Oxford University Press: Very Short Introductions Forensic Science and George Orwell/ Animal Farm 

Join two experts for 30 minute pocket sized explanations (there will be time for questions).

Forensic Science: A Very Short Introduction: Jim Fraser is a Research Professor in Forensic Science at the University of Strathclyde with 40 years' experience who has worked on many high profile cases, in various roles, including as an expert witness, case reviewer, senior police manager, policy adviser, and researcher. 

Forensic science is a subject of wide fascination. What happens at a crime scene? How does DNA profiling work? How can it help solve crimes that happened 20 years ago? A criminal case can often hinge on a piece of evidence such as a hair, a blood trace, half a footprint, or a tyre mark. Complex scientific findings must be considered carefully and dispassionately, and communicated with clarity, simplicity, and precision. High profile cases such as the Stephen Lawrence enquiry and the Madeleine McCann case have attracted enormous media attention and enhanced general interest in this area in recent years. 

David Dwan - Animal Farm and George Orwell 

David is Professor of English Literature and Intellectual History at Hertford College, Oxford. He is the editor of George Orwell’s Animal Farm (Oxford World’s Classics, 2021), as well as the author of Liberty, Equality and Humbug: Orwell’s Political Ideals (2018).

When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. Soon the other animals discover that they are not all as equal as they thought and find themselves hopelessly ensnared as one form of tyranny is replaced with another. Animal Farm was one of George Orwell's most successful books - after its publication Orwell became one of the best-paid writers in England. Though the text continues to play a foundational role in the political education of young people across the world, its allegorical function has become more difficult to decode as the U.S.S.R recedes into the historical distance. David Dwan discusses the political circumstances, publishing history and initial reception of Orwell's fable, giving an overview of the text's historical reception, showing how it was enlisted to support the dogmatic certainties of the Cold War.

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