Publishing Knowledge: Have we had enough of experts?

Parallel Session

How can complex subjects like global politics, banking, neuroscience and creativity, be made more accessible, entertaining and compelling?
How do people learn about breakthroughs in science and technology, the news, and society?  Are books existing in the last gasp of attention for long form, word-based knowledge sharing?

We invite you to join psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett (Author of How Emotions Are Made:  The Secret Life of the Brain), Professor Peter Kinderman, and other thinkers from a variety of fields, for a round table discussion on ‘Publishing Knowledge’.  The event will be chaired by journalist and editor Molly Flatt whose novel The Charmed Life of Alex Moore will be published by Pan Macmillan in May 2018.

Lisa Feldman Barrett, Ph.D., is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, with appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Psychiatry and Radiology. She received a NIH Director’s Pioneer Award for her research on emotion in the brain.  How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain is part of Pan Macmillan’s Smart Thinkers list – an exciting slate of new titles from some of the world’s most acclaimed and esteemed experts in science, technology, and personal development.

Peter Kinderman is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool, UK. His research activity and clinical work concentrate on understanding and helping people with serious and enduring mental health problems, and on how psychological science can assist public policy in health and social care.

Molly Flatt is the Associate Editor of FutureBook, Associate Editor of The Memo and Digital Editor of PHOENIX. She writes and speaks widely on digital culture and publishing, and her debut novel, The Charmed Life of Alex Moore, will be published by Pan Macmillan in May.

Hosted by Pan Macmillan and Springer Nature, this open event takes inspiration from founders Daniel and Alexander Macmillan, who first began publishing 175 years ago this year. Both men had fiercely curious minds, and from the very start brought authors and readers from a wide range of fields together to discuss new ideas – character traits which Macmillan companies continue to embody today.   ‘Open to all and sundry’, Alexander Macmillan’s gatherings in the company’s offices during the 19th century  saw the great thinkers of the age – including writers, scientists, artists, poets and philosophers – come together to share knowledge. These fruitful discussions led to many new friendships and innovations, including the foundation of Nature in 1869

Spaces are limited so please sign up in advance to join the conversation, registration via Eventbrite.

This session is being delivered by Knowledge Quarter partner and conference sponsor Pan Macmillan.

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