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Health in Changing Times

House of Tracking

Join bright minds to look into how we can tackle some of the greatest problems facing society today, at the University of Sheffield's Understanding Society festival.

The free festival takes place online this November and features talks, films, podcasts and interactive exhibitions drawing on the work of the uni's social science researchers. The Sheffield programme forms part of the national ESRC Festival of Social Science.

Highlights in the Understanding Society 2020 programme include:

Health in Changing Times
9 November, 12pm
Health policy experts discuss the documentary Brexit, Health & Me, examining the impact of Brexit on the NHS – register and get access to watch the documentary before the event.

Tracking Our Health
10 November, 7pm
Technologies for monitoring our health have become increasingly popular – find out more about researcher's new interactive website and the everyday practices of self-monitoring.

My Home without Dengue Fever

Academics React to Reality TV

My Home without Dengue Fever
11 November, 7pm
Professor Fionn Stevenson talks to colleagues in Brazil about their work to make home environments more resilient to disease.

Academics React to Reality TV
13 November, 7pm
Sociologists discuss the impact of reality TV on society and everyday life.

I’ll Be Here in the Morning
7–15 November
A digital exhibition showcasing creative submissions from members of the public who have experience of being a carer or cared for. The exhibition is designed to give a voice to the unheard and put faces to the unseen, those people who quietly give so much of their own lives to care for others.

See the full Understanding Society programme.

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