Festival Spotlight: Final Viewing Party for TEDxUniversityofSussex

Logo for the TEDx University of Sussex viewing party.

We’ll be reviewing highlights of last week’s Festival of Doctoral Research over the coming weeks. Evelina Tarabuta is an undergraduate law student at University of Sussex, and part of the TEDxUoS team.

Wednesday 8th June marks the last day of the local TEDxUniversityofSussex project.

TEDxUniversityofSussex has now run for a total of two years, with its original founding date in March of 2020. And while its first year was coincidental with the beginning of the pandemic, the second year brought less limitations on in-person meet-ups. And so, it was decided to end with a small gathering for the Viewing Party at the Festival of Doctoral Research.

The Viewing Party was a lovely opportunity to meet fellow community members interested in the world of TEDx, and more importantly, to watch together the materialisation of the TEDxUoS team’s year-long work and effort. The team provided both in-person and hybrid options for attending, so that those that wish to keep a distance could still watch the final talks from the comfort of their own home. Plenty of snacks and drinks were provided in Jubilee room 118, and people gathered to sit together for this occasion.

The session featured the final four talks produced under the most recent Studio license that TEDxUoS functioned under between 2021 and 2022. The Studio license allows for creative differences in filming the talks outside the standard TEDx stage format. With talks filmed in a lovely studio, the attendees of the Viewing Party had the pleasure of watching:

Giada Brianza

Giada began the much-anticipated session with a very important discussion on the sense of smell and the implications this has for body image perception. Giada’s research brought some fascinating findings, particularly on the scent of lemon. If you want to find out more about how you could use the scent of lemon in the manipulation of body image perception, you can watch Giada’s talk here: How smell can affect the way we perceive our bodies | Giada Brianza | TEDxUniversityofSussexStudio – YouTube.

Claudia Hammond

A woman sits on a sofa, talking to someone off camera.

As for the second talk, Claudia explored a topic essential to anyone and everyone. A very important message was underlined: taking rest seriously improves lives. With previous research and explorations into sleep and memory, Claudia opened up a paramount discussion on the importance of rest, how a society which idolises ‘busy-ness’ can incorporate it into daily life, and its many benefits, physical and psychological.

For the complete talk, watch here: What we know about rest from over 18,000 people | Claudia Hammond | TEDxUniversityofSussexStudio – YouTube.

Dr David Orr

Next, David presented us with terrific insight into the diversity of human experiences within social care. Through his talk, David wishes to change the narrative around quick solutions in how we deal with self-neglect cases. By pushing aside the idea of ‘magic bullets’, we can replace the tendency to jump in and fix, with what he calls ‘concerned curiosity’. Only once we get beside the person can we tackle self-neglect with a greater understanding.

You can find the talk here for more insight into David’s challenges of the industry practice: Using curiosity as an approach for self-neglect | Dr David Orr | TEDxUniversityofSussexStudio – YouTube.

Dr Özden Melis Uluğ

For the last talk, Melis brought a strong finish to the Viewing Party. A crucial discussion on social injustice was brought to the session, as Melis’ research focuses on how we can motivate people to act for injustice, by actually witnessing discrimination. Melis explores solutions, both at individual and community level, which we can take to remedy the urgent problem of discrimination.

Watch the complete talk here: Witnessing discrimination can be transformative | Dr Özden Melis Uluğ | TEDxUniversityofSussexStudio – YouTube.

The Viewing Party was not only a chance to celebrate the wonderful speakers and their very hard work. It also offered a great opportunity to network with the local community and, even more, to share common experiences and interests in a safe space that looks to promote “ideas worth spreading”. The TEDxUoS team really hopes that everyone who attended enjoyed their experience with them, and that we all continue the tradition of engaging in deep and meaningful conversation within our communities, as TEDx so strongly encourages.

For more information on this year’s talks and the 2020 ‘Together Apart’ event, please visit TEDxUniversityofSussex.