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Debate with the Pros: Modern Love

Debate with the Pros: Modern Love

  •   Lights of Soho 35 Brewer St Soho
  •  (Exact address will be provided after booking)
Suitable for: Adults / Kids /
Hi my name is Dr Shama Rahman and I am a multi-disciplinary storyteller in the areas of science, performance and visual arts.  I have an interdisciplinary ... More Info »
This Funzing Experience:
We invite you to join this intimate evening of inspired talks and discussion bringing together experts from across Art, Science, Culture, Technology, Ethics and Politics and YOU! Drink, listen, talk and become part of a truly cross disciplinary salon in which we explore :

Modern Love: What's the Heart of the Matter?

Since D.H. Lawrence’s scandalous Lady Chatterley's Lover, Theophile Gautier’s banned Mademoiselle de Maupin, or the emergence of the term “French Kiss” in the 19th century, our ideas on love have evolved quickly and have taken many passionate forms. In this Dialogue we will consider love from myriad, interconnected perspectives. Our expert speakers, will offer illuminating insights on everything from new scientific discoveries on the influence of hormones on attraction to the effects of technology on relationships to changing cultural norms, gender roles, and attitudes on marriage. Together, we will catalyze a colourful dialogue exploring the complex nature of modern love and the future of romance in society.

Format of Dialogue

Seated in an informal circle (with audience in surrounding concentric circles), each speaker elaborates on their expertise of the general topic and their stance on the specific question.

The evening then moves to a fun 'dialogue' where speakers complement and challenge each other in a debate style, offering perspectives ranging from personal lifestyle or career choices to implications on wider society. Each speaker will have up to 2 mins at any one time (enforced by the chair with a melodious gong!) and can only do so through the "Dialogue Phone” (a technological triumph!

After a couple of rounds, the 'dialogue' will be opened up to you, the audience, for an opportunity to engage with the speakers (once again through the brilliant invention that is the “Dialogue Phone”)

The speakers at this event will be:

Dr Jennifer Evans
Senior History lecturer, University of Hertfordshire
Jennifer's research focuses on perceptions of gender, the human body and medicine in early modern England. She is interested in health, sex and reproduction having examined infertility and the understanding of aphrodisiacs in the early modern period as part of her doctoral thesis.
Gabriel Moreno
Poet and Artistic Director of Poetry Brothel
Gabriel is a bilingual published poet from Gibraltar with 10 published poetry collections in both English and Spanish. Graduated from Hull university and the university of Barcelona. Gabriel is the artistic director of The Poetry Brothel London and curator of various Poetry and Music nights in the underground London scene. Based in concept on the fin-de-siecle bordellos in New Orleans and Paris, many of which functioned as safe havens for fledgling, avant-garde artists, The Poetry Brothel's "Madame" presents a rotating cast of poets as "whores" in a bordello, each operating within a carefully constructed character, which for poet and audience function as disguise and as freeing device for uninhibited creative expression.
Mark Farid
Love Expert at FutureFest, Mark will speak about the effects of technology on love from the perspective of a 25 yr old, who has grown up with technology. He is interested in the relationship between the State, new technologies and the prescribed identity of the individual. Drawing on his own personal experiences, along with research from two projects of his, Poisonous Antidote (2016), which saw him broadcast his realtime digital footprint live for a month, and Seeing I (2018), which will see him wear a virtual reality headset for 24 hours a day, for 28 days, only seeing and hearing what someone else sees and hears during that time, Mark explores how current and future potential paths manifest themselves in themes of intimacy, relationships, and individual autonomy.
Dr Jane O'Grady
London School of Philosophy, City University and Philosophy Obituarist for the Guardian
With A J Ayer she co-edited A Dictionary of Philosophical Quotations. She has written Introductions to John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty and The Subjection of Women, and to Plato’s Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Symposium (Wordsworth), and 16 entries in The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. At the moment, she is writing a book on being in love, which embraces philosophy, psychology, anthropology, sociology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology and literature (particularly Courtly Love, Shakespeare and Donne). She gave a ten-week course in the Philosophy of Love at the Freud Museum and her interests are -- how far love is spontaneous and involuntary, as opposed to deliberate and enacted (this is obviously a different question in different areas – biological, social, individual, cultural). Also what it could mean to 'love x for him/herself', as opposed to loving a fantasy or a projection or a set of properties.
[Chair] Dr Shama Rahman
Storyteller in different media: Scientist, Musician, Actor
Shama has an interdisciplinary PhD in the Neuroscience of Creativity, and is Founder/Artistic Director of Jugular Productions. She works at the cross section of music, technology and other art-forms and her album 'Truth BeTold', is the world's first full live album recorded/performed with wearable technology, which was showcased at an immersive performance with real-time generative visuals and dancers.
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Experience includes:
  • Exciting and interesting evening of debate
  • Challenging topics
  • Hear from speakers who are leaders in their fields
  • Meet new people
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