• Thursday 21 October 2010
  • No. 4931
  • Vol 141



    Early Modern Europe Seminar

    The following seminars will be given on Fridays at 2.15 p.m. in Oriel College, MacGregor Room. Convenors: Robert Evans, Lyndal Roper. For further enquiries contact Jane Cunning 01865 (6)15038 or email: jane.cunning@history.ox.ac.uk.

    Gregory Hanlon
        29 October, War and Death in the 17th century: Northern Italy in the 1630s.

    Euan Cameron
        5 November, When is holy salt just salt? Words, spirit and matter in sixteenth-century Protestantism.

    Valentin Groebner
        12 November, Fleisch. The Human Body as a Commodity in Renaissance Europe.

    Geert Janssen
        19 November, The Counter-Reformation of the Refugee and the Revolt of the Low Countries.

    Clare Ashdowne
        26 November, Shopping for saints: finding holiness in seventeenth-century Florence.

    Rob Schneider
        3 December, Otium cum dignitate: Modes of Engagement in the Age of Richelieu.

    History of Science Seminar Series: From Charles Darwin to Jerry Fodor: Issues in the history of evolutionary biology

    The following seminars will be given on Thursdays at 3 pm in the Colin Matthew Room, History Faculty. Convenors: Professors Pietro Corsi and Peter Harrison.

    Robert Richards, University of Chicago
        28 October: 'Darwin's Principles of Divergence and Natural Selection, and What Fodor Got Wrong'.

    Joe Cain, University College, London
         4 November: 'Julian Huxley, General Biology, and his failed reforms at London Zoo, 1935–1942'.

    Nick Hopwood, University of Cambridge
        11 November: 'Haeckel's pictures of embryos: from alleged forgery to icon of evolution'.

    Paul White, The Darwin Project, Cambridge
        18 November: 'Darwin and the problem of sympathy'.

    Jean Gayon, Université Paris, Panthéon-Sorbonne
        25 November: 'Darwin's “tree”: a reassessment'.

    Jon Topham, University of Leeds
        2 December: 'Lamarck in England'.

    Modern European History Seminar: 'Great Causes' in Modern Europe

    The seminars will take place at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in the History Faculty Building in George Street, Oxford. Access is at the rear of the building. All welcome to attend.

    21 October: Alexis Schwarzenbach (Zurich), The African panda. Decolonisation and the origins of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

    28 October: Holger Nehring (Sheffield), The Last Battle of the Cold War: Peace Movements and German Politics during the 1980s

    4 November: Vincent Viaene (Brasenose), Anti-slavery and the Congo Question in the History of Humanitarianism

    11 November: Marco Duranti (Konstanz), 'Let Europe judge Europe': Conservative politics and the genesis of European Human Rights Law, 1945–50

    18 November: Sarah Stokes (Merton), In the Shadow of a Massacre: French involvement in the campaign to free Mexican political prisoners from 1968

    25 November: Andrew Tompkins (Merton), Better active today than radioactive tomorrow: Transnational protest against Nuclear Power in France and West Germany, 1968–1981

    2 December: Tom Buchanan (Kellogg), The Shanghai–Madrid Axis: Comparing British responses to the conflicts in China and Spain, 1936–1939

    Oxford Architectural History Seminar

    The following seminars will be held at 5.30 p.m. in the EPA Lecture Theatre, Lady Abraham House (Lincoln College), Museum Road

    Alec Hamilton (Kellogg College)

    Monday, 25 October. 'Charles Spooner (1862–1938), Arts and Crafts architect?'

    Philip Aspin (Corpus Christi College)

    Monday, 22 November. 'The Condition of England and the Old English style, c.1830–1850'

    Medieval and Modern Languages

    Graduate seminars of the Sub-faculty of Italian

    The following seminars will be given on Mondays at 5 p.m. in the Taylorian Building, Room 2.

    1 November: Jamie McKendrick (Oxford), Presentation of his translation of Giorgio Bassani's Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini.

    8 November, Federico Luisetti (Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina), 'Nonhuman Intervals: Marinetti's Radio Syntheses.'

    15 November, Juan Carlos Conde (University of Oxford, Magdalen College), 'Translations of Boccaccio in the Iberian Peninsula in the Middle Ages'.

    29 November, Maurizio Isabella (Queen Mary, University of London), 'Travelling from South to North: Italian Reactions to the Grand Tour: the case of the exiles in England'.

    Seminar Introducing Ancient Languages      

    The following seminars will be given on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Taylor Institution Library (Hall). Convenor: Dr Johanneke Sytsema. All are welcome.

