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Oxford University Gazette, 17 December 2009: Lectures

James Ford Lectures in British History

The Normans and empire

PROFESSOR DAVID BATES, East Anglia and Caen-Basse-Normandie, will deliver the Ford's Lectures at 5 p.m. on Fridays in the Examination Schools.

22 Jan.: 'The Normans and empire.'

29 Jan.: 'The experience of empire.'

5 Feb.: 'William the Conqueror as maker of empire.'

12 Feb.: 'Hegemony.'

19 Feb.: 'Core, periphery, and networks.'

26 Feb.: 'Empire: from beginning to end.'

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Slade Lectures

Surrealism and the avant-garde in Europe and the Americas

DAWN ADES, formerly Professor of Art History and Theory, University of Essex, Slade Professor 2009–10, will deliver the Slade Lectures at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in the University Museum of Natural History.

20 Jan.: 'Automatism and chance: Surrealist strategies and their legacies in contemporary art and film.'

27 Jan.: 'Beyond painting: collage, objects, installations.'

3 Feb.: 'Beyond art: "the enemy within", Georges Bataille and Documents.'

10 Feb.: 'The experimental demonstration of critical paranoia: Salvador Dalí's The Tragic Myth of Millet's Angelus.'

17 Feb.: 'Poetry, politics, and sexuality: Surrealism in Latin America.'

24 Feb.: 'Monuments and ruins: Surrealism and archaeology in the New World.'

3 Mar.: 'Transnational Surrealism: Tropiques and the role of the little magazine.'

10 Mar.: 'Walking distance from the studio: cities, maps, and myths.'

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Carlyle Lectures

The transformation of the Republican idea in the Italian Renaissance

PROFESSOR J. HANKINS, Harvard, will deliver the Carlyle Lectures at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in the Examination Schools.

21 Jan.: 'Republicans before republicanism.'

4 Feb.: 'The princely republic.'

11 Feb.: 'The post-monarchical moment.'

18 Feb.: 'The Roman republic in Renaissance historical thought.'

25 Feb.: 'Republics in name and deed.'

4 Mar.: 'Two Renaissance concepts of liberty.'

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News International Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media

PROFESSOR STEPHEN GARRETT will deliver the News International Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media Lectures at 5.15 p.m. on Tuesdays. The first two lectures will be held at St Anne's College; the final two at Green Templeton College.

26 Jan.: 'How to grow a creative business according to the laws of chance.'

2 Feb.: 'Why the only rule is that there are no rules.'

9 Feb.: 'No more heros.'

16 Feb.: 'Tomorrow got here yesterday.'

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English Language and Literature

PROFESSOR MEHROTRA will lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 23 February, in Lecture Theatre 2, St Cross Building.

Subject: 'Literature in a multilingual world: Sant Kabir, Rudyard Kipling and vernacular English.'

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Law

Youard Lecture in Legal History

MS C. MACMILLAN will deliver the Youard Lecture in Legal History at 5.30 p.m. on Monday, 25 January, in the Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre.

Subject: To be announced.


PROFESSOR J. TEMPLE LANG, DR C. BICKERTON, and DR K. ZIEGLER will lecture at 4.30 p.m. on Friday, 19 February, in the Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre.

Subject: 'The new EU treaties—institutional problems ahead?'

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Medical Sciences

Neuroscience Grand Round Guest Lectures

The following lectures will be given at 11.30 a.m. on Fridays in Lecture Theatre 1, the Academic Block, the John Radcliffe Hospital.

PROFESSOR UWE WALTER, Rostock
12 Feb.: 'Transcranial sonography findings in Parkinson's disease.'

PROFESSOR NEIL SCOLDING, Bristol
19 Mar.: 'The diagnosis of cerebral vasculitis.'

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Oriental Studies

Hebrew and Jewish Studies Unit: (i) David Patterson Seminars

The David Patterson Seminars will be held at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Unit, Yarnton Manor. The minibus timetable can be found at www.ochjs.ox.ac.uk.

For details of the Advanced Seminar on Jewish Studies see under 'Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies' below.

DR MADHAVI NEVADER
20 Jan.: 'When prophets start levitating: reading Elijah alongside Enoch.'

