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Oxford University Gazette, 29 October 2009: Diary

Friday 30 October

IEVA RAUBISKO: 'Fear of the unsaid, surprise of trust: (un)covered knowledge in Chechnya's state of terror' (Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology Ethnicity and Identity seminar: 'Keeping secrets, withholding knowledge and hidden behaviour'), 61 Banbury Road, 11 a.m.

BEN ANSELL: 'The new political economy of wealth' (Oxford Centre for the Study of Inequality and Democracy seminar), Seminar Room B, Manor Road Building, 1 p.m.

CAROLINE THOMSON: 'Running the BBC' (Nuffield College and Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: 'Media and politics'), Seminar Room, Nuffield, 5 p.m.

DR ANTONI UCERLER and MRS IZUMI TYTLER: 'Cultural legacies, east and west Japanese treasures from the Bodleian collection' (Nissan Institute seminar series: 'Japan–UK 150'), Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's, 5 p.m.

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Saturday 31 October

ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION: 'Portugal, southern Europe, and the European Union in perspective', Seminar Room, St John's, 10 a.m.–5.30 p.m. (Arranged by the Camoes Centre in conjuntion with the University of Lisbon: register (no charge) with; details at

SUSAN PHILIPSZ and MICHAEL STANLEY in conversation about 'You are not alone' (special art commission for the Radcliffe Observatory), Museum of the History of Science, 11.30 a.m. (booking essential: Oxford 813800).

CHORAL MUSIC concert: Filigrane performs sacred music by Eric Whitacre, Francis Poulenc, Urmas Sisask, Benjamin Britten, and Arvo Pärt, the chapel, Harris Manchester, 7.30 p.m. (admission free, with retiring collection).

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Sunday 1 November

THE REVD DR NICHOLAS SAGOVSKY preaches, St Mary's, 10.30 a.m.

ALVIN MOISEY (piano) plays music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Scriabin, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninov, Balliol, 9 p.m. (series of Balliol Music Society concerts).

HARUKO MOTOHASHI (violin) and MASACHI NISHIYAMA (piano) perform works by Schubert, Cecilia McDowall, Britten, Mozart/Kreisler, and Beethoven, Wolfson, 5.30 p.m. (admission £5, concessions £3; proceeds in aid of the African Medical and Research Foundation).

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Monday 2 November

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminar: 'Project management,' 9.30 a.m. (see information above).

PHILIP KREAGER: 'Who is disadvantaged by population ageing? Looking beneath the demographic models to the ethnography in Indonesia' (Fertility and reproduction seminars: Reproduction and age), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, 61 Banbury Road, 11 a.m.

PROFESSOR MICHAEL SUAREZ: 'Gerard Manley Hopkins' (Bodleian Library Centre for the Study of the Book master classes: 'Transmission: literary manuscripts on the move'), Seminar Room, New Bodleian Library, 2.15 p.m.

MARK HARRISON: 'Yellow fever and the international economy, c.1850–1920' (seminar series: 'Disease, health and medicine since 1650'), Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, 47 Banbury Road, 2.15 p.m.

PROFESSOR PNINA WERBNER: 'Displaced enemies, displaced memories: British–Muslim and Jewish politics of memory of the Holocaust and Partition of British India' (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies: 'Interdisciplinary perspectives on communication and governance'), Seminar Room D, Manor Road Building, 4.30 p.m.

LEO JOHNSON: 'Future-proofing the business: navigating climate change uncertainty' (Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment seminar series: 'Strategising and embedding sustainability for business'), Seminar Room, Smith School, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR RICHARD H. BELL: 'Union with "Christ" in Wagner's Parsifal' (seminar series: 'The Bible in art, music, and literature'), Danson Room, Trinity, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR JAMES KUGEL: 'The rise of modern biblical scholarship' (Speaker's Lectures in Biblical Studies: 'Modern biblical scholarship and traditional religious belief'), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR JEREMY DAUBER: 'Frightening Jews: two early Yiddish ghost stories and the origins of Jewish horror' (Corob Lecture in Yiddish Culture), Taylor Institution, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR BEN QUASH and THE REVD NICK HOLTAN: 'Seeing salvation: the world of art' (lecture series exploring the world of the arts and their influence on the world of belief), the chapel, Harris Manchester, 5 p.m.

