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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.

19 November 2019

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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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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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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.

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IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Farmer Suicides: The subject enmeshed in political and moral economies, emotions and ordinary ethics

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Kenworthy Hall, St Mary's College

Professor Lia Bryant (University of South Australia)
Male farmer suicide is an ongoing concern in a number of countries including for example, Australia, the USA, Great Britain, India and Scotland. In Australia, the dominant discursive framework shaping male farmer suicide is one of ‘drought stress’ constituted through a positivist empiricism and ‘psy’ discourses of mental health. The contours of this dominant framework operate to limit other possible renderings of farmer suicide and narrow the frame of appropriate response. Using empirical data from Australia, Professor Lia Bryant challenges this reductive perspective, which correlates drought and farmer suicide by developing a theoretical reading of farmer suicide as a multifaceted problem (which drought exacerbates) occurring in relation to intersections between subjectivities and political and moral economies/communities. She argues that political and moral economies operate to limit farmer autonomy and create ethical breaches within social and economic relations between farmers, corporations and the State thereby shaping farmer distress. Alongside the workings of political and moral economies, community discourses of moral worth circulate through everyday social interaction and comprise an ‘ordinary ethics’ in rural communities. These discourses underpin judgements of ethical selfhood and attribution of blame for diminished farm viability. As a consequence, farming subjectivities and masculinities are increasingly inscribed with shame and therefore distress.These intersecting conditions working across the political, economic, social, cultural, emotional, moral and corporeal suggest how suicide may emerge as a possibility for male family farmers.
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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Richard Huzzey – History Now! Temperance in the Town Hall: Drink, and Popular Petitioning in Victorian Durham

5:45pm to 7:00pm, Gala Theatre, Durham

Today, rival campaigns bombard MPs with e-petitions and e-mails, representing constituents’ views to Parliament. 150 years ago, residents of Durham met in the Town Hall – or local pubs – to have their say on national controversies, signing paper petitions as testimonials to the community’s voice. This talk reveals the battles between moral advocates of temperance and those defending traditional rights to a pint.

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