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Durham Castle Lecture Series Videos 2015-16

5th October 2015 - Professor Dani Rodrik

Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

"The Future of Growth in Developing Countries"

The last 15 years were a period of rapid growth and economic progress in the developing world. Yet slowing Chinese growth and the prospects of monetary tightening in the United States have recently reversed the prevailing tide of optimism about developing countries. In this talk, I will reconsider the fundamentals of economic catch-up and examine the future prospects for convergence.

The Future of Growth in Developing Countries by Professor Dani Rodrik

The Future of Growth in Developing Countries by Professor Dani Rodrik

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Professor Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, delivered this lecture on Monday 5 October 2015. This lecture was held jointly with the Global Policy Institute, at the Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, Durham Law School, as part of Durham Castle Lecture Series 2015/16.

The Future of Growth in Developing Countries Q&A Session

The Future of Growth in Developing Countries Q&A Session

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Q&A Session which accompanies the lecture The Future of Growth in Developing Countries, delivered by Professor Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, on Monday 5 October 2015. This lecture was held jointly with the Global Policy Institute, at the Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, Durham Law School, as part of Durham Castle Lecture Series 2015/16.


28 October 2015 - Rt. Revd. Bishop Libby Lane

Bishop of Stockport

For such a time as this’’ (“the Book of Esther”)"

Outline: A personal reflection on leadership as the CofE first woman bishop: being passionate, compassionate and dispassionate, with particular reference to the engagement of key women in the areas of Mental Health, Human Trafficking and the Church of South India.

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“For such a time as this’’ (“the Book of Esther”)

“For such a time as this’’ (“the Book of Esther”)"

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Rt. Revd. Bishop Libby Lane, Bishop of Stockport, delivered this lecture on 28 October 2015, as part of the Durham Castle Lecture Series.


11 November 2015 - Peter Tatchell

Founder of the Peter Tatchell Foundation

“Pornography: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

Outline: Can porn be educative, liberating, empowering, fulfilling and socially beneficial? It all depends on how it is made, who makes it, what it depicts and why it is being used. Already, pornography has been used successfully in HIV prevention campaigns to popularise safer sex; encouraging many gay and bisexual men to switch to less risky behaviour. By promoting safer sex as exciting and fun, socially-aware porn has helped glamorise and eroticise responsible sexual behaviour – debunking the idea that sex without risk is boring, dull and second best.

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Pornography: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Pornography: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Peter Tatchell, Founder of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, delivered this lecture on 11 November 2015, as part of the Durham Castle Lecture Series 2015/16.


Paris: Terrorism and After

Professor David Held
Professor Anoush Ehteshami

Outline: In the wake of the 13th November terrorist attacks on Paris, this Durham Castle Special Event asks key questions about the implications of what President Hollande has called ‘an act of war’. How did we get here? What is the wider context, and how do these events fit with the post-9/11 wars? And what happens after? In this interactive lecture, Professors David Held and Anoush Ehteshami will analyse the significance and implications of the terrorism in Paris in the context of the war in Syria, the rise of the so-called ‘Islamic State’, and the increasing pressure on civil liberties across the West.

Paris: Terrorism and After

Paris: Terrorism and After

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Castle Lecture Series Special Event. Professors David Held and Anoush Ehteshami delivered this lecture on 23 November, in the wake of the 13 November terrorist attacks on Paris.


25 November 2015 - Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino

Cofounders of EROC (End Rape on Campus)

“The Empty Chair: Sexual Violence and Rape Culture as Global Barriers to Education”

Outline: How many students around the world never become doctors, lawyers, and leaders because their education was interrupted by sexual violence? According to the United Nations, 35% of women worldwide have experienced either sexual or intimate partner violence in their lifetime. In the United States, 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted as university students before they finish their college years. Utilizing Title IX, a federal law that protects students from gender discrimination, American students have blown the whistle on the rape culture that keeps classrooms unequal, and have mobilized the country to hold institutions accountable. Yet, in Britain, where the percentage of sexual assaults on campus is 1 in 3, the conversation is just beginning. Over 20 years after ratifying the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) treaty, which prioritized the equal opportunity in education for female students, Britain and nations around the world are still struggling with the epidemic of sexual violence on campus. More and more chairs are empty as students struggle with support from universities after experiencing violence, but the possibility for change in on the horizon.