    3 November: Old Georgian, Mr Nikoloz Aleksidze.

    10 November: Pictish, Professor Thomas Charles-Edwards.

    17 November: Akkadian, Dr Stephanie Dalley.

    24 November: Coptic, Professor Mark Smith.

    Oriental Studies

    Research Seminar in the Study of the Abrahamic Religions

    The Seminar will meet on Wednesday at 17.00 in the Oriental Institute, Lecture Room 1. Sponsored by the faculties of Oriental Studies and Theology. Organizers: Adam Silverstein and Guy G. Stroumsa

    3 November: Professor Christopher Rowland, In Pursuit of The Mystery of God: apocalypticism, mysticism and the New Testament

    17 November: Professor Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute), Christian attitudes towards Hebrew and Arabic science and philosophy in the Middle Ages

    1 December: Malise Ruthven, Fundamentalist and other Obstacles to Religious Tolerance


    Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion Seminars

    All seminars will be on Thursdays at 8.30 p.m. in the Old Dining Room, Harris Manchester College. The seminars are free and open to the public.

    Neuroscience and the Soul, Professor Roger Scruton, 21 October

    The Idea of Criteria for Personhood, Professor Timothy Chappell, 4 November

    Muslim Tradition and Modern Science: Challenges and Reconciliation, Professor Nidhal Guessoum, 18 November


    Oxford Strachey Lectures in Computer Science

    Jane Hillston, Professor of Quantitative Modelling, University of Edinburgh, will speak on Tuesday 16 November in the Computing Laboratory Lecture Theatre B at 4.30 p.m.

    Subject: Making stochastic process algebras count: modelling collective dynamics

    Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics: Mathematical Geoscience Seminars

    Mark McGuinness, Victoria University of Wellington, 19 Nov: 'Exploding Rock.' Room 3, Dartington House, Little Clarendon St, 2.30 p.m. on Friday.

    Advanced Quantitative Research Methods Special Interest Group (Quant SIG)

    The following seminars will be given on Mondays at 2.15 p.m. in Seminar Room J (computer lab), 28 Norham Gardens.

    1 November, Xavier Dumay, Interdisciplinary Research Group in Socialisation, Education and Training, Université Catholique de Louvain, 'The stability of school performance indicators: comparing cross-sectional and longitudinal models.'

    8 November, Miranda Lubbers, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Barcelona, 'Social comparison with friends versus non-friends.'

    15 November, Lars-Erik Malmberg, Department of Education, University of Oxford, 'Within-teacher stability and variability: An unexplored dimension of teachers' self-efficacy development.'

    22 November, James Hall, Department of Education, University of Oxford, 'SEM & Latent Growth Modelling across different measures: One instance of defensible validity.'

    29 November, Ioulia Televantou, Department of Education, University of Oxford. Title to be confirmed.

    Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics seminars

    Except where stated, seminars are on Thursdays at 2.15 pm in the Dobson Lecture Room at the Atmospheric Physics Laboratory.

    21 October, Bill Dewar (Florida State University), Submesoscale generation by topography

    28 October, Speaker & topic to be confirmed: please consult http://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/seminars/aopp/

    4 November, Cécile Penland (NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder), A stochastic model of tropical sea surface temperatures

    11 November, Mark Rodwell (ECMWF), Diagnosis of initial tendency error in weather forecasts and its application to climate uncertainty

    18 November, Tom Pike (Imperial College, London), Microscopy of Mars - a world in a grain of sand?

    25 November, Alan Grant (University of Reading) Topic to be confirmed - please consult http://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/seminars/aopp/

    2 December, Tony McNally (ECMWF ), Satellite data assimilation for numerical weather prediction, environmental monitoring and climate research at ECMWF

    Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics Seminars

    The following research seminars will be held on Fridays at 1.00pm, Sherrington Library. Convener: Dr Deborah Goberdhan

    22 October, Professor Carol Robinson – Dept of Chemistry, University of Oxford, 'Dehydrated but unharmed? Protein complexes in the Gas Phase'. Hosted by Kay Davies

    29 October, Professor David Beech – University of Leeds, 'Calcium channels of vascular remodelling'. Hosted by Anant Parekh

    12 November, Professor Wolf Reik – Babraham Institute, University of Cambridge, 'Mechanisms and biological functions of epigenetic reprogramming'. Hosted by Chris Ponting

    19 November, Professor Raimond Winslow – Johns Hopkins, '50 years of heart modelling: Many answers, many more questions'. Hosted by Richard Vaughan Jones

    26 November, Prof David Strutt – Dept of Biomedical Science, University of Sheffield, 'Local coordination of planar polarity through cell–cell interactions'. Hosted by Clive Wilson

    3 December, Prof Kenneth Harris – Imperial College London, 'The neural marketplace'. Hosted by Gero Miesenboeck

    Department of Materials Colloquia

    Thursdays at 4.00 in the Hume Rothery Lecture Theatre.

    21 October, Dr Edward A. Laird, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, Controlling quantum dot spin qubits electrically

    28 October, Professor Richard Needs, University of Cambridge, Predicting structures with density functional theory

    4 November, Dr Michele Warren, Diamond Light Source – Oxford University Research Facilitator, Getting to the heart of the matter: what can you do with super-bright X-rays?

