News - October 2012

Drawing conclusions about our society

5 October 2012

Find out how social sciences help make sense of our world as part of a major festival coming to Hull this autumn.

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Starting with a an interactive exhibition opening on 5 October, the national Festival of Social Science is being held in Hull for the first time, and aims to highlight how the likes of criminology, sociology and anthropology help us to understand ourselves and shape the policies which affect us.

The festival is being organised in East Yorkshire by the University of Hull’s Department of Social Sciences. It kicks off with ‘Social Scribbler’, an interactive event in association with established event ‘The Big Draw’, which asks visitors to contribute to an exhibition looking at community, diversity and migration.

Social Scribbler will run for five weeks, with the final week (November 3 to 10) coinciding with the Festival of Social Science events happening across the country.

Professor Peter Young of Criminology at the University of Hull, is responsible for public engagement in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, which is co-funding the exhibition. He said: “This is a great opportunity for the University to reach out to our surrounding communities in order to demonstrate the real contribution research in the social sciences can make to the quality of their lives and their wellbeing. We now face immense and rapid social changes in all aspects of social life. Our research aims to help us understand these changes and explain them. The exhibition at Artlink is one way we wish to share with others our understanding of these changes and what they could mean for the future.”

The Festival of Social Science is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The ESRC invites universities to host events and this is the first time Hull has been a host institution.

Social Scribbler will be followed by events at the Willow Women’s Centre on ‘Meanings of Security in our Lives’ from 5 to 9 November, and at the Ferens Art Gallery on ‘21st Century Lives’ on Saturday 10 November.

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