r Oxford University Gazette, 24 January 2008: Lectures
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Oxford University Gazette, 24 January 2008: Lectures

Sir Isaiah Berlin Visiting Fellow

PROFESSOR FRANCESCO PAOLO FIORE, La Sapienza, Rome, will lecture at 5 p.m. on the following days in the Summer Common Room, Magdalen College.

Tue. 29 Jan.: 'Leon Battista Alberti as architect.'

Tue. 5 Feb.: 'Francesco di Giorgio's treatises on architecture.'

Thur. 14 Feb.: 'The tracé italien: origins, conceptions, problems of the early Italian bastioned front.'

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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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Lecture Marking the Retirement of the Secretary General of the Commonwealth

THE RT. HON. DONALD MCKINNON will lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 25 February, in Rhodes House (entry from 4.30 p.m.). The lecture marks Mr McKinnon's retirement as Secretary General of the Commonwealth.

Subject: 'Paths to peace and prosperity in the modern Commonwealth.'

All those attending the event are invited to join the Vice-Chancellor and the Secretary General at a drinks reception after the lecture, 6–7 p.m.

Admission will be by ticket only. Those wishing to attend should email to events.office@admin.ox.ac.uk, giving full name, a full address to which the ticket can be forwarded, and a full telephone number. Early application for tickets is advised. Note that for security reasons, tickets are not transferable.

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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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Committee for Comparative Philology, Linguistics, and Phonetics

General Linguistics Graduate Seminar

The following seminars will be given at 4.15 p.m. on Mondays in Room 207 of the Centre for Linguistics and Philology, Walton Street. All interested are welcome.

NICHOLAS OSTLER, Foundation for Endangered Languages
28 Jan.: 'Language history and language myopia.'

ANNA PARKER, Edinburgh
4 Feb.: 'Evolutionarily plausible linguistic theorising.'

DANIEL HARBOUR
11 Feb.: To be announced.

ADITI LAHIRI
18 Feb.: To be announced.

FRANCESCO GOGLIA
3 Mar.: To be announced.

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History

Seminar in Medieval History

The following seminars will be given at 5 p.m. on Mondays in the Wharton Room, All Souls College.

Conveners: Paul Brand and Mark Whittow.

NICHOLAS ORME, University of Exeter
28 Jan.: 'Doorways to another world: medieval chapels in history, landscape and literature.'

MEREDITH COHEN, Leeds
4 Feb.: 'Architecture, liturgy and the cult of kings at the Sainte Chapelle of Paris.'

HENRY MAYR-HARTING
11 Feb.: 'The early English Franciscans and voluntary poverty.'

MARC MORRIS
18 Feb.: 'King Edward I and the Knights of the Round Table.'

CHARLES WEST
25 Feb.: 'Open secret? Revisiting King Lothar II's divorce.'

SARAH FOOT
3 Mar.: 'Should King Aethelstan get a life?'

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Law

Environmental Law Discussion Group

The following meetings will be held at 1 p.m. on Mondays in the Fraenkel Room, Corpus Christi College.

Convener: Cinnamon Carlarne.

DR HEIKE SCHROEDER
4 Feb.: 'Implementation without ratification? Understanding US climate policy across levels of governance.'

DR SHERILYN MACGREGOR, Keele
18 Feb.: 'Environmental citizenship: themes and debates.'

PROFESSOR SIMON CANEY
25 Feb.: 'Global justice and climate change.'

DR BETTINA LANGE
3 Mar.: 'Environmental regulation beyond the state? A discussion of transnational networks for setting environmental technology standards in the European Union.'

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Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics Seminars

The following seminars will be given at 4.15 p.m. on Thursdays in the Dobson Lecture Room at the Atmospheric Physics Laboratory.

DR C.W. HUGHES, Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory
24 Jan.: 'The joy of bottom pressure.'

DR C.C.C. TSANG
31 Jan.: 'Climate, circulation and radiative transfer of the Venus atmosphere.'

DR S. SATHYENDRANATH, Plymouth Marine Laboratory
7 Feb.: 'Bio-optical feedbacks in the ocean system.'

W. INGRAM
14 Feb.: 'Making sense of the water vapour feedback on climate change.'

DR M.A. LITTLE
21 Feb.: 'Probabilistic rainfall forecasting with statistical models.'

