Egg freezing is an increasingly popular reproductive technology that offers the potential of staying fertile later in life. Yet while it opens up possibilities of having children at a later age, promise of ‘rewinding the biological clock’ also encourages younger, presumably fertile, women to undergo infertility treatment. Dr Lucy van de Wiel will discuss how egg freezing profoundly shifts our understanding of what it means to be fertile, and to age. Dr van de Wiel is a Research Associate at the Reproductive Sociology Research Group.
Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, ganador del Premio Nobel de Literatura 2008, es uno de los novelistas franceses más prestigiosos de la actualidad. Admirable narrador, ha escrito novelas como La cuarentena, El pez dorado, Mondo y otras historias y Desierto. Su última obra publicada, Tempête (2014), enlaza dos novelas contemporáneas que transcurren en lugares diferentes del mundo.
Evento patrocinado por el BBVA
Dos destacadas escritoras de la narrativa española actual charlarán sobre sus últimas obras con la escritora Alejandra Jaramillo. Almudena Grandes ha publicado recientemente Las tres bodas de Manolita, una emotiva historia coral ambientada en los años posteriores a la guerra civil española y perteneciente a la serie Episodios de una Guerra Interminable. Los últimos trabajos publicados de Marta Sanz incluyen la novela Amour Fou y el ensayo No tan incendiario, donde analiza el papel de la literatura en la actualidad.
Co-organizado con Acción Cultural Española
Tomás González nació en Medellín y comenzó a escribir a principios de la década de los setenta. Ha publicado varias novelas, entre las que destacan Primero estaba el mar, La historia de Horacio, Para antes del olvido (V Premio Nacional de Novela Plaza & Janés, 1987) y La luz difícil; su último trabajo es Temporal. En conversación con Juan Gossaín.
UK Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child and Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan will share the stage to discuss the power of words, the importance of illustration and their mutual conviction that every child should have access to literature and to creativity. Chaired by Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust.
Ólafsdóttir’s Hotel Silence won the Icelandic Literature Prize. Jónas feels his life is over. His wife has left him, his mother is slipping deeper into dementia, and his daughter is no longer the person he thought. He decides to buy a one-way ticket to a war-ravaged country and end to it all. But on arriving at Hotel Silence, his plans dissolve. Meruane is one of the most prominent voices in Chilean literature. In Seeing Red a Chilean writer moves to New York to pursue an academic career. While at a party her eyes haemorrhage. Blood floods her vision, rendering her all but blind. As she adjusts to a very different life, those who love her adjust to a very different woman – one who is angry, raw, funny, sinister, sexual and dizzyingly alive.
Walter Mariotti, Editorial Director of the worldwide leading architecture magazine, DOMUS converse on the impact of design in our daily lives and its narrative with Jacob Benbunan, an authority on international branding and the CEO of Saffron Brand Consultants which he founded with Wally Olins in 2001.
The United Nations Security Council’s agenda on Women Peace and Security seeks the inclusion of women’s experiences into decision and policy-making about conflict and its aftermath, encompassing women’s participation, preventing and protecting against sexual violence and post-conflict relief and recovery. Chinkin will consider the challenge presented in making a top down Security Council agenda meaningful to women on the ground. Professor Christine Chinkin, CMG, FBA, is the Director of the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security and a leading human rights and international law expert. Chaired by Stephanie Boland of Prospect magazine.
The new blockbuster show at the V&A begins to imagine where our society might be headed. Cute but intelligent robots, massive unmanned aircraft that deliver internet access, crowdfunded buildings, tools printed in space, mysterious black boxes that understand human genetic codes – how can these objects affect the way we live, learn and love? And how are they challenging our understanding of what it means to be an individual, a citizen, a crowd or a species? Hunt is the Director and Hyde is the Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The sequencing of the human genome has revolutionised how scientists search for the genetic causes of human diseases. Human geneticist Professor Soranzo of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute will describe how the field has evolved in the last fifteen years, discussing how new genetic evidence is used to better understand the interplay between our DNA (‘nature’) and the environment (‘nurture’).
Moller traces the journey taken by the ideas of three of the greatest scientists of antiquity through seven cities and over a thousand years. From Muslim Córdoba to Catholic Toledo, from Salerno’s medieval medical school to Palermo, capital of Sicily’s vibrant mix of cultures and, finally, to Venice, where that great merchant city’s printing presses would enable Euclid’s geometry, Ptolemy’s system of the stars and Galen’s vast body of writings on medicine to spread even more widely. Moller reveals the web of connections between the Islamic world and Christendom, connections that would both preserve and transform astronomy, mathematics and medicine from the early Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Chaired by Oliver Balch.