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Oxford University Gazette, 7 May 2009: Lectures

Inaugural Lectures

Professor of Social Anthropology

PROFESSOR DAVID GELLNER will deliver his Inaugural Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 15 May, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: 'The awkward social science? Anthropology on schools, elections, and revolution in Nepal.'


Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies

PROFESSOR VESNA WALLACE will deliver her Inaugural Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 18 May, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: 'When a Buddha becomes a Mongol.'


Montague Burton Professor of International Relations

PROFESSOR ANDREW HURRELL will deliver his Inaugural Lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 19 May, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: 'Provincialising Westphalia: the study of global international society in the twenty-first century.'


Michael Davys Professor of Neuroscience

PROFESSOR JONATHAN FLINT will deliver his Inaugural Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 18 June, in the Lecture Theatre, the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre.

Subject: 'The genetic basis of depression.'

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Cherwell–Simon Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR SIR MICHAEL BERRY, University of Bristol, will deliver the Cherwell–Simon Memorial Lecture at 4.30 p.m. on Friday, 12 June, in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, the Clarendon Laboratory.

Subject: 'Exuberant interference.'

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Hussey Lectures on the Church and the Arts

KIP GRESHAM, master printer, publisher and artist, will deliver the next Hussey Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 11 May, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: 'Desperately trying to control the universe.'

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Myres Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR OLAF KAPER, Leiden, will deliver the twenty-fifth Myres Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 26 May, in the McGregor-Matthews Room, New College.

Subject: 'Combining styles in the arts of Roman Egypt: the temple decorations at Kellis as a reflection of a changing world.'

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Halley Lecture

PROFESSOR R. PIERREHUMBERT, Chicago, will deliver the Halley Lecture at 4.30 p.m. on Thursday, 4 June, in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory.

Subject: 'How rare is the Earth? Habitability in the Universe reconsidered.'

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Zaharoff Lecture

ANTOINE COMPAGNON, Collège de France and Columbia, will deliver the Zaharoff Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 4 June, in the Main Hall, Taylor Institution.

Convener: Professor Michael Sheringham.

Subject: 'Raconter avec des photos.'

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Clarendon Lectures in Management Studies

In search of best practice: enduring ideas in strategy, innovation, and technology management

PROFESSOR MICHAEL A. CUSUMANO, Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management, will deliver the Clarendon Lectures in Management Studies at 5.30 p.m. on the following days in the Saïd Business School. Enquiries may be directed to Deborah Lisburne (e-mail: deborah.lisburne@sbs.ox.ac.uk), and further information about the speaker and the lectures is available at www.sbs.oxford.edu/events.

Mon. 11 May: 'In search of best practice: enduring ideas in strategy, innovation, and technology management.'

Tue. 12 May: 'Ideas of firm agility: capabilities, "pull systems" ;, scope economies, and flexibility.'

Wed. 13 May: 'Ideas on broader views of the product firm: platforms and services.'

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Classics

The following lectures will be given at 5 p.m. in the Classics Centre.

PROFESSOR ALESSANDRO SCHIESARO, La Sapienza, Rome
Thur. 7 May: 'Lucretian metamorphoses.' (Don Fowler Lecture)

PROFESSOR CYNTHIA SHELMERDINE, Texas at Austin
14 May: 'Mycenean kings and commoners.' (Organised by the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents and the Bronze Age Aegean Scripts Seminar)

ANGELOS MATTHAIOU, Greek Epigraphic Society
Wed. 27 May: 'The Athenian Empire on stone revisited.' (Lewis Lecture)

PROFESSOR SUZANNE SAÏD, Columbia
Thur. 11 June: 'Myth in historiography in the early empire: Diodorus, Strabo, and Diionysius of Halicarnassus.' (Gaisford Lecture)

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History

Lecture sponsored by the British Society for Renaissance Studies

PROFESSOR BARRY IFE, Principal, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 19 May, in the Auditorium, St John's College.

Convener: Dr David Rundle.

Subject: 'Reading, writing, and travelling in the world of Columbus.'


Department of the History of Art (i): Core Research Seminar

The following seminars will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Lecture Theatre, the Department of the History of Art, Littlegate House, St Ebbe's.

Conveners: Professor C. Clunas and Mr N. Flis.

DR MARIKO LEINO
12 May: 'The relationship between Italian Renaissance plaquettes and Lombard architectural monuments.'

DR GERVASE ROSSER and MS AIMEE BLACKLEDGE
19 May: 'Welcome to your paintings: from UK public collections to the Web.'

