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What's On

Family and Community

Whether you choose to visit a museum, stroll in the Botanic Garden, attend a lecture, view an exhibition, see a play or live musical performace, there is always something to see and do in and around the University. Our busy programme of activities and events offers a great range of things to enjoy for all the family.

Wednesday 20 September 2017

Durham Castle Tours

1:05pm to 1:05pm, Durham Castle

Experience over 1000 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College.

Contact castle.tours@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Fay Pomerance: Redemption

11:00am to 5:00pm, Ushaw College

Durham University and Ushaw College present Redemption, an exhibition of little seen work by British Jewish artist, Fay Pomerance (1912-2001).

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


DECAY: Time, Objects & Destruction

10:00am to 5:00pm, Archaeology Museum, Palace Green Library, Durham, DH1 3RN

16 June - 29 October

Find out about the hidden world of decay in museums through this exhibition looking at the effects of time on objects.

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


A Good Reputation Endures Forever: The Chinese Labour Corps on the Western Front

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

An exhibition exploring the role of the thousands of Chinese who risked their lives alongside the British armed forces during the First World War. This exhibition examines the vital role of the Chinese Labour Corps using historic photographs and objects created by the men at the front.

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


Saturday 23 September 2017

Excellent X-rays

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Find out about the x-rays carried out on our Ancient Egyptian mummy and make an x-ray to take away.

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


Sunday 24 September 2017

Durham Castle Tours

10:15am to 11:15am

Experience over 1000 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College.

Contact castle.tours@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 25 September 2017

Durham Castle Tours

10:15am to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Experience over 1000 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College.

Contact castle.tours@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Pilates Group Matwork

7:00pm to 8:00pm, The Aerobics Studio, Graham Sports Centre, Stockton Road, Durham City, DH1 3SE

Essential / Intermediate Level
This class is restricted to 12 people and members are taught the Essential / Intermediate Level STOTT PILATES® matwork repertoire with some use of small pieces of equipment including magic circles, small balls, and bands. We always aim to find a new challenge!

Contact jane.heath@pilatesdurham.co.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 27 September 2017

Apocalypse or Utopia: What Comes Next

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey

What can fiction tell us about where our planet and civilisation is heading? Discuss with a panel of speakers at this free public event.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Thursday 28 September 2017

Historic Durham Tours

12:30pm to 1:30pm, Palace Green Library (meeting point)

Enjoy a tour of Durham’s history in the magnificent setting of Durham’s World Heritage Site and hear local tales and stories from the last 1000 years. Discover why Durham was such an important city in the medieval period, why the Normans had a difficult time and how St Cuthbert helped the city grow. The tour today will be at 12.30pm.

Contact castle.tours@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 29 September 2017

Resilience within the Rubble

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

Reconstructing the Kasthamandap and its past after the 2015 Nepal Earthquake.

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


Historic Durham Tours

12:30pm to 2:30pm, Palace Green Library (meeting point)

Enjoy a tour of Durham’s history in the magnificent setting of Durham’s World Heritage Site and hear local tales and stories from the last 1000 years. Discover why Durham was such an important city in the medieval period, why the Normans had a difficult time and how St Cuthbert helped the city grow. The tours today will be at 12.30pm and 14.30pm.

Contact castle.tours@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 30 September 2017

Mighty Mountains

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Explore our new exhibition on Nepal: 'Resilience within the Rubble', and make your own snowy mountain picture.

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


Sunday 1 October 2017

CONCERT BY ORCHESTRA NORTH EAST

3:00pm to 5:00pm, Gala Theatre, Millennium Place Durham DH1 1WA

An afternoon orchestral Concert, with a distinctly Spanish Flavour - ¡Hola España!

Contact pm.chester@outlook.com for more information about this event.


Monday 2 October 2017

Historic Durham Tours

2:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library (meeting point)

Enjoy a tour of Durham’s history in the magnificent setting of Durham’s World Heritage Site and hear local tales and stories from the last 1000 years. Discover why Durham was such an important city in the medieval period, why the Normans had a difficult time and how St Cuthbert helped the city grow. The tour today will be at 2pm.

