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Oxford University Gazette, 21 September 2006: Lectures

Weidenfeld Visiting Professor of European Comparative Literature 2006–7

Culture and politics in Germany: a durable tension

PROFESSOR WOLF LEPENIES, Professor of Sociology, Wissenschaftskolleg, Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin, will lecture at 5.30 p.m. on the following days in the Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre, St Anne's College.

Mon. 16 Oct.: 'German culture: insecurity and arrogance.'

Tue. 17 Oct.: 'The German spirit and the German Reich.'

Tue. 24 Oct.: 'With the help of irony: Thomas Mann's conversion to politics.'

Wed. 25 Oct.: 'The aesthetic appeal of fascism.'

Tue. 31 Oct.: 'After World War II: the resurrection of culture.'

Wed. 1 Nov.: 'After reunification: the end of arrogance.'

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Hensley Henson Lectures 2006–7

PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER ROWLAND and DR JANE SHAW will deliver the Hensley Henson Lectures at 5 p.m. on the following days in the Examination Schools.

The lectures come out of the work done in the Prophecy Project over the last four years, a project in the Faculty of Theology directed by the lecturers.

The role of the prophet

Mon. 9 Oct.: 'Why study prophets and prophecy?'

Tue. 10 Oct.: 'Acting out the text: prophets and the Bible.'

Wed. 11 Oct.: 'Do women make better prophets?'

The impact of prophecy

Tue. 17 Oct.: 'Blake, Brothers, and Southcott: three case studies.'

Wed. 18 Oct.: 'The Pursuit of the Millennium I: reconsidering millennial beliefs.'

Thur. 19 Oct.: 'The Pursuit of the Millennium II: building the kingdom of heaven on earth.'

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J.W. Jenkinson Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR MICHAEL AKAM, Director, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge, will deliver a Jenkinson Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 20 November, in Lecture Theatre A, the Zoology/Psychology Building.

Tickets are not required for admission. Anyone wishing to attend who has specific access requirements is asked to telephone Oxford (2)82464 a few days before the lecture.

Subject: 'The evolution of segmentation mechanisms in animals.'

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Hudson Lecture

PROFESSOR GEOFFREY TILL, Defence Studies Department, King's College, London (based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College), will deliver the Hudson Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 13 November, in Room 6, the Examination Schools.

Subject: 'Trafalgar, Tsushima, Medway and the decisive battles of the twenty-first century.'

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Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Oxford Physics Colloquia

The Oxford Physics Colloquia will be held at 4.15 p.m. on Fridays in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, the Clarendon Laboratory.

Conveners: Professor I. Walmsley and Professor D. Sherrington.

20 Oct.: 'Why is our universe an (electroweak) superconductor?: the mystery of the Higgs.'

PROFESSOR L. KOUWENHOVEN, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
27 Oct.: 'Spin qubits with quantum dots.'

PROFESSOR M. MOUNTAIN, Space Telescope Science Institute
10 Nov.: To be announced.

PROFESSOR J. DALIBARD, Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, Ecole Normale Supérieure, France
17 Nov.: 'Cold atoms in flatland.'

24 Nov.: 'How dangerous is ionising radiation?'

Physical Chemistry Seminars

The following seminars will be held at 2.15 p.m. on Mondays in the Lecture Theatre, the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory.

9 Oct.: 'Models of biosilica formation: from molecules to materials.'

PROFESSOR HUBERT H. GIRAULT, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale, Lausanne
16 Oct.: 'New tools for proteomics.'

DR DANIEL O'HARE, Imperial College
23 Oct.: 'Voltammetry on the brain: an electrochemical study of the dynamics of neurotransmitter release.'

30 Oct.: To be announced.

6 Nov.: 'Interactions between charge- mosaics.'

13 Nov.: 'Transport across the skin: physical chemistry, bioengineering, and clinical applications.'

DR ROBERT A. DRYFE, Manchester
27 Nov.: 'Nanoparticle deposition and assembly at the liquid/liquid interface.'

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Medical Sciences

Department of Biochemistry and Oxford University Biochemical Society Colloquia

PROFESSOR SIR MARTIN WOOD, FRS, will lecture at 4 p.m. on Monday, 23 October, in Lecture Room 1, the Department of Biochemistry.

