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Social Sciences

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Research into Action: Improving Water Security in Developing Countries Dr Catherine Fallon Grasham and Dr Sara de Wit give talks for the session on research impact. Catherine Fallon Grasham, Sara de Wit 11 Jun 2018
2 Power People: what are we doing with all that energy? Did you know that you are in charge of a power station? It's true. Every time you flick a light switch, a power station somewhere in the UK will respond and generate that little bit of extra power you need for your light. Phil Grunewald 05 May 2016
3 Knowledge Machines How have digital technologies changed research practices in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities? Eric Meyer, Lucie Burgess, Kathryn Eccles, James Smithies 05 Feb 2016
4 Creative Commons Open Data: The Golden Age of Discovery This documentary follows the experiences of a number of academics and researchers at Oxford as they discuss the implications of Open Data for their research, for academia and for humanity. Chris Lintott, Ben Goldacre 15 Jul 2015
5 The end of history? What follows the demographic transition? An overview of the demographic transition, and the demographic regime, since its development in the 1940s. An anthropological departmental seminar by Chris Wilson of ISCA (Oxford) Chris Wilson 28 Apr 2014
6 Creative Commons Warfare and the welfare state: causal mechanisms and effects Professor Herbert Obinger, University of Bremen, gives a talk as part of the Centenary seminar series in Michaelmas Term 2013, celebrating 100 years of social enquiry at Oxford University's Department of Social Policy and Intervention. Herbert Obinger 26 Feb 2014
7 Knowledge and humility in social work: learning from past mistakes Professor Eileen Munro, Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, gives a talk as part of the Centenary seminar series in Michaelmas Term 2013. Eileen Munro 26 Feb 2014
8 Creative Commons Barnett House: a hundred years of research policy and practice George Smith, Teresa Smith, Liz Peretz, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, gave a lecture as part of the Centenary seminar series in Michaelmas Term 2013. George Smith, Teresa Smith, Elizabeth Peretz 26 Feb 2014
9 Wendy Olsen on teaching quantitative methods to social science students Wendy Olsen discusses her experiences and views of what works well when teaching quantitative methods to undergraduate social science students, especially those in Sociology and Social Policy. Wendy Olsen 28 Jan 2014
10 Robert Andersen on teaching quantitative methods to social science students Robert Andersen discusses his experiences and views of what works well when teaching quantitative methods to undergraduate social science students, especially those in Sociology and Social Policy. Robert Andersen 28 Jan 2014
11 Brazilian serialities: imagining persons (24 May 2013) In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Professor Joao de Pina-Cabral (University of Kent) discusses the creative use of personal names in Brazil. Joao de Pina-Cabral 13 Nov 2013
12 Provocations for digital anthropology (30 May 2013) David Zeitlyn discusses parallels between visual and digital anthropology and the dangers of historical myopia. It is too easy to disregard earlier parallels because of the mistaken claim that everything is new and different. David Zeitlyn 13 Nov 2013
13 Looking forward looking back (18 May 2013) Professor David Zeitlyn (University of Oxford) argues for a pluralisation of past, present and future. There are many unconnected or only partially connected literatures on time related issues. David Zeitlyn 13 Nov 2013
14 Alternative Utopias and the Crisis of Imagination (20 June 2013) Professor Alexander Kiossev (University of Sofia in Bulgaria)drawing on his background in cultural studies, spoke about the ways in which 'alternative utopias' can enable creative imaginaries for the types of futures we are able to realise or create. Alexander Kiossev 13 Nov 2013
15 Creative Commons Andy Field on teaching quantitative methods to social science students Andy Field (University of Sussex) discusses his experiences and views of what works well when teaching quantitative methods to undergraduate social science students, especially with mixed ability and low motivation students. Andy Field 09 Sep 2013