Contact castle.tours@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 3 October 2017

Historic Durham Tours

12:00pm to 1:00pm, Palace Green Library (meeting point)

Enjoy a tour of Durham’s history in the magnificent setting of Durham’s World Heritage Site and hear local tales and stories from the last 1000 years. Discover why Durham was such an important city in the medieval period, why the Normans had a difficult time and how St Cuthbert helped the city grow. The tour today will be at 12.00pm.

Contact castle.tours@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 4 October 2017

Historic Durham Tours

12:30pm to 2:30pm, Palace Green Library (meeting point)

Enjoy a tour of Durham’s history in the magnificent setting of Durham’s World Heritage Site and hear local tales and stories from the last 1000 years. Discover why Durham was such an important city in the medieval period, why the Normans had a difficult time and how St Cuthbert helped the city grow. The tours today will be at 12.30pm and 14.30pm.

Contact castle.tours@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


A Sea-Change: Contemporary Poetry and the Coastline

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey

The sea is a constantly shifting force - and a powerful inspiration for the movements of poetry. Follow the (shore)lines with two expert speakers at this free public event.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Friday 6 October 2017

Durham Book Festival 2017

7:00pm to 7:00pm, Venues across Durham

Join the conversation at Durham Book Festival 2017, where some of the country’s leading writers, artists and thinkers will contemplate the important ideas and events that are shaping our world.

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Saturday 7 October 2017

Alec Ryrie: Protestants

11:30am to 12:30pm, Palace Green Library, Durham

This is a Durham Book Festival event featuring Durham University's Professor Alec Ryrie.

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Gillian Allnutt, Charles Fernyhough and Will Storr: Others

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Palace Green Library, Durham

This is a Durham Book Festival event chaired by Durham academic Charles Fernyhough.

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Windows on the World

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum

Explore our West Asia gallery, see our beautiful Islamic window grill and make a window decoration.

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


Allan Jenkins and Alys Fowler: The Self and Nature

2:30pm to 3:30pm, Palace Green Library, Durham

This is a Durham Book Festival event held in Durham University's Palace Green Library.

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Poetry Book Society Showcase: Sinéad Morrissey, Colette Bryce and Tara Bergin

4:00pm to 5:00pm, Palace Green Library, Durham

This is a Durham Book Festival event introduced by Durham University's Professor Stephen Regan.
Join three stunning Irish voices as the Poetry Book Society celebrates some of this year’s most exciting releases.

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Inside the Arches: Witchcraft for Muggles

4:30pm to 5:30pm, Palace Green Libray, Durham

Durham Book Festival
This event will be led by Dr Sarah Price, Head of Heritage Collections Education Team. The existence of witches, or not, has long fascinated and intrigued people. This session is a chance to see, handle and discuss historic texts and documents relating to witchcraft from the archives and special collections of Palace Green Library.

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Durham Book Festival 2017

Various venues around Durham City

Saturday 7 - Sunday 15 October 2017.
Durham Book Festival returns this autumn with an exciting programme of writers, speakers and events taking place in and around the beautiful city. Events are held in a range of iconic venues including the historic Durham Town Hall, Durham Cathedral and the Gala Theatre.
For details of this year's event and activities visit the Durham Book Festival website


Tom McLeish and David Hutchings: Let There Be Science

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Palace Green Library, Durham

This is a Durham Book Festival event featuring Professor of Physics at Durham University, Tom McLeish.

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


John O'Farrell: Things Can Only Get Worse

7:00pm to 8:00pm, Palace Green Library, Durham

This is a Durham Book Festival event chaired by Head of the Durham University English Department, Professor Simon James.

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Sunday 8 October 2017

Bob Beagrie: Leásungspell: An Anglo Saxon Fool’s Tale

10:30am to 11:30am, Palace Green Library, Durham

This is a Durham Book Festival event in Durham University's Palace Green Library

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Drawing on Life: Life Writing in Graphic Novels with Una and Mary Talbot

12:00pm to 1:00pm, Palace Green Library, Durham
Durham Book Festival This event will be chaired by Caroline Dower, Head of Counselling at Durham University. Join two acclaimed graphic novelists to hear how their own lives and experiences have informed their work.

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Rachel Reeves and John Tomaney: Labour in the North

1:30pm to 2:30pm, Palace Green Library, Durham

This is a Durham Book Festival event taking place at Durham University's Palace Green Library.

