Society matters podcast

Academic insights into real world matters

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.

The 'Society matters' podcast can be found on all major streaming services including Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

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.

Read the full press release here.

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.

Read the full press release here.

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.

Read the full press release here.

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’.

Read the full press release here.

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.

Read the full press release here.

Release date: Wednesday 13th January 2021

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