DR A.J. CHARLTON PEREZ, Reading
28 Feb.: 'A new look at stratospheric sudden warmings: climatology and validation in stratospheric general circulation models.'

C. WRENCH, Rutherford Appleton Laboaratory
6 Mar.: to be announced.

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Oxford Physics Colloquia

The following lectures will be given at 4.15 p.m. on Fridays in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre of the Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road. Details of the 1 February seminar are not yet available.

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

PROFESSOR D. MARSHALL
25 Jan.: 'Rapid change of the Atlantic Thermohaline Circulation Theory, observations and modelling.'

PROFESSOR SIR P. KNIGHT, Imperial College, London
15 Feb.: 'Quanta, bits and fields: the light side of information.'

DR A. BOYLE, Lund Observatory, Sweden
22 Feb.: 'New horizons: collecting and displaying physics at the Science Museum.'

PROFESSOR P. LITTLEWOOD, Cambridge
29 Feb.: 'New condensates of matter and light.'

PROFESSOR M. DAVIES, Lund Observatory, Sweden
7 Mar.: 'The astrophysics of stellar clusters.'

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Theoretical Physics Seminars

The following seminars will be given at 2.15 p.m. on Fridays in the Dennis Sciama Lecture Theatre. They will be preceded from 1 p.m. by an informal lunch in the Common Room of Theoretical Physics, 1 Keble Road.

Convener: Professor Carole Jordan.

PROFESSOR R. GREGORY, Durham
1 Feb.: 'Spinflation.'

PROFESSOR F. WILCZEK, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
15 Feb.: 'BCS meets QCD meets QQ.'

PROFESSOR M. CATES, Edinburgh
29 Feb.: 'Statistical mechanics of run-and-tumble bacteria.'

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Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics: Mathematical Geoscience Seminars

The following seminars will be given at 2.30 p.m. on Fridays in Seminar Room 3, Dartington House, Little Clarendon Street.

DR HEIKE GRAMBERG
8 Feb.: 'The formation of drumlins.'

DR OLIVIER DUBRULE, Total E&P UK Geoscience Research Centre, Aberdeen
22 Feb.: 'A discussion of new developments in stochastic inversion techniques for 3D Earth models.'

DR OLIVIER GAGLIARDINI, Université Joseph Fourier
9 Mar.: 'Multi-physical flow modelling in glaciology using finite element methods.'

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Physical Chemistry Seminars

The following lectures will be given at 2.15 p.m. on Mondays in the PTCL Large Lecture Theatre.

Conveners: Dr J. Doye and Dr D. Aarts.

PROFESSOR BRIAN HOWARD
28 Jan.: 'The handedness of nature—microwave studies of the interactions between chiral molecules.'

PROFESSOR ANDREW TURBERFIELD
4 Feb.: 'DNA nanostructures and nanomachines.'

PROFESSOR KENNETH MCKENDRICK, Heriot-Watt
11 Feb.: 'Dynamics of reactive and inelastic collisions at the gas–liquid interface.'

DR DWAYNE HEARD, Leeds
18 Feb.: 'From the poles to the tropics: measurements of free-radicals in the atmosphere using laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy.'

DR ERIKS KUPCE, Varian
25 Feb.: 'NMR spectroscopists in a hurry.'

DR LOUISE SERPELL, Sussex
3 Mar.: 'Understanding the structural basis for protein misfolding.'

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Soft Matter, Biomaterials and Interfaces

The following seminars will be given at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in the John Rowlinson Seminar Room, the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory.

Conveners: Professor Jacob Klein, Dr Robert Thomas and Dr Dirk Aarts.

PROFESSOR STEPHEN MANN, Bristol
29 Jan.: 'Soft matter made hard!'

PROFESSOR JEFF PENFOLD, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
5 Feb.: 'Interplay between surface and solution behaviour in complex surfactant mixtures.'

PROFESSOR ULLRICH STEINER, Cambridge
12 Feb.: 'Solar cells based on polymer self-assembly.'

DR SUSAN PERKIN, University College, London
26 Feb.: 'Ion-specific, hydration and charge-mosaic effects on surface interactions.'

