Category Archives: Videos

Videocasts from the Gender and Sport seminar in May

Participation in sport is commonly conceptualised as a public good (for health, for the economy, for national identity), especially in the light of the upcoming London 2012 Olympics. but how is sport gendered? How are gender inequalities challenged and / or reinforced in contemporary mainstream and non-mainstream sporting practice?

To see video recordings of the talks by Belinda Wheaton, Louise Mansfield and Karen Throsby, please click on the titles. When you reach the opening page, select “Default Light” and launch the Echo Player (which shows the speaker, plus an inset window showing the slides). Please get in touch if you have difficulty viewing the videos. You can also view the Powerpoint slides for Tess Kay’s presentation.

Dr Louise Mansfield, Brunel University

Walking out: sport, physical activity and health legacies for girls and women post “London 2012″

Professor Tess Kay, Brunel University

Go girl! Critiquing the use of sport for female empowerment in international development

Dr Belinda Wheaton, Brighton University

Lifestyle sports, gendered bodies and the politics of identity

Dr Karen Throsby, University of Warwick

“Man up”: marathon swimming and the gendered body

Who will recognize Humanity 2.0 and will it recognize us?

If ‘Humanity 1.0’ is the proverbial ‘normal human being’ that our laws have been traditionally designed to empower and protect, then who is ‘Humanity 2.0’? For the most part, the prospects for ‘Humanity 2.0’ largely replay in a new key what I call in my new book the ‘bipolar disorder’ that has always accompanied the human condition: Are we ‘glorified animals’ who should become more embedded in nature or ‘minor deities’ with the potential to achieve full godlike powers? Until the modern period, theology was the natural home for this discussion. But nowadays it is increasingly the subject of public debate. On the one hand are those – often called ‘posthumanists’ – who believe that anthropocentrism is a dangerous conceit. They typically adopt a Darwinian view that we are just one amongst many species who cohabit the planet and who eventually will become extinct and replaced by something perhaps quite unrecognisable. On the other hand are those – often called ‘transhumanists’ – who believe in humanity’s unique ability (if not obligation) to take control of evolution and steer it in directions that project our most desirable features (usually our minds) into perpetuity, even if it means abandoning our biological bodies. While both views may seem wildly futuristic, in fact people are already beginning to live lives that assume one or the other future will come about.

(from Virtual Futures on Vimeo)

Steve Fuller on Consciousness

Steve Fuller on Adaptive Preferences

Interview with Professor David Wilson

In this video, produced by the Association of Business Schools, Professor David Wilson talks about his experiences as Acting Dean and Deputy Dean of Warwick Business School before he became Chair of Warwick’s Sociology department this year.

Spotlight on Asexuality Studies

“Spotlight on Asexuality Studies” was a groundbreaking event hosted by the Identity Repertoires/Mind the Gap research group in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK.  Academics, activists, community members, therapists and students gathered in the university library and online to discuss contemporary asexual research, with papers presented both in-person and from the United States and Canada via video-conference.

For more information about the event, see the website.

Humanity 2.0 debate at the RSA

Steve Fuller on Interdisciplinarity (a lecture in 3 parts)



Spotlight on Asexuality Studies

“Spotlight on Asexuality Studies” was a groundbreaking event hosted by the Identity Repertoires/Mind the Gap research group in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK.  Academics, activists, community members, therapists and students gathered in the university library and online to discuss contemporary asexual research, with papers presented both in-person and from the United States and Canada via video-conference.

For more information about the event, see the website.

Using Warwick ePortfolios

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