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Durham University

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What's happening?

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.

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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.

Contact archaeology.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


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.

Contact oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks

10:00am to 5:00pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library

For the renowned north-eastern artist Norman Cornish MBE (1919-2014), sketching was second nature and an inherent part of his everyday life.
This exhibition of little seen sketchbooks will present a new dimension to the artist’s practice, focusing on his observations of life, landscapes, and family, revealing the inner artistic processes behind some of his most iconic works.

Contact pg.custodian@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Fostering Solidarity in Challenging Times: Exploring Ethical and Political Issues for Participatory Action Research

10:30am to 4:30pm

Monday, 18 November 2019

Venue: Penthouse Suite, Collingwood College, South Road, Durham DH1 3LT. Travelling to Collingwood College.

Timings: Commence 10.30 and finish 16.30.

Social and political differences exist in all societies. These differences when antagonized can sometimes fuel social divisions, collective hostility and even violence against the ‘others’, posing serious threats to our democracy and people’s equal participation in public and political affairs. Some examples are the extreme austerity measures targeting the poor and the disadvantaged, the rise of patriotism and the far-right in the UK and European contexts, and the democratic struggles in shrinking political and civic space of Southeast Asian and African countries.

What are the opportunities that Participatory Action Research (PAR) may offer to promote dialogues and foster solidarity in socially and politically challenging times? In this event, we will critically reflect on the concept of ‘situated solidarity’ and explore the limitations and potentials of Participatory Action Research for working with diverse social and political groups to make change together. In the workshops, facilitators will work with participants to consider how to design inclusive participatory action research, identifying barriers and solutions for ensuring equitable participation of all partners and fostering solidarity across social and political differences.

Booking is ESSENTIAL - do so here.


Electronic Laboratory Notebooks workshop

11:00am to 3:00pm, Dawson Building, Room D104

Jisc and the University of Glasgow invite you to attend their next Research Notebooks Workshop to be held in Durham on 18 November.

In this workshop, Prof Patrick Steel of Durham will demonstrate Mestrelab's Mbook software. There will be an update from Glasgow who are trialling RSpace including a talk by Roza Dimogkioka on student-specific requirements for research notebook tools.

Please register for this event using Eventbrite.

Contact nicholas.syrotiuk@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Dead Glacier Dystopias: Climate Change and the Cry-o-sphere

7:15pm to 8:15pm, Senior Common Room, College of St Hild and St Bede

Dr Jeremy Schmidt Assistant Professor of Geography and author of Water: Abundance, Scarcity, and Security in the Age of Humanity (New York University Press, 2017) will give a talk on 'Dead Glacier Dystopias: Climate Change and the Cry-o-sphere'

Contact jennifer.barton@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.