BU’s Fusion Inaugural Lecture Series

BU’s Fusion Inaugural Lecture Series gives our newly appointed professors the opportunity to share an insight into their field of work, research interests and achievements to date.

Members of the public, staff and students are all invited to attend and step into the fascinating world of research and innovation at BU.  We hope you enjoy the opportunity to learn something new and be inspired by some of our leading academics.

Upcoming lectures

What it means to be a monkey on the planet of the people

24 January 2019, 6:30pm for 7pm, Bournemouth Natural Science Society.

In this inaugural lecture, Professor Amanda Korstjens will explore how monkey and ape behaviours are shaped by their environment. She will also explain how human modifications to natural environments and climate change are affecting monkeys and apes globally, drawing on her research expertise and work in locations across the world.

Professor Amanda Korstjens is a behavioural ecologist, who studies animals in their natural environments. Her work has taken her around the world to places such as Indonesia, Côte d’Ivoire, Costa Rica and Uganda.

You can book your free tickets here.

Seeking community creatively: one social worker’s journey

26 February 2019, 6:30pm for 7pm, Poole Lighthouse

Professor Lee-Ann Fenge will use a narrative approach to explore identity, belonging and connectivity to ‘place’ in an exploration of the meaning of community and family and their resonances across the life course. Her personal narrative—from childhood, through social work practice to present-day academic research—will illustrate how notions of identity and connectivity remain central to her thinking and her outputs.

Discussion will include consideration of the role of ‘voice’ in research and the mechanisms that can ‘silence’ it. Performative Social Science and participatory approaches to research leading to co-production will be considered. She will illustrate this by using excerpts from a number of projects that she has undertaken creatively, including film and poetic inquiry.

Professor Lee-Ann Fenge began her career as a social worker, before moving into academia over 20 years ago. She is Director of the Research Centre for Seldom Heard Voices and has been involved in a variety of projects linked to the use of participative methodologies with older people, youth, and the homeless specifically linked to social inclusion and the voice of underrepresented groups.

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The full programme for the 2018/19 academic year can be downloaded here.

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