University of Oxford


Oxford University Gazette, 5 February 2009: Lectures

Hensley Henson Lectures

PROFESSOR JOHN RICHES, Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Biblical Criticism, University of Glasgow, will deliver four Hensley Henson Lectures at 5 p.m. on the following days in the Examination Schools.

Wed. 4 Mar.: 'What are "pre-modern" readings of the Bible?'

Thur. 5 Mar.: 'The literary history of Galatians.'

Wed. 11 Mar.: 'The literal meaning of the Bible and the search for "what Paul wanted".'

Thur. 12 Mar.: 'Being found by the Bible: Coleridge and biblical inspiration.'

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Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Computing Laboratory

RAGHU RAMAKRISHNAN, Chief Scientist for Audience and Cloud Computing, Yahoo! Research, will lecture at 3 p.m. on Friday, 13 February, in Room 478, Computing Laboratory/E-Science Research Centre, Keble Road and Parks Road.

Convener: Professor M. Benedikt.

Subject: 'Semantics on the Web: how do we get there?'

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Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences, Social Sciences

Darwin's lost world: the early history of life and the planet

The following lectures will be given at 2 p.m. on Thursdays in the Lecture Theatre, Department of Earth Sciences. The meetings will end with an open discussion.

Conveners: Professor Lynn Margulis, Professor Martin Brasier and Kathy Willis.


19 Feb.: Towards a habitable planet

TIM LENTON, East Anglia: 'Gaia and the early biosphere.'

BOB WILLIAMS: 'Later evolution and the chemical elements.'

DAVID CATLING, Bristol: 'Oxygen and evolution.'


26 Feb.: Origins of the eukaryote cell

LYNN MARGULIS: 'Origins of the eukaryote cell.'

STEPHEN BELL: 'Archaea and the origins of eukaryotes.'


5 Mar.: Life at four billion revisited

PROFESSOR A.N. HALLIDAY: 'The early solar system.'


12 Mar.: Complexity in multicellular lineages

LIAM DOLAN, John Innes Centre: 'On the origin of rooting.'

PETER HOLLAND: 'Genes, genomes and animal complexity.'

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Medical Sciences

Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research: The signalling pathways and genetics of cancer

The following seminars will be given at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays in the Ludwig/Jenner Seminar Room, Lower Ground Floor, Old Road Campus Research Building. The series will continue in Trinity Term.

Convener: Dr Gareth Bond.

DR ELIZABETH PATTON, Edinburgh
11 Feb.: To be announced.

DR GRANT STEWART, Birmingham
11 Mar.: To be announced.

DR DAVID ADAMS, Sanger Institute, Cambridge
15 Apr.: 'Cancer gene discovery in the mouse.'

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Medieval and Modern Languages

Sub-faculty of Russian and Other Slavonic Languages: Taylorian Special Lecture

PROFESSOR BORIS GASPAROV, Columbia, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 26 February, in the Main Hall, the Taylor Institution. The lecture will be followed by a reception.

Convener: Professor Andrei Zorin.

Subject: 'The Silver Age heritage and the rise of Stalinism: Prokofiev in search for a new voice.'


Italian Studies

Seminars and lectures

The following events will be held as shown. Further details may be found at www.italianstudies.ox.ac.uk/events.

PROFESSOR R. BOSWORTH (chair)
Thur. 26 Feb., 5 p.m., Room 16, Taylor Institution: 'Fascisms'—discussion of The Oxford Book of Fascisms, edited by Professor Bosworth (OUP, 2009).

DR FABRIZIO SACCOMANNI
Mon. 2 Mar., 4.30 p.m., Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building: 'Managing international financial instability.' (Mellon–Sawyer Seminar)

PROFESSOR ROMANO PRODI
Wed. 4 Mar., 5 p.m., Saïd Business School: 'What does this financial crisis mean for Europe? Issues of governance, governments, and stability?' (Provisional title)

DR CARL LEVY, Goldsmiths
Tue. 10 Mar., 5 p.m., Lecture Room 1, Christ Church, 5 p.m.: 'Italy and its racisms.'

Workshop: Media and narrative representations of immigration in contemporary Italy

This workshop will be held on Friday, 27 February, 10 a.m.–6.30 p.m., in the Saïd Business School. Further details will be available shortly at www.italianstudies.ox.ac.uk/events.