MS VERITY WILSON
26 May: 'Art history, dress history, and dressing-up: disguise and fancy dress, 1880–1950.'

Department of the History of Art (ii): Art History Research Seminar

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Lecture Theatre, the Department of the History of Art, Littlegate House, St Ebbe's.

Conveners: Dr M. Leino, Oxford Brookes, Dr C. Whistler, and Dr A. Wright.

DR SIMON BAKER, Nottingham
13 May: 'The ruin of ruins: photography, fantasy, and the aftermath of the Great War.'

DR FELICITY HARLEY, Melbourne
27 May: 'Iconography of the Crucifixion: origins and development in late antiquity.'

KATHARINE EUSTACE, editor, The Sculpture Journal
10 June: 'Hew Lorimer (1907–93): a sculptor in context.'


Oxford Architectural History Seminar

The following seminars will be held at 5.30 p.m. on Mondays in the New Seminar Room, St John's College.

Conveners: Geoffrey Tyack and William Whyte.

RICHARD HEWLINGS, English Heritage
11 May: 'Chiswick House: recent historiography.'

JAMES CAMPBELL, Cambridge
18 May: 'Wren and Freemasonry: separating myth from fact.'

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Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Mathematical Institute

PROFESSOR STEVEN N. EVANS, California at Berkeley, will lecture at a colloquium to be held on Friday, 8 May, in the Mathematical Institute. Enquiries may be directed to Petrona Winton (e-mail: winton@maths.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: 'Eigenvalues of large random trees.'


Mathematical Geoscience Seminars

The following seminars will be held at 2.30 p.m. on Fridays in Seminar Room 3, Dartington House.

DR JIM MCELWAINE, Cambridge
8 May: 'Washboard Road: the dynamics of granular ripples.'

DR ANDY ELLIS
22 May: 'Mathematical modelling of sand dune formation.'

PROFESSOR JOHN BRINDLEY, Leeds
5 June: 'Calanus, cod, and climate—large impacts of small creatures.'


Oxford Strachey Lectures in Computer Science

PROFESSOR EDMUND CLARKE, FORE Systems University Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will lecture at 4.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 12 May, in Lecture Theatre B, the Computing Laboratory.

Subject: 'Model checking: my twenty-seven-year quest to overcome the state explosion problem.'


Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR JOHN BEDDINGTON, Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Government Office for Science, will deliver the Lubbock Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 18 June, in Lecture Rooms 1 and 2, Thom Building, Department of Engineering Science. Those wishing to attend are asked to e-mail head@eng.ox.ac.uk.

Subject: 'Science, engineering and technological challenges for the twenty-first century.'


Soft matter, biomaterials, and interfaces

Unless otherwise indicated the following seminars will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in the John Rowlinson Seminar Room, the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory.

Convener: Dr D. Aarts.

PROFESSOR KEITH GUBBINS, North Carolina State University
Wed. 13 May: 'Surface nanostructure, diffusion, and catalysis: the role of confinement and surface chemistry.'

PROFESSOR DANIEL BONN, Amsterdam
19 May: To be announced.

PROFESSOR FRANK SCHREIBER, Tübingen
2 June: 'Interactions, phase behaviour, and dynamics of proteins controlled by charges.'

PROFESSOR MARIO NICODEMI, Warwick
9 June: 'Symmetry breaking in X chromosome inactivation.'

DR RIK WENSINK, Imperial College, London
16 June: 'Onsager and van der Waals with a twist; generalised perturbation theory for cholesterics.'


Hinshelwood Lectures: Organisation and order in soft matter systems (amended notice)

PROFESSOR PAUL CHAIKIN, New York University, will continue his series of Hinshelwood Lectures at 11.15 a.m. in the Main Lecture Theatre, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory. The lectures are sponsored by AkzoNobel.

This notice replaces previous announcements. The lecture on 'Topological defects and order on flat and curved surfaces', originally announced for 14 May, was delivered on 6 May.

Thur. 7 May: 'Charged colloids and classical Wigner crystals.'

Tue. 26 May: 'Photonic quasi-crystals.'

Thur. 28 May: ' "Random organisation"—reversibility and irreversibility at low Reynolds number.'

Mon. 1 June: 'Fingerprints and long-range order in 2D: nanolithography with diblock copolymers.'

