University of Oxford

Oxford University Gazette, 1 July 2010: Lectures

Medieval and Modern Languages

Spanish American Literature and the Scientific

This conference will be held on Monday, 5 July, in St Edmund Hall.

The registration fee is £15/£7.50. For more information and to register, contact or Graduate student bursaries are available.

The keynote speaker will be PROFESSOR MARCUS DU SAUTOY, Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics. Admission to the keynote lecture is free.

Professor du Sautoy will discuss a joint project he has been collaborating on with a composer, choreographer and sculptor exploring the mathematical ideas behind Jorge Luis Borges' short story 'The Library of Babel'.

Other speakers will be:

DR RAUL IANES, Miami University: 'El discurso naturalista en Sab (1841) de Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda.'

KATIA CHORNIK, Open University: 'Reading music backwards: evolutionary ideas in Alejo Carpentier's essay "The Origins of Music and Primitive Music".'

DR PATRICIA NOVILLO-CORVAL<BETA> N, University of Kent: 'Was there a real-life Ireneo Funes?: Jorge Luis Borges and modern medical discourses.'

DR MARÍA DEL PILAR BLANCO, University College London: 'Telepathy and transfusions: imaginations of science in Pedro Castera's Querens (1890).'

MANUEL FONS (author), Universidad de Guadalajara: 'Science and fantasy from the perspective of a postmodern Mexican storyteller.'

DR VICTORIA CARPENTER, University of Derby: ' "¿Dije ya?": Textual fragments and repetitions in Obsesivos días circulares (1969) by Gustavo Sainz.'

DR DOMINIC MORAN: to be announced.

DR JOANNA PAGE, University of Cambridge: 'Beyond postmodern scepticism: Guillermo Martínez on the uses and abuses of mathematical logic in criminology and literature.'

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Social Sciences

Constitutions and the classics: Sieyes and de Meistre

This workshop, organised by the Foundation for Law, Justice, and Society in association with the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, will be held on Friday, 2 July, 9.15 a.m.–2 p.m., in Queen's Colege. The speakers will be Professor Denis Galligan, Raymond Kubben (Tilburg), and Mila Versteeg. Further information will be found at, at which reservations can also be made.

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Saïd Business School

BT Annual Lecture

PROFESSOR NASSIM N. TALEB, New York Polytechnic Institute, will deliver the BT Annual Lecture at 5.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 14 July, in the BT Centre for Major Programme Management, the Saïd Business School. Registration is necessary, at

Subject: 'Robustness and fragility.'

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Computing Services

Data Management Training in the Humanities

This half-day workshop will discuss how institutions might meet growing requirements for training in the management of research data within the humanities. The aim is to learn more about research data management training already taking place at UK universities, plans for such training, relevant scoping studies, and related experiences. The workshop will be held at the Oxford e-Research Centre, from 9.15 a.m. to 2 p.m. (including lunch) on Thursday, 22 July. For further information and registration details, visit

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Christ Church

Summer Lectures

The following public lectures will be held at 4.30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the North Transept, the Cathedral. Admission is free. Enquiries may be directed to

14 July: 'Forgiveness after civil conflict.'

21 July: 'Death.'

28 July: 'Religion in the European Union.'

4 Aug.: 'The cloister and the crime: medieval monks in modern murder mysteries.'

11 Aug.: 'Is religion in decline?'

18 Aug.: 'Chaos theory: theology and the sea.'

25 Aug.: 'Sacred faces—icons in Oxford.'

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Wolfson College

Oxford Historic Churches Trust/Wolfson College Midsummer Lecture

PROFESSOR DIARMAID MACCULLOCH will lecture at 3 p.m. on Friday, 2 July, in Wolfson College. Admission by ticket. Details at:

Subject: 'Christian history on a lunatic scale: book and television.'

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