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Oxford University Gazette, 26 March 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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Panel Discussion: the future of higher education in the Commonwealth

HIS EXCELLENCY MR KAMALESH SHARMA, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, SIR DAVID KING, FRS, Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, and DR NICOLA BREWER, Chief Executive of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights, will take part in this panel discussion, to be held at 5.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 31 March, in the Sheldonian Theatre. The discussion will be chaired by the Rt Hon. Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of the University.

The discussion marks five decades of the Commonwealth Scholarships and the fiftieth anniversary of the University's hosting of the first Commonwealth Education Conference.

Tickets are required for this event. Those wishing to attend are asked to register their interest by e-mailing to

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Dacre Lecture

DR NOEL MALCOLM will deliver the Dacre Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, 27 April, in the Examination Schools. The lecture is open to all members of the University.

Subject: 'The religion of the Patriarchs: ideas about Judaism and natural religion in early modern Europe.'

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Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

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:

Subject: 'Eigenvalues of large random trees.'

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Medical Sciences

Department of Biochemistry: Rodney Porter Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR ROGER TSIEN, Nobel Laureate, will deliver the Rodney Porter Memorial Lecture at 4 p.m. on Thursday, 26 March, in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, the Clarendon Laboratory.

Subject: 'Genetically encoded and synthetic molecules for in vivo and clinical imaging.'

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.

Convener: Dr Gareth Bond.

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

PROFESSOR JULIAN DOWNWARD, Cancer Research UK London Research Institute
13 May: To be announced.

17 June: To be announced.

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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

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

Israel: historical, political, and social aspects

The following lectures will held at 8 p.m. on the days shown. Enquiries may be directed to, and further information will be found at

Convener: Peter Oppenheimer, Christ Church.

Mon. 27 Apr., Lower Lecture Room, Lincoln: 'The new Israeli government: implications for peace-building.'

Thur. 30 Apr., Oakeshott Room, Lincoln: 'The Israeli–Palestinian conflict considered in the light of Northern Ireland's experience.'

SHLOMO BROM, Institute for National Security Studies
Thur. 7 May, Harris Lecture Theatre, Oriel: 'The Middle East peace process and the new security environment.'

Tue. 12 May, Harris Lecture Theatre, Oriel: 'Archaeology, identity, and politics in Israel: can the distant past determine the future?'

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Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity

ELIZABETH ZADORA-RIO, CNRS, Tours, will lecture at 2 p.m. on Monday, 27 April, in the Lecture Room, the Institute of Archaeology. The lecture is held in conjunction with the Medieval Archaeology Seminar.

Subject: 'From Roman to early medieval settlement in France: village layout and buildings, c.300–900.'

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Bodleian Library and the Oxford University Research Archive

Scholarship, publishing, and dissemination of research

PROFESSOR ROBERT DARNTON, Director, Harvard University Library, will lecture in the first of this planned series at 11 a.m. on Friday, 3 April, in the EPA Lecture Room, Lincoln EPA Science Centre, Museum Road. The lecture will end with a discussion. Enquiries may be directed to Sally Rumsey (e-mail:

Subject: 'Open access and other openings.'

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Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine

Medicine, surgery, and culture

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

Convener: Dr Margaret Pelling.

27 Apr.: 'A whiff of alchemy: early modern conceptions of smelling salts.'

11 May: 'A silent partner? Wales and the wider medical world, c.1600–1750.'

18 May: ' "Worse than being married": the exodus of British doctors from the National Health Service to Canada, c.1950–75.'

1 June: 'Menstrual time and the blood of stigmata in early eighteenth-century France.'

8 June: ' "I cannot but love and honour all virtuosi, but above all those belonging to this profession": apothecary-naturalists in early modern Venice and London.'

15 June: ' "A Medicine Proper and Peculiar": religious melancholy and the paradox of despair in early modern English spiritual physic.'

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Museum of the History of Science

PROFESSOR MARCUS DU SAUTOY will lecture on the making of his television series, The Story of Maths, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, 31 March, in the Museum of the History of Science. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

PROFESSOR VARTAN GREGORIAN, President, Carnegie Foundation, New York, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, 24 April, in the Taylor Institution.

Subject: 'Encounters between faith and reason in Christianity and Islam.'

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Oxford Learning Institute

Research seminars

The following seminars will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursdays in the Oxford Learning Institute, Level 2, Littlegate House, St Ebbe's. Further details can be found at ge{eq}138. Those wishing to attend should e-mail to

Note: a seminar will be held in noughth week.

23 Apr.: 'Pedagogical eclecticism: a common approach in higher education.'

30 Apr. 'Research and teaching revisited: a pre-Humboldtian or post-Humboldtian phenomenon? Cases of France and the UK.'

7 May: 'Still doing the dishes: understanding the barriers to women's career progression in universities.'

14 May: 'Transplanting pedagogies: MIT experiments with small-group teaching.'

DR ALBERTO AMARAL, Fundaçao das Universidades Portuguesas
21 May: 'Quality assurance and assessment in higher education: recent trends.'