DR PIET VAN BOXEL
27 Jan.: ' "Crossing borders": Hebrew manuscripts as a meeting-place of cultures.'

PROFESSOR ALBERT BAUMGARTEN, Bar Ilan
3 Feb.: 'An extraordinary historian of the Jews: the life and times of Elias Bickerman, 1897–1981.'

PROFESSOR GUY STROUMSA
10 Feb.: 'Gershom Scholem and Morton Smith.'

PROFESSOR FRED ASTREN, San Francisco State University
17 Feb.: 'Shadows of Jews in early medieval Muslim conquests.'

PROFESSOR ELCHANAN REINER, Tel Aviv
24 Feb.: 'From Joshua R. Simeon bar Yohai: towards a typology of Galilean hero.'

DR JORDAN FINKIN and others
3 Mar.: ' "The joy of the Yiddish word": an evening in memory of Joseph Sherman.'

PROFESSOR ORA LIMOR, Open University of Israel
10 Mar.: 'The image of Judas Iscariot among Jews and Christians.'

(ii) Lunchtime Seminars in Jewish Studies

The following seminars will be given at 1 p.m. on Thursdays in Room 314, the Oriental Institute. A light sandwich lunch will be provided.

DR CORINNA KAISER
28 Jan.: 'Who is pharaoh, who are the slaves? Introducing the Arab–Israel conflict into Passover.' (Arrangements subject to confirmation)

BENJAMIN WILLIAMS
25 Feb.: ' "Some midget with delusions of grandeur": Pseudo-Rashi's commentary on Genesis Rabba in the 'Or ha-Sekhel of Abraham ben Asher.'

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Philosophy

Gareth Evans Memorial Lecture

PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER PEACOCKE, University College, London, will deliver the Gareth Evans Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 2 March, at the Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre.

Subject: 'Self-consciousness.'


Isaiah Berlin Lectures: History and freedom in German idealism

PROFESSOR MICHAEL ROSEN, Harvard, will deliver the Isaiah Berlin Lectures at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Examination Schools.

19 Jan.: 'How (and to what end) should one study the history of ideas?'

26 Jan.: 'The idealist theory of history defended (sort of).'

2 Feb.: 'Kant's anti-determinism.'

9 Feb.: 'Freedom without arbitrariness.'

16 Feb.: 'Die Weltgeschichte ist das Weltgericht.'

23 Feb.: 'Geist and the individual.'


Lecture

PROFESSOR JOHN WILLINSKY, Stanford, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 19 January, in the University Museum of Natural History.

Subject: 'Locke and the intellectual properties of learning.'

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Social Sciences

Department of Sociology

The following seminars will be held at 12.30 p.m. on Mondays in Seminar Room G, the Manor Road Building.

ERIC USLANER, Maryland
18 Jan.: 'Corruption, inequality, and the rule of law.'

TIANTIN ZHENG, State University of New York
25 Jan.: 'Undertaking sensitive research: ethnographies in the illegal sex industry in post-socialist China.'

XIN HE, Hong Kong
1 Feb.: 'Street as courtroom: state accommodation of labour protest in south China.'

DOUGLAS ROGERS, George Mason
8 Feb.: 'Organising crime: a theory of organised crime.'

ALMUDENA SEVILLA-SANZ
15 Feb.: 'Housework, money, and marriage.'

JONATHAN GERSHUNY
22 Feb.: 'Gendered divisions of labour and the intergenerational transmission of inequality.'

KIMBERLY FISHER
1 Mar.: 'The road to purr-fection? The quality of life of people with pets in the UK.'

ORIEL SULLIVAN
8 Mar.: 'Changing differences in domestic labour and child care by education.'


Current issues in social policy: the welfare state in uncertain times. (i) Policy perspectives

The following lectures will be given at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in the Violet Butler Seminar Room, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, except where noted.

Conveners: Professor Martin Seeleib-Kaiser and Professor Robert Walker.

DAVID STUCKLER
21 Jan.: 'Economic crises and public health.'

ROBERT WALKER
28 Jan.: 'Evaluating France's anti-poverty programme: a double evaluation.'

FRANCIE LUND, KwaZulu-Natal
4 Feb.: 'Social policy and the changing labour market: policies and prospects for poorer informal workers in the global north and the global south.'

