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Social Theorist visits Bradford to give 'straight talking' lecture

27 October 09

Social Theorist and prolific author, Frank Furedi will visit Bradford on Tuesday the 17th November, 2009, to give a thought provoking lecture at the University of Bradford.

Designed to stimulate discussion and question taken-for-granted views, the lecture 'Feelings Rules', is open to members of the public and is expected to prove very popular.

Never afraid of being controversial, Furedi will be exploring the ways in which fear and feelings are socially constructed and manipulated by those seeking to benefit, and how this has become a distinctive feature of contemporary culture.

Furedi's research is orientated towards the study of the workings of precautionary culture and risk aversion in Western societies. In his books he has explored controversies and panics over issues such as health, children, food, new technology and terrorism.

Using his insight as a professional sociologist, Furedi has produced a series of agenda-setting books that have been widely discussed in the media. Furedi regularly comments on radio and television appearing on Newsnight, Sky News, BBC News, The Today programme, and a variety of other radio and television shows.

Dr George Sheeran, of the School of Lifelong Education and Development, who helped organise the series said, "We are delighted that such a prolific author should be visiting Bradford to speak at the University and open his discussion to everyone in the region."

Another speaker visiting the University next year is well-known writer and broadcaster Mona Siddiqui Professor of Islamic Studies and Public Understanding at the University of Glasgow, who will be speaking in April, 2010 on Islam and Citizenship.

Places at the lecture are free but must be reserved in advance. Please reserve your place either by phone: 01274 234009/ 233210 or email:

27 October 09

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Further information for Media Enquirers

For further information please contact the University of Bradford Press Office on 01274 23 3089/3084.

Out of office hours call 07879 437996. Alternatively, e-mail or fax on (01274) 236280.