Society matters is a podcast from the School of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) at Aston University. The podcast series, presented by journalist Steve Dyson, explores some of the fascinating work of academics within the School on current societal matters that shape our world and the way that people live.
Episode 5 - How storytelling is helping dementia sufferers
Dr Stephen Fay, a lecturer in Spanish at Aston's School of Social Sciences and Humanities, describes how a new narrative therapy project carried out via Zoom in Latin America has improved dementia sufferers' lives. He's hoping to spread the work to Cuba and bring it back to the West Midlands.
Release date: Wednesday 14th April 2021
Episode 4 - Live music: surviving COVID-19
Dr Patrycja Rozbicka, senior lecturer in politics and international relations at Aston University’s School of Social Sciences and Humanities, describes how the live music sector will survive, despite being devastated by the lockdowns resulting from COVID-19.
Release date: Wednesday 10th March 2021
Episode 3 - Online abuse: understanding what's offensive
Dr Tamineh Tayebi, a lecturer at the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics, hopes her research into online abuse and why people are offended by certain words and phrases will help to combat digital hate crime and cyberbullying.
Release date: Wednesday 10th February 2021
Episode 2 - The superiority complex of super-rich Russians
Dr Elisabeth Schimpfössl, senior lecturer in Sociology and Policy at Aston University’s School of Social Sciences and Humanities, discusses how her research found that many super-rich Russians often saw themselves as ‘biologically superior’.
Release date: Wednesday 27th January 2021
Episode 1 - Understanding the language used to report abuse
Dr Emma Richardson, research fellow in forensic linguistics at the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics, discusses how her methodology initially used to study pub-talk is now helping police interviewers understand victims of sexual assault and call handlers to assist domestic abuse victims.
Release date: Wednesday 13th January 2021