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Thom Brooks and Gulwali Passarlay: Becoming British

3:00pm to 4:00pm, Palace Green Library, Durham

This is a Durham Book Festival event featuring Durham academic Professor Thom Brooks.
In Becoming British, citizenship expert Thom Brooks explores the big questions rarely answered by the politicians, examining the relationship between immigration and citizenship in order to challenge the popular and political myths that surround this topic.

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Jenni Murray: A History of Britain in 21 Women

4:00pm to 5:00pm, Gala Studio, Durham

This is a Durham Book Festival event chaired by Jo Fox, Head of Modern British and European History, Durham University.

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


A Crisis in Masculinity? With Ross Raisin, Anoopy Nayak, Lisa Davis and Nicole Westmarland

4:30pm to 5:30pm, Palace Green Library, Durham

This is a Durham Book Festival event featuring Durham academic Professor Nicole Westmarland

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Gary Fildes: An Astronomer's Tale

6:00pm to 7:00pm, Palace Green Library, Durham

This is a Durham Book Festival event, chaired by Dr Pete Edward, Durham University Physics Department.

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Monday 9 October 2017

Durham Castle Tours

10:55am to 10:55am, Durham Castle

Experience over 1000 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College.

Contact castle.tours@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan: War Stories: Gripping Tales of Courage, Cunning and Compassion

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Gala Theatre, Durham
Durham Book Festival This event will be chaired by Durham University's Dr. Keith Bartlett. Peter Snow as ITN’s Diplomatic and Defence Correspondent and presented BBC’s Newsnight. His wife Ann MacMillan is a fellow broadcaster and journalist who was latterly the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Managing Editor in London.

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Tuesday 10 October 2017

12th Global Toxicology and Risk Assessment Meeting

1:40pm to 1:40pm, London, UK

Canvassing New Innovations with the Depictive Version of Toxicology Study

Contact global@toxicologyconferences.org for more information about this event.


Robert Webb: How Not to Be a Boy

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Gala Theatre, Durham

This is a Durham Book Festival event, chaired by Head of English at Durham University, Professor Simon James.

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Friday 13 October 2017

Durham Castle Tour

1:30pm to 2:30pm, Durham Castle

Experience over 1000 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College.

Contact castle.tours@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Alan Hollinghurst: The Sparsholt Affair

8:00pm to 9:00pm, Durham Town Hall

This is a Durham Book Festival event chaired by Durham University sponsored Festival Laureate Andrew McMillan.

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Saturday 14 October 2017

Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough: Beyond the Northlands

11:30am to 12:30pm, Palace Green Library, Durham

This is a Durham Book Festival event featuring Durham University academic Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough.

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Exploring Fairytales with Jen Campbell and Sara Maitland

1:00pm to 2:10pm, Palace Green Libray, Durham

This is a Durham Book Festival event, chaired by Durham University's Dr. Jamie Tehrani.

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Crazy camels

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum

Spot the camels on display and create your own colourful camel picture to take home.

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


Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Experience over 1000 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College.

Contact castle.tours@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


David Goodhart: The Road to Somewhere

1:30pm to 2:30pm, Durham Town Hall

This is a Durham Book Festival event chaired by Vice Chancellor of Durham University, Professor Stuart Corbridge.

Contact offce@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Doug Johnstone and Louise Welsh: Death on the Islands

2:30pm to 3:30pm, Palace Green Library, Durham

This is a Durham Book Festival event held in Durham University's Palace Green Library.

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Rich Seams: A New Generation of Poets from the North

3:30pm to 5:00pm, Durham Town Hall

This is a Durham Book Festival event curated by Festival Laureate Andrew McMillan

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Jane Housham: The Apprentice of Split Crow Lane

4:00pm to 5:00pm, Palace Green Library, Durham

This is a Durham Book Festival event held in Durham University's Palace Green Library.

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Discovering Dante

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Palace Green Library, Durham

This is a Durham Book Festival event featuring Durham academics, Professor Anna Cipollone, Professor Michael O'Neill and Dr. Jason Harding.

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Sunday 15 October 2017

Lyndall Gordon: Outsiders: The Royal Literary Fund Talk

3:30pm to 4:30pm, Durham Town Hall

This is a Durham Book Festival event which will be chaired by Durham University Professor Clare Harman.