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Medical Sciences

Gray Institute for Radiation Oncology and Biology: Special Interest Seminar

PROFESSOR SIR BRUCE PONDER, Cambridge, will hold a seminar at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, 12 May, in the Richard Doll Lecture Theatre, the Old Road Research Campus.

Subject: 'Common genetic variants and cancer.'


Oxford Developmental Biology Seminar

The following papers will be presented at a meeting to be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 27 May, in the EPA Seminar Room, the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology. The seminar is supported by the J.W. Jenkinson Memorial Fund.

Convener: Liz Robertson.

DR JENNY NICHOLS, Cambridge: 'Establishing pluripotency in the early embryo.'

ITA COSTELLO: 'Smad4 transcriptional control in ES cells and early development.'

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Medieval and Modern Languages

Ilchester Lecture

MICHAEL BOYD, Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, will be speaking in conversation with Dr Julie Curtis at 5 p.m. on Friday, 8 May, in the Main Hall of the Taylor Institution.

Subject: 'Revolutions and the Russian theatre.'


Conference: Italy as a migration crossroad

This conference will be held on Friday, 15 May, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., in the Doctorow Hall, St Edmund Hall. A full programme and booking information may be found at www.italianstudies.ox.ac.uk/news/items/migration_crossroad_conference/.


Italian Studies: lectures

The following lectures will be given at 5 p.m. on the days shown.

DR ORIANA BANDIERA, LSE
Wed. 20 May, Seminar Room B, Saïd Business School: 'How do Italian CEOs spend their time? Evidence from top Italian firms.'

DR ALESSANDRO ROSELLI and DR CARLO GOLA, Banca d'Italia
Wed. 3 June, Room 3, Taylor Institution: 'The UK banking system: a view from Italy.'

PROFESSOR NICOLA TRANFAGLIA, Turin
Tue. 9 June, Room 2, Taylor Institution: 'Il populismo autoritario.'


Taylor Special Lecture, associated with series 'From "Stasiland" to "Ostalgie": remembering the GDR, twenty years on'

PROFESSOR JAN-WERNER MÜLLER, Princeton, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 21 May, in Room 2, the Taylor Institution. The lecture, which is open to those without German, is associated with the seminar series 'From "Stasiland" to "Ostalgie": remembering the GDR, twenty years on'. It will be followed by a reception.

Convener: Professor K.J. Leeder.

Subject: 'Just another Vergangenheitsbewältigung? Coming to terms with the GDR past.'


Sub-faculty of Spanish: Taylor Special Lecture

PROFESSOR PEDRO MANUEL CÁTEDRA, Universidad de Salamanca (Spanish), will lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 15 May, in Room 2, the Taylor Institution.

Convener: Dr Juan Carlos Conde.

Subject: 'Uso y usos de la literatura en la Edad Media española.'

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Social Sciences

Visiting Astor Lecture

PROFESSOR THOMAS RAWSKI, Professor of Economics and History, University of Pittsburgh, will deliver an Astor Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 15 May, in the Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College. Further information may be found at www.chinacentre.ox.ac.uk.

Subject: 'China's economy: past, present, and future.'


African Studies Annual Lecture

MAMADOU DIOUF, Columbia, will deliver the African Studies Annual Lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 26 May, in the Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College. Further African Studies events can be found at www.africanstudies.ox.ac.uk/.

Subject: 'Islam, the "Originaries" and the making of a colonial city: St Louis of Senegal.'


Centre for Criminology: Roger Hood Lecture

PROFESSOR JONATHON SIMON, California at Berkeley, will deliver the Roger Hood Annual Public Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 21 May, in the Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, the St Cross Building. A follow-up seminar will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, 22 May, in the Wharton Room at All Souls.

Subject: 'No rationale for the law of homicide: how governing through crime has devolved the law of homicide and locked in hyper-punishment.'


Centre for International Studies and Extra-legal Governance Institute

DR PETER ANDREAS, Brown University, will lecture at 1 p.m. on Friday, 15 May, in Seminar Room A, the Manor Road Building. Enquiries may be directed to liz.davidbarrett@sociology.ox.ac.uk .

Conveners: Richard Caplan and Federico Varese.

Subject: 'Blue helmets and black markets: the business of survival in the siege of Sarajevo.'


Oxford Centre for the Study of Inequality and Democracy

Seminars

Unless otherwise indicated the following seminars will be held at 1 p.m. on Fridays in Seminar Room B, the Manor Road Building.

ADEEL MALIK
15 May: 'Finance, politics, and inequality—an empirical investigation.'

