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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MATHEMATICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Department of Earth Sciences

DR J. ANDREWS, East Anglia, will lecture at 4.30 p.m. on Monday, 1 December, in the Lecture Theatre, the Department of Earth Sciences.

Subject: `Building microbial bioherms in the Pleistocene Gulf of Corinth.'

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Biophysical Chemistry Seminar Series: cancellation

The seminar due to have been given on Thursday, 4 December, by Professor Carol Robinson, Department of Chemistry, Cambridge, has been postponed to Hilary Term.

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MEDICAL SCIENCES

Wellcome Integrative Physiology Initiative on Ion Channels

PROFESSOR J. PUTNEY, Laboratory of Signal Transduction, NIEHS, USA, will lecture at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, 9 December, in the Lecture Theatre, the Department of Pharmacology.

Convener: Professor D.B. Satelle.

Subject: `Modes of regulation of TRPC3 channels.'

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ORIENTAL STUDIES

MALACHI BEIT-ARIE, Ludwig Jesselson Professor of Codicology and Palaeography, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 3 December, in Lecture Room 1, the Oriental Institute.

Subject: `SfarData—the Codiological Database of the Dated Medieval Hebrew Codices and its contribution to manuscript typology, localising and dating, and textual criticism.'

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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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CENTRE FOR SOCIO-LEGAL STUDIES

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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Public Interest Law Programme

The following seminars will be held on Thursdays. Enquiries should be directed to the Centre (telephone: Oxford (2)84220, e-mail: admin@csls.ox.ac.uk).

CLIVE STAFFORD SMITH, British lawyer practising in the US
27 Nov., 5.15 p.m., Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, St Anne's: `The death penalty and the obligations of the US under international law.'

GEOFFREY BINDMAN, human rights lawyer
11 Dec., 5 p.m., Senior Common Room, Law Faculty, St Cross Building: `The International Criminal Court: the evolving story.'

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SOCIETY FOR THE HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE

REX WINSBURY will lecture at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday, 13 December, in the Museum of the History of Science. All members of the University are welcome to attend.

Subject: `Chariots and technology: equipment, techniques, and manoeuvres of the Byzantine hippodrome.'

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