16 Creative Commons 3.6 Leveraging Social Science Tools to Understand the Digital Humanities Dr Eric Meyer (Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute) delivers part 6/7 of the lecture "How has technology transformed access and dissemination?". Eric Meyer 18 Feb 2013
17 Alan Agresti on teaching quantitative methods to social science students Alan Agresti discusses his experiences and views of what works well when teaching quantitative methods to undergraduate social science students. Alan Agresti 24 Dec 2012
18 Creative Commons 11. Does Government belong in the bedroom? There are many examples, from the ancient world to Nazi Germany, of attempts to protect or to increase the birth rate and hence population size. Slides to accompany Prof David Coleman's talk on birth control from governments. David Coleman 18 Jul 2012
19 Creative Commons 10. Who's afraid of population decline? Fear of population decline has haunted states ever since states existed. Population size was the basis of the power, security and prosperity of any political entity. Slides to accompany Professor David Coleman's on the fear of population decline. David Coleman 16 Jul 2012
20 Creative Commons 09. Bringing down the birth rate - family planning in the developing world Traditionally, high birth rates were high. But as they were balanced by high death rates, population growth rates were usually very low. Prof David Coleman looks at family planning in the developing world. David Coleman 12 Jul 2012
21 Creative Commons 08. After the demographic transition in the developing world Fertility in all but 12 countries in the world is now falling. Where will it stop? In this talk, Prof David Coleman looks at the demographic transition in the developing world. David Coleman 10 Jul 2012
22 Implementing a Research Culture in the NHS. Medical Anthropology at Oxford The conference 'Medical Anthropology at Oxford: 10 Years at the Intersections', held at ICSA on 23-24 June 2011, marked the first ten years of Medical Anthropology at Oxford. This podcast by Olivier Bazin formed part of the first panel. Olivier Bazin 10 May 2012
23 The self-management of misfortune by use of amulets and charms. Ethnicity and Identity Seminar In this Ethnicity and Identity Seminar on 'Managing Disasters and Misfortune', Eric Edwards (Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford) discusses 'The self-management of misfortune by use of amulets and charms' (3 February 2012). Eric Edwards 10 May 2012
24 There is no such thing as Dian cuisine. Anthropology Departmental Seminar In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Jakob Klein (SOAS) discusses 'Food and locality in twenty-first century China' (11 March 2011). Jakob Klein 10 May 2012
25 Don't throw the baby out with the bathos. Anthropology Departmental Seminar: In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Stephen Reyna (MPI-Halle) discussed 'regimes of truth in an anthropology of hypocrisy' (25 February 2011). Stephen Reyna 10 May 2012
26 On the concept of cultural transmission. Anthropology Departmental Seminar In this Anthropology Departmental Seminar, Roy Ellen (University of Kent) discusses 'On the concept of cultural transmission' (18 February 2011). Roy Ellen 10 May 2012
27 Re-Defining the Museal Object in Mao and post-Mao China. Anthropology Departmental Seminar In this Anthropology Departmental seminar Michael Rowlands (University College London) discusses 'Re-Defining the Museal Object in Mao and post-Mao China'. 13 May 2011. Michael Rowlands 10 May 2012
28 Creative Commons The evolutionary history and genetics of primate brain size In this Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Seminar, Stephen Montgomery (University of Cambridge) discusses "The evolutionary history and genetics of primate brain size." 15 June 2011. Stephen Montgomery 10 May 2012
29 Creative Commons 07. 'Old Europe' - pensions, taxes and alternatives Professor David Coleman from Dept of Social Policy, University of Oxford, gives a talk from his "Demographic Trends and Problems of the Modern World" series talking about the issue of population ageing. David Coleman 27 Apr 2012
30 Creative Commons 06. Demographic behaviour of immigrant and minority populations Professor David Coleman from Dept of Social Policy, University of Oxford, gives a talk from his "Demographic Trends and Problems of the Modern World" series talking about immigrant and minority populations. David Coleman 27 Apr 2012
