Now in its seventh year, The Durham Castle Lecture Series is devoted to bringing high-profile speakers to Durham who can contribute to academic and public discussion on issues of global significance. Each of the specially invited presenters has made an outstanding contribution to their field over a sustained period of time.
This is your chance to see, hear and learn from incredible speakers, to ask questions and think about answers.
The lectures take place in the stunning setting of Durham Castle's Great Hall. With a maximum capacity of 250 the Great Hall provides a unique, historic location.
All of the lectures in the series are free and open to all.
Doors open from 7.45pm.
Lectures begin at 8pm, with questions for the speaker at 9pm.
Please click on 'further information' on the lecture listing for information about seat availability.
24 October 2018 - Lionel Shriver
'A Conversation with Lionel Shriver'
Join us for a conversation between Lionel Shriver and Dr Zoe Roth, Assistant Professor in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. An exploration of Lionel's work and career, this event will also give the opportunity for the audience to pose questions to the well-known novelist.
21 November 2018 - Professor Alex de Waal
The Reckless Anthropocene
Anthropogenic biospheric disruptions, notably climate change, are creating a volatile global ecosystem. Resource disruptions and associated changes are contributing to political (dis)orders. Meanwhile, states are retreating from taking responsibility for governing global public goods, including the ecosphere, peace, finance, and a deliberative public sphere.
In this lecture, I argue that understanding these phenomena requires a deeper analysis of the dimensions of political disorder. I further suggest that a starting point for such theorization is the historic experience of persistently turbulent post-colonial societies and ‘fragile’ states. Based on such perspectives from the political margins, I develop a five-fold typology of disorder: lawlessness, chaos, incommensurability, instrumental disorder, and revolutionary disruption. Each of these is simultaneously beyond the frontier of political normalcy and embedded at the heart of power.
Liberal multilateralism, despite its flaws, is the best available governance system for responding to these challenges.
Alex de Waal is Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and a Research Professor at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
5 December 2018 - Dr Helen Hester
In an era of accelerating technology and increasing complexity, how should we reimagine the emancipatory potential of feminism? How should gender politics be reconfigured in a world being transformed by automation, globalization and the digital revolution?
Dr Helen Hester is Associate Professor of Media and Communication at the University of West London