Social Science in the City news and events

Latest newsletter along with past and upcoming events.


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Upcoming events

Following careful consideration of the current course of the COVID-19 pandemic, all events are currently postponed and we are working on new dates. All ticket buyers will receive refunds.

In the meantime, our thoughts go out to all those whose health is impacted here in Bristol, across the UK, Europe and the world.

There are currently no upcoming events.

'Scars' film released

A new short film titled ‘Scars’, produced for The Guardian in association with UWE’s Centre for Appearance Research (CAR), has been released. Directed and produced by Rebecca Lloyd Evans and Laura Dodsworth, Scars features the unique stories of five people for whom their scars changed how they see the world, and how the world sees them.

A planned screening plus Q&A with the filmmakers, as part of the Social Science in the City programme, has been postponed due to COVID-19. However in the meantime, the film is available on The Guardian website and the team at CAR have launched a brief online study to assess how it might impact people's attitudes towards their own and other people's appearances.

Take part in this brief study and watch the short film

Thought in Action: Conversations about Cinema

Conversations About Cinema returned in 2019 with Thought In Action. The strand, presented in partnership with UWE Bristol's Department of Philosophy and Department of Politics and International Relations, provides an opportunity for audiences to engage in deeper conversation about issues and ideas arising from films in our programme.

Starting from October 2019, UWE Bristol and Watershed will present one film roughly each month. A genuinely multi-disciplinary team of philosophers, political theorists, and cinema curators and producers have established a programme that includes movies of great impact – at the same time, appealing and inspirational for any audience.

A list of speakers with different backgrounds and interests, ranging from university scholars to public intellectuals and activists, will contribute to animate and involve audiences in debates that will tackle some fundamental issues of today’s reality. The goal is not necessarily in finding answers but in enjoying the conversation, and exploring every implication that watching a great film can possibly contain.

This extension of Watershed's Conversations About Cinema in partnership with UWE Bristol's Philosophy and Politics film club is generously supported by Social Science in the City and the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

Thought in Action series

Past events

Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Date: 10 March 2020
Speaker: Roberto Mordacci, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy (University San Raffaele, Milan)

Date: 25 February 2020
Speaker: Maria Russo, UWE Bristol Visiting Fellow (University San Raffaele, Milan)

The Lighthouse @ Thought in Action: Conversations about Cinema
Date: 11 February 2020
Venue: Watershed
Speakers: Dr Katrina Mitcheson, Dr Miltos Hadjiosif, and Dr Henrique Tavares Furtado

Bristol: Takes Drugs Seriously
Date: 23 February 2019
Venue: Colston Hall

UWE Bristol Lecturer in Criminology, Dr Jack Spicer, co-organised an event with the University of Bristol and Transform Drug Policy Foundation entitled Bristol: Takes Drugs Seriously at the Colston Hall. Consisting of a public exhibition, keynote speech and open debate, it was attended by over 200 people including drug service users, current and former UWE Bristol students, politicians, the media and a diverse range of practitioners. There were some excellent outcomes from the event including Jack and his research being profiled in Bristol 24/7.

Thought in Action: Conversations about Cinema: Monos (Philosophy/Politics stream)
Date: 5 November 2019
Venue: Watershed

Thought in Action: Conversations about Cinema: For Sama (Philosophy/Politics stream)
Date: 8 October 2019
Venue: Watershed

Agora Europe: ’Solidarity and Europe’ (Philosophy stream)
Date: 24 June 2019
Venue: Watershed

Thought in Action: Conversations about Cinema: High Life (Philosophy/Politics stream)
Date: 14 May 2019
Venue: Watershed

Critical Theory Feminism Conference
Dates: 3, 4, and 5 May 2019
Venue: Future Inns

Space, Sound, Sensation
Dates: 27, 28 and 29 April 2019
Venue: Saint Paul's Crypt

How Could We Keep Hoping for a Future? A meeting chaired by Luce Irigaray and Katrina Mitcheson
Date: 12 April 2019
Venue: Watershed

Thought in Action: Conversations about Cinema: Happy as Lazzaro (Philosophy/Politics stream)
Date: 9 April 2019
Venue: Watershed

Autism as a hidden disorder - Implications for parents and professionals
Date: 14 March 2019
Venue: Watershed

Thought in Action: Conversations about Cinema – Capernaum
Date: 5 March 2019
Venue: Watershed

Politics Cafes: Post-work city: A conversation on the future
Date: 12 February 2019
Venue: The Station Kitchen, YMCA

Thought in Action: Conversations about Cinema: Vice (Philosophy/Politics stream)
Date: 7 February 2019
Venue: Watershed

Vulnerability, Exclusion and Domination. Woman one: A play based on “The Monologue” by Simone de Beauvoir. (Philosophy stream)
Date: 1 and 2 February 2019
Venue: Arnolfini and Watershed

SSC: The Politics of International Criminal Law (Politics stream)
Date: 30 January 2019
Venue: Watershed

Thought in Action: Conversations about Cinema: Disobedience (film) (Philosophy/Politics stream)
Date: 4 December 2018
Venue: Watershed

Anticipating Brexit: Rights, belongings, opportunities, prosperities (Sociology)
Date: 28 November 2018
Venue: SS Great Britain

Thought in Action: Conversations about Cinema: Utøya – July 22 (Philosophy/Politics stream)
Date: 30 October 2018
Venue: Watershed

Art and its materials: Slime’s sublime and the fate of natural beauty (Philosophy)
Date: 16 October 2018
Venue: Spike Island