Film-showings

The following films, in Italian with English subtitles, will be shown at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays in Lecture Room B, Worcester College.

17 Feb.: Io non ho paura (Salvatores, 2003)

3 Mar.: Aprile (Moretti, 1998)

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Philosophy

Gareth Evans Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR ELLIOTT SOBER, Wisconsin–Madison, will deliver the Gareth Evans Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 10 February, in the Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, the St Cross Building.

Subject: 'Parsimony arguments in science and philosophy.'

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Social Sciences

Lessons in Government seminars (amended notice)

Unless otherwise indicated, the following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in Lecture Room XI, Brasenose College.

This notice replaces previous announcements. The seminar by Rhodri Morgan, AM, will now be held in May, and the seminar by Mr Lubbock and Dr Stockley will be held on 5 March (in place of 27 February).

Conveners: Mr Tom Lubbock and Dr Andrew Stockley.

5 Feb.: PROFESSOR ANTHONY KING, University of Essex

Fri. 6 Feb.: PETER KELLNER, YouGov

12 Feb.: ANN ABRAHAM, Parliamentary and Health Ombudsman

19 Feb.: LORD BEST, President, Local Government Association

26 Feb.: MICHAEL HOWARD, MP, former Leader, Conservative Party

5 Mar.: MR LUBBOCK and DR STOCKLEY: 'The US elections: lessons from the small screen.'

Wed. 11 Mar., 11 a.m.: CHARLES CLARKE, MP, formerly Education Secretary and Home Secretary


Self-concept Enhancement and Learning Facilitation: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods Special Interest Group

The following seminars will be held at 12.45 p.m. on Mondays in Seminar Room J (computer laboratory), the Department of Education.

DR CHAU-KUANG CHEN, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee
9 Feb.: 'Survival analysis.'

DR SUSAN CONROY, Cambridge
2 Mar.: 'An investigation into the geography of artistic self-concept using correlation studies.'

EBRAHIM TALAE
9 Mar.: 'Children's home computer use and their cognitive and social/behavioural development in primary school.'


Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War

The following seminars will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays in Seminar Room G, the Manor Road Building. Further information can be found at http://ccw.politics.ox.ac.uk. Enquiries should be directed to Naomi King (e-mail: ccw@politics.ox.ac.uk).

DR TAMAR MEISELS
10 Feb.: 'Targeted killing.'

VICE-ADMIRAL PETER WILKINSON, Royal Navy
17 Feb.: 'Strategic personnel challenges facing the armed forces.'

SIR MICHAEL QUINLAN
24 Feb.: 'Thinking about nuclear weapons: principles, problems, prospects' (book-launch).

COMMANDER JEFF SHORT
3 Mar.: 'Recruiting and retention in the post- Cold War era: implications for the all-volunteer force.'

PAUL SCHULTE, LSE and Defence Academy
10 Mar.: 'Morality and war: public support and strategic patience in counter-insurgency campaigns.'

Campaigning and Generalship seminar

BRIG. PIERS HANKINSON, Deputy Head of CJ5 [Plans and Strategy] for General Petraeus, 2007–8, will give a seminar at 5.15 p.m. on Wednesday, 18 February, in the Wharton Room, All Souls College. The subject of the seminar will be announced later.

Further information can be found at http://ccw.politics.ox.ac.uk. Enquiries should be directed to Naomi King (e-mail: ccw@politics.ox.ac.uk).

Military History Seminars

The following seminars will be held at 5.15 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Wharton Room, All Souls College. Further information can be found at http://ccw.politics.ox.ac.uk. Enquiries should be directed to Naomi King (e-mail: ccw@politics.ox.ac.uk).

JAMES KITCHEN
25 Feb.: 'The last crusade? The impact of religious and crusading ideology on the Palestine Campaign, 1916–18.'

DR RAPHAËLLE BRANCHE, Paris
4 Mar.: 'Prisoners of war during the French–Algerian war.'

DR JAMES BEACH, Salford
11 Mar.: 'Haig and Charteris: intelligence myths and realities, 1916–18.'


Centre for Professional Service Firms: New organisational perspectives: design, networks, and practices

Unless otherwise indicated the following seminars will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursdays in the Andrew Cormack Seminar Room, the Saïd Business School. The series will continue in Trinity Term.

This notice replaces previous announcements. The seminar by Mehdi Boussebaa will take place on 12 February, and not, as previously announced, on 5 February.