Subject: 'Horizons of superconductivity.'

Science Day: Glycobiology in the Medical Sciences Division

This meeting will be held on Tuesday, 26 September, 2–5 p.m., in the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre, South Parks Road (at rear of Sir William Dunn School of Pathology).

The meeting will be chaired by Dr Fran Platt, Department of Pharmacology, and will be opened at 2 p.m. by Dr Kenneth Fleming, Head of the Medical Sciences Division.

Convener: Professor Siamon Gordon (e-mail:

DR ROBERT SIM, Biochemistry/MRC Immunochemistry
2.05 p.m.: 'The collectins—target recognition and genetic polymorphism.'

DR CHRIS SCANLAN, Biochemistry/Glycobiology
2.25 p.m.: 'Antibody recognition of HIV-1 gp120 carbohydrates: a template for vaccine design.'

ANNE SPEAK, Pharmacology
2.45 p.m.: 'Restricted distribution of iGb3 in mammals: implications for iNKT cell selection.'

3.10 p.m.: 'Harnessing iNKT cells in cancer vaccines.'

4 p.m.: 'The β-glucan receptor and fungal recognition.'

DR TERRY BUTTERS, Biochemistry/Glycobiology
4.20 p.m.: 'Therapeutic opportunities in controlling the biosynthesis of glycoproteins and glycolipids.'

DR PAULINE RUDD, Dublin/Oxford Glycobiology
4.40 p.m.: 'Glycosylated markers of cancer.'

The Ethox Centre and Oxford Genetics Knowledge Park Seminars: Governing genetic databases: collection, storage, and use

Cancellation of seminar

It is regretted that the final seminar in this series, due to have been given by Professor Alexander Capron on Tuesday, 26 September, entitled 'Ethical norms and international governance of genomics', has had to be postponed. The lecture will now be given in early 2007.

Botnar Research Centre

The following seminars will be held at 12.30 p.m. on Fridays in the Botnar Research Centre.

22 Sept.: 'Wnt signalling in bone: poison chalice or Holy Grail?'

29 Sept.: 'Tumour-induced bone disease, molecular mechanisms and therapies: potential benefits of combined treatment using bisphosphonate and cytotoxic drugs.'

6 Oct.: 'Inhibition of mevalonate pathway by analogues of bisphosphonates.'

13 Oct.: To be announced.

3 Nov.: 'Clinical developments in bone oncology.'

17 Nov.: To be announced.

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Social Sciences

OXONIA Distinguished Speaker Event

PROFESSOR LORD DESAI, LSE, will speak at a meeting to be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 17 October, in the Lecture Theatre, the Department of Economics.

The meeting, which is organised in co-operation with the Department of Economics and is open to all members of the University, will be chaired by Professor David Hendry.

Subject: 'Politicians and economists: a troubled relationship.'

Department of Educational Studies

BRENDA LITTLE and JUDY HARRIS will give a seminar at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 21 September, in the Department of Educational Studies.

Convener: Dr Geoffrey Hayward, Department of Educational Studies (telephone: Oxford (2)74024).

Subject: 'Working and learning—changing boundaries between higher education and the workplace: a presentation based on a recent CHERI study for HEFCE.'

Oxford Centre for Research into Parenting and Children: Promoting the well-being of children—the role of grandparents and kinship care

The following seminars will be given at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in Barnett House. Details of the 24 October seminar will be announced later.

Enquiries should be directed to Professor Ann Buchanan (e-mail: Notification of access requirements should be made to Bryony Welsman (e-mail:

10 Oct.: 'Grandparents as replacement parents and partners.'

ADRIENNE KATZ and CLAIRE COLLIS (with young people from Young Voice)
17 Oct.: 'Grandparents: the views of young people.'

DR NICOLA ROSS, Glasgow Centre for the Child and Society
31 Oct.: 'Negotiating family transitions and relations: the perspectives of teenagers and grandparents.'