    11 November, Professor Dr Joachim Mayer, RWTH Aachen University, Germany, Applications of Aberration Corrected TEMs in Materials Science

    18 November, Dr Frédéric Christien, Polytech'Nantes - University of Nantes, France, Solute interface segregation in materials

    25 November, TBC

    2 December, Professor Dr Daniel Loss, University of Basel, Switzerland, Spin electric effects in molecular antiferromagnets

    Mathematics lecture

    Professor Nicola Fusco (University of Naples), will lecture at 4:30 pm on Friday 22 October in Lecture Theatre 2, the Mathematical Institute on 'The sharp quantitative isoperimetric inequality and related inequalities in quantitative form'.

    Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory

    Soft Matter, Biomaterials and Interfaces Seminars

    The following seminars will be held on Tuesdays at 4.00 p.m. in the John Rowlinson Seminar Room (20.12) – opposite the PTCL Main Lecture Theatre

    26 October: Dr Juan Zhou (University of Bristol), 'Phase behaviour of mixtures of colloidal spheres and polymers'

    2 November: Dr Edo Boek (Imperial College), 'Multi-scale simulation and experimental studies of asphaltene aggregation and deposition in capillary flow'

    9 November: Dr Jochen Guck (University of Cambridge), 'Do cells care about physics?'

    16 November: Professor Jeung Sang Go (Pusan National University, South Korea), 'Microfluidic applications utilizing the benefit of the scale effect'

    23 November: Dr Stephen Peppin (OCCAM, University of Oxford), 'Dynamics of colloidal particles in ice'

    30 November: Professor Andrew deMello (Imperial College), TBA

    Department of Zoology Seminars

    Mondays, Department of Zoology, South Parks Road. Please note that you will be required to show a valid University card on entry to the building.

    October 25th Southwood Lecture 4:00pm (Lecture Theatre A), Professor Paul Brakefield, University of Cambridge. 'Evolution and development on the wing - Butterfly eyespots and pheromones'.

    November 1st 4:00pm (Lecture Theatre B), Professor Andy Purvis, Imperial College London. 'Macroevolution in a model system: planktonic foraminifera, the Court Jester and the Red Queen'.

    November 8th Weldon Lecture 5:00pm (Lecture Theatre A), Professor David Spiegelhalter, University of Cambridge. 'Personal risk and scientific uncertainty - what's the connection?'

    November 15th J.W. Jenkinson Lecture 5:00pm (Lecture Theatre A), Professor David Kingsley, Stanford University. 'Fishing for the secrets of vertebrate evolution'.

    November 22nd 4:00pm (Lecture Theatre B), Professor Philip Donoghue, University of Bristol. 'Decoding the Precambrian fossil record of embryology.

    November 29th 4:00pm (Lecture Theatre B), Dr Cristian Capelli, University of Oxford. 'People on the move: migrations and genetic admixture in human populations'.

    December 6th 4:00pm (Lecture Theatre B), Professor Patrizia d'Ettorre, University of Paris 13. 'The chemical language of ants: signature mixtures and identity signals'.


    Litchfield Lecture

    Professor David Kupfer, Thomas Detre Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, will deliver a Litchfield Lecture on Tuesday 9 November at 5.00 pm in the University Department of Psychiatry Seminar Room, Warneford Hospital.  Enquiries may be directed to philly.white@psych.ox.ac.uk

    Title: On the Road to DSM-5: Current Status

    Joel Mandelstam Lecture in conjunction with the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology

    Professor Bonnie Bassler (Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology, Princeton University), Thursday 25th November, 4pm, MSTC Lecture Theatre. Title: 'Manipulating Quorum Sensing to Control Bacterial Pathogenicity.' All welcome – entry by ticket only. Contact: Sarah-Jane Scard head@bioch.ox.ac.uk; Tel:01865 613212.

    Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity Seminar series

    The following seminars will be given on Thursdays at 1 p.m. in the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology.

    Kerry O'Brien, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester

    4 Nov. Why do we dislike obese people?  

    Sanna Nordin, Laban, London

    11th Nov. Looking skinny, feeling fit - or fat? Exploring attitudes to bodies and eating in dance.

    Cressida Marcus, ISCA, University of Oxford

    18th Nov. Affective Hunger: Bread and famine in Ethiopian Orthodox Christian spirituality.

    Caroline Potter, ISCA, University of Oxford

    25th Nov. Predictable obesity? An ecological approach for identifying future health risk.

    Geof Rayner, Centre for Food Policy, City University

    2nd Dec. Population weight gain as the outcome of dietary, energy and cultural transition: An ecological public health perspective.

    Sir William Dunn School of Pathology Research Seminars

    The following seminars will be given on Thursdays at 4 p.m. in the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre Lecture Theatre.

    Dr Simon Boulton, DNA damage Response Laboratory, CRUK, Clare Hall Laboratories, 28 Oct.: 'Controlling Recombination'.

