October news from the Centre for Law, Society and Popular Culture.

A key event this month was the launch of Lost in Music. We are delighted to announce that Simon Anderson, a key person in this project, has agreed to join the Centre as an Associate Fellow.

Danny Nicol has blogged on Doctor Who again, this time looking at politics and truth, in a taster for his upcoming lecture in March 2018: more details to follow in due course.

Paresh Kathrani had a piece entitled ‘Kandinsky-ing the Law’ published in 'Translation and Translanguaging in Multi-Lingual Contexts'.

Danilo Mandic has set up a reading group called ‘Intangible in Tangible’. It aims to mobilise conceptual means and frameworks which would provide new ways of thinking about, and articulating, intellectual property. The readings take place every first Wednesday of the month. If you are interested in joining, you can get in touch with Danilo on [email protected]

Guy Osborn published a blog post about the upcoming Being Human festival that Centre members are involved in.

Peter Catterall, who recently joined the Centre, has been busy looking at the intersection between museums and Universities, as well as technology and the future:

  • Academics in Residence

How effective is liaison between museums and universities? Can we improve the ways in which museums support university teaching? Can we embark on joint research together, including on the major challenges facing our society and culture?

Peter Catterall has just won a small grant from the Museums and Universities Partnership Initiative to help him address these questions and scope out ways in which academics might partner more closely with museums. This project has been launched with co-operation from the London Transport Museum and Letchworth Garden City Museum and Archives.

An initial workshop to examine how such partnerships have worked hitherto and how they might be further developed will be held at the London Transport Museum on 30 October at 3–6pm. A panel discussion of the findings from the project will be held at the University of Westminster on 12 December at 5–7pm.

  • Late Debate: Technology and the Future

How is technology changing society, the future of transport and the ways in which cities operate? What changes to both policy and the law need to be undertaken to keep up with the growing pace of change? What impact will this have on social inequalities?

On 29 November, from 7.15–8.15pm, Peter Catterall will be chairing an ‘Is London Ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?’ discussion at London Transport Museum’s Late Debate, with a panel of experts drawn from government and industry.

Finally, some teaching developments: many members of the Centre have taken advantage of the LLM subject review and the Learning Futures initiative to develop a number of innovative new modules on both the LLM and LLB. This has included a module entitled Entertainment Business: Regulation, Licensing and Events on the LLM (Chris Ellins) and Contemporary Issues in Commercial Property Law (Francis Sheridan) on the LLB. More on these and other teaching news in due course.

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