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Research lectures, seminars and events

The events listed in this area are research seminars, workshops and lectures hosted by Durham University departments and research institutes. If you are not a member of the University, but  wish to enquire about attending one of the events please contact the organiser or host department.


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Events for 28 November 2017

Sarah Rees:

1:00pm, E360

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Eric Hofmann: Local Borcherds Products and Heegner Divisors

2:00pm, CM 219

in this talk I want to introduce local Borcherds products for idefinite unitary groups U(1,m), m >1.
Local here refers to boundary components of the symmetric domain. These functions share some properties with Borcherds products, hence the name. They can be used to study the local Picard group of a boundary component of the local symmetric domain.

I will begin by saying a few words about Borcherds products, and their main properties.
Then, I will sketch the construction of the symmetric domain for a unitary group, its boundary components, their stabilizers and a compactification theory for the local symmetric domain.
After that, I will introduce Heegner divisors and, for a fixed boundary component, the local Picard group.
This will be followed by the definition of local Borcherds and I will show how their transformation behavior can be used to describe the position of Heegner divisors in the local Picard group.
As an application, one can further obtain an obstruction statement for a certain space of definite theta-series.

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Prof. Robert Hayward: Badgers and Greyhounds? Some Text-linguistic Comments on the Book of Proverbs

4:00pm, Seminar Room C (D/TH107), Dept. of Theology & Religion, Abbey House, DH1 3RS, Durham

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The Art of Disagreeing Badly: Early Modern Religious Polemic about Church History

4:00pm, Palace Green Library Learning Centre, Dr Stefan Bauer (University of York)

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IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Ritual Structures, Narratives and Female Identities

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Kenworthy Hall, St Mary's College, Professor Tiziana de Rogatis (Università per Stranieri di Siena)

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