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Oxford University Gazette, 8 February 2007: Diary

Friday 9 February

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'An introduction to the University Computing Services', 8.30 a.m.; 'Springboard' (Workshop 2; Programme 2), 9.30 a.m. (see information above). (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

CONFERENCE: 'L'Europe des Lumieres: culture materielle, culture intellectuelle', Maison Française, 9.30 a.m.–5 p.m. (enquiries: maison@herald.ox.ac.uk).

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: 'Portraits', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £2. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.--1 p.m., or e-mail: education.service@ashmus.ox.ac.uk.)

SARI WASTELL: 'Sovereignty and time: politics in Swazi kingship' (Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology seminars), Lecture Theatre, Pauling Centre, 4.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR ROBERT BARTLETT: 'Alexander Nequam and the emergence of the university' (Ford's Lectures: 'The learned culture of Angevin England'), Schools, 5 p.m.

PHILIP PULLMAN: 'Poco a poco: the fundamental particles of narrative' (Richard Hillary Lecture), Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, St Cross Building, 5 p.m.

CHRISTOPHER PRENTICE: 'Britain, America and the Middle East' (Middle East Centre fiftieth anniversary seminars: 'America and the Middle East), St Antony's, 5 p.m.

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Saturday 10 February

SARAH DUPUIS (violin): recital of music by Beethoven, Prokofiev, and Stravinsky, the chapel, Queen's, 1.15 p.m. (admission free; retiring collection).

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Monday 12 February

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Presentation skills' (Day 1), 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

DR LIZ FISHER: 'The role of environmental courts in developing environmental law: reflecting on the Australian experience' (Oxford Environmental Law Discussion Group meeting), Fraenkel Room, Corpus Christi, 1 p.m.

THOMAS BLAEN: ' "Not used to be worn as a jewel": precious stones in early modern medicine' (seminar series: 'Medicine, surgery, and culture'), Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, 2.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR BARBARA HARRISS-WHITE: 'Tax culture: a case from South India' (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies seminars: 'Law, culture, and development'), Seminar Room D, Manor Road Building, 4.30 p.m.

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Tuesday 13 February

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: 'British drawings and watercolours', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £2. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.--1 p.m., or e-mail: education.service@ashmus.ox.ac.uk.)

JUDITH LYON-CAEN: 'Is nineteenth-century literature a social science?' (New Directions in French Seminar), Maison Française, 1.45 p.m.

LORD TRIMBLE, MARK DURKAN, MP, and PROFESSOR ROY FOSTER: 'The Northern Ireland experience' (St Antony's Visiting Parliamentary Fellows seminar series: 'How can democracies cope with minorities?'), Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR WIM BLOCKMANS: 'The medieval origins of democracy' (lecture), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR BRUCE JENTLESON: 'The politics of US foreign policy: continuity and change' (Seminar on US Politics), Rothermere American Institute, 5 p.m.

THE VERY REVD RICHARD GILES: ' "Repitching the tent": liturgy and sacred space' (Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture public lecture series: 'A sense of place: landscapes human and divine'), Regent's Park College, 5 p.m.

DR MISA IZUHARA: 'Shifting of state–family boundaries on long-term care: global perspectives' (Current Issues in Social Policy seminars: 'Welfare and social security around the globe'), Department of Social Policy and Social Work, 5 p.m.

YAN GREUB: 'Le Chansonnier de Thibaut de Champagne' (Medieval French Seminar), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

DR PAMELA ANDERSON and MARTIN HENIG: 'God, animals and embodying belief' (seminar series: 'Animal experimentation for medical research: issues and perspectives'), Mansfield, 5.30 p.m.

DR COLIN SHINDLER: 'Israel, Zionism, and the Left' (lecture series: 'Israel: historical, political, and social aspects'), Oriel, 8 p.m.

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Wednesday 14 February

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Springboard' (Workshop 2, Programme 3), 9.30 a.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

ORGAN RECITAL: Nicholas Prozillo, the chapel, Queen's, 1.10 p.m. (admission free; retiring collection).

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: 'The mirror of nature: seventeenth-century Dutch paintings', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £2. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.--1 p.m., or e-mail: education.service@ashmus.ox.ac.uk.)

MERCEDES HINTON: 'Police and the political game in Argentina and Brazil' (Oxford Criminology Seminars), Seminar Room A, Manor Road Building, 3.30 p.m.

DR DAVID GELLNER: 'Biopower or bioweakness? Rituals of democracy and development' (Wilde Lectures in Natural and Comparative Religion: 'Religion, ritual, and power in the Nepal Himalayas'), Schools, 5 p.m.

DR PAUL BINSKI: 'God, Mary and the military' (Slade Lectures: 'English Gothic art and architecture before the Black Death'), University Museum of Natural History, 5 p.m.

SIR RODRIC BRAITHWAITE: 'British foreign policy towards the Middle East: a view from the centre' (seminar series: 'British diplomatic perceptions of the Muslim world'), Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, George Street, 5 p.m.

ANDREW MILLS: 'Exploring meaning in West Polynesian weapons' (Friends of the Pitt Rivers Museum lectures), New Extension, Pitt Rivers (15 Robinson Close), 6.15 p.m.

JACQUES SEMELIN: 'Understanding massacres. Exploring the role of memory' (seminar series: 'History, politics and memory in twentieth-century Europe'), History Faculty Building, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR EMANUEL TOV: 'Reflections on the many forms of Hebrew scripture in light of the Septuagint and 4QReworked Pentateuch' (David Patterson Seminars), Hebrew and Jewish Studies Unit, Yarnton Manor, 8 p.m.