    Professor Rose Zamoyska, Institute of Immunology and Infection Research, University of Edibnurgh, 4 Nov.: 'The Influence of the Src-kinases, Lck and Fyn, on T cell differentiation and function'.

    Dr David Vaux, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, 11 Nov.: tba.

    Professor Laurence H Pearl, Institute of Cancer Research, Chester Beatty Laboratories, 18 Nov.: 'Assembling and Regulating DNA Repair Complexes'.

    Professor Bonnie Bassler, Dept Molecular Biology, Princeton University, 25 Nov.: Dept Biochemistry Joel Mandelstram Lecture.

    Professor Ed Fisher, NYU, Eastman Visiting Professor, 2 Dec.: 'Making Atherosclerosis Better and Even Disappear: The Role of Monocyte-Derived Cells'.


    School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography: Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

    Fertility and Reproduction Seminars: Reproduction, Family and Changing Concepts of Childhood

    The following seminars will be given on Mondays at 11 a.m. in the Seminar Room 61 Banbury Road. All welcome.

    Daniel Sellen (University of Toronto)

    25th October, Infant and young child nutrition and care: Diversities, disparities and inequities.

    Zeynep Gurtin-Broadbent (Cambridge University)

    1 November, Conceiving children: Turkish IVF patients and imagined parenthood.

    Heather Montgomery (Open University)

    8th November, Childhood and global reproduction.

    Shirin Garmaroudi (University of Tübingen)

    15th November, Changes in the concept of childhood? Kinship and reproduction in the contemporary Shiite Iran.

    Daphna Carmeli (Haifa University)

    22nd November, Blessed with children: Israeli reproduction in the age of globalisation.

    Marcia Inhorn (Yale University)

    29th November, 'He won't be my son': Middle Eastern Muslim men's discourses of adoption and gamete donation.

    Oxford Transitional Justice Research Seminar Series

    The following seminars will be given at 5 p.m. in Seminar Room D, Manor Road Building, except where noted. For information, contact: danielle.granville@bnc.ox.ac.uk, nicola.palmer@law.ox.ac.uk or emily.braid@sant.ox.ac.uk.

    Diane Batchelor, Former Researcher at UMAM Documentation and Research, Beirut, Tuesday 26 October: A People that Perseveres: Psychological Analysis of Collective Amnesia in Lebanon and its Implications for Transitional Justice.

    Judge Sergio Gabriel Torres, Federal Judge in Criminal and Correctional Matters in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Academic Vice President for Argentina at the Ibero‐American Criminal Law Institute, Wednesday 3 November (co‐hosted with the Oxford University Latin American Society): Crimes against Humanity: Human Rights and Justice in Argentina, Lecture Theatre, Manor Road Building.

    Professor Stanley Cohen, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics, Tuesday 9 November: Denial, Forgetting and Commemoration of Atrocities.

    Chris Mahony, DPhil candidate in Politics, University of Oxford; OTJR Treasurer, Wednesday 17 November: The Special Court for Sierra Leone: An Instrument of External Hegemony?

    Professor Deborah Posel, Professor of Sociology, University of Cape Town, and Director of the Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA), Tuesday 23 November: Title TBC.

    Professor Cath Collins, Professor in the School of Political Science, University of Diego Portales, Chile; Mr. Alan Angell, Emeritus Fellow of St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, Tuesday 30 November (co‐hosted with the Latin American Centre; venue: 1 Church Walk): Seminar and Book Launch: Post-Transitional Justice: Human Right Trials in Chile and El Salvador.

    Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology Departmental Seminar

    The following seminars will be given on Fridays at 4 p.m. at 64 Banbury Road. Organizers: Marcus Banks and Elisabeth Hsu.

    James Laidlaw (Cambridge)

    29 October, Forms of detachment and ethical regard.

    Chiara Letizia (Oxford)

    5 November, Shaping secularism(s) in Nepal.

    Corinne Fortier (Paris)

    12 November, Blood, sperm and the embryo in Sunni Islam and in Mauritania: milk kinship, descent and medically assisted procreation.

    Stephanie Bunn (St Andrews)

    19 November, TBA.

    Andre Gingrich (Vienna)

    26 November, Neo-nationalism five years later: a return to 'indigeneity' in Central Europe?

    Felicia Hughes-Freeland (Swansea)

    3 December, TBA.

    Department of Education Public Lecture Programme

    The following lectures will take place on Monday evenings in Seminar Room A at 15 Norham Gardens at 5.00 p.m. The lectures are followed at 6.30 p.m. by a short reception. Contact philip.richards@education.ox.ac.uk for further information or visit the department's website on http://www.education.ox.ac.uk/home/seminars/index.php.

