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Oxford University Gazette, 10 January 2008: Lectures

Hensley Henson Lectures

Christianity and the history of the universe

THE REVD J.S.K. WARD, Regius Professor Emeritus of Divinity, will deliver the Hensley Henson Lectures at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Examination Schools.

12 Feb.: 'The beginning of the universe.' 19 Feb.: 'The end of the universe.'

26 Feb.: 'Has the universe a history?'

4 Mar.: 'To infinity and beyond—the limits of cosmic history.'

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Grinfield Lectures on the Septuagint

The Book of the Twelve: translation, interpretation, and current research

DR JENNIFER DINES, formerly Lecturer in Old Testament Studies, Heythrop College, University of London, will deliver the Grinfield Lectures at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in the Examination Schools.

21 Feb.: 'Devices and desires: clues to translational agenda.'

28 Feb.: 'Endings and beginnings: order matters.'

6 Mar.: 'Reading the Twelve: approaches old and new.'

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Ford's Lectures in British History

Parties, people, and the state: politics in England, c.1914–51

DR ROSS MCKIBBIN, Ford's Lecturer 2007–8, will deliver the Ford's Lectures at 5 p.m. on Fridays in the Examination Schools.

18 Jan.: 'The First World War and the party system, 1914–18.'

25 Jan.: 'Unstable equilibrium, 1918–29.'

1 Feb.: 'The crisis of Labour and the Conservative hegemony, 1929–40.'

8 Feb.: 'The party system thrown off course, 1940–5.'

15 Feb.: 'The English road to socialism, 1945–51.'

22 Feb.: 'England 1914–51: what kind of democracy?'

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Carlyle Lectures

Changes of state: nature and the city in natural law, c.1545–1651

DR ANNABEL BRETT, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, Carlyle Lecturer 2007–8, will deliver the Carlyle Lectures at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Examination Schools.

29 Jan.: 'On the threshold of the state.'

5 Feb.: 'Human beings, not animals.'

12 Feb.: 'A common libery of all.'

19 Feb.: 'Divide things up. Punish the guilty.'

26 Feb.: 'Recalcitrance (1).'

4 Mar.: 'Recalcitrance (2).'

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Slade Lectures

Modern experiments in realism

PROFESSOR ALEX POTTS, University of Michigan, Slade Professor 2007–8, will deliver the Slade Lectures at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Museum of Natural History.

16 Jan.: 'The artist's project: art work beyond the domain of art.'

23 Jan.: 'Art and the substance of things: postwar Europe and America.'

30 Jan.: 'Vernacular picture-making: Jean Dubuffet.'

6 Feb.: 'The new realism: between commitment and consumerism.'

13 Feb.: 'The world as assemblage: Robert Rauschenberg.'

20 Feb.: 'Art and life: the theatre of happenings.'

27 Feb.: 'Actions and radical hybridity: Joseph Beuys.'

5 Mar.: 'Artifice and nature: Arte Povera's everyday objects.'

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News International Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media

Twenty questions for the future of the media

PROFESSOR ANTHONY LILLEY will lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Tuesdays in St Anne's College and Green College, as set out below.

15 Jan., St Anne's College: 'Who controls the stories?'

22 Jan., St Anne's College: The search for value: networks, ideas, and evolution in the media.'

29 Jan., Green College: 'Network media as a public space.'

5 Feb., Green College: 'The 2020 twenty questions—a user-generated lecture.'

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Bapsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester Lecture

JOHN R. BOWEN, Dunbar–Van Cleve Professor in Arts and Science, Washington University, St Louis, will deliver the Bapsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 28 February, in the Examination Schools. The lecture will be open to the public.

Subject: 'Islamic persuasions: pathways to change in Islamic norms.'

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D.F. McKenzie Lecture

PROFESSOR ISABEL HOFMEYR, Witwatersrand, will deliver the thirteenth annual D.F. McKenzie Lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 16 January, in Lecture Theatre 2, the St Cross Building.

Subject: 'Gandhi's printing press: print cultures of the Indian Ocean.'

Professor Hofmeyr will also give a McKenzie Seminar at 12 noon on Thursday, 17 January, in the History of the Book Room, the St Cross Building.

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Vice-Chancellor's Research Forum

Climate Change

The Vice-Chancellor will host an interdisciplinary Research Forum, on the subject of climate change, on Tuesday, 12 February, 2–6 p.m., in the Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre, the Saïd Business School.

The Research Forum is intended to bring together people from across the Collegiate University who share an interest in climate change research. The event will comprise a series of presentations by Oxford academics on the subject of climate change, and discussion of the problem of, and potential solutions to, climate change. All members of the University are welcome to attend the Research Forum.

Members of the University wishing to reserve a place at this Research Forum are requested to do so by e-mailing Dr Chris Ballinger

(chris.ballinger@admin.ox.ac.uk).

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Classics

Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity: lectures

The following lectures, held in conjunction with the Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar, will be given at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Lecture Room, the Classics Centre.

Convener: Professor Bryan Ward-Perkins.

PROFESSOR RALPH MATHISEN, Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
6 Feb.: 'How the barbarians saved classical civilisation.'

PROFESSOR RICHARD TALBERT, North Carolina at Chapel Hill
20 Feb.: 'Rome rules the world: Peutinger's map reconsidered.'


Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity: Late Roman Seminar

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in the Danson Room, Trinity College.

Convener: Dr Bryan Ward-Perkins.

BERT SMITH
24 Jan.: 'Constantine's public image.'

PROFESSOR RALPH MATHISEN, Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
21 Feb.: 'Ricimer's church in Rome; or how an Arian barbarian prospered in a Nicene Roman world.'

PROFESSOR RICHARD TALBERT, North Carolina at Chapel Hill
21 Feb.: 'Peutinger map problems: cartography or art?'

STEFAN REBENICH, Bern
6 Mar.: 'True friends and certain enemies: Christian friendship in late antiqity.'


Beazley Archive, Classical Art Research Centre: Beazley Archive Lecture Series

PROFESSOR OLGA PALAGIA, Athens, will deliver the first Beazley Archive Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 24 January, in the Lecture Theatre, the Classics Centre.

Subject: 'The tomb of Philip at Vergina, Macedonia: which Philip?'


Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama

PROFESSOR TERRY EAGLETON, Manchester, will lecture at 2.15 p.m. on Monday, 14 January, in the Auditorium, Magdalen College. Enquiries may be directed to apgrd@classics.ox.ac.uk.

Subject: 'Lacan's Antigone.'

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English Language and Literature

Fin de Siècle

The following seminars will be held at 5.15 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Meyerstein Room (11), the St Cross Building. Enquiries should be directed to Dúnlaith Bird (e-mail: dunlaith.bird@stcatz.ox.ac.uk). Two papers will be given at most meetings.

The series will continue in Hilary and Trinity Terms.

KENNETH LONGDEN, Liverpool John Moores
22 Jan.: 'Risk, rapture, and regeneration.'

DR ANTONIO SANNA, Westminster
22 Jan.: 'Applying the epistemological thought of T.H. Huxley to H.G. Wells's The Time Machine and The War of The Worlds: are human beings ultimately ignorant?'

PROFESSOR JEFFREY BERLIN
5 Feb.: 'The function of letters for Thomas Mann, as revealed in his twenty-nine-year unpublished correspondence with Alfred A. Knopf.'

DR ANNE ANDERSON
19 Feb.: ' "Coming out of the China closet": collecting old blue china for the house beautiful, c.1860–1900.'

DR NANCY IRESON, National Gallery
19 Feb.: 'André Derain: painting and modern thought.'

PROFESSOR SUKANYA BANERJEE, Wisconsin–Milwaukee
4 Mar.: ' "What status shall British Indians occupy outside India?": character, cleanliness, and late Victorian debates on imperial citizenship.'

DR BRIAN O CONCHUBHAIR, Notre Dame
4 Mar.: 'Fin de siècle and the Irish language revival, 1880–1910.'

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English Language and Literature, Music, Fine Art

The Bible in Art, Music, and Literature

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Mondays in the Danson Room, Trinity College.

