Prompts & provocations from the Homerton community during Lockdown on the 'Big Questions'

PAUSE ran fortnightly Wednesdays in Michaelmas and Lent 2020-21, 7 via Zoom


PAUSE allows space for us to consider some of the big questions made more pressing and visible by Covid-19. PAUSE is built on the idea that we can pause - reflect - in ways that are both intellectually interesting and socially imaginative. And that this process is both good for ourselves and our communities.

PAUSE focuses on texts, in the broadest sense of that word, to prompt and anchor our conversations. Each session begins with a prompt from a Homertonian on a short text or film; followed by group discussion. The programme draws on works of philosophy, literature, science, education, art, economics - in various forms - to help us consider challenging questions in more interesting ways.

Students, Staff and Alumni welcome

Co-Curated by Dr Robin Bunce and Dr Alison Wood


Lent 2021

10 March

Pause with Dr Fernanda Gallo 'National Stereotypes'

Reading: National stereotypes in times of COVID-19: the ‘frugal four’ and the ‘irresponsible South’ 

24 Feb 

Pause with Professor Simone Hochgreb 'What makes it good, what makes it durable: organising our remote scholarly lives to make it not just bearable, but really interesting'.

Podcast: Matt Mullenweg: Collaboration is Key [The Knowledge Project Ep #100]

Simone Hochgreb, Rationale

10 Feb

Pause with Dr David Belin 'Can art help break the stigma of psychiatric disorders?'

Stimulus: The Storm

Featuring 7 dancers, a specially composed score by Amarok / Michal Wojtas and scientific input from Dr. David Belin lecturer in behavioural neuroscience at Cambridge University, The Storm will be sure to blow audiences away!

About The Storm


Michaelmas 2020

27 Jan

Pause with Dr Chris Brooke 'A brief history of egalitarianism'

Text: Christopher Brooke, ‘Nonintrinsic Egalitarianism, from Hobbes to Rousseau 

2 Dec

Pause with Dr Kamal Munir and Dr Deborah Brown ‘From Patanjali to the 'Gospel of Sweat': Yoga's Remarkable Journey from an Ascetic Movement to an $80 billion Market’

Film. ‘If Ghandi took a Yoga Class’

25 Nov

Pause with Dr Beth Singler 'Robot Politicians: Even Better than the Real Thing?'

Text: Issac Asimov, 'Evidence' and 'The Evitable Conflict'. In I, Robot

18 Nov

Pause with Dr Alison Wood ‘Being a Good Ancestor’

Texts: Bina Venkataraman. 'Why you should think about being a good ancestor.' Ideas at 27 Aug 2019

The LongTime Project (especially the 5min film 'Why do we need to get long term')

11 Nov 2020

Pause with Dr Robin Bunce 'The Now

Text: George Woodcock, The Tyranny of the Clock (first published in ‘War Commentary - For Anarchism. Mid-March 1944


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