Dr. Nick Hubble
#18 Nick Hubble – Mass Observation and Science Fiction
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Mass Observation – it isn’t as insidious as it sounds!

Imagine what it would have been like to live in the 30’s in England? What was everyday life for people like? Well, what if I told you that you don’t need to imagine and can actually read peoples diaries! Dr Nick Hubble is someone who has done a lot of that reading. His extensive research involved spending a lot of time at the mass observation archive. Thats the place where peoples diaries between the 30’s and 50s were sent to be stored.

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Attitudes and the Elderly

Nick shared a lot of his findings and take aways with us on this episode. We discussed not just how people lived, but how attitudes have changed. Amongst other things, we talked about the how society perceived the elderly then compared to now. It’s a particularly important time to discuss this too. As we’ve all seen, the elderly have been looked differently by governments because of the COVID19 pandemic. So to get an insight into how our thinking has changed is incredibly important.

What Else We Discussed – Sci-fi and Issues of Class and Feminism

Nick also does both a lot of writing and analysis of sci-fi. But what’s even more interesting is that he observes this genre through a participation lens. Nick shared with us how sci-fi has become beyond a genre. It’s now an expression of identity – particularly feminism!

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