DR PADDY ROYALL, Bristol
4 Mar.: 'Colloidal gels and glasses: a real space analysis.'

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Organic Chemistry Colloquia

The following seminars will be given at 4 p.m. on Thursdays, except where noted, in the Dyson Perrins Lecture Theatre. All visitors are welcome. Enquiries may be directed to Dr Jonathan Burton (e- mail: jonathan.burton@chem.ox.ac.uk).

PROFESSOR PHILIP STEPHENS, Southern California
31 Jan.: 'Vibrational circular dichroism spectroscopy: a new technique for the determination of the stereochemistries of chiral molecules.'

PROFESSOR ALOIS FÜRSTNER, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim
7 Feb.: 'Tinkering with nature's macrolides.' (Andy Derome Memorial Lectures)
8 Feb.: ' "Noble" ways of catalytic bond formation.' (Andy Derome Memorial Lectures)

PROFESSOR MANFRED REETZ, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim
21 Feb.: 'Directed evolution of functional enzymes as catalysts in synthetic organic chemistry.' (Lilly Lecture)

PROFESSOR PAUL WENDER, Stanford
3 Mar.: 'Better science through synthesis: step economy, new reactions and biological studies directed at latent HIV/AIDS, cancer, and how we learn.' (Robert Robinson Lectures)
4 Mar.: 'Breaching biological barriers: synthetic and biological studies directed at real time in vivo imaging systems and how to overcome multidrug resistance in cancer.' (Robert Robinson Lectures)

PROFESSOR TAMIO HAYASHI, Kyoto
13 Mar.: To be announced.

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Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering Group

Unless otherwise indicated the following seminars will be held at 2 p.m. on Mondays in Lecture Room 8, the Information Engineering Building. Details of the 4 February and 11 February seminars will be announced later. Student presentations will be given at 1 p.m. on 25 February.

Enquiries may be directed to John Huber (telephone: Oxford (2)83478).

NORMAN FLECK, Cambridge
28 Jan.: to be announced.

JINGZHE PAN, Leicester
18 Feb.: 'A brief review of sintering models at different scales.'

ERIC BROWN, Los Alamos National Laboratory
3 Mar.: 'High strain-rate and shock effects in semi-crystalline polymers.'

PROFESSOR JANUSZ R. KLEPACZKO, University of Paul Verlaine, France
Wed. 5 Mar.: To be announced.

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Medical Sciences

DR ROBERT NUSSENBLATT, NIH, will lecture at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, 29 January, in the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre.

Convener: Professor Siamon Gordon.

Subject: 'The role of the immune response in eye disease: moving from the known to the unknown.'


Pharmacology and Drug Discovery Seminars

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

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, 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

PROFESSOR SILVIO RAMAT, Padua, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 26 February, in Room 2, the Taylor Institution.

Subject: 'Poeti in commedia.'


Sub-faculty of Italian: Postgraduate Research Seminars

The following seminars will be given at 5 p.m. on Mondays in the New Council Room, Somerville College.

PROFESSOR ZYG BARANSKI, Cambridge
28 Jan.: 'Guido Cavalcanti and the "versi strani": Inferno 9–11.'

DR MARCO FORMISANO, Berlin
11 Feb.: ' "Arte della guerra": the rise of a genre from antiquity to Machiavelli.'

Poetry reading

LUCIANO ERBA, SILVIO RAMAT, and PETER ROBINSON will give a poetry reading at 6.30 p.m. on Monday, 25 February, at Blackwell's. All welcome. Admission is free.

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Oriental Studies

Gardens in the Islamic World

DR LAURA E. PARODI will lecture at 11 a.m. on Fridays in the Lecture Room, Khalili Research Centre, 3 St John Street.

25 Jan.: 'Early Islamic gardens and their legacy in the Islamic Mediterranean.'

15 Feb.: 'The 'Persian garden' prototype: myth or reality? Gardens in the Eastern Islamic world before the fifteenth century.'

22 Feb.: 'Gardens for entertainment and residence. Timurid and Safavid gardens.'

29 Feb.: 'Gardens for the living, gardens for the dead. Mughal gardens.'

7 Mar.: 'The exception to the rule. The informality of the Ottoman garden.'

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Social Sciences

Foundations of governance in a globalised world (amended notice)

The following lectures will be given at 5 p.m. on Mondays in the Lecture Theatre, the Manor Road Building. Enquiries may be directed to gtg@politics.ox.ac.uk.

