• Thursday 28 October 2010
  • No. 4932
  • Vol 141

Inaugural Lectures

Professor of Poetry

Professor Geoffrey Hill will deliver his inaugural lecture at 5.15 p.m. on Tuesday, 30 November, in the Examination Schools.

Subject: 'How ill white hairs become a fool and jester.'



Philippe Wiener Annual Lecture

Professor Bruno Bernard, Université Libre de Bruxelles, will deliver the Philippe Wiener Annual Lecture, Tuesday, 19 October, at 5.15 p.m., in the Buttery, Wolfson College. Please let us know if you will be able to join us (email@voltaire.ox.ac.uk).

Subject: 'The British Isles in Voltaire's Essai sur les mœurs.'

English Language and Literature

Oxford Wells lectures

Professor Katherine Maus, 'Being and Having in Shakespeare', Lecture Theatre 2, St Cross Building, 5.15 p.m.

Tues. 2 Nov.: 'Being and Having in Richard II.'

Thurs. 4 Nov.: 'Prodigal Princes.'

Tues. 9 Nov.: 'Heirs and Affines in The Merchant of Venice.'

Thurs. 11 Nov.: 'The Properties of Friendship.'

Medieval and Modern Languages

Modern Greek Seminar

The seminars will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in the Ground Floor Lecture Room, 47 Wellington Square.

Efstratios Myrogiannis, Cambridge

4 Nov.: A canon in the making: 'Byzantine History' before Paparrigopoulos.

Philip Hager, Winchester

18 Nov.: Popular margins and the illegitimate mainstream: the field of theatre during the Colonels' junta in Greece.

John Kittmer, King's College, London

2 Dec.: 'Your body I know so well, like a poem memorized by heart.' Some reflections on Ritsos reading the body.

Modern Languages Inter-sub-faculty Colloquium on Horkheimer and Adorno's 'Dialectic of Enlightenment'

Friday, 19 November, at Worcester College, Ruskin Lane Seminar Room, 2–4 p.m. Speakers: Prof. Ritchie Robertson, Queen's: 'Diverse Enlightenments: Cassirer, Adorno/Horkheimer, Venturi, Israel'; Dr Ben Morgan, Worcester: 'Re-reading Dialectic of Enlightenment: More mimesis, less dialectics.' Chair: Dr Caroline Warman, Jesus.


Ian Ramsey Centre Seminar

Professor Timothy Chappell, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Ethics Centre at the Open University, will deliver the Ian Ramsey Centre seminar at 8.30 p.m. on Thursday, 4 November, in the Old Dining Room of Harris Manchester College. This lecture is free and open to the public. Drinks reception at 8.15 p.m.

Subject: 'On the very idea of criteria for personhood.'

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Dennis Sciama Memorial Lecture

Professor Marek Abramowicz, University of Göteborg and Copernicus Center, Warsaw, will deliver the Dennis Sciama Memorial Lecture at 4.15 p.m. on Friday, 19 November, in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory.

Subject: 'Astrophysical black holes and E = Mc2.'

Hintze Lecture

Professor Marek Abramowicz, University of Göteborg & Copernicus Center, Warsaw, will deliver the Inaugural Hintze Lecture at 4.15 p.m. on Monday, 22 November, in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory.

Subject: 'Spinning up the black hole.'

Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics: Mathematical Geoscience Seminars

The following seminars will be held at 2.30 p.m. on Fridays in Seminar Room 3, Dartington House, Little Clarendon Street.

Eric Wolff, BAS

5 Nov.: 'Ice Cores and Climate: what makes an interglacial?'

Liora Malki-Epshtein, UCL

3 Dec.: 'Internal waves generated by double diffusion.'

Medical Sciences

Pharmacology, anatomical neuropharmacology and drug discovery seminars

The following seminars will be given at 12.30 p.m., unless otherwise stated, on Tuesdays in the Lecture Theatre, Department of Pharmacology, Mansfield Road.

2 Nov.: To be confirmed.

Dr Nicholas Ktistakis, Babraham Institute, Cambridge

9 Nov., 12 noon: 'How phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate controls growth after amino acid addition and autophagy after amino acid withdrawal.'

Dr Vassilis Pachnis, Division of Molecular Neurobiology, MRC National Institute for Medical Research London

16 Nov.: To be confirmed.

Dr Robin Williams, School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway, University of London

23 Nov.: 'Understanding epilepsy using an amoeba? Characterising targets and developing new therapeutics in a simple model system.'

Dr Richard Billington, School of Biomedical and Biological Sciences, University of Plymouth

30 Nov., 12 noon: To be confirmed.

Social Sciences

Anthropology research group at Oxford on Eastern Medicines and Religions seminar series 

Music in Shamanic Ritual

Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Pauling Centre, 58 Banbury Road. Convenors: Seonsam Na KMD and Dr Elisabeth Hsu.

Dr Anna Stirr, Faculty of Music and St John's

10 Nov.: Spirit possession and the ordinary in Nepali music and culture.

Professor Helen Rees, Department of Ethnomusicology, UCLA

24 Nov.: Ritual performances in Southwest China: what we can learn from the music.

Oxford Intellectual Property Invited Speaker Seminar Series

The following seminars will be given at 5.15 p.m. on Thursdays 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).

