Lectures

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INAUGURAL LECTURE

Chichele Professor of the History of War

PROFESSOR HEW STRACHAN will deliver his inaugural lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 4 December, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: `The meaning of strategy: historical reflections.'

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CAMERON MACKINTOSH VISITING PROFESSOR OF CONTEMPORARY THEATRE

SIR TIM RICE will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 27 November, in the Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre, St Catherine's College. All members of the University are welcome to attend.

Subject: `It's only words.'

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LIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES, MEDICAL SCIENCES

PROFESSOR WARREN J. EWENS, University of Pennsylvania, winner of the Weldon Memorial Prize 2002, will lecture at 4.30 p.m. on Friday, 28 November, in the Lecture Theatre, the Zoology/Psychology Building, South Parks Road.

Note: the lecture will be given at 4.30 p.m., and not, as stated in the Michaelmas Term Special Lecture List, at 5 p.m.

Subject: `Backwards and forwards in population genetics theory.'

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MATHEMATICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Dennis Sciama Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR G.F.R. ELLIS, Cape Town, will deliver the second Dennis Sciama Memorial Lecture at 4.15 p.m. on Friday, 21 November, in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, the Clarendon Laboratory. Further information may be obtained from Fiona Bywater (telephone: Oxford (2)73303).

Subject: `Cosmology and local physics.'

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Department of Earth Sciences

The following seminars will be held at 4.30 p.m. on Mondays in the Lecture Theatre, the Department of Earth Sciences.

PROFESSOR D. VAUGHAN, Manchester
24 Nov.: `Minerals, metals, and molecules: ore and environmental mineralogy in the twenty-first century.'

DR J. ANDREWS, East Anglia
1 Dec.: `Building microbial bioherms in the Pleistocene Gulf of Corinth.'

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MODERN HISTORY

PROFESSOR R. BEEMAN, Harmsworth Professor of American History, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 26 November, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: `The uncertain history of American democracy: a view from the eighteenth century (with some concluding speculations on the twenty-first).'

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Modern European History Research Centre

PROFESSOR S.A. STEHLIN, New York University, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 28 November, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: `Papal diplomacy, Pius XII, the Second World War, and the Jews.'

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ORIENTAL STUDIES

DR M. ROBBEETS, Leiden, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 25 November, in Lecture Room 1, the Oriental Institute.

Subject: `Is Japanese related to the Altaic languages?'

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SOCIAL SCIENCES

Centre for Political Ideologies: guest lecture

PROFESSOR M. BEVIR, Berkeley, will lecture at 2.15 p.m. on Friday, 5 December, in Seminar Room B, the Department of Politics and International Relations.

Subject: `Ideology and technique: the case of New Labour.'

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RUSKIN SCHOOL OF DRAWING AND FINE ART

Joseph Beuys Lectures 2003

A place for art

EDDIE BERG, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool, ALAN HAYDON, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, and JENNI LOMAX, Camden Arts Centre, will deliver the Joseph Beuys Lectures from 4 p.m. on Tuesday, 25 November, in the Auditorium, Magdalen College. The lectures will be introduced by Andrew Nairne, Director, Modern Art Oxford.

The Joseph Beuys Lectures are presented by The Laboratory at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art with the support of the Arts Council England and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

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OXFORD CENTRE FOR ISLAMIC STUDIES

DR MAJID TAFRESHI, Royal Holloway College, London, will present a seminar at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 26 November, in the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.

Subject: `The rise and fall of religious schools in Khorasan Iran between the two wars: 1918–39.'

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QUEEN ELIZABETH HOUSE

International Gender Studies Centre

Globally mobile professional families: distance, time, age, and gender

A workshop on this subject will be held from 9 a.m. on Friday, 21 November, in the Friends Meeting House, 43 St Giles'. Speakers will include academics, writers, and practitioners. The programme may be found on the Web site http://www.qeh.ox.ac.uk/cccrw/. As there are few remaining places, anyone interested in attending is asked to inform Anne Coles (e- mail: anne.coles@qeh.ox.ac.uk).

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CENTRE FOR SOCIO-LEGAL STUDIES

LOUISE CHRISTIAN, the human rights lawyer who made the applications to the High Court and the Court of Appeal on behalf of the British prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay (`Abbasi and others'), will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 20 November, in the Buttery, Wolfson College. This is the first of three seminars sponsored by the Centre as part of the Public Interest Law programme. All members of the University are welcome to attend.

Subject: `Guantanamo Bay: a legal black hole?'


Islamic law and human rights: an ethnographic approach

The Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, in association with Research Analysts, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, Princeton University, will hold a conference on this subject on 5 and 6 December in Wolfson College.

The conference will bring together a number of international scholars working on issues relating to Islamic law (Shari'a, fiqh, state law) and touching upon human rights concerns. Some focus on places which have typically been seen as Islamic heartlands (Arab states, Iran), others on regions which, despite their numerical strength, have been viewed as peripheral (India, Indonesia, Bosnia), still others on diasporas (France, the UK). All share an ethnographic approach, examining the ways in which practices or texts are used, interpreted and lived by Muslims.

Speakers: Fariba Adelkhah, John Bowen, Fikret Karcic, John Kelsay, Werner Menski, Ziba Mir Husseini, Christian Moe, Martha Mundy, Lawrence Rosen, and Mohammad Talib.

Further information and details of the registration procedure may be obtained from the Administrator, the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Wolfson College, Oxford OX2 6UD (telephone: Oxford (2)84220, e-mail: tania.boyt@csls.ox.ac.uk).

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MANSFIELD COLLEGE

PROFESSOR PETER BURKE, Professor of Cultural History, Cambridge, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Saturday, 22 November, in the Council Room, Mansfield College. The lecture will be followed by a discussion and reception. All members of the University are welcome to attend.

Subject: `Performing cultural history.'

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ST ANTONY'S COLLEGE

PRESIDENT ABDOULAYE WADE OF SENEGAL will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 27 November, in the Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College. Admission will be by ticket only, available from the Development Office, St Antony's (telephone: Oxford (2)74496, e-mail: dev.office@sant.ox.ac.uk). The title of the lecture is not available at the time of going to press.

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ST CATHERINE'S COLLEGE

Alan Tayler Lecture

PROFESSOR L. MAHADEVAN will deliver the Alan Tayler Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 24 November, in the Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre, St Catherine's College.

Subject: `Packing problems: from DNA to origami.'

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ST JOHN'S COLLEGE

Research Centre

DR R. OCKENDEN and PROFESSOR T.J. REED will present a series of readings at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 27 November, in the St John's College Research Centre (16 St Giles').

Subject: `Love and other difficulties—Goethe and Arabic poetry' (readings in Arabic, German, and English).

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TRINITY COLLEGE

Chatham Lecture

LORD (MELVYN) BRAGG will deliver the Chatham Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 27 November, in the Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, the St Cross Building.

Subject: `What are the Arts now?'

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OED FORUM

CATHERINE SANGSTER, BBC, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 2 December, in Rewley House. This replaces the meeting planned for 25 November.

Subject: `Pronunciation and the BBC.'

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OXFORD LYCEUM

DR GARY SAMORE, formerly Special Assistant to President Clinton and formerly Senior Director for Non-proliferation and Export Controls at the National Security Council, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 28 November, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: `The North Korean nuclear crisis: a path to war?'

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