JOHN MARTIN, OECD, Paris
11 Feb., Green Templeton: 'The jobs crisis: how OECD countries are responding on the labour market and social policy fronts.'

(ii) Political economy perspectives

KAREN ANDERSEN RADBOUD, Nijmegen
18 Feb.: To be announced.

JOAKIM PALME, Institute for Futures Studies, Sweden
25 Feb.: 'The economic crisis and the Nordic welfare states.'

MARIA PETMESIDOU, Thrace
4 Mar.: 'Mediterranean welfare states in crisis?'

MARTIN SEELEIB-KAISER
11 Mar.: 'Varieties of capitalism, social protection and the great recession: Britain and Germany compared.'


Institute of Archaeology: The Toba super-eruption: a critical moment in human evolution?

This multidisciplinary conference, addressing the impact of the 74000 BP Toba super-eruption, focusing on new archaeological, volcanological, and environmental evidence, will be held on 20 and 21 February. Registration is required. Enquiries should be addressed to Mitsuko Ito (e-mail: mitsuko.ito@arch.ox.ac.uk, telephone: Oxord (2)78267).

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Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment, Voltaire Foundation

Oxford Amnesty Lectures

Unless otherwise indicated the Oxford Amnesty Lectures, arranged in collaboration with the Besterman Centre, will be held at 5.30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Taylor Institution. Tickets, costing £8 (concessions £5), may be obtained from the Oxford Playhouse (telephone: Oxford 305305, Web site: www.oxfordtickets.com), or, if available, at the door.

JAMES TULLY, Victoria
10 Feb.: 'Rethinking human rights and the Enlightenment: a view from the twenty-first century.'

KARMA NABULSI
17 Feb.: ' "That the General Will is Indestructible": from the citizen of Geneva to the citizens of Gaza.'

ADAM PHILLIPS, psychotherapist and writer
Fri. 26 Feb.: 'My happiness: right or wrong?'

JONATHAN ISRAEL, Princeton
3 Mar.: 'Basic human rights: the Enlightenment battle over the place of God and religion (1770–89).'

ROBIN BLACKBURN, Essex; editor, New Left Review
10 Mar.: 'From natural rights to general liberty: slavery, emancipation, and the origins of human rights.'

SEYLA BENHABIB, Yale
17 Mar.: 'Cosmopolitanism since Kant: claiming rights across borders in a new century.'

JEREMY WALDRON, New York School of Law
12 May: 'Dignity, defamation, and rights: what does a well-ordered society look like?'

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Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

European Seminar on Advanced Jewish Studies: Greek scripture and the rabbis

The following seminars will be given at 2.30 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Oriental Institute.

For details of the David Patterson Seminars, and the Lunchtime Seminars in Jewish Studies, see under 'Oriental Studies' above.

Conveners: Alison Salvesen and Martin Goodman.

WILLIAM SMELIK, University College London
19 Jan.: 'The faces of Aquila: translation and transculturation.'

TESSA RAJAK
26 Jan.: 'Josephus' use of the Greek Bible.'

ALANNA NOBBS, Macquarie
9 Feb.: 'Distinguishing between Jewish and Christian divine names in fourth-century papyri.'

JULIA KRIVORUCHKO, Cambridge
16 Feb.: 'Greek loanwords in rabbinic literature.'

EMMANUEL TOV, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
23 Feb.: 'The post-Pentateuchal LXX translations.'

REINHART CEULEMANS, Leuven
2 Mar.: 'Hexaplaric readings for Song of Songs and Jewish exegesis.'

SHIFRA SZNOL, Bar Ilan
9 Mar.: 'Jewish Greek versions, Aramaic translations, and rabbinic interpretation in the Cairo Genizah, the Constantinople Pentateuch, and other sources.'

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Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

Hinduism II

PROFESSOR GAVIN FLOOD will lecture at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays, weeks 1–8, in the Theology Faculty Seminar Room.

Readings in phenomenology

PROFESSOR GAVIN FLOOD will lecture at 11 a.m. on Thursdays, weeks 2–8, in the Library, the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.

Elementary Sanskrit

PROFESSOR GAVIN FLOOD will lecture at 10 a.m. on Fridays, weeks 1–8, in the Library, the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.