Conveners: Professor Christopher Rowland and Dr Christine Joynes.

DR ERIC CHRISTIANSON, Chester
21 Jan.: 'Empathy with Qoheleth: an insight from film theory to the reception history of Ecclesiastes.'

DR KEVIN MILLS, Glamorgan
4 Feb.: 'A parable of criticism.'

DR HARRIET SONNE DE TORRENS, Toronto
18 Feb.: 'Ecclesia and fovea: female sexuality and baptism in the Middle Ages.' ('Biblical women and their afterlives' series, funded by the ARHC)

PROFESSOR MIRI RUBIN, Queen Mary, London
3 Mar.: 'Mary: a challenge to the (medieval) historian.' ('Biblical women and their afterlives' series, funded by the ARHC)

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History

Aspects of the history of science in early modern Europe

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Hovenden Room, All Souls College.

Conveners: Professor I.W.F. Maclean and Dr N.R. Malcolm.

DR PETER FORSHAW, Birkbeck College, London
16 Jan.: 'Composition or mixture? The fusions and confusions of early modern cabbala and alchemy.'

DR CARLA RITA PALERMINO, Radboud University, Nijmegen
23 Jan.: 'Medieval and early modern uses of imaginary experiments on motion.'

PROFESSOR JOHN HEILBRON
30 Jan.: 'Pneumatics and diplomatics: parallel developments in the physical and historical sciences.'

PROFESSOR ROB ILIFFE, Sussex
6 Feb.: 'Nice men: Locke, Newton, retirement and the scholarly life.'

PROFESSOR PETER HARRISON
13 Feb.: 'God and early modern natural philosophy.'

PROFESSOR LORRAINE DASTON, Max Planck Institute, Berlin
20 Feb.: 'The cognitive practices of observation in early modern Europe.'

PROFESSOR THEO VERBEEK, Utrecht
27 Feb.: 'Descartes on demonstration.'

DR BENJAMIN WARDHAUGH
5 Mar.: 'Mathematical authority in Restoration England.'


Commonwealth History Research Seminar

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Fridays in the History Faculty Building, George Street. Graduate student presentations will be given on 29 February and 7 March.

Conveners: Professor Judith Brown, Dr John Darwin, and Dr Jan-Georg Deutsch.

DR RANA MITTER
18 Jan.: 'Clashing empires: wartime China between Japan, Britain, and the US, 1941–5.'

DR SLOAN MAHONE
25 Jan.: ' "Hat on, hat off": an extreme approach to trauma in western Kenya.'

DR MICHAEL WILLS
1 Feb.: 'French colonialism and its impact on Berber identity in contemporary Algeria and Morocco.'

PROFESSOR POLLY O'HANLON
8 Feb.: 'Historians, intellectuals, and forgers in colonial Maharashtra: some long-term perspectives on caste disputes.'

DR KIRSTY REID, Bristol
15 Feb.: 'Broadside ballads and popular ideas of empire in nineteenth-century Britain.'

PROFESSOR MICHAEL ROSENTHAL, Warwick
22 Feb.: 'The politics of colonial architecture: London versus Sydney, 1815–20.'

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History, Medieval and Modern Languages

Seminar on the history of the book, 1450–1800

The following seminars, arranged in conjunction with the Centre for the Book, Bodleian Library, will be held at 2.15 p.m. on Fridays in the Wharton Room, All Souls College.

Conveners: Professor I.W.F. Maclean and Mr R. Ovenden.

DR FRANCESCA BREGOLI
18 Jan.: 'Printing licences and Jewish acculturation: Hebrew printing in eighteenth-century Livorno.'

PROFESSOR DIEGO ZANCANI
25 Jan.: 'Changes in taste: Italian cookery books between 1500 and 1700.'

DR SALLY MAPSTONE
1 Feb.: 'Chepman and Myllar: Scotland's earliest printers and their productions.'

MS JULIANNE SIMPSON, Wellcome Institute Library, London
15 Feb.: 'The sale and distribution of Christoph Plantin's Polyglot Bible.'

DR JASON MCELLIGOTT
22 Feb.: 'William Hone and the history of reading.'

DR PAUL BRAND
7 Mar.: 'Sir John Davies: law reporter or self-publicist? The compilation and publication of The Reports of Sir John Davies (1615).'

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History, Oriental Studies

South Asia History Seminar

The following seminars will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Colin Matthew Room, the History Faculty Building, George Street. Graduate presentations will be given on 19 February, 26 February, and 4 March.

Enquiries may be directed to asian@sant.ox.ac.uk.

Conveners: Professor Judith Brown and Professor Polly O'Hanlon.

MEGHA KUMAR
15 Jan.: 'Hindu nationalism, RSS ideologues, and sexual violence.'

RAVI AHUJA, SOAS
22 Jan.: 'Labour, market, regulation: transterritorial approaches to a problem of modern Indian history?'

JOYA CHATTERJEE, Cambridge
29 Jan.: 'Of maps and men: partition and displacement, Bengal 1947–67.'

NANDINI GOOPTU
5 Feb.: 'Economic reforms and the Indian bureaucracy.'

SHRUTI KAPILA, Cambridge
12 Feb.: 'Governments of the mind: loss and selfhood in late colonial India.'

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History, Social Sciences

Seminar in economic and social history

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Chester Room, Nuffield College.

PHIL MIROWSKI, Notre Dame
15 Jan.: 'The commercialisation of science and the response of science and technology studies.'

RUI ESTEVES
22 Jan.: 'A fantastic rain of gold. European migrants' remittances and balance of payments adjustments during the Gold Standard period.'

BRUCE CAMPBELL
29 Jan.: 'The anatomy of a crisis: Britain and Ireland, 1290–1390.'

STUART SWEENEY
5 Feb.: 'Indian railroading: floating railway companies in the late nineteenth century.'

GAGAN SOON, Cambridge
12 Feb.: 'The case for "Islamic Eurasia" in the early modern world.'

BOB ALLEN
19 Feb.: 'The industrial revolution in miniature: the spinning jenny in Britain, France, and India.'

JOSHUA GETZLER
26 Feb.: 'What type of finance does the common law favour? Secured lending and industrial banking in Britain, c.1850–1920.'

MARC FLANDREAU, Sciences-Po
4 Mar.: 'Bonds and brands: foundation of sovereign debt markets, 1820–30.'

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History, Voltaire Foundation

Enlightenment Workshop

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Mondays in the Voltaire Foundation, 99 Banbury Road.

Conveners: Professor Laurence Brockliss, Dr John Robertson, and Dr Jan Spurlock.

PROFESSOR SIMON BURROWS, Leeds
14 Jan.: 'The French book trade in Enlightenment Europe, 1769–87.'

DR CYPRIAN BLAMIRES
21 Jan.: 'Bentham, Foucault, and the creation of the Panopticon myth.'

DR FRANCESCA BREGOLI
28 Jan.: 'Jewish coffee-houses, sociability, and national separation in eighteenth-century Livorno.'

DR JOEL FELIX
4 Feb.: 'How enlightened was the French monarchy, 1749–89?'

DR ADAM SUTCLIFFE
11 Feb.: 'Friendship, sociability, and materialist thought in the French Enlightenment.'

PROFESSOR ANDREI ZORIN
18 Feb.: 'Catherine II versus Beaumarchais: the scandal at the St Petersburgh court at the time of the French Revolution.'

DR RUTH SCURR, Cambridge
25 Feb.: 'The wager on virtue: Robespierre's understanding of democratic politics.'

PROFESSOR JONATHAN ISRAEL, Isaiah Berlin Visiting Professor
3 Mar.: Round- table discussion of Professor Israel's lecture series 'Enlightenment ideas and the making of modernity, 1670–1800.'

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Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

J.W. Jenkinson Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR RICHARD GARDNER will deliver a J.W. Jenkinson Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 4 February, in Lecture Theatre A, the Zoology/Psychology Building. Tickets are not required for admission.

Subject: 'Pre-patterning in the specification of axes and left–right symmetry in mammals.'


