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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 12 December 2018

Research Seminar: Ethnic disproportionality in the identification of Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Needs: A national longitudinal cohort age 4-11

1:00pm to 2:00pm, ED134, Professor Steve Strand, fellow at St Cross College

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: Postgraduate work-in-progress session

11:00am, Seminar Room C (D/TH107), Dept. of Theology & Religion, Abbey House, DH1 3RS, Durham‎

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Nik-Khadijah Nik-Aznan: Brain Computer Interface Application

1:00pm, E102

Brain Computer Interface or BCI can be utilised to allow people with severe physical disabilities such as Complete Locked-In Syndrome as an alternative communication platform without any actual physical movement. In this talk, I will present on brief introduction of BCI, our current work on a BCI application and the BCI challenges.

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Dr Myrta Grüning: Nonlinear optics in dielectrics from first-principles

1:00pm, PH30

I review a first-principles real-time approach to calculate nonlinear optical properties in dielectrics [1] and showcase results obtained with this approach for the second- and third-harmonic generation and two-photon absorption in bulk crystals, 2D materials and nanostructures [2,3,4,5] at different level of theory [6,7].


C. Attaccalite and M. Grüning Phys. Rev. B 88, 235113 (2013)


Claudio Attaccalite, Myrta Grüning, Hakim Amara, Sylvain Latil, François Ducastelle Phys. Rev. B 98, 165126


C. Attaccalite, E. Cannuccia, and M. Grüning Phys. Rev. B 95, 125403


C. Attaccalite, A. Nguer, E. Cannuccia, and M. Grüning Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 17 9533


M. Grüning and C. Attaccalite Phys. Rev. B 89, 081102(R); Phys. Rev. B 90, 199901 (2014)


M. Grüning, D. Sangalli, and C. Attaccalite Phys. Rev. B 94, 035149; M. Grüning and C. Attac-
calite Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016,18, 21179-21189


C. Attaccalite, M. Grüning, and A. Marini Phys. Rev. B 84, 245110

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: Christmas Social for for all women in the department - both postgraduates and staff

1:00pm, Meet in front of Abbey House

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Research Seminar: No government policy in any affluent country has had an impact on basic skills in the last decade

1:00pm to 2:00pm, ED134, Professor Peter Tymms

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John Bunce (MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology) and Matei Candea (Cambridge University), with discussants Catherine Alexander, Helen Ball and Rob Barton: Is Quantity just a matter of Quality?

3:00pm, D110, Dawson Building

What is the relationship between quantification and qualification? Advocates of ‘mixed methods’ approaches consistently highlight the benefits of combining these, but rarely interrogate the more fundamental commitments that underlie these differences. This dialogue considers how numbers can help or hinder interpretation of the social and biological phenomena we seek to understand as anthropologists. In particular we aim to interrogate how the methodological distinction between quantitative and qualitative research relates to broader differences of empirical focus (e.g. social, biological) and epistemological commitment (e.g. evolutionary as opposed to social science theory). To what extent are these differences necessarily connected and to what extent is this desirable? Do the predominantly qualitative orientations of social anthropologists relate to un-interrogated concepts about quantification? By the same token, have evolutionary anthropologists’ approaches to quantification produced analytic blind spots? In addressing what people say, think or do in relation to the contexts through which these thoughts and actions emerge, qualitative methodologies typically develop a holistic representation using local ontology; translations of conceptualizations that exist ‘in the world’ (e.g. as defined by informants). Yet when posed the same challenge, quantitative approaches would typically address these relations by delineating variables deemed most useful by the researcher to understand the anthropogenic system. Consequently, there has been a schism in the nature of the knowledge generated and interpretations of its value. For example, contrast interpretivist, holistic accounts of the particular used to reflect on the universal, with positivist, reductionist accounts of shared properties to explain observed variation. At the Autumn 2018 Layton Dialogue, we aim to interrogate these issues: critically assessing how the two methodologies relate to one another and the anthropological contexts to which they are applied. We focus on points of epistemological discord and consistency, aiming to enable a new generation of anthropologist to develop a fundamental appreciation of the affordances of each.

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Department of History - Research Seminar Series

4:30pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College, Dr James Koranyi (Durham) and Dr Kevin Waite (Durham)

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