NIC CHEESEMAN
22 May: 'How Africans vote: inequality, class, and the rise of populism.'

EVAN LIEBERMAN, Princeton
29 May, 2 p.m., Seminar Room A: 'Institutionalised ethnicity and civil war: a medium-N analysis.'


Workshops and other meetings

Unless otherwise indicated the following meetings will be held in the Department of Politics and International Relations, the Manor Road Building.

Details of a joint seminar on Pakistan, to be organised with the Centre for Islamic Studies, will be announced later.

Fri. 8 May, 10 a.m.–8.30 p.m., and Sat. 9 May, 9 a.m.–1.30 p.m.: 'Inequality and institutions in industrialised democracies.'

Fri. 8 May, 4–7 p.m. (St John's), and Sat. 9 May, 9 a.m.–3.45 p.m. (Manor Road Building): 'The role of patronage in Portuguese and Lusophone politics.'

Mon. 11 May, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.: 'The democratisation of Portugal, 1961–82: the thirty-fifth anniversary of 25 April 1974.'

Mon. 18 May, 2–3.30 p.m., Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building: 'India's general election results: what they mean for India and beyond.'


Eastern medicines and religions: Chinese nurturing life practices

The following seminars will be given at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Pauling Centre, 58 Banbury Road.

Conveners: Arielle Rittersmith, Tara Kelly, and Elisabeth Hsu.

PROFESSOR TERRY KLEEMAN, Colorado
13 May: 'Ritual, merit, and apotheosis among the Red-head Daoist priests of northern Taiwan.'

ZHU GUANGLI, Nanjing
20 May: 'An introduction to the history and practice of taijiquan.'

MRS PAULA HUNG
27 May: 'Union of heaven and human: the infinite goal of inner alchemy.'


Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology

PROFESSOR PHYLLIS LEE, Stirling, will lecture at 4 p.m. on Monday, 18 May, in the Lecture Room, 64 Banbury Road.

Subject: 'Elephant sociality and behaviour: flexible solutions to the problems of group life.'


Oxford forum on China and the world economy (amended notice)

The following forum, organised by the Oxford Institute for Global Economic Development and the Department of International Development, will be held on Monday, 18 May, in the Lecture Theatre, the Department of Economics.

This notice replaces previous announcements.

SIR TONY ATKINSON and XIAOLAN FU
2 p.m.: Welcome.


Session 1: China and the world economy. Chair: Tony Venables

GANG FAN, National Economic Research Institute 2.10 p.m.: 'China's capacity of managing impacts of global crisis and potentials for further growth.'

WILL MARTIN, World Bank 2.45 p.m.: 'The implications of China's and India's growth for the rest of the world.'

ADRIAN WOOD and JÖRG MAYER, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development3.20 p.m.: 'Has China de-industrialised other developing countries?'


Session 2: International trade and investment. Chair: Valpy FitzGerald

PETER BUCKLEY, Leeds 4.15 p.m.: 'Chinese outward foreign direct investment: determinants, policy and impact.'

XIAOLAN FU and RAPHIE KAPLINSKY, Open University 4.50 p.m.: 'China's exports and the evolution of global manufactures prices.'

JOHN KNIGHT and JOHN TOYE5.25 p.m.: Panel discussion: 'China and development in Africa.'


Oxford Centre for Family Law and Policy Seminar

PROFESSOR CAROL SANGER, Columbia, will hold a seminar at 12 noon on Friday, 15 May, in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, 32 Wellington Square.

Convener: Mavis Maclean.

Subject: 'Not pictured: abortion and the visual construction of loss.'


Oxford Transitional Justice Research

Unless otherwise indicated the following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in Seminar Room D, the Manor Road Building. Enquiries may be directed to Dr Phil Clark (e-mail: philip.clark@csls.ox.ac.uk).

Conveners: Dr Phil Clark and Briony Jones.

JOHN BOND, former secretary of the National Sorry Day Committee
12 May: 'Australia's Sorry Day and journey of healing.'

DENISE DUNOVANT, South Carolina
19 May: ' "Life was good in Atyak": war and urban displacement in northern Uganda.'

YASMIN SOOKA, former Commissioner, South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Mon. 25 May: 'The contributions and challenges of truth commissions.'

DON FERENCZ, Planethood Foundation
2 June: 'The crime of agression and the International Criminal Court: an insider's view.'

RAJESH VENUGOPAL
9 June: 'International engagement and the collapse of the liberal peace-building agenda in Sri Lanka, 2001–9.'

