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Black preachers, dance music and the dark side of brand – Public Lecture Series Autumn 2019

Black preachers, dance music and the dark side of brand will be discussed as part of the University’s public lecture series this autumn – including two inaugural lectures from Portsmouth academics. 

Between 2,000 to 3,000 people a year attend the popular free events, sharing information on fascinating research conducted at Portsmouth or by experts outside the University.  

Staff and students can book their places via the Eventbrite links below before they become fully booked. 

Leverhulme Lecture: The Credibility Revolution in the Life Sciences

A public lecture by D. Stephen Lindsay, Professor of Psychology, University of Victoria (UVic), British Columbia

D. Stephen Lindsay

Replicability is an important part of the scientific process. It helps eliminate errors and ensure the accuracy and reliability of results. However, questions have been raised recently as to the replicability of scientific findings in several disciplines (psychology, education, economics, pharmacology, cancer biology). In this talk, Professor Lindsay aims to help us understand the underlying problems that led to this “replication crisis” and the methodological reforms that are correcting those problems. He argues that life sciences are entering a renaissance period thanks to methodological reform, advances in computing that promote collaborative research projects across multiple laboratories, and shifts in incentives that reward transparency.

Professor D. Stephen Lindsay is a cognitive psychologist in the field of memory, and a professor of psychology at UVic, British Columbia. He is the Editor of Psychological Science.

Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, which enables eminent researchers from overseas to come to the UK and share their skills and knowledge and has been organised in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth Open Science Network.

Date: Wednesday 9 October 2019

Time: 6.00pm-7.00pm, followed by a drinks reception

Venue: University of Portsmouth, Park Building, King Henry I Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ

Parking: Milldam car park on Burnaby Road (PO1 3RE) is available after 5pm

Admission is free, but please book a place on Eventbrite 

Black Preachers in Georgian Portsmouth

A public lecture by Dr Ryan Hanley, lecturer in Modern British History, University of Exeter

Image of preacher John Jea from his autobiography

Portsmouth is not the first place that springs to mind when we imagine the eighteenth-century black British presence. But, as ‘the world’s greatest naval port’, it served as one of the main entry points for African and African-American sailors travelling to Britain. When they arrived among the dirt, noise and drunkenness of the industrialising port city, some of these individuals took it upon themselves to save the souls of Portsmouth’s ‘poor sinners’. What did these pioneering figures make of Pompey, and how were they treated by the locals when they arrived? What exactly did they preach here? And how did they carve out a life for themselves during an age of slavery? In celebration of Black History Month, this paper explores the experiences of three key black preachers in Georgian Portsmouth.

Ryan Hanley is Lecturer in Modern British History at the University of Exeter. He is the author of several articles on black intellectuals in eighteenth-century Britain, and is co-editor, with Katie Donington and Jessica Moody, of Britain’s History and Memory of Transatlantic Slavery (Liverpool UP, 2016). His first monograph, Beyond Slavery and Abolition: Black British Writing, c.1770-1838 (Cambridge UP, 2018) was awarded the Royal Historical Society Whitfield Prize in 2019.

This Black History Month lecture is organised in collaboration with the Citizenship, Race and Belonging research network at the University of Portsmouth.

Date: Wednesday 16 October 2019

Time: 6.00pm-7.00pm, followed by a drinks reception

Venue: University of Portsmouth, King Henry Building, King Henry I Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DY

Parking: Milldam car park on Burnaby Road (PO1 3RE) is available after 5pm

Admission is free, but please book a place on Eventbrite

Bright and Dark Side of Brands

Inaugural lecture by Yuksel Ekinci, Professor of Marketing, University of Portsmouth.

Yuksel Ekinci

Existing studies investigating the notion of consumer-brand relationships acknowledge its value for companies and consumers. Today, brand equity is one of the most valuable business assets as it has positive influences on consumer purchasing behaviour and firm performance. Despite recognising the positive effect of brands on consumer behaviour, little attention has been put on their dark side. This public lecture examines brands from a consumer perspective and discusses their positive and negative implications on consumer behaviour.

Date: Wednesday 23 October 2019

Time: 6.00pm-7.00pm, followed by a drinks reception

Venue: University of Portsmouth, Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH

Parking: Milldam car park on Burnaby Road (PO1 3RE) is available after 5pm

Admission is free, but please book a place on Eventbrite

Doing what you love: the aesthetics of work motivation

Inaugural lecture by Sam Warren, Professor in Organisation Studies and HRM, University of Portsmouth.

Sam Warren

A leading researcher of organizational aesthetics, and pioneer of photographic visual-sensory research methods in business studies since 2002, Samantha is currently investigating female electronic music producers’ careers, while learning to produce music herself. Both an autoethnographic research strategy and a lifelong ambition, she will discuss this fusion of ‘work’ and ‘life’ in her lecture, as a central motif of contemporary work motivation.

Date: Wednesday 6 November 2019

Time: 6.00pm-7.00pm, followed by a drinks reception

Venue: University of Portsmouth, Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH

Parking: Milldam car park on Burnaby Road (PO1 3RE) is available after 5pm

Admission is free, but please book a place on Eventbrite.

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