Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
Film director: 
Denis Villeneuve
Event date: 
Wed, 14/06/2017

Join us at 6 pm on Wed 14th June for a free event funded by the British Academy. The event will include a screening of ARRIVAL, a drinks reception and talks from local experts. 

When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.   

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Location: Hadyn Ellis Building (CF24 4HQ)

Film trailer: click HERE.

***** You can book your free tickets HERE.  *****


Professor Harry Collins is a distinguished research professor of sociology, director of the Centre for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise and Science at Cardiff University and is an elected Fellow of the British Academy. Professor Collins is renowned in the field of social sciences for having developed the Bath School approach to the sociology of scientific knowledge.  He has written extensively for over four decades on the sociology of gravitational wave detection, studying the physicists through the decades of frustration and scorn to the much celebrated success of 2015/16, recorded in his book Gravity’s Kiss.  Professor Collins along with Professor Robert Evans, also at Cardiff University, has also published a large body of work around the identification of expertise, how is it acquired and maintained. One of Professor Collins latest books, Are We All Scientific Experts Now?, takes this significant body of work forward. Mapping out different kinds of expertise, ranging from that of the “beer mat” expert to those who genuinely can contribute to new knowledge, his aim is to demonstrate to readers why scientific expertise matters.

Professor Rick Delbridge is the Dean of Research, Innovation and Engagement at Cardiff University and the academic lead for the Social Science Research Park (SPARK), a major new initiative to support inter-disciplinary and collaborative research. He was recently appointed as a member of HEFCE's Interdisciplinary Advisory Panel for REF. He is co-author of the Nesta paper Social Science Parks - society's new super-labs. A discussion between Rick and co-author Adam Price is available on the Cardiff University YouTube channel.

Dr Catherine Jones is a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff’s School of Psychology. She is a core member of Cardiff University’s Wales Autism Research Centre (WARC) where her research focusses on understanding the differences in thinking and perception experienced by autistic people. Catherine also pursues a strong interest in understanding how we experience time, factors that can distort time, and the brain regions that support temporal processing.

Karen Richmond is a socio-legal researcher in the School of Law at the University of Strathclyde. Her research explores the interactions between scientific expertise and law, focusing on the ways in which particular models of governance may serve to reconstruct forensic expertise and the construction of DNA profiling evidence. I am also interested in the use of Bayesian networks to reconstruct evidential narratives, efficient forms of 'streamlined' forensic reporting, and the effects of 'economic rationalisation' on access to justice. Theoretical and methodological interests include legal autopoiesis, governmentality, theories of expertise, and visual legal research methods.

Dr Tereza Spilioti is a Lecturer in Language and Communication, with specialization in Language and Media, in the Centre for Language and Communication Research, which is part of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy. Dr Spilioti’s work covers research related primarily to the fields of language and new media, research ethics, and media sociolinguistics, an area that is at the forefront of applied linguistics. In the field of language and new media, she has explored digital genres, sociability and intimacy in texting practices; media ideologies and digital discourses related to the development of social media platforms; typography and script as resources for vernacular creativity in digital communication. Her publications also cover issues of research ethics, with a particular interest in revisiting current approaches for ethical decision-making in digital media contexts. More broadly in the field of media sociolinguistics, she has developed a growing interest in innovative perspectives on the study of sociolinguistic change, mediat(izat)ion and style.