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LIDC Christmas Event: Peter Mollinga Inaugural Lecture and Members Networking Drinks

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 18:00 to 20:30
LSHTM Manson Lecture Theatre

On the 13th of December, the London International Development Centre Christmas event took place. The first part of the evening consisted a lecture delivered by LIDC interim director Peter Mollinga and a talk by participatory photography charity PhotoVoice. The second part of the evening involved festive drinks and a chance for LIDC members to meet and network.

Peter Mollinga kicked of his lecture 'Of Binaries, Boundaries and Benevolence: The Politics of Interdisciplinarity' with some comedy. He showed the audience a comedians example of a 'binary', as the difference between a 'male brain' and a 'female brain'. Although this reinforces stereotypes and is too simplistic, Peter went on to explain how intellectual pursuit and science are not immune to these crude and simplistic ways of viewing the world. He went on to discuss various forms of boundaries; between science and policy, between research and social movements and between disciplines. How can these be broken down for interdisciplinary research? Finally, Peter discussed the last word in the alliterative tile, 'benevolence', stating how this is an essential part of development and brings to mind development interventions.

Following this lecture, discussions were had surrounding the difficulty of translating interdisciplinary research into policy and the importance of getting people with an interdisciplinary background into politics.

The CEO of PhotoVoice, Tom Elkins, gave a presentation on the fantastic work of PhotoVoice. He gave examples of past projects including ones in Indonesia, Ethiopia and Ghana. Following a presentation of the shortlisted candidates, PhotoVoice presented the winner of the LIDC Photoraphy Competition.

A video of the talks and presentations can be found below: