How to support those affected by disaster
Thursday 15 August 19:30 - 21:00
Whilst humanitarian laws including the Geneva Conventions uphold universal obligations to protect all civilians, the reality in most global crises is that women and children suffer the most. Often victims of abuse or neglect, they are voiceless and...
Cometh the Sex Robots
Thursday 15 August 20:45 - 21:45
Sex robots may once have been the domain of science fiction but in Turned On, computer scientist and senior lecturer in Social and Cultural Artificial Intelligence, Kate Devlin asks how emerging technologies are making them a reality. From the automata...
In Search of Freedom
Friday 16 August 15:30 - 16:30
Layla AlAmmar was signed by her US agent after an open call for Muslim writers following President Trump’s Muslim travel ban. Her debut, The Pact We Made, traverses family, duty and freedom in contemporary Kuwait. The revelatory Sea Monsters by Chloe...
The Perfect Diet
Friday 16 August 19:30 - 21:00
What we eat and where it comes from is becoming increasingly complex. What is a healthy diet and how secure are our food sources? With more and more diet advice being published every day, veganism making the news headlines and the growth of gene-based...
Growing old gracefully
Sunday 18 August 12:30 - 13:30
Feeding the World, Saving the Planet
Sunday 18 August 19:30 - 21:00
How do we feed the world and look after the planet? And can we do it fairly? Could food become a bridge to a better world? Our experts shed light on some of the biggest questions we face today and discuss what our future might look like. The panel is...
Under the shadow of the sickle
Monday 19 August 11:00 - 12:00
The collapse of the Soviet Union brought about new states across eastern Europe and central Asia, often routinely ignored by the West. Norwegian writer and social anthropologist Erika Fatland journeyed across the five ‘Stans’ which once made up the...
Musing on masculinity
Monday 19 August 19:30 - 21:00
Broughton High School in Edinburgh and Leith’s Super Power Agency have teamed up on an innovative project involving a group of young male students. They’re being challenged to think about being a man today: the pressures, concerns, role models and...
What Drives Hezbollah?
Tuesday 20 August 12:15 - 13:15
Join Adham Saouli from the renowned School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews for a thought-provoking discussion on the political trajectory of Hezbollah. For decades, the consensus has been that establishing an Islamic state in...
Has it changed the UK and its standing forever?
Tuesday 20 August 19:30 - 21:00
Whatever the outcome, Brexit has changed how the UK is viewed at home, internationally and even how other countries approach their own political disillusionment. This discussion brings together academics, politicians and commentators to examine the...