There’s been a murder! But why do we care?
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Who this event is for
John Henry Brookes Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus
Join Dame Katherine Grainger and Professor
Anne-Marie Kilday in a lively conversation, as we
discuss why people are so fascinated by murder
and murderers in the modern era.
Is it because we like to hear the grisly and gory
details? Is it because we like to be shocked, to be
scared or to feel threatened? Or is it because we
humans have a genuine and prolonged fascination
with the unfamiliar and the extraordinary?
Katherine and Anne-Marie will explore these
questions from both an academic and a popular
perspective. They will illuminate why murder - an
event that should be considered tragic and repellent
as it is so far removed from humanity and decency -
has become so popular and profitable and why many
individuals who have killed have become celebrities in
the modern mind-set.
This talk is part of Think Human, the festival of the humanities and social
sciences, and is also our Founders' Day Lecture 2018