This notice replaces that published in the Gazette of 17 January (p. 506).

PROFESSOR ANDREW HURRELL
28 Jan.: 'Foundations of governance in a deeply divided world.'

PROFESSOR STEPHEN WEATHERILL
4 Feb.: 'What is supra-national governance? When and how is it effective?'

PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER MCCRUDDEN
11 Feb.: 'Buying social justice: human rights and economic regulation.'

PROFESSOR VAUGHAN LOWE
25 Feb.: 'Private disputes and the public interest in international law.'

PROFESSOR JONATHAN ZITTRAIN
3 Mar.: 'Network governance and the Internet.'


Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology: Departmental Seminars

The following seminars will be given at 4.10 p.m. on Fridays in the Pauling Centre for Human Sciences, 58 Banbury Road.

Conveners: Paul Dresch and David Gellner.

NIGEL RAPPORT, St Andrews
25 Jan.: 'Everyone, the cosmopolitan actor.'

HARRI ENGLUND, Cambridge
1 Feb.: 'Whatever happened to obligations? Thinking through human rights in the anthropology of Africa.'

NICOLETTE MAKOVICKY
8 Feb.: 'End of the roadshow? Transparency and the trade in knowledge among British antiques dealers.'

WENDY JAMES and JUDITH ASTON, West of England
15 Feb.: 'Multimedia and the "cultural archive": themes from the Blue Nile.'

JOY HENDRY, Oxford Brookes
22 Feb.: 'Anthropologists, natives and native anthropologists: a globographical view.'

JOHN BOWEN, St Louis
29 Feb.: 'Beneath legal pluralism: Islamic norms and ordre publique on marriage and divorce in France.'

EMMA AUBIN-BOLTANSKI, Sorbonne
7 Mar.: 'Marian pilgrimage in a Maronite village, Lebanon, 2004–7.'

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ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS): Critical Epistemologies of Migration

The following seminars will be given at 2 p.m. on Thursdays in the Seminar Room, the Institute of Human Sciences, 58a Banbury Road. Further information is available at www.compas.ox.ac.uk./ events/seminars_lectures.shtml.

Convener: Dimitrina Spencer.

DR WILLIAM BERTHOMIERE, Poitiers
24 Jan.: 'Studying the globalisation of international migrations from a social geography perspective.'

DR KAVERI HARRISS, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
31 Jan.: 'Love in a Pakistani family.'

DR KATY GARDENER, Sussex
7 Feb.: 'Journeys and the life course: some reflections on transnational fieldwork.'

ZUZANNA OLESEWSKA
14 Feb.: 'Literature and migrant subjectivity: methodological reflections on studying the poetry of Afghan refugees in Iran.'

DR MAJA POVRZANOVIC FRYKMAN, Malmö
21 Feb.: ' 'Experimental' ethnicity in diasporic encounters.'

PROFESSOR ULF BRUNNBAUER, Free University, Berlin
28 Feb.: 'Studying migrants and migrations policies in the Balkans: historical perspectives, nineteenth–twentieth centuries.'

PROFESSOR DR JEANNE GAAKEER, Rotterdam
6 Mar.: 'Crises of evidence, crises of truth.'

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African Studies Seminar

The following seminars will be given at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in the Fellows' Dining Room, St Antony's College, unless otherwise indicated.

CHIMA KORIEH, Marquette
24 Jan.: 'African voices: a letter of petition from colonial Nigeria.'

EMMA HUNTER
31 Jan.: 'Political languages in twentieth-century Kilimanjaro.'

NICHOLAS CHEESEMAN
7 Feb.: 'Political parties and coalition building in Africa.'

RICARDO S.M. SOARES DE OLIVEIRA
14 Feb.: 'The political economies of war and peace in postcolonial Angola.'

KENNETH SIMALA, Maseno University, Kenya
21 Feb.: 'Kiswahili poetry, print media and religious politics in Kenya.'

JAMES BRENNAN, SOAS
28 Feb.: 'Journalists, spies, and forgeries: information politics and the Cold War in East Africa, 1954–70.'

