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The Manifold Research Seminar series provides a transdisciplinary space for discussing innovative research and ideas, with an emphasis on the emerging intersections between the social sciences and life sciences. The seminar series is designed to offer participants an opportunity to engage with current concepts, issues, technologies, practices and findings in the emerging field of biosocial research. The series also aims to foster collaborative relationships with scholars and practitioners working in diverse fields across the arts, humanities, and sciences.


All seminars take place in the Manifold Lab (room 2.52 Brooks Building or online). Please feel free to get in touch to register your interest in the seminars, details of which will be posted regularly on this page. 

Nov. 12th, 2020, 4:30-6:30

Can deep neural nets transcend the limits of human abstraction?

Associate Professor Cameron Buckner

University of Houston

Oct. 29th, 2020, 4:30-6:30


Professor Taylor Webb

Univeresity of British Columbia

June 15-19, 2020, 9:00-17:00

Algorithmic Contingencies: The futures of learning, labor and life

Elizabeth de Freitas & Sam Sellar

(see featured works)

Thursday, May 21st, 2020, 4:30-6:00

Opacity for invention: Some notes on Glissant for global urbanism

AbdouMaliq  Simone, University of London


Tuesday, May 19th, 2020, 4:30-6:00 

The black beach of Fountainhas: Thinking the cinema of Pedro Costa with Édouard Glissant's Poetics of Relation.

Aurelio Castro Varela, University of Barcelona


Thursday, January 30th, 2020, 4:30-6:00

Embodied mathematics: The role of movement

Associate Professor Francesca Ferrara, University of Torino

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020, 4:30-6:00

Anthropocene mathematics curriculum

Reader Alf Coles, Bristol University

Tuesday December 10th, 2019, 4:00-6:00pm

Haunted Data, Speculative science and Biosocial matters

Professor Lisa Blackman, Goldsmiths University of London


Thursday November 21st, 2019 4:00-6:00 pm

“Your womb: the perfect classroom”:

Sonic affect, pre-natal speakers and uterine audiophilia

Dr. Marie Thompson, University of Lincoln

Tuesday November 12th, 2019, 4:00-6:00pm, 

Inheritance, Disobedience, and Speculation

Emeritus Professor Dennis Atkinson, Goldsmiths University of London

Thursday October 10th, 2019, 4:00-6:00pm 

Life After Nature: Experimental Bodies at the Intersection of Art and Science 

Associate Professor Elizabeth Stephens, University of Queensland

Thursday July 25th, 2019 3:30-5:00 pm

Attending to data in relation to their affective qualities

Camilla Nørgaard, Aarhus University 

Tuesday June 25th, 4:30-6:00 2019

Exploring movement notations of classroom video data:

Methodological challenges in math education research

Dr. Giulia Ferrari, University of Turin. 

Wednesday 12th - Thursday 13th June 2018 

Troubling Methods of Inquiry in Biosocial Research (international symposium)

Organised by: Elizabeth de Freitas, Maggie MacLure, and David Rousell

Speakers: Malou Juelskjaer, Hillevi Lenz Taguchi, Deborah Youdell, Jerry Rosiek, David Rousell, Michael Gallagher, Ling Tan, Nils Jaeger, and Joe Marshall 


Thursday May 10th, from 4-6pm 2018
The DisHuman Project: Engaging with dis/ability in posthuman materialist times

Professor Katherine Runswick-Cole and Professor Dan Goodley, University of Sheffield  


Thursday May 3rd, from 4-6pm 2018
Children in the Anthropocene:  Diffractive theorising performed as an affective turn, a ‘sensing ecologically’ as/with/in kin

Professor Karen Malone, Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney University


Wednesday April 25th-Thursday April 26th 2018

Language, Literacies, and Materialities (international symposium)

Organised by Maggie MacLure, Abi Hackett, and Kate Pahl

Speakers: Christina MacRae, Lisselott Mariett Olsson, Cathy Burnett, Paivi Jokinen, Anna Vlaimirova, Rosie Flewitt, Pauliina Rautio, Abi Hackett, and Maggie MacLure 

Thursday March 22nd, 2018 from 4-6pm 2018

Value Philosophy and Mental Health

Dr. Anna Bergqvist, School of History, Politics, and Philosophy, MMU

Thursday February 22nd, 2018 from 4-6pm  2018

Impressionable Bodies: Governing Plasticity from Ancient Plasticity to Postgenomics
Dr Maurizio Meloni, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield

Thursday January 11th, 2018 from 4-6pm 2018

Somatoform Dissociation: A Gateway to the Frozen Subsystems of Childhood Trauma

Charles H. Rousell, M.D.,

Yale University, Northeast Center for Trauma Recovery (NeCTR)


Thursday November 9th, 2017 from 4 - 6pm 2017

Intricate Feelings: Their biosocial and material circulation

Professor Ricardo Nemirovsky

Education and Social Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University


Thursday October 19th, 2017 from 4 - 6pm 2017

The secret world of microorganisms: Cross-talk and contamination

Professor Joanna Verran

Faculty of Science and Engineering, Manchester Metropolitan University


Thursday October 12th, 2017 from 4 - 6pm 2017

Childhood, Resources and Selection: Preserving a ‘way of life’?

Associate Professor Nick Lee

Director of Research at the Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick

Wednesday July 26th, 2017 from 4 - 6pm 2017

Discovering strategies and approaching new phenomena: the Lab 0_6 as a boost for new questions
Dr. Gabriel Lemkow, Lecturer in Early Childhood Education

UManresa-FUB/Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya

Monday June 19th, 2017 from 12 - 1:30pm 2017

Exploring methodological possibilities: when research questions demand innovation

Dr. Linda Knight, Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Education


Friday May 26th, 2017  from 4 - 6pm 2017

The Epigenetics of Early Life Stress: Emerging connections with biosocial research

Dr. Chris Murgatroyd, School of Healthcare Science, Manchester Metropolitan University  

Wednesday 12th October, 10.30-4.00 2016

Biosocial Research Seminar

Prof. Rene Doursat, School of Computing, Mathematics, and Digital Technology, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr. Des Fitzgerald, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

Dr. Ben Williamson, Faculty of Social Science, University of Stirling


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