PubhD Newcastle: 22 February 2018

PubhD team member Giuseppe Zago gives a recap of last February 2018 meeting 

New year, new location! On the 22 February 2018, PubhD Newcastle organised another engaging session of chats, research, pints & pies at the Redhouse pub.

A large group of students – but also non-academic people enthusiastic to listen to our presenters while enjoying a drink – gathered around three speakers coming from Northumbria and Newcastle University, who are experts in a wide range of disciplines, from Gender, Sexuality and the Law to Data Forensics to Archaeology: there literally was something for everyone!

We could not have a better crowd to celebrate the 4 year – anniversary of PubhD, and the 2 year – anniversary of PubhD Newcastle.

Aaron Amankwaa, the first speaker of the evening, talked us about public perspectives on DNA databases. At the end of his talk, no one had still doubts that the life of police officers is nothing like CSI!

After a short break, Marco Romeo Pitone, a PhD student in Archaeology from Newcastle University, guided us through his research on the origin of metal processing in the island of Cyprus, or – as he labelled it – archaeology of scrap! Marco even brought his own rocks to explain to us why he came to Newcastle to study slags, and discussed the process of experimenting on metals and ores. After his talk, we will never look at slags the same again.

Last but not least, our last speaker for the night, Rosie Hodsdon, illustrated her thought provoking study on the legal regulation in the BDSM pornography industry in the UK. She reported the impact that a more restrictive legislation on the porn industry has on the lives of people working in it, and how many independent companies are forced to shut down, their lives completely changed.
The night ended with a round of applauses for our three speakers, who were able to make their studies accessible to a supportive and engaged audience. To quote Rosie’s words: “As an academic my voice seems to be taken as more legitimate even when I’m just saying the same stuff workers have been saying for ages”.
Hence, we look forward to listening to your voice for our next event in June 2018!

Pictures by Aaron Amankwaa and Immanuel Nsiah

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