DAVID TURTON AND MARCO BASSI
6 Mar.: 'Environmental change in the Lower Omo Valley, south-western Ethiopia.'

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Department of Education

The following public seminars will be given at 5 p.m. on Mondays in Seminar Rooms G and H, the Department of Education, 15 Norham Gardens.

PROFESSOR RICHARD PRING
28 Jan.: 'John Dewey: death and resurrection.'

DR GEOFFREY HAYWARD, PROFESSOR ANNE EDWARDS, and MISS IOANNA KINTI
4 Feb.: 'Expertise in multi-professional practices.'

PROFESSOR ERNESTO MACARO and DR LYNN ERLER
11 Feb.: To be announced.

DR JOHN HOWSON and DR ALMUT SPRIGADE, Education Data Surveys
18 Feb.: 'Teacher supply—a golden age or back on the slippery slope? A review of recent trends in teacher supply including predictions for 2008.'

DR KATHRYN ECCLESTONE, Oxford Brookes
25 Feb.: To be announced.

DR SARAH-JAYNE BLAKEMORE, University College London
3 Mar.: 'Development of the social brain during adolescence.'

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Research Laboratory for Archaeology

The following seminars will be held at 10.30 a.m. on Thursdays in the Board Room, the Department of Geography, the Dyson Perrings Building.

Convener: Dr J.-L. Schwenninger.

REBECCA STACEY, British Museum
7 Feb.: 'Copal resins from pre-Hispanic Mexican mosaics.'

THOMAS GUILBERT, Copenhagen
21 Feb.: 'DNA from keratinous materials.'

KRISTJAN AHRONSON and JUKKA-PEKKA ONNELA, Bangor
6 Mar.: 'Complex systems/networks in archaeology.'


Conference: Neolithic violence in a European perspective

This conference will be held in the Centre for the Environment, 14–15 March. Details can be found at www.arch.ox.ac.uk/conferen ces/neolithic_violence.

Conveners: Dr Rick Schulting and Ms Linda Fibiger.

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Computing Laboratory

Numerical Analysis Group

Computational Mathematics and Applications Seminars

Unless indicated otherwise the following seminars will be given at 2 p.m. on Thursdays in Lecture Theatre A, the Computing Laboratory. Enquiries may be directed to Lotti Ekert (telephone: Oxford (2)73885).

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

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

PROFESSOR PAUL VAN DOOREN, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
7 Feb., at RAL: 'Some graph optimisation problems in data mining.'

PROFESSOR YA-XIANG YUAN, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing
14 Feb.: 'Distance geometry problem for protein modelling via geometric buildup.'

PROFESSOR HOLGER WENDLAND, Sussex
21 Feb.: 'Meshfree methods: theory and applications.'

PROFESSOR FOLKMAR BORNEMANN, TU Munich
28 Feb.: 'Painlevé numerics: from operator determinants to the chebfun system.'

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

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Oxford Internet Institute

Public Service Workshop Series: paradoxes of modernisation: puzzles and unintended consequences

The following seminars will be given at 12.30 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Seminar Room, Oxford Internet Institute.

DEVI SRIDHAR
29 Jan.: 'How did "rational" nutrition policy develop in the World Bank and what happened to it when it was applied on the ground in India?'

JUSTIN KEEN, Leeds
5 Feb.: 'The complexity of policy-making: why are massive IT programmes seen as a cure for the NHS and what are their outcomes?'

YORICK WILKS, Sheffield
12 Feb.: 'What was unanticipated or unintended in the development of the Internet?'

DAVID MARSDEN, LSE
19 Feb.: 'Why do we keep adopting pay-for performance systems in the face of evidence that they fail to motivate?'

PETER JOHN, Manchester
26 Feb.: 'Why do high-performing local authorities strive to improve their performance when the general public only notices the poor performers? Voter reaction to incumbents' performance in English local governments, 1999–2007.'

PERRI 6, Nottingham
4 Mar.: 'When forethought and out-turn part: how to think about unintended, unanticipated and/or unwelcome consequences of public policy.'