31 Creative Commons 05. International migration: guest workers, dependents, asylum and others Professor David Coleman from Dept of Social Policy, University of Oxford, gives a talk from his "Demographic Trends and Problems of the Modern World" series talking about international migration. David Coleman 27 Apr 2012
32 Creative Commons 04. The retreat of mortality - 20th and 21st century trends Professor David Coleman from Dept of Social Policy, University of Oxford, gives a talk from his "Demographic Trends and Problems of the Modern World" series talking about trends in mortality. David Coleman 27 Apr 2012
33 Creative Commons 03. The 'Second Demographic Transition' - new forms of family Professor David Coleman from Dept of Social Policy, University of Oxford, gives a talk from his "Demographic Trends and Problems of the Modern World" series talking about the 'Second Demographic Transition'. David Coleman 26 Apr 2012
34 Creative Commons Book Launch: State Control over Private Military and Security Companies in Armed Conflict Hannah Tonkin, Lawyer at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, gives a talk to launch her new book on State control over private military companies in areas of armed conflict. Hannah Tonkin 25 Oct 2011
35 Creative Commons The Social Brain on the Internet In primates and humans alike, the number of social relationships an individual can have is constrained in part by its social cognitive competences and in part by the time available to invest in face-to-face interaction. Robin Dunbar 23 Aug 2011
36 Creative Commons Why the Hominin Cognitive Niche Was and Is a Crucially Socio-cognitive Niche Tooby and deVore argued that hominin evolution hinged on the exploitation of a unique 'cognitive niche'. We propose that a diversity of evidence indicates this was fundamentally a socio-cognitive niche. Andrew Whiten 23 Aug 2011
37 Creative Commons Metacognition and the Social Mind: How Individuals Interact at the Neural Level I will review recent research in neuroimaging and computation neuroscience, and present a new paradigm for studying decision making in pairs. Chris Frith 23 Aug 2011
38 Creative Commons Experiencing Language The evolutionary relationship between human linguistic capacity and humans' emotional make-up has not, as yet, received focused attention. Eva Jablonka 23 Aug 2011
39 Creative Commons Signals, Honesty and the Evolution of Language The evolution of language is a long-standing puzzle for many reasons. One is that its very virtues as a system of communication seem to open the door to ruinous free-riding and deception. Kim Sterelny 23 Aug 2011
40 Creative Commons Embodiment: Taking Sociality Seriously A very wise person of our acquaintance once said, 'Read old books to get new ideas'. Louise Barrett 22 Aug 2011
41 Creative Commons Cortico-cerebellar Evolution and the Distributed Neural Basis of Cognition Biologists interested in cognitive evolution have focussed on the dramatic expansion of the forebrain, particularly the neocortex, in lineages such as primates. Robert Barton 22 Aug 2011
42 A New Comparative Psychology In their classic 1969 paper Hodos and Campbell bemoaned the absence of appropriate evolutionary theory in comparative psychology. In this talk I will argue that despite the advent of Evolutionary Psychology the situation has changed only a little today. Russell Gray 22 Aug 2011
43 Creative Commons The Mystery of Cumulative Culture Human demographic and ecological success is frequently attributed to our capacity for cumulative culture, which allows human knowledge and technology to build up and improve over time. Kevin Laland 22 Aug 2011
44 Creative Commons Cultural Inheritance of Cultural Learning It is widely acknowledged that the cumulative cultural inheritance of technological skills and social practices has played a major role in shaping the ways of life of modern humans. Cecilia Heyes 22 Aug 2011
45 Creative Commons Welcome and Introduction Introduction to the "New Thinking: Advances in the Study of Human Cognitive Evolution" conference. Cecilia Heyes 22 Aug 2011
46 Undertaking Sensitive Research: Ethnographies in the Illegal Sex Industry in post-socialist China Dr Tiantian Zheng, State University of New York, gives a talk on Ethnographies in the Illegal Sex Industry in post-socialist China for the Extra-Legal Governance Institute. Tiantian Zheng 20 Aug 2010