What is the Point of Palaeontology? Discussion Event & Pop-Up Exhibition

Tuesday 18 December, 18:00-20:15

Anatomy Museum & Anatomy Lecture Theatre

King’s College London Strand Campus, WC2R 2LS

Featuring discussion with:

Darren Naish, Elsa Panciroli, Mark Witton & Becky Wragg-Sykes.

And Exhibits from:

John Conway, Richard Fallon, Katrina van Grouw, Beth Windle & Mark Witton.

Palaeontology is currently one of the most high-profile sciences. But how far does it actually help us to understand the world around us? Does palaeontology give us an unparalleled window into nature, the changing environment and evolution? Or does the way that palaeontological research has often been presented – in terms of prehistoric monsters, macho fieldwork and narratives of progress – detract from understandings of science? And how should we research and talk about life’s history in relation to the present and future of life?

In this one-evening pop-up exhibition and discussion, we’ll be thinking about these and other questions with some leading palaeontologists, artists, historians, and science communicators. Join us to discuss how palaeontology has been used in the past, its place today in discussions of science and nature, and how the role of the field might change in the future.

Attendance is free, but registration required. Please sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-is-the-point-of-palaeontology-discussion-event-pop-up-exhibition-tickets-52988326511

This event is being organized in association with Popularizing Palaeontology Workshop IV (more info here: http://www.poppalaeo.com ), and is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. For more details or if you have any questions, please contact chris.manias@kcl.ac.uk

Published by animalhistorygroup

The Animal History Group is a research network open to all postgraduates, academics, museum workers and other professionals whose work engages with animals within history. We foster connections between those active in this field within the London area and beyond, with the goal of inspiring, creating and developing new knowledge about the place of animals within history. You can follow us on Twitter at @AnimalHistories or email us at animalhistorygroup@gmail.com

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