Professorial Lecture series: An Introduction

The Professors within any University are a unique bunch: being a selection of the cream of the crop from among institutional academics and often leaders within their respective fields. At Bath Spa University, this is no different, they are a considerable resource.

Enter the Professorial Lecture series. Featuring some of the fascinating research being undertaken by a few of the names at BSU, these events are an excellent opportunity for students, academics and members of the public to engage further with the University.

Professor Kate Rigby delivered the inaugural lecture on 05/10, on “Infernal Ecologies: Literature, ethics and fire ‘down under'”. Professor John Strachan delivered the opening address, with Richard Kerridge introducing Kate. The proceedings were very well attended, with an audience over over 80 by the end, a testament to the wide-ranging appeal of the series.

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This is to say nothing of the following lecture, being held on 19/10/16 on an equally interesting, and new, topic for study by Professor Andrew Hugill. Titled “Adventures in Creative Computing” Professor Hugill emphasises  in his abstract that,

“The past few decades have seen a big change: many people who would never have thought of themselves as engineers have become involved in technology. The old distinction between the “two cultures” of science and the humanities identified by C. P. Snow half a century ago has to a great extent been broken down by a digital culture in which people share platforms and content. Creative Computing is a hybrid area that has emerged from this convergence, a meta-technology that coalesces knowledge from across many disciplines. This transdisciplinarity creates several challenges, but also offers many opportunities.

 

[I] began as a composer and musician, working in European opera houses and directing his own experimental music ensemble – George W. Welch – in the 1980s. He also engaged with early computer systems, from punch-card programming of mainframes to the Fairlight music computer.

 

He contributed to the emergence of “music technology” as a cognate area and has pursued this kind of interdisciplinary initiative ever since, establishing the Institute Of Creative Technologies at De Montfort University in 2005 and the Centre for Creative Computing at Bath Spa in 2013. His research includes areas of experimental and surrealist literature, most vividly demonstrated in his book ‘Pataphysics: A Useless Guide (MIT Press, 2012).

 

His ideas have always placed human beings at the centre of the technological world, as is shown by his book The Digital Musician (Routledge, 2008), now coming into its third edition.

In this lecture, [I] will explore a wide range of topics within Creative Computing: from audio-only gaming to pataphysical programming, from machine consciousness to digital opera.”

Following these, another 11 events are due to be held across the coming academic year, presented  by the likes of Christina Slade (Vice Chancellor of Bath Spa University) and Alastair Niven (former Man Booker prize judge) among others. A full timetable can be found below, and for more information head to: www.bathspa.ac.uk/pls

If you would like to book on to any of these events, please click here, where a full list can be found.

For any questions that you may have, please email researcher.development@bathspa.ac.uk

The research blog is a community effort. If you would like to get involved, please email s.cameron@bathspa.ac.uk.

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