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Speakers confirmed for Power, Gender and Hubris conference

The full line-up of speakers for our next conference has just been confirmed – and it’s an impressive list.

Power, Gender and Hubris will be held on 9 May 2017 at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. It is being organised by the Psychiatry Section of The Royal Society of Medicine in association with the Medical Women Federation and the Daedalus Trust.

Douglas Cairns, Professor of Classics, University of Edinburgh will be lecturing on “hubris in classical myth and morality” while Rebecca Stephens OBE, the first British woman to climb Everest, will bring to the conference her experiences of climbing in extreme conditions and analyse the decision-making skills needed to survive and achieve one’s goals however extreme.

Professor Trevor Robbins, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology, Cambridge University, has been invited to give a unique lecture on the differences between men and women from a neuroscience perspective.

Professor Kelan’s lecture on micro-hubris will appeal to many keen to find out about everyday acts of hubris in the workplace.

The programme aims to:

  • Outline the historical existence of hubris through classical myth and morality
  • Define hubris in terms of power as described by a great biographer of political leaders
  • Look at decision-making in extreme circumstances with focus on Everest climbing and what can go wrong
  • Understand the neurobiology of decision making and gender influences
  • Discuss hubris and politics in relation to contemporary events.

Find an outline of the aims, objectives and programme for the day here: hubris-vii-final-30-11-16

Other notable speakers include:

  • Sir Anthony Seldon, Master of Wellington College and Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham (‘What is power?’)
  • Dr Farrah Jarral, BBC4 Presenter “From Savage to Self” (‘Hubris, power and gender: An anthropological perspective’)

The programme will end with a panel of experts discussing ‘The exercise of power: does gender matter?’ and a summary of the day delivered by Lord David Owen.

Interest is already high and we urge you to save the date (9 May 2017).

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