MEHDI BOUSSEBAA
12 Feb., 3 p.m., Reception Room: 'Managing projects across national borders: the case of multinational professional service firms.'

ANDREW PETTIGREW, Bath
26 Feb.: 'Leading global professional service firms: preliminary thoughts for a research project.'

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Centre for Corporate Reputation, Saïd Business School

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in Andrew Cormack Seminar Room, the Saïd Business School. Enquiries may be directed to Emily Baker (e-mail: emily.baker@sbs.ox.ac.uk).

DR TIMOTHY LEUNIG, LSE
18 Feb.: 'The role of reputation in the development of labour markets.' (Provisional title)

DR JONATHAN SILBERSTEIN-LOEB
4 Mar.: 'The relationship between reputation and regulation.' (Provisional title)


Sociology Group seminars: Inequality, politics, religion, and moral attitudes: theoretical issues and empirical findings

Amended notice

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

This replaces the announcements in the Gazettes of 15 January and 22 January. Professor Louis Chauvel will speak in place of Dr Francesca Borgonovi on 11 February.

Conveners: Nan Dirk de Graaf and Kenneth Macdonald.

PROFESSOR LOUIS CHAUVEL, Sciences-Po, Paris
11 Feb.: 'Birth cohorts between hysteresis and resilience effects: social value of education and stratification in France and the US, 1970–2005.'

DR MAN YEE KAN
18 Feb.: 'Analysing social rhythms by optimal matching: working-week schedules of France 1998–9 and UK 2000-1.'

PROFESSOR ANTHONY HEATH
25 Feb.: 'Class dominance, male dominance, or individualisation? Class identity in Britain, 1965–2005.'

DR MICHELLE JACKSON
4 Mar.: 'The relative importance of primary and secondary effects in creating ethnic inequalities in educational attainment.'

PROFESSOR DAN OLSON, Purdue
11 Mar.: 'Why do small religious groups have more committed members?'

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Theology

Sacrifice and Modern Thought

PROFESSOR ROBERT PARKER will lecture in this series at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 5 February, in the Danson Room, Trinity College.

Convener: Dr Johannes Zachhuber.

Subject: 'Greek sacrifice: the big issues.'


Ian Ramsey Centre Conference: Religious responses to Darwinism, 1859–2009: commemorating the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

This conference will be held in St Anne's College, 15–18 July. Registration forms, online credit-card booking, and further information can be found at http://users.ox.ac.uk/~theo0038/Conferenceinfo/General.html. Enquiries may be directed to ian-ramsey-centre@theology.ox.ac.uk.

Contributed twenty-minute papers are invited for this conference. The closing date for submission of papers is 16 February. Details may be found at http://users.ox.ac.uk/~theo0038/Conferenceinfo/Callforpapers.htm.

Speakers at the conference (to be confirmed) will be: Professor Pietro Corsi, Professor Marwa Elshakry (Harvard), Professor John Haught (Georgetown), Professor David Livingstone (Queen's University, Belfast), Professor Ronald Numbers (Wisconsin), and Professor Jon Roberts (Boston University).

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Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity

PROFESSOR GUY STROUMSA, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 19 February, in the Danson Room, Trinity College. The event is funded through the generosity of Lewis Chester.

Subject: 'Sacrifice and martyrdom in the Roman Empire.'

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Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

The governance of climate change

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Mondays in the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Hayes House, 75 George Street.

Convener: Dr Chuks Okereke.

IAN CURTIS, Department for International Development
9 Feb.: 'Forging a partnership for global climate governance.'

DR SAM FANKHAUSER, LSE
16 Feb.: 'The UK Committee on Climate Change.'

PROFESSOR SIMON CANEY
23 Feb.: 'Global justice and climate governance.'

DR KEITH HYAMS, University of Exeter
2 Mar.: 'Just response to climate change: personal carbon allowances and the normal functioning approach.'

PROFESSOR PETER NEWELL, East Anglia
9 Mar.: 'Governing clean development.'


Environmental Law Discussion Group

Except where otherwise noted, the following seminars, arranged in conjunction with the Faculty of Law, will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Hayes House, 75 George Street.

Convener: Eloise Scotford.

SANJA BOGOJEVIC
10 Feb.: 'Legal challenges in designing emissions trading schemes.'