JENNIFER ROBINSON
16 June: 'Transitional "justice" in East Timor and post-Suharto Indondesia.'


Oxford Network for Social Inequality Research

The following seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in the Manor Road Building.

Convener: Dr Tak Wing Chan.

PROFESSOR WOUT ULTEE, Nijmegen
7 May: 'Parent–child resemblance in sport, the effect of language distance on migrant reading. Rational choice and evolutionism and sociology's research.'

DR WENDY SIGLE-RUSHTON, LSE
21 May: 'Family disruption and children's educational outcome in Norway.'

PROFESSOR THOMAS DIPETRE, Columbia
28 May: 'Segregation in social networks based on acquaintanceship and trust.'

PROFESSOR KIM WEEDEN, Cornell
4 June: 'The three worlds of inequality.'

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Social Sciences, History

Hicks Lecture in Economic History

PROFESSOR PATRICK O'BRIEN, Professor of Global Economic History, London School of Economics, will deliver the Hicks Lecture in Economic History at 5 p.m. on Friday, 22 May, in the Old Library, All Souls College.

Subject: 'An architectural blueprint for the fiscal history of an exceptionally efficient fiscal state: Britain and its European rivals, 1642–1815.'

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Theology

McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life

Justice: rights and wrongs

This colloquium on Nicholas Wolstertorff's book will be held from 4 p.m. on Thursday, 21 May, until 1 p.m. on Friday, 22 May, in Christ Church. The participants will include PROFESSOR NICHOLAS WOLSTERTORFF Yale, Virginia, ONORA O'NEILL, President, British Academy, ROGER CRISP, JULIAN RIVERS, Bristol, and TIMOTHY ENDICOTT. Attendance is strictly by prior registration. Registration forms may be obtained from the McDonald Centre Administrator, c/o Biggar, South-west Lodgings, Christ Church, Oxford OX1 1DP (e-mail: mcdonaldcentre@theology@ox.ac.uk).

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Rothermere American Institute

Annual postgraduate multidisciplinary conference:
Richard Nixon and the making of modern America

This conference will be held on Monday, 11 May, in the Rothermere American Institute. The conference will be introduced by Godfrey Hodgson, and the keynote lecture will be given by Professor David Greenberg, Rutgers University. Further information, including registration details, can be found on the conference website, www.nixonconference.net.

The conference panels, and the name of the introducing speaker, are given below.

Convener: Ian Hart.

DR ROBERT MASON, Edinburgh: 'Explaining Nixon's rise to power.'

PROFESSOR MARGARET MACMILLAN: 'America at home and abroad during the Nixon Administration.'

PROFESSOR IWAN MORGAN, London: 'Assessing Nixon's legacy.'

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Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity

The following lectures will be given at 5 p.m. on the days shown. The lectures are funded by Lewis Chester.

ISAIAH GAFNI, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Mon. 18 May, Rainolds Room, Corpus Christi: 'Jews and Judaism in late antiquity: can texts (still) tell the tale?'

ROBERT BAGNALL, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York
Thur. 21 May, Danson Room, Trinity: 'Trimithis: a late antique city in an Egyptian oasis.' (In conjunction with the 'After Rome' seminar)

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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, School of Geography and the Environment, Dyson Perrins Building.

Convener: Dr Peter Ditchfield.

ZENA KAMASH
14 May: 'The ghosts of landscapes past, present, and future.'

PETER MITCHELL
4 June: 'What's new? Two decades of hunter-gatherer archaeology in Lesotho.'

MATTHEW POPE, University College London
11 June: 'Between the cracks: the Early Upper Palaeolithic site of Beedings.'

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Ashmolean Museum

Roger Moorey Memorial Lecture

DR JACK GREEN will deliver the Roger Moorey Memorial Lecture at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday, 30 May, in the Auditorium, St John's College. Entry is free. Contact to book a place: antiquities@ashmus.ox.ac.uk or Oxford (2)78020.

Subject: 'Past, present, future. The ancient Near East at the Ashmolean.'

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Saïd Business School

Book-launch: New Directions in Surveillance and Privacy

The Institute for Science, Innovation and Society will present a new book by Dan Neyland and Ben Goold, entitled New Directions in Surveillance and Privacy (Willan Publishing, 2009), at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 20 May, in the Reception Room, the Saïd Business School. This follows the seminar series on 'Surveillance, identity and the future of privacy in the twenty-first century', jointly hosted by the Institute and the Centre for Criminology in Hilary Term 2008. Professor Charles Raab will deliver a paper on privacy and surveillance, to be followed by a discussion. The event will close with a reception.

