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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 1 May 2019

Siani Smith: Colouring H-free graphs of bounded diameter

1:00pm, E102

Colouring is known to be NP-complete, even for H-free graphs where H contains a claw or a cycle. We consider how the situation changes for H-free graphs of bounded diameter.

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Research Seminar: Should arts and music be taught in schools? Evaluation of the First Thing Music intervention for young children

1:00pm to 2:00pm, ED 134, Lindsay Ibbotson, First Thing Music

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Evan Killick: Hybrid Houses and Dispersed Communities: Negotiating the Dilemmas of Development, Governmentality and Living Well in Peruvian Amazonia

3:00pm, D110, Ground Floor, Dawson Building

Engaging with current discussions of indigenous peoples’ politics and development, particularly around the concept of Buen Vivir (‘living well’), this article engages with broader questions of governmentality and resistance. Focused on one Ashaninka, officially recognised Comunidad Nativa (‘Native Community’) on the Ucayali River in Peruvian Amazonia the article examines indigenous responses to the various demands and expectations of being part of the Peruvian state. It traces the origins of such communities to the 1974 Law of Native Communities, showing how their form and function has been produced through the constant interplay between external and internal conceptions of the proper organisation of communal life. Drawing on work on both indigenous forms of leadership and community as well as Lévi-Strauss’ notion of bricolage the article emphasises the productivity of focusing on the everyday constructions of hybrid forms rather than distinct categories. In this way it argues that while emphasising and projecting particular ideas of indigenous culture may be one strategy for indigenous survival and action, the ability to combine and mix new forms of living remains a key component of contemporary indigenous lives.

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Prof Mike Higton: On Disagreement

4:00pm, Abbey House, Palace Green, Seminar Room D/TH 107

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