PROFESSOR DAN BODANSKY, University of Georgia
Fri. 27 Feb.: 'Constitutionalism and legitimacy in international environmental law.'

PROFESSOR MARIA LEE, UCL
3 Mar.: 'Legal controversies in decision- making on genetically modified organisms.'

DAVID FORSDICK, barrister, Landmark Chambers
10 Mar.: 'Renewable energy developments and disputes over wind farms: science and the law.'


The Europaeum

Europaeum Lecture

PROFESSOR VERA GOWLLAND-DEBBAS, Geneva, will deliver the Europaeum Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 12 February, in the Old Library, All Souls College. All welcome. The lecture will be followed by a reception.

The meeting will chaired by Professor Vaughan Lowe, and the discussant will be Professor Avi Shlaim.

Subject: 'Middle East crises and the challenges for international law.'

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Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

A.N. Stencl Lecture in Yiddish Studies

DR KERSTIN HOGE will deliver the A.N. Stencl Lecture in Yiddish Studies at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 19 February, in the Taylor Institution.

Subject: 'Objects of desire: on the role of non-Jewish languages in Sholem Aleichem's Mayses far yidishe kinder.'

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Taylor Institution Library

Portuguese and French event: readings and book launch

DR ANA CLAUDIA SURIANI DA SILVA, Birmingham, and DR AQUILES ALENCAR BRAYNER, British Library, will discuss a new edition of Queda que as mulheres tem para os tolos, by Machado de Assis, one of Brazil's greatest writers (a translation of Victor Hénaux's De l'amour des femmes pour les sots), at 5 p.m. on Monday, 16 February, in Room 2, the Taylor Institution. The event will be in English, with readings in Portuguese and French.

Enquiries should be directed to Liz Baird (e-mail: liz.baird@taylib.ox.ac.uk).

A display of books by and about Machado de Assis will continue in the library until 30 March (open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m).

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All Souls College

Lee Lecture in Political Science and Government

PROFESSOR ALAIN DESROSIÈRES, French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies, will deliver the Lee Lecture in Political Science and Government at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 3 March, in the Old Library, All Souls College.

Subject: 'Statistics and governmentality: an historical approach.'


The experience of beauty in the Middle Ages

PROFESSOR MARY CARRUTHERS, Remarque Professor of Literature, New York University, will continue her series of seminars at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in the Wharton Room, All Souls College. The first seminar in the series, on 'Sensation and sense', took place on 22 January.

5 Feb.: 'Hot tears and cold reason.'

19 Feb.: 'The bitter and the sweet.'

5 Mar.: 'Beauty is skin-deep and brightly coloured.'

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Balliol College

Oliver Smithies Lectures

PROFESSOR IAN STOREY, Professor of Classics, Trent University, Ontario, will give two Oliver Smithies Lectures at 5 p.m. on Fridays in the Classics Centre.

6 Feb.: 'On looking (again) into Kratinos' Dionysalexandros.' What happens when Paris cannot be found for the (in)famous Judgement of Paris, and the only substitue that can be found is the comic god, Dionysos? In 1904 a papyrus from Oxyrhynchus yielded most of the plot-summary of this lost comedy by Kratinos (career: 454–423 bc).

20 Feb.: 'The play before the play: when did a Greek play "begin"?'

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Brasenose College

Tanner Lectures on Human Values

Meeting the challenges of the twenty-first century

The Tanner Lectures on Human Values will be held on Friday, 20 February, and Saturday, 21 February, in the Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre, the Saïd Business School.

Tickets will be required for admission: see www.bnc500.co.uk/bnc500/events.html. Registration is free. Enquiries may be directed to Pat Spight (e- mail: pat.spight@bnc.ox.ac.uk).


PROFESSOR ROBIN WEISS, University College London, PROFESSOR JANE CARDOSA, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, and PROFESSOR EDDIE HOLMES, Penn State
Fri., 9.30 a.m.–1 p.m.: 'The challenge of emerging infection.'


LT.-COL. JOHN NAGL, Center for a New American Security, TANVIR KHAN, Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad, LEO DOCHERTY, author of Desert of Death and former serving officer in Iraq and Helmand, and PADDY DOCHERTY, author of The Khyber Pass
Fri., 2–5.30 p.m.: 'Terrorism and security: what have we learned from Afghanistan and Iraq?'