    Dr Geoff Mason, National Institute for Economic and Social Research

    25 Oct: 'Employer support for part-time study in higher education: pushing at an open door?'

    Professor Stephen Ball, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Education, University of Oxford

    1 Nov: 'Education policy, governance and social enterprise'

    Dr Alessandro Benati, Reader in Second Language Acquisition and Director of Research and Enterprise, University of Greenwich

    8 Nov: 'Grammar instruction and processing instruction'

    Professor Jenny Ozga, Senior Professorial Research Fellow, Department of Education, University of Oxford

    15 Nov: 'Governing knowledge: new technologies of knowledge production and use'

    Professor Herb Marsh, Department of Education, University of Oxford

    22 Nov: 'Assessing educational effectiveness: policy implications from diverse areas of research'

    Dr David Johnson and Jenny Hsieh, Department of Education, University of Oxford

    29 Nov: 'The reading literacies of teachers in Nigeria'

    Law/St Peter's College

    Oxford Intellectual Property Invited Speaker Seminar Series

    Professor Graeme Austin, Arizona, will give the following seminar at 5.15 p.m. on Thursday 21 October at St Peter's College. Further details can be found on www.oiprc.ox.ac.uk. Enquiries may be directed to Ellen Moilanen (email: ellen.moilanen@law.ox.ac.uk).

    Subject: 'Downunder Parody: Fair Use for the Purposes of Parody and Satire in Australian Copyright Law'

    Department of Politics and International Relations/Nuffield College

    Oxford Centre for the Study of Inequality and Democracy: The Historical Turn in the Study of Democracy

    Roundtable on 'The Historical Turn in Democratization Studies.' Thursday 11 November, 17.00, Lecture Theatre, DPIR, Manor Road Building. Speakers: Nancy Bermeo (Oxford); Giovanni Capoccia (Oxford); Peter Hall (Harvard); Laurence Whitehead (Oxford); Daniel Ziblatt (Harvard). Organizers: Professor Nancy Bermeo and Professor Giovanni Capoccia.

    Refugee Studies Centre Public Seminar Series

    Dynamics of forced displacement, humanitarian intervention and conflict resolution

    Seminars at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Seminar Room One, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford. Convenors: Dr Alice Edwards and Héloïse Ruaudel . Seminars are subject to change at the last minute; please see website for updates.

    27 Oct: Refugees and military interventions. Professor Sir Adam Roberts, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford

    3 Nov: 1325 and all that: progress and pitfalls in ensuring women's voice and agency in peace and security. Antonia Potter, Former Country Director for Oxfam GB in Indonesia and Gender and Mediation Policy/Advocacy Manager for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue

    10 Nov: The elusive 'war refugee': violence and discrimination in the construct of 'refugee' as a legal category. Jean François Durieux, Director, Division of Operational Services, UNHCR

    17 Nov: A critical consideration of humanitarian and protection challenges in Somalia. Dr Anna Lindley, Lecturer in Migration and Development, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

    24 Nov: Human Rights and humanitarian field workers in partnership for protection. Michael O'Flaherty, Professor of Applied Human Rights, Co-Director, Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham; Member, UN Human Rights Committee

    1 Dec: The politicization of survival and conditionalities of aid in the Sahrawi refugee camps. Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Departmental Lecturer in Forced Migration, RSC

    Sociology Department

    Extra-Legal Governance Institute and Oxford Network for Social Inequality Research Seminars

    Mondays from 12.30pm-2pm at Manor Road Building, Seminar Room G. All welcome.

    25 October, Stef Adriaenssens, University College Brussels, Between Economic Theorizing and Sociological Explanation: Social Norms in Prostitution Research

    1 November, Renee Reichl Luthra, ISER, University of Essex, Intergenerational Returns to Migration: an examination of educational attainment on both sides of the German border

    8 November, Javier Polavieja (Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies), Sex-Typed Occupational Aspirations amongst Young Children: Socialization, agency and unexplained effects

    15 November, Shirley Dex (Institute of Education), Gender and Cohort Differences in Labour Market Entry Occupations and Their Effects on Early Career Mobility of Men and Women in Britain

    22 November, Gunn Birkelund (University of Oslo), The Equalizing Effect of Wives' Earnings on Inequalities in Earnings among Households. Exploring patterns and mechanisms, Norway 1974–2004

    29 November, Misha Glenny, From Cybercrime to Cyberwarfare: Hackers and their Multiple Uses

    Institutes, Centres and Museums

    Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity


    Leslie Webster (British Museum) will give the following special lecture on Friday 29 October, in the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles', at 5 p.m.

    Subject: 'The Staffordshire Hoard: Wealth, Art and Power in the Seventh Century'

    Carnival and Cult from Caesar to Chrysostom

    John North (UCL), Richard Lim (Smith College) and Charles Ramble (Oxford) will participate in this afternoon colloquium, Saturday, 13 November, in the Linbury Room, Worcester College, starting at 2pm. Organized by Neil McLynn with the support of Paul Pheby Free. Please email neil.mclynn@classics.ox.ac.uk to register, as space is limited.