Further information may be found on www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/insis/privacy.htm .

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European Humanities Research Centre

Astor Lecture

PROFESSOR LAURA ENGELSTEIN, Yale University, will deliver an Astor Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 4 June, in the McGregor Matthews Room, New College.

Convener: Professor Catriona Kelly.

Subject: 'Between art and icon: Aleksandr Ivanov and the politics of style.'

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Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

Lectures and readings

Unless otherwise stated, the following lectures and readings will be given in the Library, the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, 15 Magdalen Street.

PROFESSOR PATRICK OLIVELLE
Wed. Weeks 1–4, 11 a.m.: Readings in the Upanishads. (Shivdasani Lectures)
Mon. 25 May, 5 p.m., Lecture Room 1, Oriental Institute: 'Forming a canon: the literary and political history of Dharmasastra.' (Majewski Lecture)

PROFESSOR GAVIN FLOOD
Thur. Weeks 2–8, 10 a.m.: Readings in phenomenology.
Thur. Weeks 2–8, 11 a.m.: Readings in the Jayakha Samhita.

DR JAMES MALLINSON
Tue. 19 May, 2 p.m.: 'Siddhas, Munis, and Yogins but no Naths: the early history of Hathayoga.' (Wahlstrom Lecture)
Thur. 28 May, 2 p.m.: 'Earrings and horns: locating the first Naths.'

BJARNE WERNICKE OLESEN
Thur. 21 May, 2 p.m.: 'The origins and development of Shaktism.'

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Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

JEREMY HAYES, of BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight, JON UNGOED-THOMAS, Chief Reporter of the Sunday Times, and STEVE WOOD, Assistant Information Commissioner, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 20 May, in the Reuters Institute, 13 Norham Gardens. Enquiries may be directed to Kate Hanneford-Smith (e-mail: kate.hanneford-smith@politics.ox.ac.u k).

Subject: 'A shock to the system: journalism, government, and the Freedom of Information Act 2000.'

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Oxford University Library Services

WISER workshops

ROGER MILLS and LJILJA RISTIC will conduct a workshop on Friday, 8 May. Details may be found at www.ouls.ox.ac.uk/services/training/wiser/trinity2009/.

Subject: 'Managing your references.'

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Maison Française

Evil and suffering in the Durkheimian mode

This study-day will be held on Saturday, 9 May, 10.30 a.m.–4.30 p.m., in the Maison Française. The organiser is William Pickering, British Centre for Durkheimian Studies. Enquiries should be directed to the Maison (e-mail: maison@herald.ox.ac.uk).

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Refugee Studies Centre

Colson Lecture

PROFESSOR CAROLYN R. NORDSTROM, Professor of Anthropology, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Notre Dame, will deliver the Colson Lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 20 May, in the Auditorium, Magdalen College. Enquiries may be directed to Katherine Salahi (e-mail: katherine.salahi@qeh.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: 'Fractures and flows: Africa, Elizabeth Colson, and the current global meltdown.'

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Centre for Socio-legal Studies

Seminars (amended notice)

The following seminars will be held as shown in Seminar Room C, the Manor Road Building. Details of the seminar by Professor Tom Ginsburg differ from those previously published.

PROFESSOR RYAN GOODMAN, Harvard
Thur. 28 May, 4 p.m.: 'Socialising states: promoting human rights through international law.'

PROFESSOR TOM GINSBURG, Chicago
Wed. 3 June, 2 p.m.: 'The lifespan of written constitutions.'


General jurisprudence workshop (amended notice)

WILLIAM TWINING, Quain Professor of Jurisprudence emeritus, University College London, will present a special workshop from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. on Thursday, 4 June, in Seminar Room A, Manor Road Building. Aspects of Professor Twining's recent book will be discussed by Professor John Gardner, Professor Denis Galligan and Dr Fernanda Pirie. The time of the workshop differs from that previously announced.

Subject: 'General jurisprudence: understanding the law from a global perspective.'

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James Martin Twenty-first Century School

Distinguished Public Lecture

PROFESSOR LORD (NICHOLAS) STERN, I.G. Patel Professor of Economics and Government, London School of Economics, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 7 May, in the Sheldonian Theatre. The lecture is open to the public. Those wishing to attend should register (without charge) at www.21school.ox.ac.uk/registration. Further details are available at www.21school.ox.ac.uk/?redirect[eq]2 36 (e-mail: events@21school.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: 'A blueprint for a safer planet.'

