Royal Holloway, University of London invites you to join us as we untangle topics ranging from monsters to music and Brexit to Roman dinner parties. Our experts dispel myths and tell us what’s exciting them in this research podcast for the general listener. Grab a cup of tea and settle in.
Virtual Reality in Filmmaking - Mary Matheson
Mary Matheson, talks to us about the exciting immersive worlds of virtual reality and augmented reality, and how these emerging and fast-growing technologies can be used to tell stories in a way they’ve never been told before – allowing us to vividly experience different times, cultures, issues and places. She discusses her latest projects, including a collaborative piece exploring underground clubs for black people in nineteen-eighties London, as well as what impact covid-19 has had on virtual reality.
The Crown and the Royal Brand - Professor Pauline MacLaran
Professor of Marketing and Consumer Research Pauline MacLaran, of the School of Business and Management, discusses the careful brand cultivation of the Royal Family, including the fine balance between their accessibility and mystique, their representation in popular culture such as the hit Netflix series The Crown, and the precarious position of the royal brand’s future.
Why do we like birds? - Dr Steve Portugal
Dr Steve Portugal, Reader in Animal Behaviour and Physiology, in the Department of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway, discusses his passion for birds and how they feature in his research and teaching. He also ponders why do pigeons get such a bad press, and how important are birds in bringing us all closer to nature?
Professor Laura Sjoberg - How to Marry for Power
Professor Laura Sjoberg joins Summer and Greg to discuss why the study of gender is important in a conversation of politics and international relations. They talk about how marriage and sexual politics affect national borders today as well as historically and they discuss the book Professor Sjoberg is working on as well as the Gender Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Polar future - conflicting claims and the cost of climate change
We’re always hearing about climate change and worries over the polar regions, but what does it all actually mean? Greg and Summer are joined by Professor Klaus Dodds and Dr Bethan Davies who discuss the physical and human concerns facing the polar regions today.
Episode 5 - Dr John Sellars - Do Stoics have emotions?
Episode 5 of the Seminar Sessions podcast is here! Dr John Sellars from the Department of Politics, International Relations, and Philosophy joins hosts Summer and Greg to discuss his work around Stoicism, his recent book Lessons in Stoicism, and how Stoic philosophy can offer a guide for living in the 21st century by reducing negative emotions and increasing our sense of wellbeing.