    Ashmolean Museum

    Winton Institute for Monetary History Seminar Series: 'Financial Crises and Policy through History'

    The following seminars will be given on Mondays at 5 p.m. in the Heberden Coin Study Room, Ashmolean Museum (enter via the Staff Entrance on St Giles'). Open to all members of the university. Enquiries to Luke Samy luke.samy@ashmus.ox.ac.uk.

    Dr Gareth Campbell (Queens University Belfast)

    Monday 1 November: The Railway Mania of 1838–1850 and the Commercial Crisis of 1847.

    Professor Richard Roberts (Institute for Historical Research, University of London)

    Monday 15 November: The Financial Crisis of 1914.

    Professor Marcus Miller (University of Warwick)

    Monday 29 November: The Financial Crisis of 2007–8.

    Bodleian Libraries

    Workshops in Information Skills and Electronic Research (WISER)  

    The following workshops will be held on the days shown in the OUCS, 13 Banbury Road. Further details may be found at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/services/training/wiser/.

    Juliet Ralph and Angela Carrit, Wednesday 27 October 2.00 - 3.30pm, WISER: Who's citing you? Tools for tracking citations

    Juliet Ralph and Angela Carrit, Wednesday 27 October 3.30 - 4.30pm, WISER: Bibliometrics - the Black Art of Citation Ranking

    Valerie Lawrence and Shona Mclean, Friday 29 October 9.15am - 12.15pm, RefWorks for Humanities

    Museum of the History of Science


    Admission to all events is free.

    'The Camera Obscura': talk, demonstration and tour by Roger Smith. Monday, 25 October, 1-2.30 p.m. A collaboration between the Museum and the Bodleian Library: meet at 1 p.m. in the Convocation House, entered via the Divinity School, Old Bodleian Library.

    'The Oxford Philosophical Society and the Royal Society: a meeting of minds?' by Dr Anna Marie Roos. Tuesday, 26 October, 7 p.m.

    'The Natural History of Oxfordshire': A special event marking the 350th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Society. Saturday, 13 November, 2−5 p.m.

    'Stars and Starlight': The Museum's contribution to Oxford's 'Christmas Light Night'. Friday, 26 November, 7−11 p.m.

    'Meteorites in Science and Culture': Professor Monica Grady (linked to 'Anvilled Stars' exhibition). Tuesday, 7 December, 7 p.m.

    Table Talks

    'How Does the Astrolabe Work?' by Jim Bennett. Sunday, 28 November, 2.30 p.m.

    'Qibla'. Finding the direction of Mecca with Stephen Johnston. Sunday, 5 December, 2.30 p.m.

    Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

    Majewski Lecture

    Professor David Gellner, Monday 15 November, 5.00. Lecture Room 1 Oriental Institute, What is left of Hinduism in the Federal Republic of Nepal?

    Shivdasani Lectures

    Dr T.N. Ganeshan will give the following seminars Mondays at 2 p.m. in the OCHS Library.

        1 November: Pauskaragama: The Saivasiddhanta Doctrinal Base in its Later Developments–Two commentators, Umapati and Jnanaprakasa of Salivati, Jaffna.

        8 November: Nanamirtam: The first available Tamil systematisation of Saivagama doctrines.

        22 November: Parallel Systematisation of Saivism based on the Veda and the Purana: Haradatta, Appayadiksita and Nilakanthadiksita.

        29 November: Development and elaboration of Saivasiddhanta doctrines in the Tamil country: Sivagrayogi's contribution in the middle of 16th century CE

    Comparative Mysticism Seminars

    The following seminars will be given on Fridays at 2 p.m. in the OCHS Library.

    Dr Rembert Lutjeharms, 5 November: Tasting God: The Ascetical and Mystical Theology of Rupa Gosvami (1489–1564).

    Professor Gavin Flood, 19 November: Unsayability and Meditative Ascent in Esoteric Hindu Traditions.

    Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

    Special Seminar

    The following seminar will be held at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (George Street) at 5.00 pm.

    Tuesday 26 October: Jill Shankleman (Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars), 'Going Global: The Rise of Chinese Oil and Mining Companies'. Discussant: Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, University Lecturer in Comparative Politics, Oxford University.

    Nissan Institute for Japanese Studies

    The following seminars will be given on Fridays at 5 p.m. in the Dahrendorf Room, Founders' Building, St Antony's. Convenors: Dr Sho Konishi and Professor Ian Neary.

    29th October, Professor Tom Gill, Professor of Social Anthropology, Faculty of International Studies, Meiji Gakuin University, Yokohama, Homeless People and Encampments in Japan: The Response to State Intervention.

    5th November, Dr Peter Wynn Kirby, Senior Lecturer in the Anthropology of Japan, Oxford Brookes University, Conserving their Energy: Waste, Nature, and Resources in Contemporary Japan.