Readings in the Jayakhyasamhita

PROFESSOR GAVIN FLOOD will lecture at 12 noon on Fridays, weeks 1–8, in the Library, the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.


Shivdasani Lectures

DR DIWATAR ACHARYA will deliver the Shivdasani Lectures at 2 p.m. on Mondays in the Library, the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.

18 Jan.: 'Early Vaishnava text from Nepal.'

22 Feb.: 'Negative flashes of Néti Néti and realisation of Brahman.'

Shivdasani seminars: 'Readings in the Jayottaratantra'. Dr Acharya will conduct seminars at 2 p.m. on Monday, 1 February, and Monday, 15 February, in the Library, the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.


Mystical traditions in comparative perspective

The following lectures will be given at 2 p.m. on Fridays in the Library, the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.

DR TALIB MUHAMMAD
29 Jan.: 'Islamic mystical traditions—Sufis in India.'

DR SARAH SHAW
5 Feb.: 'Buddhist meditation.'

PROFESSOR OLIVER DAVIES
12 Feb.: 'Christian mystical traditions 1—the relevance of Christian mysticism.'

PROFESSOR GEORGE PATTISON
19 Feb.: 'Christian mystical traditions 2—understanding apophaticism.'

PROFESSOR GUY STROUMSA
5 Mar.: 'The Jewish roots of Christian mysticism.'


Hindu theology

PROFESSOR GAVIN FLOOD will lecture at 10 a.m. on Thursdays in the Library, the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.

28 Jan.: 'Introduction and scriptural authority in Hindu traditions.'

4 Feb.: 'The Vedanta commentariat tradition 1.'

11 Feb.: 'The Vedanta commentariat tradition 2.'

18 Feb.: 'The Saiva commentariat tradition 1.'

25 Feb.: 'The Saiva commentariat tradition 2.'

4 Mar.: 'The Saiva commentariat tradition 3.'

11 Mar.: 'Theological reasoning across traditions.'


Other lectures

DR GRAHAM SCHWEIG will lecture at 2 p.m. on Monday, 8 February, in the Library, the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.

Subject: 'Three worlds of the heart: theological and literary dimensions of the Bhakti Sutra.'

DR PETER FLÜGEL will lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 16 February, in Lecture Room 1, the Oriental Institute.

Subject: 'Jaina–Hindu syncretism in Gujarat: the Trimurti-Temple of the Akram Vijnan Marg.' (Majewski Lecture)

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Latin American Centre

General seminar

The following seminars will be given at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Latin American Centre, 1 Church Walk.

Convener: Professor Leigh A. Payne.

ROSEMARY THORP
19 Jan.: 'Why is it so difficult to get development from an extractive base?'

ALAN ANGELL
26 Jan.: 'Reflections on Chilean democracy and the elections of 2009–10.'

CORRINE CAUMARTIN
2 Feb.: 'Racism, violence and inequality in Guatemala.'

PAR ENGSTROM, London
9 Feb.: 'Argentina and the inter-American human rights system.'

CATERINA PIZZIGONI, Columbia
16 Feb.: 'The elements of the living space among the Nahuas of central Mexico, eighteenth century.'

JAY SEXTON
23 Feb.: 'Rethinking early US imperialism: the origins of the "Monroe Doctrine".'

TODD LANDMAN, Essex
2 Mar.: 'Principals, agents and atrocities: the case of Peru, 1980–2000.'

LUCÍA RAYNERO MORALES, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello
9 Mar.: 'Theory and practice of a frustrated aspiration: the notions of democracy and citizenship in the First Republic of Venezuela, 1810–12.'

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All Souls College

What makes an 'ism'? Doctrines and traditions in early modern thoght and later historiography

The following seminars, open to all members of the University, will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Hovenden Room, All Souls College.

Conveners: Professor Ian Maclean and Dr Noel Malcolm.

PROFESSOR IAN MACLEAN
20 Jan.: 'Libertinism.'

PROFESSOR CHRISTOPH LÜTHY, Nijmegen
27 Jan.: 'Atomism.'

DR CHRISTOPHER BROOKE
3 Feb.: 'Stoicism.'

DR NOEL MALCOLM
10 Feb.: 'Despotism.'