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All Souls College

Chichele Lectures

The Chichele Lectures will be given at 5 p.m. on Fridays in the Old Library, All Souls College. The lectures are open to all members of the University.

DR ANTHONY GERAGHTY, York
29 May: 'Christopher Wren and the Restoration.'

DR SIMON GREEN, Leeds
5 June: 'John Sparrow's garland: All Souls in the 1950s.'

PROFESSOR COLIN KIDD, Glasgow
12 June: 'The Warren Commission and the dons.' 19 June: 'The Old-Soules Club: Mercurius and student unrest.'

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Balliol College

Leonard Stein Lectures

SIR MAX HASTINGS, FRSL, formerly editor of the Daily Telegraph and the Evening Standard, journalist and author, will give two Leonard Stein Lectures at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in the Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College.

7 May: 'The limits of force in the Middle East: Israel.'

14 May: 'The limits of force in the Middle East: Iraq and Afghanistan.'

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Keble College

Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lecture

THE REVD PROFESSOR ALISTER MCGRATH, Professor of Theology, Education and Ministry, King's College, London, will deliver the Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Friday, 15 May, in the chapel, Keble College.

Subject: 'Religious and scientific faith: the case of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species.'

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Kellogg College

Bynum Tudor Lecture

LORD PUTTNAM OF QUEENSGATE will deliver the Bynum Tudor Lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 13 May, in the Balfour Building, Kellogg College, 62 Banbury Road. Enquiries may be directed to Ana Pastega (e- mail: ana.pastega@kellogg.ox.ac.uk).

In his lecture Lord Puttnam will offer his personal views on how the world of education and learning will develop over the next ten years and beyond, especially given the pace of change driven by digital technologies. He will also reflect upon the impact of the recession and of climate change on the way in which we equip learners to deal with the future.

Subject: 'We're the people we've been waiting for.'

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Lincoln College

John Wesley Lecture

DR JEREMY GREGORY, Senior Lecturer in the History of Modern Christianity, University of Manchester, will deliver the John Wesley Lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 19 May, in the Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College.

Subject: 'John Wesley's context: "the long eighteenth century".'

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Oriel College

Oriel Creative Writing Society: annual reading event

PHILIP PULLMAN, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, will give a reading as part of the Oriel Creative Writing Society's annual reading event, at 5.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 12 May, in the Large Senior Common Room, Oriel College.

The event is free and open to all, but tickets are required. Tickets may be obtained by e-mailing to antonia.logue@oriel.ox.ac.uk.

Further information may be found at www.oriel.ox.ac.uk.

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St Antony's College

Lecture

PROFESSOR ARCHIE BROWN will lecture at 5.15 p.m. on Wednesday, 13 May, in the Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College. The meeting will be chaired by Professor Margaret MacMillan.

Subject: 'Why did Communism end when it did?'


Understanding the self: subjectivity and Russian thought in late imperial and early Soviet Russia

The following lectures will be given at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Dahrendorf Room, St Antony's College.

Conveners: Dr Stephanie Solywoda and Dr Rosamund Bartlett.

HELEN RAPPAPORT
12 May: 'Challenging orthodoxies on Lenin and the Romanovs: finding new ways of writing history.'

VERA TOLZ, Manchester
19 May: 'Post-colonial scholarship as a "descendant" of Russian orientology of the early twentieth century.'

ROSAMUND BARTLETT
26 May: 'Tolstoy's spiritual revolution: the excommunication and its repercussions.'

KATERINA LEVIDOU
2 June: 'The artist-genius in Petr Suvchinsky's Eurasianist philosophy of history: the case of Igor Stravinsky.'

STEPHANIE SOLYWODA
9 June: 'Unity as a foundation for epistemology: a Russian philosophical perspective on isolating personal experience in an interconnected universe.'

AVRIL PYMAN, Durham
16 June: 'Pavel Florensky: Russian Leonardo? Theologian of the Silver Age? Escapee from ancient Egypt with a crocodile at his tail? Problems of identity, perception, and self- perception.'


European Studies Centre

Unless otherwise indicated the following events will be held in the European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road.