Centenary of Engineering Science, 1908–2008

The following lectures will be given at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in Lecture Room 1, Thom Building, Department of Engineering Science in Parks Road.

Further details will be found at www.eng.ox.ac.uk/events/centenary. Enquiries may be directed to centenary@eng.ox.ac.uk

PROFESSOR GUY HOULSBY
22 Jan.: 'An early structural engineering problem: the Oxford connection.'

DR JULIAN MORRIS
5 Feb.: 'Motion capture.'

PROFESSOR LIONEL TARASSENKO
19 Feb.: 'Advances in biomedical engineering.'

DR ALASTAIR HOWATSON
4 Mar.: 'The history of the Department of Engineering Science.'


Department of Plant Sciences

The following research talks will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursdays in the Large Lecture Theatre, the Department of Plant Sciences.

Convener: Professor Nicholas Harberd.

DR HEATHER BOUMAN
17 Jan.: 'Prochlorococcus under the macroscope.'

DR MARKUS GREBE, Umeä
24 Jan.: 'Mechanisms driving epidermal polarity in the Arabidopsis root.'

PROFESSOR DAVID BAUM, Wisconsin–Madison
31 Jan.: 'How repeatable is evolution? The genetics of parallel architecture in Brassicaceae.'

PROFESSOR RALPH QUATRANO, University of Washington in St Louis
7 Feb.: 'Physcomitrella patens: a plant system to elucidate the mechanism of polar growth and desiccation tolerance?'

PROFESSOR SAMUEL ZEEMAN, ETH Zurich
14 Feb.: 'The pathways and control of starch breakdown in Arabidopsis thaliana.'

PROFESSOR DAVID BAULCOMBE, Cambridge
21 Feb.: 'RNA silencing networks.'

PROFESSOR GRAHAM MOORE, John Innes Centre, Norwich
28 Feb.: 'It's not size but coordination that matters.'

PROFESSOR IAN GRAHAM, York
6 Mar.: 'Environmental and metabolic control of seed dormancy and reserve mobilisation in Arabidopsis.'


Mathematical biology and ecology seminars

The following seminars will be held at 2 p.m. on Fridays in Lecture Room 3, the Mathematical Institute. Enquiries may be directed to Sara Jolliffe (e-mail: cmb@maths.ox.ac.uk).

Convener: Professor P.K. Maini.

DR MAURO MOBILIA, Warwick
18 Jan.: 'Biodiversity in microbial communities with non-transitive interactions and rock-paper-scissors games.'

PROFESSOR VADIM BIKTASHEV, Liverpool
1 Feb.: 'Asymptotics of cardiac excitability equations.'

DR MARKUS OWEN, Nottingham
15 Feb.: 'Angiogenesis and vascular remodelling in normal and cancerous tissues.'

PROFESSOR ALEX GORBAN, Leicester
29 Feb.: To be announced.

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Medical Sciences

Department of Psychiatry: Guest Lectures

The following guest lectures will be given at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Seminar Room, the University Department of Psychiatry, the Warneford Hospital. Enquiries may be directed to Lucy Curtin (e-mail: lucy.curtin@psych.ox.ac.uk).

PROFESSOR PETER TYRER, Imperial College, London
22 Jan.: 'What value is the diagnosis of personality disorder in those with affective illness?'

DR CARMINE M. PARIANTE, King's College, London
12 Feb.: 'Depression: mind and body.'


Department of Clinical Neurology: Neuroscience Guest Lectures

The following guest lectures will be given at 11.30 a.m. on Fridays in Lecture Theatre 1, the Academic Block, the John Radcliffe Hospital.

PROFESSOR RUSSELL FOSTER
11 Jan.: 'Clocks, light and sleep: fundamental to translational.'

DR DAVID NICHOLL, City Hospital, Birmingham
8 Feb.: 'The medical ethics of Guantanamo—the role of a UK neurologist.'

DR SARAH TABRIZI, Institute of Neurology, UCL
7 Mar.: 'The search for biomarkers in pre-clinical Huntington's disease and its importance for other neurodegenerative diseases.'


Oxford Developmental Biology Seminar

The following presentations will be given at the seminar to be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, 17 January, in the Lecture Theatre, the Le Gros Clark Building, the Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics. The seminar is supported by the J.W. Jenkinson Memorial Fund.

JAMES BRISCOE, NIMR, Mill Hill: 'Graded hedgehog signalling and the control of neural cell fate.'

ROB WILKINSON: 'Polarised hedgehog and BMP signalling govern haematopoietic stem cell emergence in the dorsal aorta.'


Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics

Unless otherwise indicated, the following seminars will be held at 1 p.m. on Fridays in the Large Lecture Theatre, the Sherrington Building.

Conveners: Dr Deborah Goberdhan and Dr Ole Paulsen.

PROFESSOR MICHAEL SHADLEN, Washington
25 Jan.: 'A neural mechanism for decision-making, or... how I learned to stop worrying and love the bound.'

PROFESSOR GERD MIESENBÖCK
1 Feb., Large Lecture Theatre, Le Gros Clark Building: 'Love at first light: neural control of a sex-specific behaviour in Drosophila.'

DR NINA BALTHASAR, Bristol
8 Feb.: 'Feeding signals to the hungry mind.' (G.L. Brown Prize Lecture)

PROFESSOR GARTH COOPER, Auckland, New Zealand
15 Feb., Large Lecture Theatre, Le Gros Clark Building: To be announced.

PROFESSOR CLAUDIO CUELLO, McGill
22 Feb.: 'Intracellular A-beta amyloid peptide: the good and the bad.'

DR WILLIAM COLLEDGE, Cambridge
29 Feb.: 'Why kisses are important in mammalian reproduction.' (Jenkinson Seminar)

DR TRISTAN RODRIGUEZ, Imperial College, London
7 Mar.: To be announced. (Jenkinson Seminar)


Pharmacology and anatomical pharmacology seminars

The following seminars will be held at 12 noon on Tuesdays in the Lecture Theatre, the Department of Pharmacology.

PROFESSOR ALAN CUTHBERT, Cambridge
15 Jan.: 'Chloride channels and cystic fibrosis. Can CIC-2 acts as a surrogate for CFTR?'

PROFESSOR YVONNE JONES
22 Jan.: 'Cellular adhesion and viral attachment: structure-based perspectives on function and inhibition.'

DR SARI LAURI, Helsinki
29 Jan.: 'Physiological functions of kainite receptors in the developing hippocampus.'

PROFESSOR CHRIS ABELL, Cambridge
5 Feb.: 'Fragment-based approaches to enzyme inhibition.'

DR DOMNA KARAGOGEOS, Heraklion, Crete
12 Feb.: 'Function of the immunoglobulin superfamily protein TAG-1 during neural development and axoglial interactions.'

DR LEN BEST, Manchester
19 Feb.: 'A role for anion fluxes in glucose sensing by pancreatic β-cells.'

DR TRISTRAM WYATT
26 Feb.: 'Pheromones: key roles for chemical communication in animal biology—insights from a comparative approach.'

PROFESSOR RUSSELL FOSTER
4 Mar.: 'The signalling pathways of photosensitive retinal ganglion cells.'

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Medieval and Modern Languages

Taylor Special Lecture

PROFESSOR GERALD PRINCE, Pennsylvania, will deliver a Taylor Special Lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 22 January, in the Taylor Institution.

Subject: 'Classical and/or postclassical narratology.'

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Medieval and Modern Languages and Research Centre for Romance Linguistics

Romance Linguistics Seminars

The following seminars will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursdays in Room 3, the Taylor Institution.

Convener: Professor Martin Maiden.

MARIA GOLDBACH
17 Jan.: 'Observations concerning vowel harmony in the Portuguese and Spanish verbal system.'

RICHARD INGHAM, Central England
24 Jan.: 'Later Anglo-Norman as a contact variety of French.'

DREW SWEARINGEN
31 Jan.: 'Imperative autonomy: notes from western Romance.'

DR MAIRI MCLAUGHLIN, Cambridge
7 Feb.: 'Crossed wires. Syntactic borrowing into French and Italian through news agency dispatches.'

