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Durham University

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Durham University offers an exciting year-round calendar of lectures, seminars and exhibitions. Events are open to the public, so take the opportunity to engage with current debates, explore some of our beautiful buildings and grounds, expand your knowledge or learn more about our cultural artefacts.

24 October 2019

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Things from Home

10:00am to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

This installation of contemporary ceramics is inspired by the objects, landscapes and food that international students miss most when they are away from home. The works were created by award winning ceramic artist, Katrin Moye.

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Interface Arts presents 'East Meets West'

10:00am to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Interface Arts is a network for artists in County Durham and the surrounding areas. This exhibition showcases works influenced by both the Oriental Museum’s collections and Durham University’s contemporary Western Art collections.

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Prehistoric Pioneers: a journey through life in Bronze Age Britain

10:00am to 4:00pm, Museum of Archaeology

This exciting exhibition explores the daily lives of our prehistoric ancestors. Discover their pioneering inventions, and a never-before-seen Bronze Age hoard recently discovered in County Durham. Explore life in ancient Britain, from warfare to rituals, and the way Bronze Age people buried weapons and treasure in hidden hoards. This exhibition gives a face to prehistoric people, and challenges the idea that these were ‘primitive’ cultures.

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Northern Lights at York Minster, featuring Durham's Ordered Universe project

9:00am to 9:00pm, York Minster, York

This autumn see York Minster in a different light with Northern Lights, an awe-inspiring light and sound installation inspired by Durham University research. The installation will transform the cathedral’s vast Nave with images and audio, some inspired by the work of the Ordered Universe project led by Durham University.

EPSRC Big Ideas Workshop

9:30am to 2:00pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College

EPSRC has introduced the ‘Big Ideas’ initiative to collect adventurous and exciting ideas from the wider research community. Big Ideas must be ambitious and have the ability to transform the research landscape – they need to have a ‘WOW factor’! Not necessarily driven by scale, they are looking for a level of ambition and transformational potential embedded within the idea. Big Ideas are those that are hard to achieve, require significant support (financial, people, skills) to make them possible and have ground-breaking impacts (in all forms). Big Ideas also attract public, industry and government enthusiasm and excitement, either by the nature of the science itself or by the potential socio-economic changes it could offer in the future.

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Confucianism and organ donation: Moral duties from xiao (filial piety) to ren (humanity)

5:00pm to 6:30pm, CA201 Caedmon Building

Does the influential Chinese tradition of Confucianism really discourage organ donation? Visiting fellow Jing-Bao Nie challenges this widely-held belief.

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IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Women Mediator Networks: achievements and challanges faced by an emerging phenomenon

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Sir James Knott Hall, Trevelyan College

Irene Fellin (Istituto Affari Internazionali)

Almost twenty years following the passing of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, the number of women leading mediation, negotiation and other conflict resolution processes at the global level is still insignificant.
As part of a global movement to enhance women’s meaningful participation and influence in peace processes at all levels, several regional networks of women mediators have been established in recent years: the Nordic Women Mediators, the Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation (FemWise-Africa), the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network, the Women Mediators across the Commonwealth, and most recently the Arab Women Mediators Network - League of Arab States. Moreover, an increasing number of countries and multilateral organizations are expressing interest in setting up or supporting similar initiatives. All these initiatives underline the importance given by the international community to the role of women in conflict managing and prevention, in line with the principles embedded in UNSCR 1325 and related resolutions. At the same time, they aim to raise awareness on the multiple challenges that hinder women’s equal and full participation in this sector, with a specific focus on the role of women mediators.
What are the achievements and obstacles faced by regional Women Mediator Networks? What are the challenges in connecting the agenda of mediation on one side, and the one of the Women, Peace and Security agenda on the other? And fundamentally, what is the added value of Women Mediator Networks and what impact do they have on the Global agenda of mediation for the 21st century?
This public lecture is part of a broader research project on Mediation for the 21st Century. Based on the concrete experience of the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network, Ms. Fellin views inclusive peace mediation through the lens of the agenda of Women, Peace and Security. In this talk, she will analyze the challenges, opportunities, and relationship with political key stakeholders that women peacebuilders and mediators face. The question is, what added value represent these networks and if all capital invested in these initiatives at international level, will really make a difference both in terms of numbers (more women mediators will be appointed) and in terms of content (ensuring gendered outcomes of peace processes).

This lecture is free and open to all.

Visit the IAS website for full details of this year's IAS Fellow’s Public Lectures.

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Quantum Computing – how to build a really cool computer

6:30pm to 8:00pm, Ph8, Rochester Building, Physics Department

A free public talk organised by the Institute of Physics and presented by Dr Viv Kendon of the Physics Department.

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