29 episodes

The Curiosity Conversation speaks with a different expert every month to explore the world through the unexpected, ground-breaking or contested aspects of the stories museums tell.

The Curiosity Conversation drops on the final Thursday of each month and is brought to you by the Museums of the University of St Andrews.

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The Curiosity Conversation speaks with a different expert every month to explore the world through the unexpected, ground-breaking or contested aspects of the stories museums tell.

The Curiosity Conversation drops on the final Thursday of each month and is brought to you by the Museums of the University of St Andrews.

Show theme © Lidhmusic

    Dr Peter Mackay: Return to Mingulay

    Dr Peter Mackay: Return to Mingulay

    Join Matt and Eilidh as they speak with Dr Peter Mackay, School of English, to discuss the cultural importance of a tiny island off the west coast of Scotland.



    What can history tell us about the ways communities develop in relation to place? Find out more in this exciting episode.

    • 28 min
    Dr Manon Schweinfurth: What Makes Us Human - Your Questions

    Dr Manon Schweinfurth: What Makes Us Human - Your Questions

    Today, Matt and Eilidh ask Dr Manon Schweinfurth from the School of Psychology and Neuroscience some of your questions from the What Makes Us Human? exhibition. How much of our DNA is shared with potatoes? And are cats smarter than dogs? All answered in this exciting episode.

    • 24 min
    Dr Cat Hobaiter: I Want to be Like You

    Dr Cat Hobaiter: I Want to be Like You

    In this Episode, Eilidh and Matt speak to Dr Cat Hobaiter, Reader in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, about whether
    communication in chimps might mean that humans aren’t as unique as we might like to think

    Check out the Great Ape Dictionary: https://greatapedictionary.ac.uk/

    Learn more about the exhibition: https://what-makes-us-human.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/

    • 29 min
    Dr Ellen Garland: You Say You Want a Revolution

    Dr Ellen Garland: You Say You Want a Revolution

    In this episode of the Curiosity Conversation, Eilidh and Matt speak to Dr Ellen Garland, Senior Research Fellow in the School of Biology.

    'You tell me that it's evolution, well you know we all want to change the world' - so said the Beatles. But do whales have cultural revolutions? And if so, does this mean that humans aren't as unique as we might like to think?

    • 30 min
    Dr Alice König: Somewhere to Stay

    Dr Alice König: Somewhere to Stay

    In this episode of The Curiosity Conversation, Eilidh and Matt speak to Dr Alice König, Senior Lecturer in the School of Classics.

    Find out about the stories museums can tell about war and peace through different artistic mediums, and follow Anna and Diana's story through to the creation of the exhibition 'Somewhere to Stay'.



    Explore 'Visualising Forced Migration' here: https://forcedmigration.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/2022/11/03/jk/

    • 30 min
    Dr Manon Schweinfurth: What Makes Us Human

    Dr Manon Schweinfurth: What Makes Us Human

    Today, Matt and Eilidh speak to Dr Manon Schweinfurth, who is working with the Museums on their upcoming exhibition, What Makes Us Human? which opens on 28 May 2023.

    The exhibition examines whether humans are really as unique as we like to think - and if we're not, what impact does this have on our relationship with the rest of the animal kingdom? This episode gets to the heart of this question - what is it about rats and reciprocity that prove we're not as unique as previously thought?



    Visit Manon's lab website here - About - manon-schweinfurths Webseite! (jimdofree.com)

    And learn more about the exhibition here - What Makes Us Human? – Humans are unique. Or so we like to think. But are we really? (st-andrews.ac.uk)

    • 28 min

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