MARC-OLIVIER HINZELIN
14 Feb.: 'Syncretism patterns in Gallo- Romance verb morphology.'

JEAN-BAPTISTE MARTIN, Lyon
21 Feb.: To be announced. (Dr Martin will speak in French on the subject of Franco-Provençal verb morphology)

DR SUSANNE SCHNEIDER, Free University, Berlin
28 Feb.: To be announced.

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Oriental Studies

Astor Lecture

PROFESSOR MADHAV DESHPANDE, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, will deliver an Astor Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 25 February, in the Dahrendorf Room, the Founder's Building, St Antony's College. Enquiries may be addressed to asian@sant.ox.ac.uk.

Conveners: Professor Christopher Minkowski and Dr David Washbrook.

Subject: 'Aryans and/or non-Aryans: history and identity in colonial Maharashtra.'


Late antiquity: eastern perspectives—from the Sasanians to early Islam

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Mondays in the Danson Room, Trinity College.

Conveners: Dr Teresa Bernheimer and Dr Adam Silverstein.

DAVID TAYLOR
14 Jan.: 'Syriac sources for Sasanian history.'

PATRICIA CRONE, Princeton
21 Jan.: 'Babak and the end of antiquity.'

RIKA GYSELEN, CNRS, Paris
28 Jan.: 'Continuity and change in early Islamic Fars: the evidence from the Arabo-Sasanian copper coinage.'

LUKE TREADWELL
4 Feb.: 'From Sogd to Mawara al-nahr: continuity and change in early Islamic central Asia.'

KEVIN VAN BLADEL, NYU and USC
11 Feb.: 'Sasanian irredentism and the history of science.'

GEOFFREY KHAN, Cambridge
18 Feb.: 'Newly discovered Arabic documents from early Islamic Khurasan.'

DEBORA TOR, Bar Ilan
25 Feb.: 'The long shadow of late antique Iran.'

HUGH KENNEDY, SOAS
3 Mar.: 'Continuity, change, and the coming of Islam in the Middle East c.500–c.900 ce: the case of Iran.'


Jewish history and literature in the Graeco-Roman period

The following seminars will be held at 2.15 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Oriental Institute.

Convener: Professor Martin Goodman.

PROFESSOR GOODMAN
15 Jan.: 'Reconstructing ancient Judaism from the Dead Sea Scrolls: the sectarians and the Temple in Jerusalem.'

DR ESTI ESHEL, Bar Ilan
22 Jan.: 'A marriage contract from Maresha (176 BCE) and the Jewish ketubba.'

PROFESSOR HANAN ESHEL, Bar Ilan
29 Jan.: 'The value of economic documents for understanding the Bar Kokhba war.'

DR GAIA LEMBI, UCL
5 Feb.: 'Josephus on John Hyrcanus I.'

DR EYAL BEN-ELIYAHU
12 Feb.: 'Walled cities since the days of Joshua the son of Nun and the Roman pomerium.'

DR JOAN TAYLOR, UCL
19 Feb.: 'Dio Chrysostom on the Essenes.'

DR YEHUDAH COHN
26 Feb.: 'Were tefillin phylacteries?'

DR VERED NOAM, Tel Aviv
4 Mar.: 'The dual strategy of rabbinic purity legislation.'


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.

DR RAFFAELA DEL SARTO
16 Jan.: 'The limits of consensus: Israel's contested identity between regional conflict and peace-making.'

PROFESSOR GEOFFREY KHAN, Cambridge
23 Jan.: 'The importance of medieval Karaite sources for the history of the Hebrew language.'

RABBI PROFESSOR MARC SAPERSTEIN, Leo Baeck College
30 Jan.: 'British Jewish preaching during the "Great War".'

PROFESSOR AVRAHAM FAUST, Bar-Ilan
6 Feb.: 'Bible and archaeology: past, present, and future.'

PROFESSOR ORA SCHWARZWALD, Bar-Ilan
13 Feb.: 'A Ladino prayer book for women from the sixteenth century.'

DR SEBASTIAN BROCK
20 Feb.: 'Job and his wife, and other Syriac dialogue poems.'

PROFESSOR RACHEL ELIOR, Hebrew University
27 Feb.: 'The Dead Sea Scrolls and the priestly mystical tradition of the Chariot.'

DR MICHAEL WENTHE, American University, Washington, DC
5 Mar.: 'Why is this knight different?: the Old Yiddish romance of Sir Vidvilt, Gawain's son.'


Hebrew and Jewish Studies Unit: lunchtime seminars in Jewish studies

The following seminars will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursdays in the Oriental Institute.

Convener: Dr Piet van Boxel.

DR ABIGAIL GREEN
17 Jan.: 'Thinking about Montefiore and his world.'

DR TALI ARGOV
14 Feb.: ' "Chasing a bird off the rooftop": Kabbalistic symbolism in Yair Hurvitz's poetry.'

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Philosophy

James Martin Advanced Research Seminar Series

These termly seminars, led by Professor Julian Savulescu and Dr Nick Bostrom, provide an opportunity to discuss issues surrounding the future of humanity and the ethics of the new biosciences. The seminars are open to scholars and Oxford graduate students.

Details of the Hilary Term seminars can be found at www.fhi.ox.ac.uk/teaching.html and www.bep.ox.ac.uk/teaching.html. Unless otherwise stated, the seminars will take place on Tuesdays afternoons of first to eighth weeks, 2–4 p.m., in Seminar Room 1, the James Martin Twenty-first Century School, Old Indian Institute, Broad Street.

Those wishing to attend should e-mail to fhi@philosophy.ox.ac.uk (copies of papers will be sent in advance of meetings).

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Social Sciences

Department of International Development: Olof Palme Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR JOHAN GALTUNG, Rector, the Transcend Peace University, will deliver the Olof Palme Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 17 January, in the Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College. The lecture is open to the public.

Subject: 'The coming decline and fall of the US empire.'


Sanjaya Lall Programme for Technology and Management for Development

The following seminars will be given at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in Seminar Room 2, Queen Elizabeth House. PROFESSOR MALCOLM HARPER
29 Jan.: 'What's wrong with microfinance?'

DR ALEX NICHOLLS
5 Feb.: 'Social entrepreneurship: fad, oxymoron, or new model of social change?'


Israel: historical, political, and social aspects

The following seminars will be held at 8 p.m. on the days shown. The series will continue in Trinity Term.

Convener: Peter Oppenheimer, Christ Church.

DR FANIA OZ-SALBERGER, Haifa
Mon. 21 Jan., St Anne's: 'Israel and Europe: improving the dialogue.'

DR DAN SCHUEFTAN, Haifa
Thur. 31 Jan., St Anne's: 'Israel's national security: challenge and response.'

DR EMANUELE OTTOLENGHI, Transatlantic Institute, Brussels
Thur. 7 Feb., St Antony's: 'Israel, Europe, and the US: strategic challenges.'

PROFESSOR SHALOM LAPPIN, King's College, London
Mon. 3 Mar., Oriel: 'The historical roots of contemporary British attitudes to Israel.'


Extra-legal governance and organised crime discussion group

The following seminars will be held at 12.45 p.m. on Thursdays in Seminar Room D, the Manor Road Building. Enquiries should be directed to John Carlarne (e-mail: john.carlarne@sociology.ox.ac.uk).

Conveners: Diego Gambetta, Heather Hamill, and Federico Varese.

DR MIKHAIL DRUGOV
17 Jan.: 'Competition in bureaucracy and corruption.'

PROFESSOR CARLO MORSELLI, Montreal
24 Jan.: 'Brokerage in criminal networks.'

PROFESSOR DAVID ANDERSON
31 Jan.: 'Crime and counter-insurgency: lessons not learned from the colonial experience.'

PROFESSOR JOHN ARMOUR
7 Feb.: 'Enforceent of corporate and takeover law in the UK: a roadmap and empirical assessment.'


Oxonia Distinguised Speaker Events

The following lectures will be given at 5 p.m. on the days shown in the Lecture Theatre, the Department of Economics. Enquiries may be directed to Catherine McNeill (e-mail: catherine.mcneill@nuffield.ox.ac.uk).

