotte Cross

This event is for school pupils only. If you are a teacher and have students you think might like to be involved, please contact The Open University in Belfast by emailing alice.byrne@open.ac.uk.


Can the economy be Irish?Can the economy be ‘Irish’? 

Date: 8 November 2017

Time: 18.00 - 19.15

Venue: The Sunflower, 65 Union Street, Belfast, BT1 2JG 

With the looming threat of a hard border between the north and south of Ireland, researchers explore the significant contribution of 'agri-food' in supporting Ireland's economy and culture.

With live music and poetry, this event will playfully explore the delicate balance of interactions between the economy and the role it has played in our unique identity. Will the ramifications of Brexit alter the future of Ireland’s agri-food sector and as a consequence, how will Irish culture adapt?

The speakers are Dr Leslie Budd and Dr Graham Brownlow.

To register for this event, please complete the online form


Social regeneration in Northern Ireland Social regeneration in Northern Ireland

Date: 9 November 2017

Time: 13.00 - 14.00

Venue: Black Box, 18-22 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA 

Who is responsible for social regeneration in Northern Ireland? Northern Ireland is plagued by arrested development when it comes to socio-economic and political issues, largely due to the breakdown of political processes in the region.

Join The Open University's Dr Alessandro Sancino for an open discussion on how local political, managerial and civic leaders can work with citizens to boost social regeneration in the community.

To register for this event, please complete the online form


Female ministryFemale ministry: contexts and challenges

Date: 9 November 2017

Time: 18.00 - 19.30

Venue: St Anne's Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2HB 

Malachi O’Doherty (Chair), Dr Janice Holmes, Rev. Katherine Meyer and Dr Anne Francis

Throughout the history of the Christian Church, women’s ministerial roles have been controversial and contested.

Join us for a fascinating discussion of the historical background to women's ministry and the challenges women in ministry in Ireland continue to face.

The panel, chaired by Malachi O'Doherty, will discuss ways for encouraging women's ministry in the future.

To register for this event, please complete the online form


Wynne Godley: the man who predicted a crisis Wynne Goodley, the man who predicted a crisis

Date: 9 November 2017

Time: 18.00 - 19.00

Venue: The Open University, 110 Victoria Street, Belfast, BT1 3GN

Who is Wynne Godley and why should we care about him? What if we told you this man not only foresaw the 2008 global financial crisis but accurately predicted the Eurozone crisis?

Join our very own Open University economist, Alan Shipman, for a fascinating exploration of Godley's life, firstly as a stage-frightened oboist and finally as a strategic thinker who could have saved us from the meltdown.

To register for this event, please complete the online form


How big data can predict your successes and failuresHow big data can predict your successes and failures 

Date: 10 November 2017

Time: 13.00 - 14.30

Venue: The Open University, 110 Victoria Street, Belfast, BT1 3GN

How does big data shape the future of higher education?

Dr Rogaten from The Open University will host an interactive workshop and debate on how learning analytics (or big data) can be used to predict someone's success or failure and how universities can use this                                                                                                                data to advance students' learning.

                                                                                                            To register for this event, please complete the online form


SPORT: the inequalities  Sport, the inequalities

Date: 10 November 2017

Time: 18.00 - 19.00

Venue: The Sunflower, 65 Union Street, Belfast, BT1 2JG 

What does a footballer look like? When you think of a rugby player or gymnast what kind of person springs to mind? This talk will explore the role our identities, such as gender and sexuality, play in determining what sports (if any) we participate in.

Dr Teresa Willis from The Open University will consider the roles that sporting organisations, the media and our own preconceptions play in perpetuating the barriers certain groups face when participating in sport and how these barriers might be broken down.

To register for this event, please complete the online form


We look forward to seeing you all out and about at the ESRC Festival of Social Science in Northern Ireland 2017!!

 

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