PROFESSOR VERNON BOGDANOR, SIR NICOLAS BRATZA, UK Judge on the European Court of Human Rights, KATE ALLEN, Director of Amnesty International UK, SIR IAN KENNEDY, Chairman of the Healthcare Commission, and PROFESSOR JULIAN SAVULESCU
Sat., 9.30 a.m.–1 p.m.: 'Human rights in the twenty-first century.'


GEORGE MONBIOT, Guardian columnist, SIR DAVID KING, PROFESSOR DIETER HELM, and PROFESSOR ROBERT WATSON, Chief Scientific Adviser, DEFRA (Chair: David Shukman, Environment and Science Correspondent, BBC News)
Sat., 2–5.30 p.m.: 'Environmental challenges in a warming world.'

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Keble College

DR SOPHIE RATCLIFFE, British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Keble College, will lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Friday, 20 February, in the Pusey Room, Keble College. Dr Ratcliffe's first book, On Sympathy, was published by Oxford University Press in 2008.

Subject: 'A history of tears: some readings of fictional sympathy.'

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Magdalen College

Towards a new constitutional settlement?

Unless otherwise indicated the following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in the Summer Common Room, Magdalen College. The Chatham House Rule will apply.

Conveners: Sir Michael Wheeler-Booth and Dr Stewart Wood.

THE RT HON. BARONESS HAYMAN, Speaker
5 Feb.: 'The Speakership in the Lords, where the House is self-regulatory.'

CHRIS HUHNE, MP
12 Feb., Auditorium: 'Terrorism and the conflict with liberty.'

SIR JOHN SCARLETT
5 Mar.: 'Why the accountability of the security services has increased, is increasing, and seems likely to increase.'

SIR ROGER SANDS, PROFESSOR VERNON BOGDANOR, and PROFESSOR IAIN MACLEAN (speakers subject to confirmation)
Date to be announced: 'Constitutional and parliamentary modernisation, aspirations and reality.'

PETER OBORNE, SIR ROGER SANDS, SIR ALAN BUDD, and SIR MICHAEL SCHOLAR
Date to be announced: 'Politicians and non-political public servants: has the relationship broken down?'

THE RT. HON. WILLIAM HAGUE, MP
Date and subject to be announced.

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St Catherine's College

Katritzky Lecture

SIR JOHN MEURIG THOMAS will deliver the inaugural Katritzky Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 23 February, in the Lecture Theatre, the Department of Inorganic Chemistry.

Subject: 'The genius of Michael Faraday.'

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Somerville College

Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture

PAMELA J. BJORKMAN, California Institute of Technology, will deliver the Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture at 6.30 p.m. (reception at 6 p.m) on Wednesday, 11 March, in the University Museum Lecture Theatre. The lecture is arranged in conjunction with the Association for Women in Science and Engineering. All are welcome.

Subject: 'Your mother's antibodies: how you get them and how we might improve them to combat HIV.'

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Wolfson College

Lectures

COLIN BLANE, formerly East Africa correspondent, BBC, will lecture at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 11 February, in the Haldane Room, Wolfson College.

Subject: 'Reporting Africa: where journalism fails'—why some stories matter and others are ignored.


PROFESSOR JAMES CRABBE, Supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College, and Executive Dean and Professor at the University of Bedfordshire, will lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 12 February, in the Buttery, Wolfson College.

Subject: 'Climate change and coral reefs: moving from science to conservation actions.'


Wolfson Haldane Lecture

PROFESSOR V.S. RAMACHANDRAN, Director, Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego, will deliver the annual Wolfson Haldane Lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 5 March, in the Hall, Wolfson College. The lecture is open to the public.

Subject: 'Molecules to mind: the self and others in neurology.'

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Blackfriars

Aquinas Lecture

THE REVD DR WOJCIECH GIERTYCH, OP, will deliver the Aquinas Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 6 February, in Blackfriars.

Subject: 'St Thomas's understanding of human freedom.'

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St Benet's Hall

SIR JAMES CRAIG, formerly British Ambassador to Syria and Saudi Arabia, will give an informal talk at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday, 12 February, in St Benet's Hall, 12 St Giles'. All members of the University are welcome, especially undergraduates.

Enquiries may be directed to Wendy Bunning (telephone: Oxford (2)80556, e-mail: wendy.bunning@stb.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: 'The East is a career.'

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