“The Empty Chair: Sexual Violence and Rape Culture as Global Barriers to Education”

“The Empty Chair: Sexual Violence and Rape Culture as Global Barriers to Education”

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Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino Cofounders of EROC (End Rape on Campus) delivered this lecture on 25 November 2015, as part of the Castle Lecture Series at Durham University.


9th December 2015 - Prof. Neera Chandhoke

"Democracy and Revolutionary Politics”

Outline: Is armed struggle, howsoever justified it may be, politically wise in democracies? Armed struggles by Maoists in India have led me to reflect on the form of revolutionary politics. I will cover a great diversity of arguments, Mao of course, but mainly Fanon, Che, and Amilcar Cabral, ending with Gandhi's reflections on violence.

Democracy and Revolutionary Politics

Democracy and Revolutionary Politics

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Professor Neera Chandhoke, Professor of Political Science, University of Delhi, delivered this lecture on 9 December 2015.


Professor Catherine Malabou

Professor in Philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University

The Anthropocene: A New History”

Professor Malabou will interrogate the notion of "Anthropocene" as a specific temporal determination situated at the boarder of nature and history. The Anthropocene is both a geological era and a historical moment. Clearly, such a phenomenon requires a new concept of history, in which nature plays a central role, and ceases to be the eternal recurrence of the identical to become a genuine source of events. A phenomenon like global warming can thus be analysed as a historical turn of nature. New notions like deep history, negative universal history, neurohistory, are currently be used by historians, theoreticians of environment, and evolutionary biologists. I will propose a philosophical approach to these new determinations.

The Anthropocene: A New History

The Anthropocene: A New History

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Professor Catherine Malabou, Professor in Philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University, delivered this public lecture as part of the Durham Castle Lecture Series on 27 January 2016.


Alistair Hudson, Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
Sarah Munro, Director of BALTIC, Gateshead

New visions for art

The Centre for Visual Arts and Culture (CVAC) welcomed Sarah Munro and Alistair Hudson to Durham Castle to deliver this public lecture.
Both are visionaries with a wealth of experience in cultural leadership gained during distinguished careers. In 2015 Alistair Hudson was on the Turner Prize jury and Sarah Munro brought the Turner Prize to Scotland for the first time. Since his appointment in October 2014 Alistair Hudson has transformed Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art into an institution dedicated to the promotion of art as a tool for education and social change. Sarah Munro became Director of BALTIC in November 2015 and there is an expectation that she will both re-energise the gallery and support the cultural infrastructure of the region as a whole with her passion and ambition.
New Visions for Art

New Visions for Art

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The Centre for Visual Arts and Culture (CVAC) welcomed Sarah Munro (Director of BALTIC, Gateshead) and Alistair Hudson (Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) to Durham Castle to deliver this public lecture as part of the Castle Lecture Series on Monday 8 February 2016.


Professor Hans-Werner Sinn

Professor of Economics and Public Finance, University of Munich; President of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research

Lessons from the Euro Crisis”

The euro has driven southern Euro into a deep economic crisis, because it created an inflationary credit bubble that eventually burst. The lecture describes the events, reflect on the causes and draws lessons for Europe’s future development.

Lessons From The Euro Crisis

Lessons From The Euro Crisis

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Professor Hans-Werner Sinn delivered this lecture on 10 February 2016 as part of the Durham Castle Lecture Series 2015/16


Professor Susan Stryker

Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona.

