All University seminars furthering dialogue in extraordinary times

What do the dark night sky, COVID19 and Americanisation of International Economics have in common?

They are all topics of the recently inaugurated webinar series. The organiser, Professor Leïla Choukroune, is bringing together researchers from all disciplines, and inviting specialist and non-specialist audience to get involved with major topics facing society today.

Professor Choukroune’s idea was to design an all University Interdisciplinary Research Webinar Series to interact with colleagues during isolation, helping to support and promote projects across academia, and creating fruitful and meaningful conversations across a wide-range of subjects.

The extraordinary circumstances we are now facing call for renewed research and thinking.  Interdisciplinary research is particularly relevant to address the most pressing issues of our time and reflect upon pathways for the future. This intellectual journey is key to the development of our own scholarships as much as it is to the evolution of our University. UoP Themes have been designed to trigger and further this dialogue between disciplines

Professor Leïla Choukroune

The subjects of the talks are down to the speakers to choose, but there is one rule: the topic must be interdisciplinary in nature. The aim is to create a webinar series which is therefore accessible to a larger audience.

The multifaceted nature of the webinars have so far resulted in some fascinating and broad-ranging topics, including:

  • Bodies and Citizens in Times of Pandemics: Longitudinal Perspectives
  • Heritage in times of Crisis: A Perspective on Conflicts and their Impact on Cultural Heritage and Values
  • Why is the Night Sky Dark?
  • The Americanisation of the International Economic Order and its Normative Boundaries
  • What Development Aid Policy post-Covid-19 Crisis?
  • COVID19: Has the UK Government got it right? What Public Health Policy for Sanity Emergencies?

The first webinar in the series was opened by Professor Leïla Choukroune alongside Professor David Andress, who examined the reaction of States and societies when bodies become dangerous in themselves, not as individual citizens who could be held to account, but as physical carriers of contagion. The talk also addressed the temptation to escalate emergency powers and the potential pressure from the general population to do so, and what that means for democracy.

Join as a listener

The Research Futures webinar series is free to join and takes place on Wednesdays (2pm-3pm). To access the event, please see event details on Eventbrite or email for details.

Join as a speaker

Email Professor Choukroune directly, or message us at if you are interested in presenting a seminar.