Thoughtlines brings you the best academic thinking outside the box from CRASSH at the University of Cambridge. The podcast is presented by Catherine Galloway and produced by Carl Homer at Cambridge TV.
The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) is an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Cambridge.
Founded in 2001, CRASSH came into being as a way to create interdisciplinary dialogue across the University’s many faculties and departments in the arts, social sciences and humanities, as well as to build bridges with scientific subjects. It has now grown into one of the largest humanities institutes in the world and is a major presence in academic life in the UK. It serves at once to draw together disciplinary perspectives in Cambridge and to disseminate new ideas to audiences across Europe and beyond.
Episode 2 - We are what we code, with Dr Marcus Tomalin
In this episode we talk tech with Digital Democracy expert Dr Marcus Tomalin.
Can our computing systems be better and do better? How can we – everyday users and professional coders - spot the hidden biases and fleeting programming decisions that make a lasting difference in ‘real’ life?
And can we even imagine what we’ll be asking Alexa ten years from now?
(This episode was recorded before Covid-19 lockdown restrictions and when face to face teaching at the University of Cambridge was still occurring)
To hear Marcus Tomalin talking more about Artificial Intelligence and Social Change please click here:
To read Marcus Tomalin's journal article on 'Quarantining Online Hate Speech', discussed in this episode, please click here:
Episode 1: We are what we eat, with Dr Melissa Calaresu
In this episode we talk food with cultural historian Dr Melissa Calaresu. The need to nourish ourselves is an eternal, daily preoccupation for all of us, but what we eat, and why, is an altogether meatier subject.
Food is pleasure, performance, politics and even panic.
Which fruit was a full-blown fashion craze in the 1600s? What did an undergraduate Isaac Newton feel guilty about buying? And why are our own early food memories so powerful?
(This episode was recorded before Covid-19 lockdown restrictions)
For a short film on Melissa Calaresu's 'Feast and Fast' exhibition featured in this episode, please click here https://feast-and-fast.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/film/.
For an academic introduction to food culture in Europe from 1500-1800 by Melissa Calaresu please click here https://brill.com/view/journals/jemh/24/1/article-p1_1.xml.
And for more of Melissa Calaresu's research on the Neopolitan food experiences of Welsh painter Thomas Jones, featured in this episode, please click here https://brill.com/view/journals/jemh/24/1/article-p84_5.xml.
Welcome to Thoughtlines, a podcast celebrating the best of academic thinking outside the box, from CRASSH at the University of Cambridge.