"Transgender Histories: From Sickness to Citizenship?"

his talk reviews the history of transgender identities and social movements from the late 19th through early 21st centuries. It discusses the pathologization of trans people through a sexological science, the emergence of new techniques for body modification in the early twentieth century, the tremendous explosion of transsexual visibility in the post-World War II years, transgender counter-cultural movements in the 1960s, and the backlash against trans liberation politics after the 1970s. The lecture concludes with a discussion of the rebirth of trans activism in the 1990s, the effects of the war on terror and the new surveillance state on transgender populations, and the recent, if uneven, victories that have secured greater citizenship for trans people. Throughout, the lecture highlights the role of race and ethnicity in the uneven distribution of justice for trans people.

'Transgender Histories: From Sickness to Citizenship?

'Transgender Histories: From Sickness to Citizenship?" - Professor Susan Stryker

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Professor Susan Stryker, Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona, delivered this lecture on 24 February 2016 as part of the Durham Castle Lecture series 2015/16.


Professor Stuart Corbridge Vice-Chancellor and Warden of Durham University

“The Search for Order: Hindu-Muslim Violence in Post-Partition India”

In the Twenty-First Century, Harvard psychologist Jerome Kagan has cautioned economists and some other social scientists against taking physicists, rather than biologists or historians, as models to emulate. In this talk Prof Corbridge reflects on quantification and model-building in the social sciences and consider its strengths and limitations in the particular case of models of ethnic violence and specifically Hindu-Muslim violence in post-Partition India. He closes by returning to Kagan and reflecting more generally on questions of Difference and the Search for Order in contemporary social science.

The Search for Order: Hindu-Muslim Violence in Post-Partition India

The Search for Order: Hindu-Muslim Violence in Post-Partition India

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Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor and Warden of Durham University gave this lecture on Wednesday 9 March 2016 as part of the Durham Castle Lecture Series 2015/16.


Professor Adrian Bejan

J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University.

"Life and Evolution, as Physics"

In this lecture Prof Bejan draws attention to the theoretical work that places the phenomenon of evolution and life in physics, the biological and the geophysical realms together. He show that all evolutionary forms of flow organization are in accord with and can be predicted by the physics law that governs evolution in nature: the constructal law. He focuses on us. We are evolving as the “human & machine species.” This evolution is visible and recorded in our lifetime. He will illustrate it with the evolution of commercial aircraft, the cooling of electronics, and modern athletics, a special laboratory for witnessing the evolution of animal locomotion. Physics explains and predicts life and evolution.

Life and Evolution, as Physics.

Life and Evolution, as Physics.

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Professor Adrian Bejan J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University, gave this lecture on 27 April 2016, as part of Durham Castle Lecture Series 2015/16.

Why the World Does Not Exist - Prof Dr Markus Gabriel

Chair for Epistemology, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, Director of the International Centre for Philosophy, University of Bonn

Prof Gabrial will argue that there is no such thing as a unified absolute totality of everything which exists. The world – in the sense of an all-encompassing entity or domain – does not exist. This undermines the very idea of a worldview, be it scientific, religious or metaphysical and therefore has important consequences for our culture.

Markus Gabriel is Chair in Epistemology, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy at the University of Bonn where he is also the director of the International Centre for Philosophy. He received his Dr. (2005) and his Habilitation (2008) from the University of Heidelberg.

He has been a Visiting Scholar and (Visiting) Professor at many institutions (including NYU, the New School for Social Research, UC Berkeley, the University of Lisbon, the University of Palermo and the Catholic University in Rio de de Janeiro). He primarily works in epistemology, metaphysics/ontology and the history of philosophy (Ancient Philosophy, Post-Kantian Idealism). He is the author of more than 10 books, among which his recent Why the World does not Exist (Polity Press).

Why the World Does Not Exist

Why the World Does Not Exist

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Prof Dr Markus Gabriel Chair for Epistemology, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, Director of the International Centre for Philosophy, University of Bonn, delivered this lecture on Wednesday 4 May 2016, as part of the Durham Castle Lecture Series.

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