Drawing conclusions about our society
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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.
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.