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Fadia Faqir, Samira Shackle and Kamila Shamsie: The Things I Would Tell You

4:00pm to 5:00pm, Durham Town Hall (Burlison Gallery)

This is a Durham Book Festival event chaired by Fadia Faqir, Fellow at St. Aidan's College, Durham University.

Contact office@newwritingnorth.com for more information about this event.


Tuesday 17 October 2017

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - New Filtration Materials for Passive Water Treatment: dephosphatisation and denitrification (Professor Christian Ruby - Universite de Lorraine, France)

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College, Durham University

The protection of the water resource is among the major issues of the twenty-first century due to the population growth, the rapid industrialization and the intensification of agriculture. Among the various pollutants that threaten the water quality, phosphate species (PO4) are of upmost importance since the excess of PO4 is mainly responsible of the water eutrophication phenomena. It leads to strong perturbation of the biodiversity and important economic losses, e.g. closing of fisheries and groundwater production wells (an annual cost of 1.75 milliard € was estimated for the freshwater of USA only).

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 18 October 2017

Beauty, Diplomacy and Malcolm MacDonald

7:30pm to 9:15pm, Lecture Room 009, Elvet Hill House, DH1 3TH

Lecture by Alexander Shaw, University of Leeds. This lecture is hosted by the Friends of the Oriental Museum, as part of the 2017/18 series.

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


Friday 20 October 2017

Beauty and Diplomacy: the Malcolm MacDonald Collections

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

An exhibition celebrating the diplomat Malcolm MacDonald’s friendships with world leaders, master craftsmen, antique dealers and even Borneo head-hunters. The collections resulting from these friendships are now housed at the Oriental Museum and include beautiful objects from across Southeast Asia and his collection of Chinese ceramics spanning four thousand years of history.

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


Diwali - special late night opening

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Oriental Museum

This October come and celebrate the much loved Hindu festival of Diwali at the Oriental Museum!

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


Saturday 21 October 2017

Teikyo Festival

10:00am to 4:00pm, Oriental Museum and Teikyo University of Japan in Durham

Come along and celebrate all things Japanese. Free entry all day from 10am.

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


Yo Sushi!

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum

Find out about food in Japan and make your own designer paper sushi. Free entry today.

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


Monteverdi 1610 Vespers with I Fagiolini and Durham Singers

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Durham Cathedral

Hear one of the most ravishing pieces in the choral repertoire performed in Durham Cathedral under the direction of Monteverdi specialist Robert Hollingworth with soloists from his ensemble I Fagiolini

Contact info@durham-singers.org for more information about this event.


Monday 23 October 2017

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Structural Violence: the royal road to the political unconscious (Dr Wahbie Long, University of Cape Town, South Africa)

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Joachim Room, College of St Hild & St Bede

Since the late nineteenth century, psychologists have committed themselves towards improving the lives of human beings. For critics, however, that early promise remains unfulfilled: they suggest that after a century of innovation in educational institutions, workplaces, and battlefields around the world, psychology has failed to mitigate some of the major problems of our time, including racism, violence and all-out war. Although some psychologists protest their innocence on the grounds that these are social – and not psychological – questions, an equivalent failure exists in a field located squarely within the ambit of psychological expertise, namely, mental health. For despite the rapid psychologization of modern societies, experts are still undecided on what mental illness is; correspondingly, they rely not infrequently on shotgun approaches to treatment while scores of ordinary people enter such treatment, often overwhelmed by the alienating character of life in the modern world.

This lecture is free and open to all.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 24 October 2017

Celebrate Science 2017

10:00am to 4:00pm, Celebrate Science Marquee, Palace Green

Tuesday 24 - Thursday 26 October
The free, family-friendly science festival returns this October half term.
Now in its 8th year, Celebrate Science will once again bring science to life, with amazing activities and exciting experiments showing younger children how science shapes their world.
Full progamme details to follow.


IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Between Union and Devolution: The Structure of the British Parliament as a Problem of Process (Professor Nicholas Aroney, University of Queensland)

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Trevelyan College

The Parliament at Westminster has a three-fold status: it is the sovereign legislature on which the British Constitution rests, it is the general legislature for the United Kingdom, and it is the special legislature for England. Prior to devolution, Parliament simply legislated for the United Kingdom, and did so with sovereign authority; it was also constituted in a manner suitable to a unitary state. Devolution has involved a transfer of jurisdiction to the devolved legislatures, but it has not involved any structural change to Parliament itself. The House of Commons continues to be composed of members chosen to represent local electoral constituencies, and neither the Commons nor the House of Lords is designed to represent the people of the constituent nations of the United Kingdom as discrete political communities.
While the American Senate and the German Bundesrat, for example, represent the constituent political units of the federation, they do so in very different ways. Likewise, any future reforms of the British constitution will necessarily develop in a manner unique to the British context, as they always have.

