PAUSE: a virtual salon for discussion, inspiration & reflection


Senior members of the Homerton Community offer prompts & provocations on thorny issues 

Regular Wednesdays 7.30pm - 8.30pm, via Zoom (register here)

ALL WELCOME! For just one session, or for all. 

Pause allows space for us to consider some of the big questions made more pressing and visible by Covid-19. Pause is built on the idea that we can pause  - reflect  - in ways that are both intellectually interesting and socially imaginative. And that this process is both good for ourselves and our communities. 

Pause focuses on texts, in the broadest sense of that word, to prompt and anchor our conversations. Each session begins with a prompt from a Homertonian on a short text or film; followed by group discussion. The programme draws on works of philosophy, literature, science, education, art, economics - in various forms - to help us consider challenging questions in more interesting ways.

Co-Curated by Dr Robin Bunce and Dr Alison Wood

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Sessions and Suggested Reading

Wed 27 Jan 2021

Pause with Dr Chris Brooke 'A brief history of egalitarianism'

Text: Christopher Brooke, ‘Nonintrinsic Egalitarianism, from Hobbes to Rousseau

Wed 10th Feb 2021

Pause with Dr David Belin 'Can art help break the stigma of psychiatric disorders?' 

Stimulus: The Storm

Featuring 7 dancers, a specially composed score by Amarok / Michal Wojtas and scientific input from Dr. David Belin lecturer in behavioural neuroscience at Cambridge University, The Storm will be sure to blow audiences away!

About The Storm

Wed 24th Feb 2021

Pause with Professor Simone Hochgreb 'What makes it good, what makes it durable: organising our remote scholarly lives to make it not just bearable, but really interesting'.

Podcast: Matt Mullenweg: Collaboration is Key [The Knowledge Project Ep #100] 

Simone Hochgreb, Rationale

Wed 10th March 2021

Pause with Dr Fernanda Gallo 'National Stereotypes'

Reading: National stereotypes in times of COVID-19: the ‘frugal four’ and the ‘irresponsible South’


Wed 11 Nov

Pause with Dr Robin Bunce 'The Now

Text: George Woodcock, The Tyranny of the Clock (first published in ‘War Commentary  - For Anarchism. Mid-March 1944)  


Wed 18 Nov

Pause with Dr Alison Wood ‘Being a Good Ancestor’

Texts: Bina Venkataraman. 'Why you should think about being a good ancestor.' Ideas at 27 Aug 2019

The LongTime Project (especially the 5min film 'Why do we need to get long term')

Wed 25 Nov

Pause with Dr Beth Singler 'Robot Politicians: Even Better than the Real Thing?'

Text: Issac Asimov, 'Evidence' and 'The Evitable Conflict'. In I, Robot


Wed 2 Dec

Pause with Dr Kamal Munir and Dr Deborah Brown ‘From Patanjali to the 'Gospel of Sweat': Yoga's Remarkable Journey from an Ascetic Movement to an $80 billion Market’

Film. ‘If Ghandi took a Yoga Class’