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Maison Française

Collaboration in the pharmaceutical industry. Changing relationships in Britain and France, 1935–65

A round-table discussion to launch the book of the above title by Dr Viviane Quirke, Oxford Brookes, will be held on Friday, 25 January, 2–5 p.m., in the Maison Française. The meeting will be chaired by Professor Pietro Corsi.

The invited speakers are: Dr Viviane Quirke (Oxford Brookes); Professor Vivien Walsh (Manchester Business School); Professor Robert Fox; Dr Kenneth Bertram (Université Libre de Bruxelles); and Dr Muriel Le Roux (CNRS–MFO).


Workshop: Ecritures du vécu: autour de trois livres récents

This workshop will be held on Friday, 1 February, 2.30–6.30 p.m., in the Maison Française.

Conveners: Alexis Tadié and Alain Viala.

CHRISTIAN JOUHAUD
2.45 p.m.: 'Le Journal de Marie Du Bois: écriture ordinaire, témoignage, historiographie.'

ANN JEFFERSON
4 p.m.: 'Biography and the question of literature in France.'

PROFESSOR MICHAEL SHERINGHAM
5 p.m.: 'Everyday Life and beyond.'

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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 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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Taylor Institution Library

THE RT. HON. TESSA JOWELL, MP, Minister for the Olympics and London, will lecture at 6 p.m. on Friday, 1 February, in the Hall, the Taylor Institution. Admission costs £6 (£3 unwaged/student), with proceeds in aid of Oxfordshire Mind.

Subject: 'Mental health.'

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James Martin Twenty-first Century School

James Martin Twenty-first Century School Lecture

NASSIM NICHOLAS TALEB, essayist, scholar and practitioner of mathematical finance, will deliver the James Martin Twenty-first Century School Lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 5 March in the Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College.

Those wishing to attend should reserve a place, by contacting Alison Stibbe (e- mail: alison.stibbe@21school.ox.ac.uk). required.

Subject: 'The impact of the highly improbable.'


Risk in the twenty-first century

The following seminars will be given at 3.30 p.m. on Thursdays in the Old Indian Institute, corner of Broad and Catte Streets. Open to everyone.

LEONARD A. SMITH, Centre for the Analysis of Time Series
24 Jan.: 'Model error, real world risk.'

SARAH HARPER
31 Jan.: 'Youth—a scarce commodity in an ageing world.'

SABINE ROESER, Delft University of Technology
7 Feb.: 'The relation between cognition and affect in moral judgements about risks.'

SIR DAVID KING
14 Feb.: 'Managing the environmental challenges of the twenty-first century.'

PROFESSOR STEPHEN RAYNER
21 Feb.: 'Political culture and risk.'

HELEN GHOSH, DEFRA
28 Feb.: 'Hard choices—handling environmental risks in a political environment.'

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All Souls College

Neill Lecture

THE RT. HON. THE LORD HOPE OF CRAIGHEAD will deliver the Neill Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 29 February, in the Examination Schools. All are welcome.

Subject: 'From Clova to Godmanchester—public rights over private land.'


Lee Lecture in Political Science and Government

PROFESSOR JOSIAH OBER, Constantine Mitsotakis Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University, will deliver the fifth Lee Lecture in Political Science and Government at 5 p.m. on Monday, 18 February, in the Old Library, All Souls College.

Subject: 'Democracy and knowledge: innovation and learning in classical Athens.'


Inside the United Nations—reflections on an eight-year sabbatical

EDWARD MORTIMER, former Director of Communications in the office of the UN Secretary-General, will lecture at 5 p.m. in the Old Library, All Souls College, except where noted. All welcome.

Tues., 26 Feb.: 'First impressions: the United Nations in 1998.'

Wed., 27 Feb.: 'The responsibility to protect, in theory and practice.'

Thur., 28 Feb.: ' "We the peoples"—making the United Nations relevant.'

Fri., 29 Feb., 3.30 p.m.: 'The tragedy of Iraq.'

Tues., 4 Mar.: 'Kofi's annus horribilis (2004).'

Wed., 5 Mar.: ' 'In larger Freedom' and the 2005 summit.'

Thurs., 6 Mar.: 'The United Nations and the Middle East.'

Fri., 7 Mar., Wharton Room: 'Conclusion—Kofi Annan's achievement.'