SIR HOWARD DAVIES, Director, LSE
Tue. 15 Jan.: 'The future of financial regulation.'

DR ANDREW SENTANCE, Bank of England, Monetary Policy Committee
Tue. 29 Jan.: 'Current issues in UK monetary policy.'

MARTIN WOLF, The Financial Times
Wed. 20 Feb.: 'Fixing global finance.'


Changing Character of War Programme

The following seminars will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays in Seminar Room G, the Manor Road Building.

PROFESSOR ROB CRYER, Birmingham
15 Jan.: 'Air power targeting and laws of armed conflict.'

COL. TIM BEVIS, Royal Marines
22 Jan.: 'The unchanging character of war.'

NIAGALE BAGAYOKO-PENONE, Sussex
29 Jan.: 'Institutional and bureaucratic impediments to the "comprehensive approach".'

PROFESSOR CHEYNEY RYAN, Oregon
5 Feb.: 'The political philosophy of pirates.'

DR IAN BROWN
12 Feb.: 'Cyber-terrorism.'

COMMODORE STEVEN JERMY, Strategy Directory, British Embassy, Kabul
19 Feb.: 'Strategy in Afghanistan.'

DR ALIA BRAHIMI
26 Feb.: 'Al-Qaeda, suicide bombing, and the Islamic tradition.'

DR RICHARD JACKSON, Aberystwyth
4 Mar.: 'Terrorism, subjectivity, and taboo: the failure of understanding in terrorism studies.'


Campaigning and generalship seminars

The following seminars will be held at 5.15 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Wharton Room, All Souls College. Enquiries should be directed to Alastair Wasilewski (e-mail: ccw@politics.ox.ac.uk).

Convener: Maj.-Gen. Jonathan Bailey.

AIR MARSHAL IAIN NICHOLL
6 Feb.: 'Campaigning and generalship.'

LT.-GEN. G.C.M. LAMB
13 Feb.: 'Operations in Iraq.'

GEN. SIR DAVID RICHARDS
20 Feb.: 'Operations in Afghanistan.'

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Theology

Ian Ramsey Centre and Sophia Europa Oxford

The following seminars will be held at 8.15 for 8.30 p.m. on Thursdays in the Harris Lecture Theatre, Oriel College.

Conveners: Professor Peter Harrison and Dr Margaret Yee.

PROFESSOR ROB ILIFFE, Sussex
24 Jan.: 'Eirenicum: Newton's ecclesiastical politics.'

PROFESSOR HARRISON
7 Feb.: 'Genesis and the foundations of seventeenth-century science.'

PROFESSOR JOHN COTTINGHAM, Reading
21 Feb.: 'Are religious claims explanatory hypotheses?'

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Rothermere American Institute

Research Fellows' Seminar

The following seminars will be held at 12.15 p.m. on Thursdays in the Rothermere American Institute.

PROFESSOR JANET WILSON, Northampton
24 Jan.: 'Colonial research on the early European past.'

DR TONY SHAW, Hertfordshire
31 Jan.: 'Hollywood's Cold War: overseas propaganda and the civil rights movement.'

PROFESSOR BROCK TESSMAN, Georgia
7 Feb.: 'A grand strategy of decline: historical lessons for the twenty-first-century United States.'

PROFESSOR KEIKO SUGIYAMA, Keisen
14 Feb.: 'Gender and race in nursing.'

DR DAVID LEVIATIN, independent scholar
28 Feb.: 'United States: a work in progress.'

PROFESSOR SARAH PEARSALL, Northwestern
6 Mar.: 'Early American polygamy controversies.'


American Literature Colloquium

PROFESSOR TIM GILMORE, Brandeis, will lecture at the colloquium to be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 7 February, in the Rothermere American Institute.

Subject: 'The war on words: slavery, race, and free speech in American literature.'


American History Research Seminar

The following seminars will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Rothermere American Institute.

Conveners: Professor Lizabeth Cohen and Professor Richard Carwardine.

PROFESSOR MAE NGAI, Columbia
16 Jan.: ' "He talk lie": Chinese interpreters and interpreting in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America.'

PROFESSOR SVEN BECKERT, Harvard
23 Jan.: 'The empire of cotton: a global history.'

PROFESSOR SARAH KNOTT, Indiana
30 Jan.: 'Sensibility and the American Constitution.'

DR NICHOLAS GUYATT, York
6 Feb.: ' "An opiate to the conscience": African colonisation, Indian removal, and the prehistory of "separate but equal".'

PROFESSOR ALAN BRINKLEY, Columbia
13 Feb.: 'The idea of an American century.'

PROFESSOR WALTER JOHNSON, Harvard
20 Feb.: ' "The Negro fever" ;, the South, and the ignoble effort to reopen the African slave trade.'

PROFESSOR ERIC FONER, Columbia
27 Feb.: 'Abraham Lincoln, slavery, and the idea of African-American colonisation.'

PROFESSOR GARY GERSTLE, Vanderbilt
5 Mar.: 'America's peculiar state: public governance from the Revolution to the New Deal.'


Twentieth-century Literature Seminars

PROFESSOR MICHAEL LEVENSON, Virginia, will give the following seminars at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. The seminars from 23 January to 20 February inclusive will be conducted via video-link from London; the seminar on 5 March will take place in St John's College.

23 Jan.: 'The "new!" concepts of novelty and some origins of Modernism.'

30 Jan.: 'Manifesto militants: the avant-garde in theory.'

6 Feb.: 'Case studies and portraits, masses and multitudes.'

13 Feb.: 'Nation, empire, and the politics of culture.'

20 Feb.: 'New women, old men: gender and the sex war.'

5 Mar.: 'The ends of Modernism?'

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Saïd Business School

Energy science and climate change

DR MYLES ALLEN, PROFESSOR PETER DOBSON, PROFESSOR FRASER ARMSTRONG, and DR CAMERON HEPBURN will lecture on this subject at 12.30 p.m. on 31 January, and 5, 7, and 12 February, in the Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre, the Saïd Business School.

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Computing Laboratory

Strachey Lecture

PROFESSOR DAVID HAREL, Weizmann Institute of Science, will deliver a Strachey Lecture at 4.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 15 January.

Subject: 'Can programming be liberated, period?'


Computational Mathematics and Applications Seminars

Unless otherwise indicated, the following seminars will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursdays in Lecture Theatre A, the Computing Laboratory. Details of the 24 January seminar will be announced later.

Enquiries may be directed to Lotti Ekert (telephone: Oxford (2)73885).

Conveners: L.N. Trefethen and S. Dollar (RAL).

PROFESSOR BEN LEIMKUHLER, Edinburgh
10 Jan.: 'Molecular dynamics and the accuracy of averages.'

PROFESSOR ZDENEK STRAKOS, Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
17 Jan.: 'Nonlinear problems in analysis of Krylov subspace methods.'

PROFESSOR TOM MELHAM
31 Jan.: 'Formal verification of an industrial floating-point adder.'

PROFESSOR PAUL VAN DOOREN, Louvain
7 Feb., RAL: 'Some graph optimisation problems in data mining.'

PROFESSOR YA-XIAN YUAN, Chinese Academy of Sciences
14 Feb.: 'Distance geometry problem for protein modelling via geometric build- up.'

PROFESSOR HOLGER WENDLAND, Sussex
21 Feb.: To be announced.

PROFESSOR FOLKMAR BORNEMANN, TU Munich
28 Feb.: To be announced.

PROFESSOR VOLKER MEHRMANN, TU Berlin
6 Mar., RAL: 'Nonlinear eigenvalue problems with structure. A challenge for current computational methods.'

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Centre for Criminology

Oxford Criminology Seminars

The following seminars will be held at 3.30 p.m. on Wednesdays in Seminar Room A, the Manor Road Building.

ADAM CRAWFORD, Leeds
16 Jan.: 'Excavating the politics of antisocial behaviour.'

PETER RAMSAY, LSE
30 Jan.: 'ASBOs: reassuring the vulnerable, punishing the vulnerated.'

