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Research

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 18 January 2018

'Hell, Heaven and Hope. A journey through life and the afterlife with Dante', Exhibition curated by Dr Annalisa Cipollone

9:00am to 11:55pm, Palace Green Library, Durham University

Contact annalisa.cipollone@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Structural Relations: Structures of Inequality: sociology and the politics of responsibility workshop (Day 2)

Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, Dr Sam Hillyard (Durham University); Dr Ilan Baron (Durham University)

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Michael Magee: Integrals over unitary groups, maps on surfaces, and Euler characteristics

1:00pm, CM301

This is joint work with Doron Puder (Tel Aviv University).
For a positive integer r, fix a word w in the free
group on r generators. Let G be any group. The word
w gives a `word map' from G^r to G: we simply replace the
generators in w by the corresponding elements of G. We
again call this map w. The push forward of Haar measure under
w is called the w-measure on G. We are interested in
the case G = U(n), the compact Lie group of n-dimensional
unitary matrices. A motivating question is: to what extent do the
w-measures on U(n) determine algebraic properties of the
word w?

For example, we have proved that one can detect the
'stable commutator length' of w from the w-measures on
U(n). Our main tool is a formula for the Fourier
coefficients of w-measures; the coefficients are rational
functions of the dimension n, for reasons coming from
representation theory.

We can now explain all the Laurent coefficients of these
rational functions in terms of Euler
characteristics of certain mapping class groups.
I'll explain all this in my talk, which should be broadly accessible and of general
interest. Time permitting, I'll also invite the audience to consider some
remaining open questions.

Contact mark.a.powell@durham.ac.uk, andrew.lobb@durham.ac.uk, wilhelm.klingenberg@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Dr Max Bruche (Cass Business School): Pipeline Risk in Leveraged Loan Syndication

1:30pm to 3:00pm, Room 452, Durham University Business School

Structuring Knowledges: Restructuring the world of heresy in late antiquity and the early middle ages - Seminar

4:15pm to 5:30pm, Seminar Room 2, Department of History, 43 North Bailey, Dr Richard Flower (University of Exeter)

Contact h.g.foxhallforbes@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Restructuring Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages: Dr Richard Flower (Exeter)

4:15pm to 5:30pm, History Department (43 North Bailey), Seminar Room 2, Dr Richard Flower (University of Exeter)

Contact h.g.foxhallforbes@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Revd Prof. Mark Cobb: Healing and wholeness: practical theology in dialogue with evidence-based healthcare

4:30pm, Seminar Room B (D/TH004), Dept. of Theology & Religion, Abbey House, DH1 3RS, Durham

Contact c.c.h.cook@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Masculinites, Gender and Sport Seminar

5:30pm, Room D110, Anthropology Dept, South Road, Durham, Mwenza Bell (Cambridge)

Contact history.reception@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.