This lecture is free and open to all.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 25 October 2017

Celebrate Science: the clever compass

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum

Celebrate Science at the Oriental Museum, see our amazing Chinese compass and make your own to take home.

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


Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Experience over 1000 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College.

Contact castle.tours@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Durham Castle Family Fun Tour

2:15pm to 3:15pm, Durham Castle

Bring the whole family and enjoy a family-focused tour around Durham Castle, with activities for children throughout the tour. Explore what it was to live and work in Durham Castle in the past and find out more about some of the characters that have made Durham Castle their home over the centuries. The tour today will be at 2.15pm, and pre booking is essential.

Contact castle.tours@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 26 October 2017

Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Experience over 1000 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College.

Contact castle.tours@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

7:30pm to 8:30pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre

Hild Bede Theatre are proud to present 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood. Awarded Best Overall Production at the 2012 NYC International Fringe Festival.

Contact e.j.burford@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 27 October 2017

Walk like an Egyptian

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum

Dress like a pharaoh and make your own Ancient Egyptian crown and amulet to take home.

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


Saturday 28 October 2017

Super spooks

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum

Find out about the monsters and demons in the Oriental Museum collections and make your own spooky bat puppet to take home.

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


Sunday 29 October 2017

Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm to 2:15pm, Durham Castle

Experience over 1000 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College.

Contact castle.tours@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 30 October 2017

Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Experience over 1000 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College.

Contact castle.tours@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 31 October 2017

Structure Workshop: Thinking ecologically about policy and structure

1:00pm to 5:00pm, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University

Thinking ecologically about policy and structure (IAS Theme 2017/18: Structure)

Organised by Nancy Cartwright, Durham and Hakan Seckinelgin, LSE and funded by K4U (ERC project) and Durham's IAS

Contact admin.chess@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Durham Castle Tours

3:15pm to 4:15pm, Durham Castle

Experience over 1000 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College.

Contact castle.tours@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 6 November 2017

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Geosocial Strata (Dr Kathryn Yusoff, Queen Mary University of London)

6:00pm to 7:00pm, St Cuthbert's Society, Durham University

The Anthropocene is the name given to the massive destratification of the planet (of the earth’s sub-surface, oceans, atmospheres, polar regions etc.). As a new geologic epoch, it prompts analysis of the relations between geologic forces and social practices. Awareness of how social worlds are an effect of and affect geology, rather than a world that is constituted through ‘our’ making (i.e. purely social), suggests an arrangement of power that is complicated by geologic relations. Identifying geologic force as a new regime of power in planetary politics brings the structures of exchange between geologic strata and social worlds into view. If power, according to Foucault, is a relation between forces, “geosocial strata” conceptualizes how stratifications organize and capture forces into political geology. This paper develops a concept of geosocial strata to examine the expression of social forms as a product of geologic forces in the Anthropocene. Geosocial strata, it is argued, are planes of social reproduction that both constrain and enable possible modes of expression (and thus political freedom).

This lecture is free and open to all.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 7 November 2017

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Music, Health and Wellbeing (Professor William Thompson, Macquarie University, Australia)

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College, Durham

Throughout history and in all known human cultures, music has been used to promote health and wellbeing. Until recently, however, there has virtually no scientific research, let alone understanding, of the mechanisms by which music can have therapeutic health benefits. In this talk, Professor Thompson will review current uses of music as a treatment for neurological disorders that often affect the elderly: Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and dementia. He will argue that music can be understood as a combination therapy that interacts with neurological disorders on multiple levels of function, allowing patients to circumvent their impairments, affecting neurochemical systems and stimulating processes of brain plasticity that can lead to recovery of function.