FELIA ALLUM, Bath
13 Feb.: 'Understanding and analysing the Neapolitan Camorra.'

RENÉ VAN SWAANINGEN, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
27 Feb.: 'Bending the punitive turn: a European perspective.'

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Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine

Medicine, surgery, and culture

The following seminars will be held at 2.15 p.m. on Mondays in the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, 45–47 Banbury Road.

Convener: Dr Margaret Pelling.

MARY ANN LUND
14 Jan.: 'Experiencing pain in John Donne's Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions (1624).'

HANNAH NEWTON, University of Exeter
21 Jan.: 'Tending the tender: caring for the sick child in England, c.1580–1720.'

SALLY CRAWFORD
28 Jan.: 'Creating, defining, and responding to sick bodies in Anglo-Saxon society: an archaeological approach.'

SYLVIA BARKER
4 Feb.: 'The introduction of the crash helmet: a collaboration between surgeon and artist.'

CHRISTOPHER BONFIELD, East Anglia
11 Feb.: 'The sound of health: music, medicine, and the medieval English hospital.'

KAREN BUCKLE, University College London
18 Feb.: 'Finding vision in the practice of oculists, 1688–1728.'

ANNIE JAMIESON, Leeds
25 Feb.: 'TB or not TB: the status of lupus vulgaris in twentieth-century medicine.'

OLIVIA WEISSER, Johns Hopkins
3 Mar.: 'Gender and illness in seventeenth- century England.'

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Museum of the History of Science

Architecture, science, and mathematics in early modern England

The following seminars will be held at 5.30 p.m. on Thursdays in the Lower Gallery, the Museum of the History of Science.

Conveners: A. Gerbino, S. Johnston.

MATTHEW WALKER, York
17 Jan.: 'Locating architecture in the early Royal Society: evidence from the careers of Christopher Wren, Robert Hooke, and John Evelyn.'

DAVID YEOMANS
31 Jan.: ' "Athenian" Stuart's measurements, Vitruvian ideas, and Greek setting out.'

JAMES CAMPBELL, Cambridge
7 Feb.: 'Cubico-parabolic conoids: Wren, Hooke, and the dome of St Paul's Cathedral.'

PROFESSOR MAURICE HOWARD, Sussex
21 Feb.: 'Italians and the expertise for fortification in sixteenth-century England.'

DR JIM BENNETT
6 Mar.: 'Circumspice: Wren in retrospect.'


Public lectures

The following public lectures will be given at 7 p.m. on the days shown in the Museum of the History of Science.

PROFESSOR DENIS NOBLE
Tue. 22 Jan.: 'Molecules to organisms: what directs the music of life?'

PROFESSOR ROM HARRÉ
Wed. 5 Mar.: 'Big questions about small worlds.'

DR TIM BOON
Tue. 11 Mar.: 'Secrets of nature: how the microscope brought an invisible world to the cinema.'


Between the Lines

PHILIP BALL will discuss his book The Devil's Doctor: Paracelsus and the World of Renaissance Magic and Science at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, 19 February, in the Museum of the History of Science.

'Between the Lines' is an occasional series of lectures by authors of successful books in the history of science.


Afternoon event: Small and shocking: microscopy in Restoration London

This programme about Christopher Wren, Robert Hooke, and the English encounter with the micro-world will be held from 2 p.m. on Saturday, 9 February, in the Museum of the History of Science.

DR JIM BENNETT will talk on 'Wren, Hooke, and the Micrographia.' There will also be costumed readings from Thomas Shadwell's play The Virtuoso, and readings from the Micrographia and Hooke's Diary.

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International Gender Studies Centre

Ageing in a changing world: gender, marginalisation, memory, and vulnerability

The following seminars will be held at 3.30 p.m. on Thursdays in Queen Elizabeth House. Enquiries may be directed to igs@qeh.ox.ac.uk.

Conveners: Dr Janette Davies and Dr Anne Coles.

PROFESSOR MARY MAYNARD, York
17 Jan.: 'Afro-Caribbean, Asian, and white British women in their third age.'

DR JANETTE DAVIES
24 Jan.: 'Independent or assisted living for frail elders: an anthropological view of a clinical assessment pilot study.'

DR ANNE COLES
31 Jan.: 'Remembering Dubai: expatriate memories—from Trucial States to United Arab Emirates.'

PROFESSOR JANET MOMSEN
7 Feb.: 'Access to health care for the elderly in California.'

DR KANWAL MAND, Sussex
14 Feb.: 'Home-making across Tanzania, Punjab, and Britain: gender, generation, and the life course.'

DR KASTURI SEN
21 Feb.: 'Ageing in a changing world: violence, vulnerability, and some health effects of prolonged war—notes from the Lebanon.'

CAROL WELCH, Hertfordshire
28 Feb.: 'Enhancement of meal-times for hospitalised elders: prevention of malnutrition.'

International Women's Festival

A lecture/reception on the theme of 'Women's Journeys', marking Oxford International Women's Festival, will be held at 3.30 p.m. on Thursday, 6 March, in Queen Elizabeth House.

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Oxford Learning Institute

Research Seminars

The following seminars will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursdays in Level 2, Littlegate House, St Ebbe's. To attend, contact Tania Hartin (telephone: Oxford (2)86811, e-mail: tania.hartin@learning.ox.ac.uk).

PROFESSOR RONALD BARNETT, Institute of Education
17 Jan.: 'A will to learn: being a student in an age of uncertainty.'

PROFESSOR SUSAN ROBERTSON, Bristol
24 Jan.: ' "Stirring the lions": strategy and tactic in the global higher education wars.'

PROFESSOR RAY LAND, Strathclyde
31 Jan.: To be announced.

DR CHRISTINE HOCKINGS, Wolverhampton
7 Feb.: 'A study of academic engagement in university classrooms within the context of widening participation.'

BRUCE IRVINE, Grubb Institute
14 Feb.: 'Transforming experience into authentic action through role-energising organisational transformation.'

PROFESSOR MICHAEL ERAUT, Sussex
21 Feb.: 'How might learning trajectories that relate to the complexity of practice enhance the learning of HE students, HE lecturers, researchers, and other professional practitioners?'

PROFESSOR JON NIXON, Liverpool Hope
28 Feb.: 'The moral bases of academic practice.'

JONATHAN WYATT, Learning Institute, and KEN GALE, Plymouth
6 Mar.: 'Between the two: a Deleuzian exploration of writing and subjectivity.'

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Oxford University Library Services

Oxford University Research Archive Seminar: Priorities, purposes, and preferences

ORA (Oxford University Research Archive) is the new online archive for research materials produced by University of Oxford researchers. It offers benefits such as increased visibility, easier discovery of and access to research materials, plus efficient management and preservation of the digital items it contains. The archive is home to many types of research materials such as conference papers, articles, book chapters, reports, discussion papers and so on.

This seminar, to be held on Thursday, 31 January, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., in the Isis Room, OUCS, Banbury Road, is intended to offer ORA users (and future users) the opportunity to discuss their requirements for the service. A draft programme and further details can be found at www.ouls.ox.ac.uk/ora/.

Those wishing to attend the seminar should contact Sally Rumsey, ORA Service and Development Manager (e-mail: sally.rumsey@ouls.ox.ac.uk).

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Maison Française

Early Modern French Seminar

The following seminars will be held at 5.15 p.m. on Thursdays in the Maison Française. Enquiries may be directed to maison@herald.ox.ac.uk.

Conveners: James Ambrose, Kate Tunstall, and Alain Viala.

COLAS DUFLO, Amiens
17 Jan.: 'Le roman au XVIIIe siècle, relève de la philosophie des passions.'

JÉRÔME MEIZOZ, Lausanne
31 Jan.: 'Postures d'écrivains: autour du cas Rousseau.'

CHRISTIAN BELIN, Montpellier
14 Feb.: 'Descartes et l'autobiographie intellectuelle.'

RICHARD PARISH
28 Feb.: 'Ecce qui tollit peccata mundi: la Somme des péchés du Père Bauny et la campagne des Provinciales.'