PROFESSOR SYDNEY ANGELO, Swansea
17 Feb.: 'Machiavell[ian]ism.'

PROFESSOR HOWARD HOTSON
24 Feb.: 'Ramism.'

PROFESSOR JAMES HANKINS, Harvard
3 Mar.: 'Renaissance [Neo-]Platonism.'

DR SARAH MORTIMER
10 Mar.: 'Socinianism.'


Lee Lecture

PROFESSOR RODNEY BARKER, Professor Emeritus of Government, London School of Economics, will deliver the Lee Lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 28 January, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: 'A tale of three cities: the early years of political science in Oxford, London, and Manchester.'

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Balliol College

LORD HARRIES OF PENTREGARTH, formerly Bishop of Oxford, will lecture at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, 9 February, in Balliol College. The lecture is open to all members of the University. Enquiries may be directed to Dr Alexandru Popescu (e-mail: alexandru.popescu@balliol.ox.ac.uk ).

Subject: 'Religion and guilt—burden or blessing?'

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Corpus Christi College

Bateson Lecture

PROFESSOR BROMWICH will deliver the Bateson Lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 3 February, at the Examination Schools.

Subject: 'Destruction and the theory of happiness in the poetry of Stevens and Yeats.'

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Kellogg College

Creative Writing Seminars

The following seminars will be held at 4.45 for 5.15 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Stopforth Metcalfe Room, Kellogg College, 62 Banbury Road. The seminars are open to all members of the University, but reservation is necessary, by e-mailing to Ana Pastega (e-mail: ana.pastega@kellogg.ox.ac.uk). Further information can be found at www.kellogg.ox.ac.uk/researchcentres/creativewriting.php.

Convener: Dr Clare Morgan.

BARONESS (P.D) JAMES
2 Feb.: 'The art of fiction.'

FRANCESCA KAY, author of An Equal Stillness; winner of 2009 Orange Award
2 Mar.: 'Momentum in the "poetic" novel.'

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Linacre College

Linacre Lectures 2010

Disease and environmental change

The Linacre Lectures will be given at 5.30 p.m. on Thursdays in the Main Lecture Theatre, the Department of Plant Sciences. The lectures are supported by Tetra Laval.

Conveners: Professor Paul Slack, Professor Mark Pollard, and Dr Nick Brown.

PROFESSOR NILS STENSETH, Oslo
28 Jan.: 'Plagues, past, present, and future.'

PROFESSOR DAVID ROGERS
4 Feb.: 'Environmental change and vector- borne diseases.'

PROFESSOR DONALD ORTNER, Smithsonian Institution
11 Feb.: 'Bones, pathogens, and disease: environmental factors in past human populations.'

PROFESSOR BRUCE CAMPBELL, Belfast
18 Feb.: 'Panzootics, pandemics, and climatic anomalies in the fourteenth century.'

PROFESSOR NEIL FERGUSON, Imperial College, London
25 Feb.: 'Pandemics: a growing risk?'

PROFESSOR PAUL SLACK
4 Mar.: 'Plague: histories and continuities.'

PROFESSOR ANDREW PRICE-SMITH, Colorado College
11 Mar.: 'Plagues and politics.'

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St Hugh's College

D.F. McKenzie Lecture

PROFESSOR WOUDHUYSEN will deliver the D.F. McKenzie Lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 10 March, in Lecture Theatre 2, St Cross Building.

Subject: 'A.W. Pollard (1859–1944): friends and fine printing.'

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Wolfson College

DR AMITAV GHOSH will read from his novels at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 2 March, at Wolfson College.

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Oxfordshire Victoria County History Trust

PROFESSOR DIARMAID MACCULLOCH, presenter of the BBC series The History of Christianity, will lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 28 January, in the University Church.

Subject: 'Early Tudor England: a people's Reformation?'

Tickets, costing £10 (to include a glass of wine), may be obtained on application to Mrs Barbara Allison, c/o VCH Oxfordshire, Clarendon Building, Bodleian Library, Oxford OX1 3BG. Cheques should be made payable to 'Oxfordshire VCH Trust', and a stamped self-addressed envelope should be enclosed. Proceeds from sales of tickets will be used to support the work of the Victoria County History in Oxfordshire.

Further details may be found at www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk/ oxfordshire.

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