Manchester Met at the ESRC Festival of Social Science, 3rd – 10th Nov


Manchester Metropolitan University has events planned as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2018

Move to a New Town!
Date: Thursday 8th November 2018
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Location: 70 Oxford St
Tickets: Free –available on Eventbrite:

Are you looking for a new home? A new job? A new life? In Move to a New Town! you will be presented with a rare opportunity to find out how Development Corporations promoted new town living to potential new residents via a series of short-films from the Northwest Film Archive and Liverpool Record Office. The New Towns were a key urban policy that shaped post-war Britain. There will be short introductions followed by the screening of select archival films that were designed to encourage people to move to these bold experiments in urban and social planning (featuring Skelmersdale, Runcorn, Central Lancashire).

  • 18.30 Arrival and introduction
  • 19.00 Archive Films:
    • Welcoming Towns (1968)
    • Prospect of Skelmersdale (1971)
    • An Old Wives Tale (1971)

This event has been organised by Hannah Neate and Steve Millington (MMU Human Geography) in conjunction with the North West Film Archive, Liverpool Record Office and The Modernist Society.

The Lapsed Clubber Project: Rave on!
Celebrating Manchester’s Rave Culture through Film, Discussions and Dancing

Date: Saturday 10th November 2018
Time: 8pm – 3am
Where: Old Abbey Taphouse
Tickets: FREE. Tickets available on Eventbrite:

Celebrating Manchester’s Rave Culture through Film, Discussions and Dancing

Over the last 18 months, The Lapsed Clubber Project has worked with Manchester Digital Music Archive and Heritage Lottery Funding to produce The Lapsed Clubber Audio Map with input from the raving community that shaped Manchester during the 1985-1995 rave era.
This event will celebrate Manchester’s rave culture through film, discussions and, of course, dancing.

Event schedule:
8.00pm – The ultimate rave quiz (get down fro some free food and drinks and, of course, the chance to win a prize!)
9.30pm – Premiere of The Lapsed Clubber Project film followed by a panel discussion with Jo Lane, Marta Kean (the lovely filmmakers), and Richard Fowler (founder of the Orb society back in the day)
11pm-3am – DJ set (Jay Wearden and Steven Dobson)


Encountering Corpses 4: ‘Encountering the Post-Human Corpse: Death and Digital Technology’
Date: Saturday 10th November 2018
Time: 9.30am – 5pm
Location: Number 70, Oxford St, Manchester Metropolitan University
Tickets: Free – available on Eventbrite:

For most, the concept of the dead as ‘present’ and mobile, rather than absent and static is something reserved to the confines of horror films. However, Professor Craig Young has been taking confrontations with corpses out of the realms of fantasy and into the city of Manchester with his Encountering Corpses project at Manchester Metropolitan University. The project, which has been going since 2014, explores the many ways in which we increasingly interact with the material remains of the dead in contemporary society.

In its fourth outing this year at the ESRC Festival of Social Science, the project turns its attention to a new theme. How have technological advances affected the ways in which we deal with dead bodies and synthetic humans?

Exploring everything from facial reconstruction, synthetic human bodies and digital autopsy, this year’s Encountering Corpses explores the theme of‘Encountering the post-human corpse: death and digital technology’.

Two exciting keynote speakers will frame the day and provoke thought about death, the digital and synthetic humans:

  • Dr John Troyer of the University of Bath’s Centre for Death and Society (CDAS) will present an introductory keynote address that will highlight the issues around digital technology and death.
  • We are honoured to also welcome an international keynote from Associate Professor Erin E. Edwards of Miami University, author of ‘The Modernist Corpse‘

The day will also feature presentations, exhibits and hands-on activities from practitioners using various digital technologies:

Kathryn Smith will talk about and exhibit facial reconstructions and related artworks from the exciting FaceLab project at Liverpool John Moore’s University.

David Garbutt of Salford University’s School of Health and Society and Michaela Barnard from the University of Manchester is the co-creator of the EndOLSim project will bring and discuss synthetic humans used in nursing training for palliative care.

Dr Gethin Evans of Healthcare Science at Man Met will talk about and demonstrate the use of digital autopsy tables. This technology will be available to interact with at the event.

The 16th annual ESRC Festival of Social Science takes place from 3—10 November 2018 with over 300 free events nationwide. Run by the Economic and Social Research Council, the festival provides an opportunity for the public to meet some of the country’s leading social scientists to discover, discuss and debate how research affects their lives. With a range of creative and engaging events going on across the UK, there’s something for everyone including businesses, charities, schools and government agencies. The full programme is available at:


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