Professor Jane Ginsburg, Columbia; Professor Sam Ricketson, Melbourne

28 Oct.: 'What is Authorship in the Digital Age? Collaboration, Co-ordination, Automation (and proving it).'

Mr Paul Cole, Lucas & Co.

4 Nov.: 'Common and Civil Law Approaches to Inventive Step.'

Professor Christopher May, Lancaster

11 Nov.: 'Bounded Openness.'

Professor Christopher Wadlow, East Anglia

25 Nov.: 'Four Paradigms of Unfair Competition.'

Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC) Lecture

Professor Joy Gordon, Professor of Philosophy at Fairfield University, will deliver a lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 2 November, at the Oxford Martin School, corner of Broad Street and Catte Street. This lecture is free and open to all, with no registration required. See our website for further details: www.elac.ox.ac.uk.

Subject: 'Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions'

Institutes, Centres and Museums

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/.

Angela Carritt and Penny Roberts

Wed., 3 November, 12.30–1.30 p.m.: WISER: Finding Stuff—Books etc on SOLO

Angela Carritt and Penny Roberts

Wed., 3 November 1.30–2.30 p.m.: WISER: Finding Stuff—Journal Articles

Jayne Plant

Wed., 3 November 2.30–3.30 p.m.: WISER: Finding Stuff—Theses and Dissertations

James Shaw and Sue Bird

Wed., 3 November 3.30–4.30 p.m.: WISER: Finding Stuff—Conferences

Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

Public Lecture

HE Mr Abdullah Gül, President of the Republic of Turkey, will deliver a lecture on Monday, 8 November, at 5 p.m. in the Examination Schools. Entry by ticket. Please do not bring large bags. For tickets and further information contact: academic.office@oxcis.ac.uk or 01865 278730.

Subject: 'Islamic World, Democracy, and Development'

Oxford Martin School/Institute for Science, Innovation and Society

Certification and Sustainability

Thursdays, 3.30 p.m., Old Indian Institute (corner of Broad and Catte St). Seminars are free and open to everyone, but seating is limited so prompt arrival is advised. Further information: www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk.

28 October: Forest Product Certification. Professor Dan Klooster, Redlands. Discussant: Mr Chris Cox, Timbmet. Chair: Dr Connie McDermott, Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests

4 November: Conflict Diamonds and the Kimberley Process. Professor Ian Taylor, St Andrews. Discussant: Dr Hugo Slim, CforC. Chair: Professor Jennifer Welsh, Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict

11 November: Fair Trade Certification. Dr Alex Nicholls, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Discussant: Mr Ian Bretman, Fair Trade Foundation. Chair: Dr Ian Goldin, Oxford Martin School

18 November: Voluntary Labor Standards Programs. Professor Tim Bartley, Indiana. Discussant: Dr Pamela Robinson, Birmingham. Chair: Prof Robin Cohen, International Migration Institute

25 November: Problems with Credit Rating Agencies. Professor Timothy Sinclair, Warwick. Discussant: Dr Joel Shapiro, Saïd Business School. Chair: Professor Tony Venables, Oxford Institute for Global Economic Development

Colleges and Halls

Mansfield College

VERO seminar

The following seminars will be given at 5.30 p.m. on Thursdays in Seminar Room East, Mansfield College.

Convener: Dr K. Morris

Nick Palmer, MP (Labour)

11 Nov.: ‘Do voters care about laboratory animals?’

Dr Matthew Simpson

    25 Nov.: ‘J.M. Coetzee and the lives of animals.’

Nuffield College

Peter Neyroud, Chief Executive, National Policing Improvement Agency, and Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, will give a seminar on Evidence-Based Policing at 5 p.m. on Friday, 26 November, in the Large Lecture Room, Nuffield College.

St Antony's College

Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre Monday Seminar: Russia and Europe: Neighbourhood Politics

Sessions are held on Mondays at 5 p.m. in the Nissan Lecture Theatre. The series is supported by Russian and East European Studies and the Department of Politics and International Relations. For further information please contact richard.ramage@sant.ox.ac.uk.

Convenors: Alex Pravda, St Antony's, and Gwendolyn Sasse, Nuffield

Katinka Barysch, Centre for European Reform, London, and Simon Pirani, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

1 Nov.: 'Russia–Europe: the energy nexus—two views.'

Elena Korosteleva-Polglase, Aberystwyth

8 Nov.: 'Partnership and the European Neighbourhood Policy: Belarusian and Moldovan perspectives.'

Julie Newton, St Antony's

15 Nov.: 'The EU's Eastern Partnership, Russian reactions and European security.'

Roland Dannreuther, Westminster

22 Nov.: 'Russia, the North Caucasus and the Middle East: domestic linkages to foreign policy.'

Neil Melvin, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

29 Nov.: 'The EU in Central Asia: in search of a strategy.'

St John's College

St John's College Research Centre Legalism Seminar Series

Jonathan Norton, Heythrop College, London will deliver the St John's College Research Centre Legalism Seminar at 4.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 2 November, in the Research Centre Seminar Room, 45 St Giles'. Tea served from 4 p.m. For further information please contact Judith Scheele at judith.scheele@all-souls.ox.ac.uk.

Subject: 'Greek Aspirations to Jewish Law Observance in Paul's letters.'