Modern French Seminar

Unless otherwise indicated the following seminars will be held at 5.15 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Maison Française. Enquiries may be directed to maison@herald.ox.ac.uk.

Convener: Professor Michael Sheringham.

BRIGITTE FERRATO-COMBE, Grenoble III
6 Feb.: 'Claude Simon et la peinture.'

ELISABETH LADENSON, Columbia
20 Feb.: 'Colette and Flaubert.'

CLIVE SCOTT, East Anglia
Mon. 3 Mar., 5 p.m., Taylor Institution: 'The reinvention of the literary in literary translation.' (Malcom Bowie Memorial Lecture)


Medieval French Seminar

Unless otherwise indicated the following seminars will be held at 5.15 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Maison Française. Enquiries may be directed to maison@herald.ox.ac.uk.

Conveners: Tony Hunt, Sophie Marnette, and Helen Swift.

DAVID HOWLETT, British Academy Dictionary of Medieval Latin
15 Jan.: 'Chrétien's calculated prologues.'

FRANZISKA KUENZLEN, Münster
29 Jan.: 'Between autobiography and allegory: sixteenth-century readings of Apuleius' Golden Ass in France.'

ANA PAIVA MORAIS, Lisbon
12 Feb.: 'Mensonge et allégorie dans les Fables de Marie de France.'

MICHAEL FREEMAN, Bristol
26 Feb.: 'The other fifteenth century.'


Modern European Cultural and Social History Seminar

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in the History Faculty Building, George Street. Enquiries may be directed to maison@herald.ox.ac.uk.

JULIEN HAGE, Montepellier
26 Feb.: 'Can politics make money? Left-wing political publishing in France, Italy and Germany in the 1960s and 1970s.'

PHILIPPE ARTIERES, EHESS-CNRS, Paris
4 Mar.: '1968, a landscape.'


Other lectures

The following meetings will be held at the Maison Française unless indicated otherwise. Enquiries may be directed to maison@herald.ox.ac.uk. FRANÇOIS LISSARAGUE, EHESS, Paris
Tue. 7 Feb., 5 p.m., Classics Centre: 'Body and arms: aesthetics of the heroic warrior.'

LUC BOLTANSKI, EHESS, Paris
Thur. 6 Mar., 5 p.m., Queen Elizabeth House: 'The new spirit of capitalism and its values.'

EMMA AUBIN, CNRS-EHESS, Paris
Fri. 4 Mar., 4.15 p.m., Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology: 'Marian pilgrimage in a Maronite village, Lebanon, 2004–7.'

GODFREY HOWARD, writer, with HARUKO SEKI, pianist
Fri. 4 Apr., 6.30 p.m.: 'Paris and the sound of Music.' (Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival)

LAURENT MAUVIGNIER, writer
Sat. 5 Apr., 6.30 p.m.: M. Mauvignier presents his work. (Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival)


Other meetings

The following meetings will be held in the Maison Française unless indicated otherwise. Enquiries may be directed to maison@herald.ox.ac.uk.

Conference: 'A propos de collaboration in the pharmaceutical industry. Changing relationships in Britain and France, 1935–65', Friday, 25 January, 2–5 p.m.

Workshop: 'Ecritures du vécu: autour de trois livres récents', Friday, 1 February, 2.30–6.30 p.m.

Seminar: 'Ancient and modern ethics', Wednesday, 20 February, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Lecture de poésie française et anglaise (with Giles Ortlieb, Valérie Rouzeau, Patrick McGuinness, and Stephen Romer), Thursday, 21 February, 7.30 p.m.

Study-day: 'Contemporary French and English poetry: translation, influence, dialogue', Friday, 22 February, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Study-day: 'The "individual" in Durkheim and other sociologists', Saturday, 23 February, 10.30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Study-day: 'La figure du philosophe dans la prose non-philosophique (II)', Voltaire Foundation, Friday, 29 February, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Conference: 'Les plaisirs de l'amitié', Friday, 7 March, 9.30 a.m.–5.30 p.m.

Conference: 'Boundaries of witchcraft in the Upper Rhine region', Friday, 14 March, 2–6 p.m., and Saturday, 15 March, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Study-day: 'Faire la guerre, subir la guerre, finir la guerre', Friday, 28 March and Saturday, 29 March, 9.30 a.m.–6 p.m.


Cinema

The following films directed by Claude Chabrol will be shown at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Maison Française. Each film will be introduced by Dr Reidar Due, Tutor in European Cinema at Magdalen College. Booking is not required, but seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

22 Jan.: La femme infidèle (1969, 98 min.)

5 Feb.: Que la bête meure (1969, 110 min.)

19 Feb. Rien ne va plus (1997, 105 min.)

4 Mar.: Merci pour le chocolat (2000, 99 min.)

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Centre for Socio-legal Studies

Law and regulation

The following seminars will be held at 4.30 p.m. on Mondays in Seminar Room D, the Manor Road Building. Enquiries should be directed to Paul Honey (e-mail: paul.honey@csls.ox.ac.uk).

Convener: Dr Bettina Lange.

PROFESSOR ANDREW GOULDSON, Leeds
21 Jan.: 'The impact of the better regulation debate on the Environment Agency.'

PROFESSOR BÄRBEL DÖRBECK-JUNG, Twente, the Netherlands
28 Jan.: 'The hardness of soft law in UK regulatory activities related to nanotechnological development.'

DR MARTIN LODGE, LSE
4 Feb.: 'Gammelfleisch everywhere? Public debate, variety of worldviews, and regulatory change.'

DR KATERINA SIDERI, University of Exeter
11 Feb.: 'Virtue (bio)ethics and the regulation of research directed to stem cells in the UK and the EU.'

DR JAVIER LEZAUN
18 Feb.: 'Law, ethics, and patient safety in human gene therapy research.'

PROFESSOR ANTHONY OGUS, Manchester
25 Feb.: 'Regulatory enforcement and sanctions in specie.'

DR THOMAS SCHEFFER, Berlin
3 Mar.: 'Regulation of case formation in criminal procedures.'

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Balliol College

Oliver Smithies Lectures

PROFESSOR JOHN T. RAMSEY, Professor of Classics, University of Illinois at Chicago, will deliver two Oliver Smithies Lectures at 5 p.m. on Mondays in the Examination Schools.
11 Feb.: 'When did comets become portents of disaster in the Graeco-Roman world?'

25 Feb.: 'Halley's comet and the destruction of Jerusalem in ad 70.'

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Green College

Green College Lectures 2008

Prospects of happiness?

The Green College Lectures will be given at 6 p.m. on Mondays in the E.P. Abraham Lecture Theatre, Green College.

PROFESSOR KAY REDFIELD JAMISON, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
14 Jan.: 'Beyond happiness: exuberance and mania.'

PROFESSOR AVNER OFFER
21 Jan.: 'Should government try to make us happy?'

PROFESSOR ANDREW STEPTOE, University College, London
28 Jan.: 'Happiness, health, and biology.'

PROFESSOR RICHARD WILKINSON, Nottingham
4 Feb.: 'Dysfunctional societies—why equality matters.'

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St Antony's College

Visiting Parliamentary Fellowship Seminar: Climate change and international conflict

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College.

Conveners: Professor David Marquand, Dr Alex Pravda, Baroness Quin, and Mr Ian Taylor.

LORD (DICK) TAVERNE, Chairman, Sense About Science Trust, THE RT. HON. JOHN GUMMER, MP, formerly Environment Secretary, and PROFESSOR JOHN GRAY
22 Jan.: 'Climate change: manageable problem or looming catastrophe?'

LORD (CHARLES) POWELL, formerly Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, JOCK WHITTLESEY, US Embassy Counsellor for Environment, Science, Technology, and Health, and DR JIMIN ZHAO
29 Jan.: 'The US versus China?'

LINDA MCAVAN, MEP, Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, SIR KENNETH COLLINS, Chairman, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, and BARONESS (JOYCE) QUIN, formerly Minister for Europe
5 Feb.: 'Can Europe lead?'

IAN TAYLOR, MP, formerly Minister for Science and Technology, and PROFESSOR DIETER HELM
12 Feb.: 'Energy security in the wider Europe.'