PROFESSOR SIR DAVID WATSON, Institute of Education
28 May: 'Morale: understanding happiness and unhappiness in university life.'

4 June: 'There isn't anyone hanging over us: the experience of studying on master's programmes at Oxford.'

11 June: 'Glass ceilings in higher education—evidence on salary and promotion for scientists from the UK.'

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All Souls College

Evans-Pritchard Lectures

Smugglers and Shurafâ: Saharan connectivity and the moral unity of the central Sahara

DR JUDITH SCHEELE, Fellow by Examination, Magdalen College, will deliver the Evans-Pritchard Lectures at 5 p.m. on the following days in the Old Library, All Souls College.

Tue. 28 Apr.: 'Camel-herders and truckers, caravanserais and garages: preliminary thoughts on Saharan connectivity.'

Wed. 29 Apr.: 'Cosmopolitan underbellies: Saharan traders and national morality in the Algerian south.'

Tue. 5 May: 'Dates, cocaine, and AK-47s: moral conundrums on the Algero- Malian border.'

Wed. 6 May: 'Shurafâ' as cosmopolitans: hierarchy, genealogies, and their contemporary use.'

Tue. 12 May: 'Trading in the shari'ah: universalising legal aspirations and the quest for local moral autonomy.'

Wed. 13 May: 'Turning movement into place: contemporary Saharan cities and the pitfalls of "hybridity".'

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.

29 May: 'Christopher Wren and the Restoration.'

5 June: 'John Sparrow's garland: All Souls in the 1950s.'

12 June: 'The Warren Commission and the dons.'

19 June: 'The Old-Soules Club: Mercurius and student unrest.'

Isaiah Berlin Centennial Seminar on Political Thought

An extended seminar will be held on Wednesday, 3 June, in the Old Library, All Souls College, in celebration of the centennial of the birth of Sir Isaiah Berlin. Admission is free but by ticket only. Application should be made to the Fellows' Secretary, All Souls College (telephone: Oxford (2)89109, e-mail: .uk).

IAN CARTER, Pavia, QUENTIN SKINNER, Cambridge and London, and HILLEL STEINER, Manchester
2.30 p.m.: 'Berlin on negative and positive liberty.' (Chaired by Myles Burnyeat)

4.30 p.m.: 'Berlin and the plurality of value.' (Chaired by G.A. Cohen)

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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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New College

Figuring lateness: late style, old age, and belatedness

This symposium will be held in New College on Monday, 30 March.

The symposium will examine issues related to the idea of 'Lateness'. It will draw on the pivotal approaches to the question of lateness in the work of Theodor Adorno, Edward Said, and Gordon McMullan, but will also attempt to open up debate in new ways beyond the question of an individual's 'late style': by exploring, for example, the relationship between the idea of lateness and genius; lateness and gender; lateness and early death, lateness and philosophies of time or constructions of cultural memory and the link between biographical and epochal lateness or belatedness.

Further details and a registration form are available from Maggie Davies (e-mail:, telephone: Oxford (2)79552).

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St Antony's College

On liberty: the Dahrendorf questions

This panel discussion, marking the eightieth birthday of Lord Dahrendorf, will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, 1 May, in the Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College. The participants will JÜRGEN HABERMAS, FRITZ STERN, and TIMOTHY GARTON ASH.

Attendance is strictly by prior registration only. Requests for places should be e-mailed to

Asian Studies Centre

Cross-cultural communication: effective communication with Chinese people in education, business, and everyday life

This workshop will be held on Monday, 30 March, 10.30 a.m.–3.30 p.m., in the Dahrendorf Room, St Antony's College. Enquiries may be directed to Jennifer Griffiths (e-mail: jennifer.griffiths@

10.30 a.m.: Welcome.

10.45: 'Cross-cultural communication when doing business in China: the case of "Foster's".'

DR MONA CHUNG, Deakin, and PROFESSOR RICHARD INGLEBY, North China University of Technology
11.30 a.m.: 'Cultural issues in Western supervisors supervising Chinese Ph.D students.'

12.15 p.m.: 'A contrastive study of apology strategies: Chinese and British.'

2 p.m.: 'Cross-cultural issues for Chinese students in Western university classrooms.' (Followed by round-table discussion)

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St John's College Research Centre

Psychoanalysis and the work of Melanie Klein

This workshop, organised jointly with the Melanie Klein Trust, will be held on Saturday, 25 April, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., in the St John's College Research Centre. Abstracts and further details may be found at; registration requests, with name, college/department or other university, should be directed to the Trust (e-mail:

PRISCILLA ROTH: 'Using projective identification.'

RONALD BRITTON: 'Is the truth therapeutic?'

BETTY JOSEPH: 'Uses of the past in the psychoanalytic process.'

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Oxford Asian Textile Group

The following lectures will be given at 5.45 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Pauling Centre, 58 Banbury Road. Admission for visitors costs £2. Enquiries may be directed to Rosemary Lee (e-mail:

15 Apr.: 'Naga textiles: identifying the tribe—continuing a culture.'

24 June: 'North Vietnamese embroidery: exploring a partnership project with London, Limerick, and Hai Duong.'

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