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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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Hertford College

Starun Lecture in Polish Studies

PROFESSOR PIOTR PIOTROWSKI, Head of the Department of the History of Art, University of Poznan, will deliver the Starun Lecture in Polish Studies at 5 p.m. on Friday, 29 February, in Hertford College.

Subject: 'Beyond democracy—art and censorship in post-communist Central Europe.'

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Lady Margaret Hall

Canada Seminar

PROFESSOR MARGARET MACMILLAN, Warden of St Antony's College, will lecture at 5.15 p.m. on Friday, 8 February, in the Talbot Hall, Lady Margaret Hall. Enquiries may be directed to Janet Wardell (e-mail: janet.wardell@lmh.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: 'Who owns Canadian history? Controversy at the Canadian War Museum.'

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Mansfield College

ANDRÉ MENACHE, Scientific Consultant at Antidote, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 31 January, in Mansfield College.

Convener: Dr Katherine Morris.

Subject: 'REACH for the future: reflections on the EU's new chemical testing programme.'

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Nuffield College

Sociology Group

The following seminars will be given at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Clay Room, Nuffield College.

Conveners: Peter Hedström, Tom Snijders and Nicholas Harrigan.

PROFESSOR RAFAEL WITTEK, Groningen
30 Jan.: 'Downsizing the Dutch. Causes and correlates of organisational restructuring in the Netherlands.'

FELIX REED-TSOCHAS
6 Feb.: 'Disassortive selection and robustness in declining networks.'

EMMANUEL LAZEGA, Paris–Dauphine
13 Feb.: 'Networks and controversies: on the effect of norms on the dynamics of structures and social processes.'

PROFESSOR DR HANS-PETER BLOSSFELD, Bamberg
20 Feb.: 'Causal inference and statistical models in modern social sciences.'

PROFESSOR PETER BEARMAN, Columbia
27 Feb.: 'The dynamics of large-scale violence.'

PROFESSOR ANDREAS DIEKMANN, Berne
5 Mar.: 'Social cooperation. The experimental approach.'

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St Antony's College

European Studies Centre

Stifterverband Seminar on Ethnic Restaurants

MAREN MÖRING, Cologne, will hold a Stifterverband Seminar on Ethnic Restaurants at 5 p.m. on Friday, 25 January, in the European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road. All welcome.

Subject: 'The impact of immigration and tourism on (food) culture in West Germany.'


Seminar on Conditionality and Convergence

FRANK SCHIMMELFENNIG, Centre for Comparative and International Studies, Switzerland, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 24 January, in the European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road. All welcome.

Subject: 'EU promotion of democracy and human rights in Eastern Europe.'


Seminar

SPYROS ECONOMIDES, LSE and JAMES KER LINDSAY, Kingston, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 28 January, in the European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road.

Subject: 'Kosovo: can there be a fair endgame?'

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Trinity College

Richard Hillary Memorial Lecture

HOWARD JACOBSON will deliver the Richard Hillary Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 3 March, in the Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, the St Cross Building. All welcome.

Subject: 'Forget plot, it's the thought that counts: the novelist as moral mentor.'

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Wolfson College

Haldane Lecture

LORD REES, President of the Royal Society, Astronomer Royal, and Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, Cambridge, will deliver the Haldane Lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 28 February, in the Hall, Wolfson College. Tickets are not required for admission. Enquiries may be directed to college.sec@wolfson.ox.ac.uk.

Subject: 'Scientific challenges in the twenty-first century: a cosmic perspective.'

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REGENT'S PARK COLLEGE

Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture

Project on Religion and Public Policy

The following public lectures will be given at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in Regent's Park College.

PROFESSOR TARIQ RAMADAN
29 Jan.: 'Religion and public policy: a Muslim perspective.'

PROFESSOR SIR ADAM ROBERTS
5 Feb.: 'The roles of religion in resistance movements.'

PROFESSOR PAUL WELLER, Derby
12 Feb.: 'Terror, religious radicalism, religious freedom and public policy in the UK.'

DR OLIN ROBISON
19 Feb.: 'Religion and international affairs.'

BARONESS USHA PRASHAR, Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission
26 Feb.: 'Challenges: public policy and religion.'

PAUL WOOLLEY, Theos
4 Mar.: 'Religion and public conversation.'

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