YOSSI MEKELBERG: 'Israel's foreign policy: contemporary challenges' (lecture in series 'Israel: historical, political, and social aspects'), Harris Lecture Theatre, Oriel, 8 p.m. (information at

PROFESSOR TOM BURNS and DR JONATHAN GARBETTE: 'The interaction of attachment and coercion in mental health: a proposed study' (Interdisciplinary Seminars in Psychoanalysis), St John's College Research Centre, 45 St Giles', 8.15 p.m. (to attend, e-mail:

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Tuesday 3 November

GENERAL SIR ROB FRY (RET): 'Setting the scene for a Defence review' (lunchtime discussions: Programme on the Changing Character of War), Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building, 1 p.m.

PROFESSOR JEREMY DAUBER: 'What is a Yiddish fable?: Ideology and epistemology in the early modern Seyfer Mesholim' (Special seminar in modern Jewish literatures), Faculty Room, Oriental Institute, 1 p.m.

PAOLO DIORIO: 'Scholarly information management—a proposal' (lecture series), Oxford e-Research Centre, 7 Keble Road, 2 p.m.

PROFESSOR D.A. LAWTON: 'Voicing secrets: arts of confession in Langland and Petrarch' (Leverhulme Lectures: 'Public interiorities and voice in pre-Reformation England'), Lecture Theatre 2, St Cross Building, 5 p.m.

DR JEREMY HOWICK: 'Placebo controls: problematic and misleading baseline measures of effectiveness' (Centre for Evidence-based Intervention seminars), Violet Butler Seminar Room, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, 5 p.m.

DR LARRY KREITZER: 'William Kiffin and Particular Baptist origins' (Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture seminars: 'Exploring Baptist origins'), Regent's Park, 5 p.m.

JAMES RUSSELL: 'The magic mountain: a Zoroastrian archetype' (Ratanbai Katrak Lectures), Lecture Room 1, Oriental Institute, 5 p.m.

HENRIQUE MEIRELLES: 'Why we need a new global economic order: Brazil, the BRICs and the world economy' (Global Economic Governance Programme annual lecture), Schools, 5 p.m.

LORD GRIFFITHS OF FFORESTFACH: 'The teaching of Jesus and the question of money' (Chavasse Lectures: Markets, money and morals: a vision for capitalism after the crisis), Lower Common Room, Wycliffe Hall, 5 p.m.

PATRICK DECLERCK: 'Ecrire contre l'homme: une lecture de textes de P. Declerck', Maison Française, 5.15 p.m. (M. Declerck is Author in Residence, MFO, 2–9 November.)

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Wednesday 4 November

LEARNING INSTITUTE seminars: 'Introduction to finance' (for new administrative, research, library, IT, clerical, technical and ancillary staff), 9.30 a.m., and 'Chairing meetings,' 2 p.m. (for details, see the Learning Institute site).

DAMIAN TAMBINI: 'The rights and responsibilities of journalists' (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism seminar series), Barclay Room, Green Templeton, 12 noon.

PROFESSOR NICK STENECK: 'Questionable research practices and how to respond to them' (Research Services seminar series: 'Research integrity seminars'), Teaching Room A, Rosemary Rue Building, Old Road Campus, 1 p.m.

JUSTIN REAY: ' "An uninterrupted excess of satisfaction": Samuel Pepys' naval papers in the Bodleian collections' (Friends of the Bodleian Thirty-minute Lecture) Convocation House, Bodleian Library, 1 p.m.

ANNA SIDERIS (soprano): vocal recital, the chapel, Mansfield, 1.15 p.m. (admission free).

PROFESSOR H. BEALE delivers the first of two Clarendon Law Lectures, Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, St Cross Building, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR AVI SHLAIM: 'Israel and the Palestinians: a hundred years of conflict' (seminar series: 'The Muslim world today'), Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, George Street, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR JAMES KUGEL: 'Preaching the bad news' (Speaker's Lectures in Biblical Studies: 'Modern biblical scholarship and traditional religious belief'), Schools, 5 p.m.

DR JOHN NASSARI: 'The refugee voice and the problems of representation' (Refugee Studies Centre public seminar series: 'The politics of refugee voices'), Seminar Room One, Queen Elizabeth House, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR LADISLAS ÖRSY: 'Do the "barbarians" have rights?' (Martin D'Arcy Memorial Lectures: 'At the origins of modern international law: the case of Francisco de Vitoria (c.1485– 1546) for human rights'), Schools, 5 p.m.

