Past Meetup

Ragged Uni: The Importance of Being Smelly + Improvised Fiction Meets Research

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Cabaret Voltaire

36 Blair Street · Edinburgh

How to find us

The street which leads from the Tron to the Cowgate

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Come along and put your feet up at Ragged University, a free education project where everyone is welcome and we socialise around learning… It is informal and there is a bite to eat, you are also welcome to bring some food to share if you want.

The Importance of Being Smelly by Mairi MacLeod (

You might not think your sense of smell is particularly essential, but research is showing that we give and receive all sorts of important signals through the olfactory channel and scientists have dubbed humans “the scented ape”. We glean information on each others’ age, gender, emotions and even personality through our noses, but perhaps the most important function of our sense of smell is that of mate choice.

In this talk, I’ll explain why liking your partner’s natural smell is vital for relationship satisfaction, sexual attraction and fidelity, fertility and our children’s health. I’ll also reveal the rather surprising effects of perfume and of “the pill” on the biological signals we give out and receive via smelliness.

There will be some food provided, and everyone is invited to put some food on the table to share if they like – there is no obligation. During the break there is a chance to eat, have a drink and socialise

Improvised Fiction meets research: Creative and pioneering ethnographic filmmaker Jean Rouch’s lasting legacy by John Morrison (

The genesis of the Ethnofiction genre can be attributed to the creative praxis (theory in action) of pioneering French anthropologist and filmmaker Jean Rouch, they can be identified by today’s definitions as hybrids of ethnographic documentary and fictional film genres.

During the 1950s, while working as an ethnologist for the French state in West Africa, Rouch asked the participants of his studies to respond to a subject inspired by aspects of their real-life experiences and act them out in front of the camera as fictional improvisations. This participatory and playful approach to visual ethnography was later dubbed by critics ‘Ethnofiction’.

At the end of the night, please help take away the food that you like so that nothing goes to waste. Like knowledge, this is a way of sharing food.