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Thursday 15 February

PROFESSOR ROY MACLEOD: 'Of men and mines: the geological war' (Leverhulme Lectures: 'On Minerva and Mars: science and war, 1914--20'), Osler--McGovern Centre, 13 Norham Gardens, 11 a.m.

FERRUCCIO PASTORE: 'Migration in the Mediterranean' (ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society seminars: 'Migration on the fringes of Europe: trends, patterns, transformation'), Institute of Human Sciences, 58a Banbury Road, 2 p.m.

DR LOUELLA MATZUNAGA: 'Unnatural or natural? Classifying hospital deaths in England and Japan' (International Gender Studies Centre seminars: 'Untimely deaths'), Seminar Room 1, Queen Elizabeth House, 2 p.m.

DR JOHN ALBAN-METCALFE: 'Leadership in higher education: it doesn't have to be herding cats' (Oxford Learning Institute: research seminars), Level 2, Littlegate House, St Ebbe's, 4 p.m. (to attend, e-mail: rocio.garavito@learning.ox.ac.uk).

DR DAVID RUNCIMAN: 'Bentham and the utility of fiction' (Carlyle Lectures: 'Sincerity, hypocrisy and lies in modern political thought from Hobbes to Orwell'), Schools, 5 p.m.

EDWARD NYE: 'How do you study eighteenth-century mime?' (Early Modern French Seminar), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR CHRIS TILLEY: 'Stonehenge: its landscape and its architecture: a re-analysis' (Linacre Lectures: 'Remaking environments: histories, practices, politics'), OUCE Lecture Theatre, Dyson Perrins Building, 5.30 p.m.

JANE KNIGHT: 'The management of intelligence' (Pluscarden programme for the study of global terrorism and intelligence seminars), Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 6 p.m. (further details from pluscarden.programme@sant.ox.ac.uk< /a>).

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Friday 16 February

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM gallery talk: 'Nineteenth-century dress', 1.15 p.m. (Cost: £2. Tel. for bookings: (2)78015, 9 a.m.--1 p.m., or e-mail: education.service@ashmus.ox.ac.uk.)

CONFERENCE: 'Micro-analysis: approaches and case studies', Maison Française, 2–5 p.m. (continues tomorrow, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.) (enquiries: maison@herald.ox.ac.uk).

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Teaching grammar and vocabulary', 2 p.m. (see information above).

KOSTAS RESIKAS: 'Transforming the frontier: memory, history and identity in coastal East Java, Indonesia' (Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology seminars), Lecture Theatre, Pauling Centre, 4.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR LORD PLANT: 'The sacred and the challenge to liberalism' (Bampton Lectures: 'liberal pluralism, citizenship, law and the sacred'), St Mary's, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR ROBERT BARTLETT: 'Gervase of Tilbury and international courtly culture' (Ford's Lectures: 'The learned culture of Angevin England'), Schools, 5 p.m.

RIMA KHALAF HUNAIDI and AMAT AL-ALIM ALSOSWA: 'Towards the rise of women in the Arab world: the fourth Arab human development report' (Middle East Centre fiftieth anniversary seminars: 'America and the Middle East), St Antony's, 5 p.m.

CARLO GINZBURG: 'Coleridge, exoticism and empire' (lecture), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR RALPH HANNA: 'Early English print culture and English literary manuscripts' (Richardson Lecture), Pusey Room, Keble, 5.30 p.m.

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Saturday 17 February

BJORN KLEIMAN (violin) and JOHAN HUGOSSON (piano): recital, the chapel, Queen's, 1.15 p.m. (admission free; retiring collection).

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Sunday 18 February

MR TIM GARDAM preaches the Sermon on the Grace of Humility, Keble, 10.30 a.m.

JULIAN STECKEL: recital of cello works by Bach, Britten, and Kodály, in series of Balliol Concerts (John Farmer Memorial Concert), Balliol, 9 p.m. (admission free and open to all members of the University).

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Monday 19 February

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Lecturing: purposes, approach and performance', Session 1 (for Humanities and Social Sciences), 12 noon (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

PROFESSOR HENRY SHUE: 'Deadly delays: climate change and future generations' (Oxford Environmental Law Discussion Group meeting), Fraenkel Room, Corpus Christi, 12.30 p.m.

DR D. MADDEN: ' "The mysteries of the profession revealed": or, medicine laid bare in John Wesley's Primitive Physic' (seminar series: 'Medicine, surgery, and culture'), Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, 2.15 p.m.

ISMENE LADA-RICHARDS: 'Dead but not extinct: on reinventing ancient pantomime in the eighteenth century' (Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama lecture), Lecture Theatre, Classics Centre, 2.15 p.m. (enquiries: apgrd@classics.ox.ac.uk).

CHRISTINA JONES-PAULY: 'Applying Islamic law in globalised cultures' (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies seminars: 'Law, culture, and development'), Seminar Room D, Manor Road Building, 4.30 p.m.

LADY ASHTON: 'Why a Constitutional Affairs Department?' (seminar series: 'Do our institutions work?', Summer Common Room, Magdalen, 5 p.m.

DR SHIGERU KURATANI: 'Developmental factors behind the vertebrate evolution' (J.W. Jenkinson Memorial Lecture), Lecture Theatre A, Zoology/Psychology Building, 5 p.m. (tickets not required).

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