PETER ANDREAS, Brown University
Fri. 15 May, Seminar Room A, DPIR, 1 p.m.: 'Blue helmets and black markets: the business of survival in the siege of Sarajevo.' (SEESOX Lecture)

BERNHARD VOEGEL, formerly Prime Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia
Tue. 19 May, Nissan Lecture Theatre, 5 p.m.: 'Germany's way to unification—are there lessons for the current crisis? An insider's perspective.' (Adenauer Lecture)

Various speakers
Wed. 20 May, all day: 'Environmental change and migration: insights from a case study approach.' (Basque Workshop)

ANGELOS GIANNOKOPOULOS, Konstanz, KONSTANTINOS MARAS, Konstanz, DANIEL SMILOV, Centre for Liberal Studies, DIRK TAENZLER, Konstanz, and SAPPHO XENAKIS, LSE
Thur. 21 May, 12.30 p.m.: 'Perceptions of corruption: comparative European perspectives.' (SEESOX panel discussion)

MARY KALDOR, LSE
Thur. 21 May, 5 p.m., Lecture Theatre, Manor Road Building: 'The New Wars controversy: where are we today?' (Seminar, in cooperation with ELAC, DPIR)

KYRIL DREZOV, Keele, and DIMITAR BECHEV
Tue. 26 May, 5 p.m.: book-launch: Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Macedonia, by Dimitar Bechev.

Various speakers
Thur. 28 May, time to be announced: 'European stability initiative: documentaries on the Balkans.' (SEESOX film and panel discussion)

LORD PATTEN OF BARNES and BENITA FERRERO-WALDNER, EU External Relations Commissioner
Tue. 2 June, 5 p.m.: 'The EU in a world of rising powers.' (Chancellor's Seminar)

KEREM OKTEM
Mon. 8 June, 2.15 p.m.: 'Europe's Muslim neighbourhoods—the German case.' (Launch of research project on Europe's Muslim neighbourhoods; presented and chaired by Timothy Garton Ash and Kalypso Nicolaïdis)

Various speakers
Mon. 15 June, Dahrendorf Room, 10 a.m.: 'The global financial crisis in south-east Europe'. (SEESOX Workshop; attendance by invitation only)

Various speakers
Thur. 18 June and Fri. 19 June: 'Agents of change in the Mediterranean.' (Ramses2 Mediterranean Conference, in cooperation with the Middle East Centre)

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St John's College

Founder's Lecture

PROFESSOR BRIAN DAVIES, King's College, London, will deliver the Founder's Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 14 May, in the Auditorium, St John's College. Admission is free. Further details may be obtained from alumni.office@sjc.ox.ac.uk.

Subject: 'Philosophical issues in science and mathematics.'

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Wolfson College

Wolfson College Lectures

Lives and works

The Wolfson College Lectures will be given at 6 p.m. on Thursdays in the Hall, Wolfson College.

7 May: CHRISTOPHER RICKS on William Empson: 'Taken aback: the genius of William Empson.'

14 May: RICHARD DAWKINS on Charles Darwin: 'There is grandeur in this view of life.'

21 May: MARY BEARD on Jane Harrison: 'Living with Jane Harrison.'

28 May: ALAN RYAN on Isaiah Berlin: 'A very personal impression: Isaiah Berlin.'

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Regent's Park College

Centre for Christianity and Culture

Alternative Worlds

The following public lectures will be given at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Collier Room, Regent's Park College, Pusey Street. Enquiries may be directed to Dr Louise Nelstrop (e-mail: louise.nelstrop@regents.ox.ac.uk).

PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER ROWLAND
12 May: ' "I rest not from my great task! To open Eternal Worlds": the visions of William Blake.'

PROFESSOR RICHARD HEEKS, Manchester
19 May: 'Virtual worlds: routes and destinations.'

DR DAVID LEOPOLD
26 May: 'News from Nowhere: William Morris's Utopian dreams.'

DR BILL GRAY, Chichester
2 June: 'George MacDonald's Phantastes and Lilith.'

DR WALTER HOOPER, literary adviser to the estate of C.S. Lewis
9 June: 'Of other worlds: the science fiction of C.S. Lewis.'

PROFESSOR PAUL FIDDES and DR MARK ATHERTON
16 June: 'Why do we need alternative worlds?' (Followed by open discussion)

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Oxford University Newman Society

THE RT REVD MICHAEL NAZIR-ALI, Bishop of Rochester, will lecture at 12 noon on Friday, 8 May, in the Blue Boar Lecture Theatre, Christ Church. The lecture is open to all members of the University.

Subject: 'The nature and future of the Anglican Communion.'

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