On the Outside Looking In: Do We Need a SAGE for the Humanities?

 On the Outside Looking In: Do We Need a SAGE for the Humanities?
Date
14 December 2020, 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Venue
ONLINE
Description


Convened by Professor Barry Smith, Director of the Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government has been closely advised by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies including experts across a range of scientific and medical disciplines. In Germany, this type of advisory group included experts from the humanities. Should it do so here, or do we need a separate, humanities-led SAGE acting like Independent SAGE to provide other perspectives and inform decision making? As we learn how to live with the virus and trace out its effects on our lives, can anthropologists, historians, philosophers, political theorists, lawyers, literary scholars along with those from the creative and cultural sectors play a useful role in helping to shape our new future?

1. Political decision making, ethics of risk and reliable reasoning – Prof Jo Wolff (Oxford)
2. Law and society - Prof Philippe Sands (UCL)
3. Arts and Humanities – Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge (Birmingham)
4. Inclusion and Cultural Heritage – Ms Subhadra Das (UCL)
5. Independent SAGE - Prof Anthony Costello (UCL)

The panel members will each set out their thinking on the question of whether we need thinkers for the humanities in SAGE. There will be cross-questioning and then a discussion under the following three headings:

(i) Looking back, was there information missing from the advice offered by SAGE?
(ii) What precisely could the humanities contribute to these discussions that could usefully inform decision making?
(iii) How difficult is it to align contributions from different disciplines? into an overall picture of what is needed and what should be done? What challenges would the difference in scope and timescales of the different disciplines create in arriving an overall picture of what is needed and what should be done in the face of a pandemic?


This event is free, but booking is required. Details about how to join the virtual meet-up will be circulated via email to registered attendees.


'Open for Discussion’ Conversation Series further sessions:
Tuesday, 23 February 2021 Digital Access, Inclusion, and the Humanities
Thursday, 18 March 2021 Unlocking Collections
Thursday, 22 April 2021 Transnational Perspectives on Building a Post-Covid Society I
Thursday, 27 April 2021 Transnational Perspectives on Building a Post-Covid Society II
May 2021 Open Cities
June 2021 Opening the Door to a More Engaged Humanities (Series Conclusion)

Contact

Kremena Velinova
kremena.velinova@sas.ac.uk
020 7664 4884