7 Nov.: 'Keeping them in the family: kinship care for children who have been abused or neglected.'

14 Nov.: 'Grandparents of children with disabilities.'

21 Nov.: 'Understanding the role of contemporary grandfathers.'

28 Nov.: 'Grandparents in young lives: insights from the life course and history.'

Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS)

A round-table discussion on the subject of 'New Zealand and international migration: current issues and policy debates', with Professor Paul Spoonley, Professor Richard Bedford, and officials from the New Zealand Department of Labour, will be held on Thursday, 28 September, 1–3 p.m.

There is no charge for attendance. E-mailed requests for bookings should be made before 12 noon on Tuesday, 26 September, to:

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Faculty of Theology

Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Study of Religions

Unless otherwise indicated, the following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Harris Seminar Room, Oriel College.

Conveners: Dr Bettina Schmidt and Dr Peggy Morgan.

Thur. 19 Oct.: 'Religion, constructing the West (but what about the rest?).'

31 Oct.: 'The future of Islam as a European religion.'

14 Nov.: 'Self- care and self-cure in the Sathya Sai Baba Movement.'

28 Nov.: 'Jesus in Mormonism.'

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Saïd Business School

Complex Adaptive Systems Group Seminars

Unless otherwise indicated, the following seminars will be held at 12.30 p.m. on Tuesdays in Seminar Room B, the Saïd Business School. Further seminars in this series will be announced later.

The Seminar web-page is at

Conveners: Dr Felix Reed-Tsochas and Dr Sean Gourley.

PROFESSOR STEVE LANSING, University of Arizona and Santa Fe Institute
Mon. 2 Oct., JMI Seminar Room: To be announced.

17 Oct.: Selection and drift in cultural evolution: some archaeological examples.'

DR MARCEL FAFCHAMPS, Department of Economics
24 Oct., 1 p.m.: 'Scientific networks and co- authorship.'

DR ANTONIS PAPACHRISTODOULOU, Department of Engineering Science
7 Nov.: 'Robust functionality of large-scale networked systems: switching topologies.'

DR MICHAEL BIGGS, Department of Sociology
21 Nov.: 'From event-history analysis to simulation: replaying the tape of history for the 1960s sit-ins.'

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Hebrew and Jewish Studies Unit

David Patterson Seminars

The following seminars will be held at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Yarnton Manor.

Convener: Dr Piet van Boxel.

PROFESSOR ROBERT MILLER, Mount St Mary's Seminary, Emmitsburg, USA
11 Oct.: 'Israel's covenant in ancient Near Eastern context.'

18 Oct.: 'The notion of covenant in the Dead Sea Scrolls.'

25 Oct.: 'The use of the Book of Deuteronomy in rabbinic theology.'

DR ROBERT OWENS, General Theological Seminary, New York
1 Nov.: 'Sons and daughters of the covenant in the writings of Aphrahat the Persian sage.'

8 Nov.: 'Haman's mid-life crisis.'

15 Nov.: 'Reconfigured constellations in Hebrew and Yiddish poetry: the Modernisms of Avraham Shlonsky and Perets Markish.'

DR HAIM SPERBER, Western Galilee College
22 Nov.: 'Patterns of leadership in nineteenth- century Anglo-Jewry: Moses Montefiore, Lionel de Rothschild, and David Salomons.'

29 Nov.: Book launch: Professor Williamson's Isaiah 1–5.

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Hertford College

Hertford Tyndale Lecture

DR ALEC RYRIE, Birmingham, will deliver the Hertford Tyndale Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 19 October, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: 'The English Bible and piety in the Reformation.'

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Kellogg College

AUDREY NIFFENEGGER, novelist, author of The Time-Traveller's Wife, will give a lecture/reading, arranged by the Kellogg College Writing Centre, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, 10 October, in the Mawby Pavilion, Rewley House. Enquiries may be made to (2)80898.

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St Antony's College

Pluscarden Programme for the Study of Global Terrorism and Intelligence

Intelligence and the sociology of terrorism

The Pluscarden Programme of St Antony's College announces this research programme, arranged jointly with the Homeland Security and Resilience Department of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies. The programme will consist of a series of seminars in London and Oxford, a Prize Essay Competition, and a Joint Workshop to be held in St Antony's in December. The proceedings of the Joint Workshop will be published in book form in 2007.