    12th November, Makiko Nishikawa, Hosei University, Japan and Mark Tomlinson, Senior Research Officer, Department of Social Policy & Social Work, Oxford University, The Determinants of Well-being of Japanese Women: Work and Family Change.

    19th November, Dr Susan Townsend, School of History, University of Nottingham, Wanderings through the World of Miki Kiyoshi: Reflections on autobiography.

    26th November, Régine Serra, International Affairs Manager, Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Japan and the world: how to design a new foreign policy.

    3rd December, Dr Christopher Gerteis, Lecturer in the History of Contemporary Japan, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, The NYK Story: Manufacturing History on the Yokohama Waterfront.

    7th December, Sabine Fruhstuck, Professor of Modern Japanese Cultural Studies, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies, University of California, The Making of 'Child Soldiers' in Japan and Elsewhere.

    Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

    Anthony Goldbloom (CEO, Kaggle), Wednesday 17 November, 'Data Modelling Competitions: Addressing 21st Century Challenges', Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, 12:30-13:30 (Light lunch included). Please confirm attendance to events@smithschool.ox.ac.uk.

    Adam Kahane (Partner, Reos Partners), Thursday 18 November, 'Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change', Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, 4pm-5pm. No need to pre-register but arrive just ahead of the start time.

    Institute for Science, Innovation and Society

    Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities Seminar Series - 'Engaging with the Flexible City'

    Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00 pm in the James Martin Seminar Room, Saïd Business School. Information: http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/centres/insis/news/Pages/futureofcities-mt2010.aspx. All are welcome. No registration required. 

    26 October: Tim Dixon, Oxford Brookes University: Sustainable urban development to 2050: complex transitions in the built environment of cities  

    2 November: Sarah Harper, Oxford Institute of Ageing, University of Oxford: Who will live in our future cities: exploring the implications of 21st-Century demography

    9 November: Mark Hinnells, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford: New business models for low-carbon cities

    16 November: Michael Keith, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford: Global migration and the future of le droit à la ville

    23 November: David Howard, University Lecturer in Sustainable Urban Development, University of Oxford: Sustainable development and crime in the urban Caribbean

    30 November: David Banister, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford: Transportation and the city

    Voltaire Foundation–Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment

    Besterman Lecture

    Professor Pierre Frantz, Université de Paris IV–Sorbonne will deliver the 2010 Besterman Lecture at 5.15 p.m. on Thursday 11 November at Maison Française, Norham Road  (enquiries: Liz Hancock at email@voltaire.ox.ac.uk).

    Subject: 'Le théâtre de Voltaire: dramaturgie et politique.'

    Colleges and Halls

    Green Templeton College

    McGovern Annual Lecture in the History of Medicine

    Professor Randall Packard (Chair and William H Welch Professor of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University), 'Fevered Cities: Local Responses to the Global Spread of Dengue Fever', 6.00 pm, Thursday 4 November, E P Abraham Lecture Theatre.

    Mansfield College

    Professor Sir Ian Kershaw, FBA, will deliver the Annual Adam von Trott lecture, Chapel, Mansfield College, Tuesday 2 Nov., 5 p.m.

    Subject: 'How popular was the Hitler regime?'

    Nuffield College

    Sociology Group Seminars

    The following seminars will be given on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Clay Room, Nuffield. Organised by: Peter Hedström (Nuffield College) and Dr Tak Wing Chan, (New College, Oxford)

    Professor Margaret Archer, Department of Sociology, The University of Warwick

    27th October: 'Why we need subjects' accounts in the first person'.

    Professor Bernadette Hayes, Department of Sociology, University of Aberdeen

    3rd November: 'Victims as Moral Beacons in Post-Conflict Societies: The Case of Northern Ireland'.

    Professor Donald MacKenzie, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

    10th November: 'The Credit Crisis as a Problem in the Sociology of Knowledge'.

    Professor Dr. Dirk Helbing, Chair of Sociology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

    17th November: 'Cooperation, Norms, and Conflict: Towards Simulating the Foundations of Society'.

    Dr Tak Wing Chan, Fellow & Lecturer in Sociology, New College, Oxford

    24th November: 'Intergenerational Exchange in the UK'.

    Professor Jennifer Mason, Co-director, Morgan Centre Director, ESRC Realities Node, Manchester University

    1st December: 'What it means to be related: family resemblance and sociological knowledge'.

    St Antony's College

    Middle East Centre seminars

    The following seminars will be given on Fridays at 5 p.m. in the Middle East Centre, 68 Woodstock Road. All welcome. Check www.sant.ox.ac.uk for changes in the programme.

    Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards, Queen's University, Belfast, November 5: 'Hamas and the Opposition to the Current Palestinian–Israeli Negotiations'.

    Professor Peter Beinart, City University of New York, The New America Foundation, November 12: 'Israel and the Failure of the American Jewish Establishment'.

    Professor Charles Tripp, SOAS, November 19: 'The Art of Resistance in the Middle East'.

