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Oxford University Gazette, 24 May 2007: Lectures

Weldon Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR GEOFFREY WEST, Santa Fe Institute, winner of the Weldon Memorial Prize 2005, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 5 June, in Lecture Theatre A, the Zoology/Psychology Building. Anyone with specific access requirements should telephone Oxford (2)82464 a few days before the lecture.

Subject: 'On the scale and unity of life.'

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Oxford Sustainable Development Law Seminars

The following seminars, arranged by the Faculty of Law and the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, will be held at 12.30 for 1 p.m. in the Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College. A light lunch will be available at 12.30 p.m., followed by the talk at 1 p.m. Those wishing to attend should inform Melissa Castello beforehand (e-mail:

Convener: Dr Cinnamon Carlarne, Wadham College.

30 May: 'Sustainable development geopolitics—developing nations—global insertion, competitiveness, and sustainability.'

6 June: 'Limits to international law—reflections from International Conventions on Desertification and Climate Change.'

13 June: 'Competing definitions of science in trade: an impediment to sustainable development?'

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Medical Sciences

Ethox Centre and Oxford Genetics Knowledge Park Seminar Series 2007: From principles to practice: implementing genetic database governance

PROFESSOR DAVID VAVER will lecture at 12.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 29 May, in the Ethox Centre Library, Gibson Building, Block 21, Radcliffe Infirmary. Essential information about clearing site security is available at

Subject: 'Medical databases: fit for intellectual property rights?'

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Oriental Studies

Philology and its dangers: canonical texts, modes of knowledge, cultural crises

This seminar and discussion group, part of the Oxford–Princeton–Columbia Partnership for the Comparative History of Philology in Early Modern Asia, will be held on Friday, 1 June, 2.15–5.30 p.m., in Lecture Room 23, Balliol College. Further details may be found at under 'Lectures, Seminars and Events'.


SHELDON POLLOCK, Columbia: 'Future philology? The fate of a soft science in a hard world.'

BENJAMIN ELMAN, Princeton: 'Changing views of late imperial Chinese classicism.'

PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER MINKOWSKI: 'Early modern Sanskrit scholars and the forged Bhagavata.'

JOANNA WEINBERG: 'Forgery and critical philology in the work of Azariah de'Rossi.'

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Oriental Studies and South Asian Studies Programme, St Antony's College

Oxford Early Modern South Asia Workshop: Ideas in circulation

This workshop will be held on Friday, 25 May, 9.30 a.m.–6 p.m., and on Saturday, 26 May, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., in the Dahrendorf Room, St Antony's College. There is no formal registration or fee for attendance, but those wishing to attend are asked to contact Professor Polly O'Hanlon (e-mail:

Conveners: Professor Christopher Minkowski, Professor Polly O'Hanlon, and Dr David Washbrook.


Muzaffar Alam, Chicago

Imre Bangha, Oxford

Allison Busch, Columbia

Jeevan Deol, SOAS

Jonardon Ganeri, Liverpool

Nile Green, Manchester

Christopher Minkowski, Oxford

Polly O'Hanlon, Oxford

Sheldon Pollock, Columbia

V. Narayana Rao, Wisconsin

Sanjay Subrahmanyam, UCLA

David Taylor, Oxford

David Washbrook, Oxford

Dominik Wujastik, UCL

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Social Sciences


AMBASSADOR ASHRAF JEHANGIR QAZI, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Iraq, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 28 May, in the Saskatchewan Lecture Theatre, Exeter College. The lecture, which will be chaired by the Chancellor, Lord Patten, is arranged jointly by the Centre for International Studies and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Department of Politics and International Relations; European Studies Centre and Middle East Centre, St Antony's College; and Exeter College.

Subject: 'The role of the UN in the future of Iraq.'

Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative: inaugural lecture and seminars

PROFESSOR AMARTYA SEN will deliver the inaugural lecture of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 30 May, in the Sheldonian Theatre. The lecture will be open to the public, and admission is free.

Subject: 'What theory of justice?'

The following seminars will be held in the Lecture Theatre, Queen Elizabeth House, Mansfield Road. The seminars are open to the public, but registration is necessary (e-mail:

FRANÇOIS BOURGUIGNON, Chief Economist, World Bank, FRANCESCA PERUCCI, Statistics Division, UN, and PROFESSOR STEPHEN KLASEN, Göttingen
Wed. 30 May, 2.30 p.m.: 'Missing dimensions of human development.'

PROFESSOR AMARTYA SEN, Harvard, and MICHAEL SPENCE, Chair, Commission on Growth and Development
Thur. 31 May, 9.30 a.m.: 'What space for new economic approaches?'

Thur. 31 May, 11.30 a.m.: 'Directions for research in multidimensional welfare economics.'

Perspectives on the Human Sciences

PROFESSOR SIMON BARON-COHEN, Cambridge, will lecture at 4.15 p.m. on Friday, 25 May, in the Lecture Theatre, the University Museum of Natural History.

Note: the lecture will take place in the University Museum, and not in the Pauling Centre, as previously announced.

'Sex differences in mind.'

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Green College

Alan Emery Lecture

PROFESSOR FRANCESCO MUNTONI, Imperial College, and Director, Dubowitz Neuromuscular Centre, will deliver the Alan Emery Lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 7 June, in the E.P. Abraham Lecture Theatre, Green College.

Subject: 'Why sugars are important for your muscle and brain: lessons from muscular dystrophies.'

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Oriel College

Lee Seng Tee Lecture

DR KENNETH FINCHAM will deliver the Lee Seng Tee Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 25 May, in the Senior Library, Oriel College.

Subject: 'An Oriel Sphinx? Provost Blencowe (1574–1618).'

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St Antony's College

Elliott Lecture

LORD SKIDELSKY will deliver the Elliott Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 15 June, in the Lecture Theatre, the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies.

Subject: 'Russia's role in the future government of the world.'

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Wolfson College

Poets as translators

DON SHARE, Curator of the Poetry Room, Harvard, and SASHA DUGDALE, currently working as a translator and consultant at the Royal Court Theatre, London, will lecture in this series at 7.30 p.m. on Friday, 8 June, in the Haldane Room, Wolfson College. Enquiries should be directed to

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