Enquiries should be directed to: (telephone: Oxford (2)74559).

Conveners: Dr Steve Tsang, St Antony's, and Dr Sandra Bell, RUSI.


The programme of seminars will be announced individually by the relevant establishment. At St Antony's, the first IST seminar will take place on Thursday, 26 October, when Professor Philip Bobbitt (University of Texas) will examine 'New approaches to global terrorism'. At RUSI, the first IST lecture will be held on 3 November, entitled 'Understanding suicide terrorism'.

Prize Essay Competition

Entries are now invited now for the competition, to be submitted by anyone of any nationality under the age of thirty on 31 October 2006.

Title: 'The sociology of terrorism'. Length: up to 3,000 words of original composition. Submission: to by 31 October 2006, with evidence of age. Adjudication: by a panel of three academics. Prize: one year's free subscription to RUSI/Jane's Monitor twelve months' membership of RUSI; consideration for participation in the IST Joint Workshop; consideration for publication in the subsequent IST volume.

Joint Workshop

The Joint Workshop will be held at St Antony's College on Friday, 8 December (sessions 1–7), and Saturday, 9 December (sessins 8–13). Themes to be covered at the Workshop are:

Session 1: 'Strategic Issues facing UK counter-terrorism.'

Session 2: 'Immediate challenges.'

Session 3: 'Practical limits to a counter-terrorism programme.'

Session 4: 'The sociology of terrorism.'

Session 5: 'Islam in UK society.'

Session 6: 'Education and radicalisation.'

Session 7: 'The UK student body as a target for extremism.'

Session 8: 'Terrorists and criminals—a common cause?'

Session 9: 'Immigration and asylum—the extremist subculture.'

Session 10: 'The Islamic community—sociology and societal issues.'

Session 11: 'Keeping up with the pace—a view from Whitehall.'

Session 12: 'Propaganda and counter-propaganda.'

Session 13: 'Myths and realities of terrorist finance.'

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St Edmund Hall

Philip Geddes Memorial Lecture

MATTHEW D'ANCONA, editor, the Spectator, will deliver the Philip Geddes Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 27 October, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: 'Confessions of a hawkish hack: the war on terror and the media.'

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Wolfson College

Creative Arts Lecture Series

GREVEL LINDOP, formerly Professor of Romantic Studies, University of Manchester, will give a poetry reading at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 11 October, in the Buttery, Wolfson College.

Ronald Syme Lecture

PROFESSOR PETER BROWN, Professor of History, Princeton, will deliver the Ronald Syme Lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 26 October, in the Hall, Wolfson College. The lecture will be open to the public.

Subject: 'Commercium spirituale: Paulinus of Nola and the poetry of wealth.'

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Friends of the Bodleian

London Lecture

VICTORIA GLENDINNING will lecture at 6.30 p.m. on Friday, 29 September, in the Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1.

Tickets cost £10, on application to Vikki Cunningham, Administrator, Friends of the Bodleian, Bodleian Library, Oxford OX1 3BG (e-mail:, telephone: Oxford (2)77234.)

Subject: 'Leonard Woolf: publisher, author, and man of letters.'

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Oxford Italian Association


The following lectures will be given at 7.30 for 8 p.m. on the days shown. Admission costs £1 for members, £3 for non-members; students under thirty are admitted free.

For further information on the Oxford Italian Association, including how to join, telephone Oxford 377479 or 865476. GILLIAN RILEY
Wed. 25 Oct., Mary Ogilvie Theatre, St Anne's: 'Maestro Martino and his circle: the most influential cookery text of the Renaissance.'

Thur. 9 Nov., Tsuzuki Theatre, St Anne's: 'Mantegna: the art of humanism.'

Tue. 21 Nov., Pauling Centre, 58 Banbury Road: 'Dante and Goethe and womanhood.'

Other events

Fri. 13 Oct., 8 p.m., Lecture Theatre, Rewley House: showing of film I Cento Passi (Marco Tullio Giordano; 114 minutes). Admission free.

Tue. 31 Oct., 7.30 for 8 p.m., Pauling Centre, 58 Banbury Road: conversazione in italiano. Admission free.

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