    H.R.H. Prince El Hassan bin Talal, November 26: 'Positive Progress or Continued Asymmetric Dialogue'.

    Dr Walter Posch, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik German Institute for Foreign and Security Policy, and Professor Edmund Herzig, Oxford, December 3: 'More than a Promise? Iran's Green Movement'.

    European Studies Centre

    The Expanding European Union Seminar

    Thursday 28th October, 5pm, Iceland and the EU, Benedikt Jónsson (Ambassador of Iceland, London), the Seminar Room, European Studies Centre. Comment: Anne Deighton (Wolfson). Convenor: Graham Avery.


    Friday 10th & Saturday 11th December, 'Politics, Economy and Class in Nazi Germany. A Reassessment', European Studies Centre. Convenor: Jane Caplan. Pre-registration required. Contact anne-laure.guillermain@sant.ox.ac.uk.

    SEESOX Seminar

    The following seminars will be given on Mondays at 5 p.m. in the Seminar Room, European Studies Centre. Convenor: Othon Anastasakis.

    25th October, 5pm, The Europeanisation of Bosnia: Is Any Progress Being Made?, Adam Fagan (Queen Mary, University of London).

    1st November, 5pm, Kosovo: Four Futures, Spyros Economides (LSE), James Ker Lindsey (LSE), Dimitris Papadimitriou (University of Manchester).

    22nd November, 5pm, SEESOX/Bank of Greece Lecture, Convergence and the Euro, Re-evaluating the Experience of Euro Members and Lessons for Future Members, Klaus Regling (Head of the European Financial Stability Facility). Chair: Max Watson (St Antony's).

    29th November, 5pm, Turkey in the Middle East, Bulent Aras (SEESOX/Modern Turkey Fellow, St Antony's).

    ESC Core Seminar: Citizenship in Europe: Political and Social Perspectives

    The following seminars will be given on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in the Seminar Room, European Studies Centre. Convenors: Jane Caplan and Paola Mattei.

    26th October, Citizenship and Nationality in 20th Century European History: A Comparative Approach, Dieter Gosewinkel (WZB Berlin/St Antony's). Studies Centre Comment: Jaime Lluch (St Antony's).

    2nd November, Measuring Democracy and Citizenship in Southern and Eastern Europe, Leonardo Morlino (Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane/ Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena Visiting Fellow, St Antony's). Comment: Michael Drolet (St Antony's).

    16th November, Can We Afford a Welfare State?, Andrew Dilnot (St Hugh's). Comment: Peter Kemp (St Cross).

    23rd November, Welfare or Wild Capitalism in a Post-Communist Europe?, Martin Potucek (Charles University, Prague). Comment:  Jan Zielonka (St Antony's).

    30th November, EU Elites and Citizens. Challenging Views from French Political Sociology, Didier Georgakakis (Institut d'Études Politiques de Strasbourg/Institut Universitaire de France). Comment: Jean-Pascal Daloz (Maison Française d'Oxford).

    MDCEE Seminar: Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: State of the Arts

    The following seminars will be given on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Seminar Room, European Studies Centre. Convenor: Jan Zielonka and MDCEE team.

    27th October, The Paradox of Political Openings:Democratization and the Crisis of Stateness in Postcommunism, Venelin Ganev (Miami University). Comment: Gwen Sasse (Nuffield).

    3rd November, Communist Legacies and Post-Communist Civil Society, Grigore Pop-Eleches (Princeton University). Comment: Radoslaw Zubek (Hertford).

    10th November, Political Elites: Consensus and Dissensus, Gabriella Ilonszki (Corvinus University, Budapest). Comment: Stephen Whitefield (Pembroke).

    17th November, Transitional Justice: Patterns and Divergences, Vello Pettai (University of Tartu). Comment: Cristina Parau (Wolfson).

    24th November, Jobs for the Boys: Patterns of Party Patronage in Post-Communist Europe, Petr Kopecký (University of Leiden). Comment: Leonardo Morlino (Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane /Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena Visiting Fellow, St Antony's).

    1st December, The State of Democracy 20 Years On: Domestic and External Factors, Jacques Rupnik (Sciences Po, Paris). Comment: Timothy Garton Ash (St Antony's).

    St John's College Research Centre

    The First Annual St John's College Research Centre Lecture will be given by Professor Onora O'Neill, Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve, CBE, FBA, FMedSci, FRS (Hon), a distinguished philosopher. The title of the lecture is 'Toleration, Self-Expression  and Communication'. It will be held in the Auditorium at 5pm on 28 October, followed by drinks. Everyone is welcome to attend.

    Other Groups

    Oxford Asian Textile Group

    Lecture by Sandra Niessen: Legacy in Cloth: Batik textiles of Indonesia. Wednesday 27 October at 6.15pm (AGM at 5.45pm), at the Pauling Centre, 58 Banbury Road. Visitors welcome: £2.