This lecture is free and open to all.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 9 November 2017

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - More is Different (Professor Andy Martin, University of Melbourne)

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

More is different is the title of a seminal paper written by Nobel Laureate Phillip Anderson in 1972 [1]. This paper focused on arguing that a reductionist approach, in science, does not enable us to explain many “common” phenomena. Put more specifically, the emergent properties of a complex system are often not predicted by an understanding of the behaviour of the constituent parts, i.e.
•one water molecule is not fluid
•one gold atom is not metallic
•one neuron is not conscious
•one amino acid molecule is not alive
•one fish is not a school
•one person is not a society

In this talk Dr Andy Martin will introduce in general terms how physicists try to understand emergent phenomena in complex systems. Then he will focus on some specific examples, such as (i) how can the properties, such as pressure, energy, entropy and temperature, of a gas be explained without having to know the precise individual motion of every element of a gas and (ii) how do the metallic properties of a collection gold atoms emerge. Then he will show how the methods used to deepen our understanding of the properties of complex physical systems may be used to investigate complex biological phenomena, such as flocking.
Finally, Dr Martin hopes you will leave the talk feeling that not only “more is different” but also that “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts”.

1

P.W. Anderson, Science 177, 393 (1972)

This lecture is free and open to all.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 14 November 2017

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - An Australian Experiment: 100 years in search of meaning (Dr Tom Murray, Macquarie University, Australia )

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Ustinov College

The story of Douglas Grant first came to Australian public attention in 1916 through a series of newspaper articles. He is introduced as a ‘sergeant in the King’s forces’ who is about to ship to World War I. The earliest versions of the story focus on how a ‘full-blood Aboriginal’ was taken from his family among the Indigenous rainforest nations of far north Queensland and grew up in Sydney, gaining numerous accomplishments.

The story is told in order to arrive at a singular conclusion: ‘this brief history demonstrates what may be done with an aboriginal when taken early and trained’. In other words, Douglas Grant’s life story is remade as experimental evidence for Aboriginal assimilation into Anglo-colonial society. For the last 100 years numerous biographical attempts on Douglas Grant’s life have yielded conclusions about the possibility of Aboriginal and Australian Settler-Colonial state relationships. Taken together these 100 years of biographical ‘storytellings’ on the life of Douglas Grant yield a fascinating insight into a history of 20th Century racial science, settler-colonial historiography, and the shifting position of Indigenous Australians in the narrative of Australia.

This lecture is free and open to all.

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Monday 20 November 2017

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Capitalism, Class Inequity, and Education Justice in the Nordic countries: The myth of the Nordic model (Professor Dennis Beach, University of Gothenburg)

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Josephine Butler College

Based on a series of recent meta-ethnographic publications this presentation will address the concept of the Nordic educational model and claims from and about it concerning issues of education justice, class parity and equity. It will develop arguments about these systems as being far from just and equitous historically, and as worsening in these respects following a turn toward market politics in recent decades. Three main conclusions from the research will be discussed.
The first is that the political turn to market politics has added to inequalities and created possibilities for private actors and companies to profit from poverty and problems of inclusion rather than, as argued by the purveyors of the market alternative, providing welfare solutions for them. The argument here is that the market based approaches to education supply did not cause inequality and exclusion in the Nordic countries; or as far as we know elsewhere either for that matter. They rather exploited existing mediatised inequalities as a way to (a) help motivate reduced expenditure on state owned public services and (b) promote private alternatives from. In this sense the mediators of market politics should be understood as preying on and profiting from existing inequities, which they also subsequently then helped to make worse.
The second conclusion is different. It derives from the ethnographically described fact that despite betrayal by the governments that are meant to represent their best interests and safeguard their future, young people in education have shown involvement, commitment, effort, creativity and a massive learning potential that can be seized on by curriculum developers and political and institutional educational leaders.
The third conclusion is that this is not always happening and that it provides a problem of significant proportions that offers an important future challenge for education organisations and their leaders, politicians, curriculum developers and of course researchers as well.

This lecture is free and open to all.

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Tuesday 28 November 2017

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Ritual Structures, Narratives and Female Identities (Professor Tiziana de Rogatis, Università per Stranieri di Siena, Italy)

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

In this lecture, Professor Tiziana de Rogatis will identify the salient features that allow us to define the structure of initiation rites from an anthropological perspective. She will then establish a connection between these ritual repertoirs and the narrative mechanisms of a selection of texts of premodern, modern and contemporary writers that describe the fate of a woman.

