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Virtual Science Speakeasy: Sexless and the City

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This is a free event but capacity is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. Please click the link below to register your place.

Thursday 11 March, 8.00pm

Set aside: 2 hours
Who is it perfect for: Adults (18+ only) 
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Set aside: 2 hours
Who is it perfect for: Adults (18+ only)  
This is a free event but capacity is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. Please click the link below to register your place.
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Sexless and the City: what's the damage of being denied human touch?

 

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the world going into lockdown, join Life Science Centre for a virtual Science Speakeasy debate at 8.00pm on 11 March on the physical and emotional effects of going so long with limited or no human touch.
 

In Sexless and the City: what's the damage of being denied human touch? we'll be debating the importance of skin-to-skin contact – everything from a simple handshake to sexual intercourse.
 

At Science Speakeasy, nothing is taboo and the discussion will be steered by the audiences' questions, but here's some juicy topics that may be covered:

  • Is being denied physical contact and intimacy an infringement of our human rights?
  • Without the easy reassurance of a hug, are we getting better at communicating our feelings?
  • What are the physical responses in the body to human touch?
  • Are there any replacements for human touch that fill the gaps left by the pandemic?
 


Meet the panel

  • Dr Kate Devlin is a Senior Lecturer in Social and Cultural Artificial Intelligence at Kings College London, looking at human-robot interactions. She hosted the UK’s first sex tech hackathon in 2016. 
  • Keeley Shoup is a professional cuddler based in Chicago. She runs cuddle therapy sessions, workshops on consent and boundaries, and is a certified cuddle party facilitator. 
  • Prof Francis McGlone is Professor of Neuroscience at Liverpool John Moores University. He studies how the nervous system senses social touch, and its effects on the brain and behaviour. 

Register your place at our Zoom event by clicking the link below and enjoy a lively night of debate from the comfort of your own home, and even raise a virtual hand to ask our panel a question.
 

At events held in Life Science Centre, a cocktail bar is available; for Virtual Science Speakeasy, we want you to replicate the experience in your living room, so pour yourself a drink, dim the lights and get comfy on the sofa.

Capacity is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

You will need access to the Zoom mobile app (available on App store and Google Play store) or Zoom Desktop Client to take part.

Telephone dial-in is also available. Details on this will be provided in the registration confirmation email.
 

Thursday 11 March, 8.00pm

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