KEVIN WATKINS, Director, Human Development Report Office, PROFESSOR FRANCES STEWART, and PROFESSOR WILLIAM BEINART
19 Feb.: 'Climate change and the "bottom billion".'

ELLIOT MORLEY, formerly Environment Minister, and TOM BURKE, adviser, RTZ and FCO
26 Feb.: 'Drift or decision?'


Geopolitics of Energy

These seminars, organised by the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and St Antony's College, will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College.

Conveners: Dr Carol Scott Leonard and Dr Shamil Midkhatovich Yenikeyeff.

ROBERT MABRO
16 Jan.: 'Geopolitics of energy: new challenges and opportunities.'

CHRISTOPHER ALLSOPP
23 Jan.: 'Oil prices, security, and the world economy.'

PROFESSOR JONATHAN STERN
30 Jan.: 'Russia and Europe: energy issues.'

PROFESSOR DIETER HELM
6 Feb.: 'Europe's external energy policy.'

TATIANA MITROVA, Centre for Global Energy Markets, Russian Academy of Sciences
13 Feb.: 'Companies and the changing energy rules: Europe, Russia, and the CIS.'

NAZRIN MEHDIYEVA, Oxford Analytica (to be confirmed)
20 Feb.: 'Geopolitics of the Caspian and Central Asian energy.'

KEUN WOO-PAIK
27 Feb.: 'Asia and the FSU: a new energy paradigm?'

SHAMIL YENIKEYEFF
5 Mar.: 'The battle for Russian oil: corporations, regions, and the state.'


Asian Studies Centre

South-east Asian Studies Seminar

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in the Deakin Room, the Founder's Building, St Antony's College. Enquiries may be directed to asian@sant.ox.ac.uk.

Convener: Dr Eva-Lotta Hedman.

DR MATTHEW COHEN, Royal Holloway, London
7 Feb.: 'Devi Dja goes to Hollywood.'

DR TOMAS LARSSON, Cambridge
21 Feb.: 'Weber on the Chaophraya: the history and politics of rural land rights in Siam/Thailand.'

DR GUSTAAF HOUTMAN, Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland
6 Mar.: 'A saffron revolution in Burma? Buddhist backgrounds to Burmese politics.'


Latin American Centre

Latin American Seminar

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Fridays in the Latin American Centre. Enquiries may be directed to enquiries@lac.ox.ac.uk.

DR TODD LANDMAN, Essex
18 Jan.: 'Making them count: Latin America and the social science of truth commissions.'

PROFESSOR ALAN KNIGHT
25 Jan.: 'Warfare, violence, and homicide in twentieth-century Mexico.'

DR JOSÉ AUGUSTO PALAU, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
1 Feb.: 'The logic of deforestation in Brazil: a historical perspective.'

PROFESSOR GUILLERMO O'DONNELL, Notre Dame
8 Feb.: 'Some thoughts on the state and democracry.'

MICHAEL REID, The Economist
15 Feb.: 'Reflections on Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America's Soul.'

DR PAULO DRINOT, Manchester
22 Feb.: 'Violence, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and memory struggles in Peru.'

JOHN PAUL RATHBONE
29 Feb.: 'Julio Lobo, the Napoleon of Cuban sugar.'

DR JOSÉ ANGEL RODRÍGUEZ
7 Mar.: 'Birds and Venezuelan landscapes: the scientific work of William Henry Phelps, 1937–65.'


Middle East Centre

A minority within a minority: the Yezidis

This mini-symposium will be held on Wednesday, 16 January, 5.15–7.15 p.m., in the Reading Room, the Middle East Centre. It is open to the public and will be followed by a reception. Enquiries should be directed to the convener.

Convener: Dr Birgül Acikyildiz (e-mail: birgul.acikyildiz@orinst.ox.ac.uk).

DR NELIDA FUCCARO, SOAS
5.15 p.m.: 'Yazidism, minorities, nation- building: the relevance of history in the construction of Yazidi identity.'

DR MAMOU FARHAN OTHMAN, Arbil
5.45 p.m.: 'The Yezidi religion as a microcosm of Kurdish culture: similarities and differences.'


Pluscarden Programme for the Study of Global Terrorism and Intelligence

The following seminars will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursdays in the Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College. Enquiries may be directed to pluscarden.programme@sant.ox.ac.uk.

Convener: Dr Steve Tsang.

MAJ.-GEN. (RET.) TIM CROSS, Visiting Professor, Nottingham and Cranfield
24 Jan.: 'Is there a military solution to the global war on terror?'

PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER ANDREW, Cambridge
28 Feb.: 'Twentieth-century intelligence: what twenty-first-century historians and "lessons learned" exercises leave out.'

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St Antony's College and Department of Education

The politics and culture of education in contemporary Russia

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Dahrendorf Room, St Antony's College. Two papers will be given at the meeting on 29 January.

Conveners: David Johnson, David Phillips, and Robert Service.

ROBERT SERVICE
15 Jan.: 'Political control and educational reform.'

MARGARITA PAVLOVA
22 Jan.: 'Education and the politics of development in Russia.'

JUDITH MARQUAND
29 Jan.: 'Democratising higher education in Russia.'

ANDREA LACZIK
29 Jan.: 'What do parents want for their children? School choice in Russia.'

OLGA OLEYNIKOVA, Centre for VET Studies of the Russian Federation
5 Feb.: 'The Europeanisation of Russian higher education.'

ELENA MININA
12 Feb.: 'Politeness, face, and power: discourse in Russian university classrooms.'

OLGA FEDOTOVA and OKSANA CHIGISHEVA, Rostov-on-Don
26 Feb.: 'Restructuring higher education in Russia.'

JAMES MUCKLE, Nottingham
4 Mar.: 'Concepts of education in Russia: from past to present.'

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St John's College Research Centre

Introductory lectures in psychoanalysis

Continuing this series, there will be two Saturday morning showings this term of Introductory Lectures on DVD, recorded at the Institute of Psychoanalysis in London (19 January and 1 March). A psychoanalyst from the institute will then lead a discussion. Details will be advertised each term and will be posted on the college's Web site (follow link 'Research' to 'Research Centre Events').

The next meeting will be on 19 January, 9.30 a.m.–1 p.m.), with two DVDs from the series: The Paranoid-Schizoid Position and The Depressive Position. Discussion will be led by Denise Cullington.

Entrance is free to members of the University and other academics, but space is limited. Those wishing to attend should e-mail Dr Louise Braddock (leb41@cam.ac.uk). Interested mental health professionals are welcome to attend if there is room, and should e-mail to request a place.

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Somerville College

Glaxo SmithKline Lecture

SIR PAUL NURSE, FRS, Nobel Laureate for Medicine 2001, President, Rockefeller University, New York, will deliver the Glaxo SmithKline Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 18 February, in the Lecture Theatre, the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre, with live transmission to Lecture Theatre 2, the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Subject: 'Milton and Darwin—two views of creation.'

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Oxford Italian Association

Lectures

The following lectures will be given 7.30 for 8 p.m. on the days shown. Admission costs £1 for members, £3 for non-members; students under thirty admitted free. Enquiries may be directed to pmilner@clara.net (telephone: Oxford 311780).

SIR IVOR ROBERTS
Thur. 24 Jan., Danson Room, Trinity College: 'Reflections on Italian politics.'

DR LUCIANA JOHN
Tue. 5 Feb., Mary Ogilvie Theatre, St Anne's College: 'New parties, new politics?'

PATRICK DOORLY
Thur. 21 Feb., Tsuzuki Theatre, St Anne's College: 'Italian prints and print-making (1460–1560).'

Other events

Fri. 11 Jan.: showing of Soldini film Pani e Tulipani (112 minutes, no subtitles), Rewley House Theatre, 8 p.m. Admission free.

Wed. 13 Feb.: conversazione in italiano, Pauling Centre, 58a Banbury Road, 7.30 for 8 p.m.

Tue. 4 Mar.: wine-tasting, for members and guests and only (details in the members' newsletter).

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