This lecture is free and open to all.

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Thursday 30 November 2017

Ooook! Productions presents: The Foreigner

7:30pm to 10:00pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre

Ooook! Productions' Michaelmas Comedy
Whilst tentatively visiting a friend in Georgia, presumptions emerge that Charlie Baker’s shy demeanour is due to a complete lack of English. Unsuspecting conspirators take no notice of the apparent foreigner, exposing him to dastardly plans only he may stop.

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Tuesday 5 December 2017

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - What is and to what end does one study Astronoetics? Explorations of Space after the Sputnik (Arendt, Blumenberg, Levinas) (Dr Jörg Kreienbrock, Northwestern University, USA)

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Senate Suite, University College, Durham University

On Oct. 4 1957, Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite was launched. It provoked not only immediate political, scientific, and technological reactions usually described as the “Sputnik shock”, but also an intense philosophical discussion. My paper will explore this philosophy of the space age in Hannah Arendt, Emmanuel Lévinas, and Hans Blumenberg. Blumenberg’s suggestion to inaugurate a new discipline he would ironically name “astronoetics” will guide my investigation. What are the implications of the human being’s ability to leave the Earth and possibly exist on other planets?

This lecture is free and open to all.

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Monday 8 January 2018

Suffering, Diminishment and the Christian Life

2:00pm to 6:00pm, Ushaw College, Durham

Is love intrinsically linked to suffering? Are suffering, diminishment and loss on some fundamental level good? This is the direction in which recent theological emphases on vulnerability and kenosis might seem to point. In this conference we will seek to bring the question of the status and meaning of suffering in Christian life and Christian theology into focus, and to reflect on it from the perspectives of biblical, historical, pastoral, political and systematic theology.

Registration deadline: 30 November 2017

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Suffering, Diminishment and the Christian Life

4:00pm to 6:30pm, Ushaw College, Durham DH7 9RH

A 3 day conference with keynote addresses by:
· Dorothea H. Bertshmann: Sin, Suffering and Death in Paul
· Chris Cook: Thérèse of Lisieux: A Spirituality of Suffering
· Karen Kilby: The Seductions of Kenosis
· Bernard McGinn: Mystical Dereliction: Historical Explorations
· John Swinton: Suffering and Severe Mental Health Challenges? Theological Reflections on the Ambiguity of Psychological Suffering
· Anna Rowlands: Refugees and Political Theology: Suffering and Resistance
· Linn Tonstad: Vulnerabilities, Not Vulnerability: Considering Some Differences

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Tuesday 23 January 2018

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Human Beings in the Middle of the World on the Verge of Themselves: philosophical anthropology in the Anthropocene (Professor Sverre Raffnsøe, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College, Durham

The Anthropocene is heralded as a new epoch distinguishing itself from all foregoing eons in the history of the Earth. It is characterized by the overarching importance of the human species in a number of respects, but also by the recognition of human dependence and precariousness. A critical human turn affecting the human condition is still in the process of arriving in the wake of an initial Copernican Revolution and Kant’s ensuing second Copernican Counter-revolution.

Within this landscape, issues concerning the human - its finitude, responsiveness, responsibility, maturity, auto-affection and relationship to itself - appear rephrased and re-accentuated as decisive probing questions. Concomitantly, the change has ramifications for the kinds of knowledge that can be acquired concerning human beings and for philosophical anthropology as a study of human existential beings in the world.

This lecture is free and open to all.

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Monday 5 March 2018

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Distortion in Human Creativity and Distortion in Human Communication: the art of Stanley Spencer as case-study (Professor Nigel Rapport, University of St Andrews)

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Josephine Butler College

Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) is one of Britain’s foremost artists, arguably its most original and idiosyncratic. Devoted to his native village of Cookam, on the Thames, Spencer painted not only landscapes and portraits with loving detail but also the ‘memory-feelings’ which he felt were a ‘sacred’ part of his consciousness and by which he came to walk with God. If he could but convey the vision of heaven-on-earth that he himself was vouchsafed when he saw the world through the lens of love, there would be a global revolution in behaviour, mores and science, Spencer was convinced: he was ‘a new kind of Adam’.

In this talk Professor Rapport introduce Spencer and his artistic vision, and examines how his attempts to communicate this vision were received by his contemporaries.

This lecture is free and open to all.

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