PROFESSOR GEERT JAN VAN GELDER: 'Classical Arabic' (seminar series 'Introducing ancient languages'), Room 3, Taylor Institution, 5 p.m.

MARTIN GRIFFITHS: 'Private diplomacy, public peace: practical challenges in contemporary peace negotiations' (public lecture: Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC)), James Martin Twenty-first Century School, 5.15 p.m.

PATRICK DECLERCK: 'Psychoanalytical musings on Christ' (lecture), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m. (M. Declerck is Author in Residence, MFO, 2–9 November.)

JOHN HYMAN: 'Pluralism and relativism' (Forum for European Philosophy in Oxford lecture), Lecture Room, Faculty of Philosophy, 5.30 p.m.

DR CATHERINE BROWN: 'D.H. Lawrence and Christianity' (University Church lecture series: 'Christian aesthetics'), Old Library, University Church (enter via Radcliffe Square), 6 p.m.

NICOLA BLACKWOOD (mezzo-soprano) and GUY NEWBURY (piano) perform works by Schubert, Brahms, Duparc, and Copland, Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, St Anne's, 6.15 p.m. (admission free).

PROFESSOR JAMES KUGEL: 'A moment of confusion: a glimpse of how some ancient Israelites conceived of God' (David Patterson Seminars), Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Yarnton Manor, 8 p.m.

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Thursday 5 November

CALYPSO NASH and ROSIE DUCKWORTH perform works for clarinet and piano, Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's, 1.15 p.m. (admission free).

DR SUSIE JACOBS: 'Gender and agrarian reforms: case studies from Vietnam, Zimbabwe and Brazil' (seminar series: 'Emerging issues in gender and development'), Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, 2 p.m.

DR NICK MAI: 'The negotiation of social mobility, subjectivity and sexuality of male and transgender migrants working in the UK sex industry' (COMPAS seminar series: 'Gender, migration and citizenship'), Seminar Room, Institute of Human Science, 58a Banbury Road, 2 p.m.

WORKSHOP AND LECTURE: 'Translating Kafka' (Bodleian Library (Centre for the Study of the Book), Oxford Kafka Research Centre), Convocation House, Bodleian Library, 2–5 p.m. Register at

MARK FRANCIS: 'Spencer and the taming of the natural world' (seminar series: 'Darwin in history: contexts and issues'), Colin Matthew Room, History Faculty, 3 p.m.

DR REBECCA JOHNSON: 'Dealing with doctrines: time to outlaw nuclear weapon use?' (James Martin School seminars: 'Getting to zero'), James Martin Twenty-first Century School, Old Indian Institute, 3.30 p.m.

PROFESSOR JAMES KUGEL: 'Who's afraid of the documentary hypothesis?' (Speaker's Lectures in Biblical Studies: 'Modern biblical scholarship and traditional religious belief'), Schools, 5 p.m.

PAUL FREESTONE: 'A brief history of vegetarianism' (lecture), Seminar Room East, the Garden Building, Mansfield College, 5 p.m.

IAN JAMES: 'Bernard Stiegler and contemporary French philosophy' (Modern French seminar series), Maison Française, 5.15 p.m.

TOM ILUBE: 'Who's watching you online? Privacy, cybercrime and Internet fraud' (Distinguished Speaker Seminars), Saïd Business School, 5.30 p.m. (advance electronic registration is required at

DR MARK SHEEHAN: 'In defence of governance: ethics and social research' (Special Ethics Seminar), St Cross Room, St Cross, 5.30 p.m. (to book places:

PROFESSOR H. BEALE delivers the second of two Clarendon Law Lectures, Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, St Cross Building, 6 p.m.

PROFESSOR SUSAN TREGGIARI: 'Syme and Servilia' (Ronald Syme Lecture), the Hall, Wolfson, 6 p.m.

MARK HONIGSBAUM: 'The great dread: pandemic influenza at the Victorian fin-de-siècle' (McGovern Lecture in the History of Medicine), E.P. Abraham Lecture Theatre, Green Templeton, 6 p.m.

FERN ELSDON-BAKER: 'The selfish genius: Richard Dawkins and the legacy of Charles Darwin' (Ian Ramsey Centre seminars), Old Dining Room, Harris Manchester, 8.30 p.m.

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