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Lectures and Seminars

At Durham University you'll find an extensive programme of public lectures and seminars. With an impressive line up of experts and renowned academics speaking on a myriad of topics, the aim is to share knowledge and encourage debate. Lectures on thought provoking subjects as diverse as history and astro-physics are aimed at a general audience and delivered at various locations across the University. Lectures in the Castle Public Lecture Series take place within the Great Hall of historic Durham Castle, while the Institute of Advanced Study hosts a year round programme of inter-disciplinary lectures. Our Museums offer public lectures to accompany exhibitions and events and our Colleges celebrate that they are scholary communities with series' such as Cafe Politique, Cafe Scientifique and Cafe des Arts.

Public lectures are free of charge and open to all.

Tuesday 21 August 2018

Ethical considerations for archaeological human remains

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Palace Green Library (Learning Centre)

Charlotte Roberts (Professor in the Department of Archaeology, Durham University) discusses the study of human remains from archaeological sites. It can be argued that this area is central to understanding the past. They are integral to understanding how our ancestors lived and died.

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


Wednesday 22 August 2018

Sacred Symbols, Snake-Women and Sisterhood: Crafting Power in Medieval Origin Stories

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey

The second Late Summer Lecture, organised by English Studies, takes us back to look at three stories from the medieval period. Free and open to the public.

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


Saturday 25 August 2018

Film Screening and Talk: Rail Truck (2009)

2:00pm to 4:15pm, Wolfson Gallery, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, DH1 3TH

A coming-of-age story about a Japanese-Taiwanese boy learning about his family’s history. Free of charge, no booking required. Suitable for ages 16 and over.

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


Tuesday 28 August 2018

Researching your family history

2:30pm to 3:30pm, Palace Green Library (Learning Centre)

If you’ve ever thought of looking into your family history then come along and chat to Andrew Gray (Assistant Keeper, Culture Durham). In this workshop, Andrew will explain how to get started and in particular, what kind of resources you can find in our collections that might be of use to you in your research.

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


Wednesday 29 August 2018

'Remembrance, but to what end?: Registers of petition in the holograph manuscripts of Thomas Hoccleve' and '(S)he’s just not that into you: Resistance and Persistence in Medieval Romance Literature'

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey

Remembrance and lost love. These are two of the themes to be found in the medieval literature explored in this pair of talks from the Late Summer Lecture series, organised by the Department of English Studies. Free and open to the public.

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


Saturday 1 September 2018

Ask an Archaeologist

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

If you have any further questions whilst viewing the 'Bodies of Evidence' exhibition, ask one of our fantastic undergraduate or postgraduate students. They will be on hand to answer all things archaeological.

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


Monday 3 September 2018

Symposium of Sound

9:00am to 5:00pm, Grey College

The Symposium of Sound is a two-day conference supported by Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership. We invite abstracts for papers of twenty minutes in length on the theme of ‘sound’: its creation, imitation, and its relationship with language.

Contact symposiumofsound2018@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Tuesday 4 September 2018

Symposium of Sound

9:00am to 5:00pm, Grey College

The Symposium of Sound is a two-day conference supported by Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership. We invite abstracts for papers of twenty minutes in length on the theme of ‘sound’: its creation, imitation, and its relationship with language.

Contact symposiumofsound2018@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Wednesday 5 September 2018

Fire stopped play: Shakespeare, Henry VIII, and the day the Globe burned down

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey

The burning down of Shakespeare's Globe in 1613 presents an opportunity to reflect on other forms of ending in his plays, as will be discussed in this next talk in the Late Summer Lectures series in English literature. Free and open to the public.

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


Wednesday 12 September 2018

The Stream of Consciousness in the Works of William Wordsworth and James Joyce

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey

William Wordsworth and James Joyce are not literary names who are generally thought of together, but this Late Summer Lecture, organised by the Department of English Studies, will show how they are connected through their representation of consciousness. Free and open to the public.

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


Friday 14 September 2018

Elegy: New Approaches

9:00am to 5:00pm, Durham University

The elegy may be a traditional form of poetry, but it is also one that has evolved and continues to change through time. This one-day conference, with keynote Professor Stephen Regan, will reflect on the current state of research.

Contact elegy2018@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Wednesday 19 September 2018

Ab origine mundi/ ad mea…tempora: Beginnings and Endings in Ovid’s Metamorphoses

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey

The influences of Ovid's Metamorphoses can be found throughout later Western literature. This Late Summer Lecture, organised by the Department of English Studies, will take us back to the original poem, at the end of which Ovid remarkably suggests his work is bound to last forever. Free and open to the public.

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


Wednesday 26 September 2018

'Victims in a Vacuum': Inscribing Identities in Childhood and Deathbed Scenes

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey

The Victorians were fond of rather mawkish depictions of the angelic child and deathbed scenes. Not surprisingly, later writers have rebelled against these visions, as this next Late Summer Lecture, organised by the Department of English Studies, will demonstrate. Free and open to the public.

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


Wednesday 3 October 2018

Behind Gilded Walls: Tales of wonder, the Gothic, and Islamic Mythology in Contemporary Literature

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey

The final Late Summer Lecture organised by the Department of English Studies crosses cultures to explore the how Islamic mythology is used by contemporary Muslim authors to appeal to Muslim and non-Muslim readers alike. Free and open to the public.

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


Friday 5 October 2018

Durham Book Festival 2018

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

Durham University is delighted to announce its support for the 2018 Durham Book Festival which returns to the city from 5 - 14 October. The annual literary event will feature a huge range of inspiring talks, readings and performances from some of the most talented contemporary writers, artists and thinkers.

Durham University is once again proud to sponsor the Festival Laureateship. This year’s Laureate, Jacob Polley, is regarded as one of the leading talents of the new generation of British poets.

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


Saturday 6 October 2018

Durham Book Festival 2018

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

Durham University is delighted to announce its support for the 2018 Durham Book Festival which returns to the city from 5 - 14 October. The annual literary event will feature a huge range of inspiring talks, readings and performances from some of the most talented contemporary writers, artists and thinkers.

Durham University is once again proud to sponsor the Festival Laureateship. This year’s Laureate, Jacob Polley, is regarded as one of the leading talents of the new generation of British poets.

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


Sunday 7 October 2018

Durham Book Festival 2018

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

Durham University is delighted to announce its support for the 2018 Durham Book Festival which returns to the city from 5 - 14 October. The annual literary event will feature a huge range of inspiring talks, readings and performances from some of the most talented contemporary writers, artists and thinkers.

Durham University is once again proud to sponsor the Festival Laureateship. This year’s Laureate, Jacob Polley, is regarded as one of the leading talents of the new generation of British poets.

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


Monday 8 October 2018

Durham Book Festival 2018

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

Durham University is delighted to announce its support for the 2018 Durham Book Festival which returns to the city from 5 - 14 October. The annual literary event will feature a huge range of inspiring talks, readings and performances from some of the most talented contemporary writers, artists and thinkers.

Durham University is once again proud to sponsor the Festival Laureateship. This year’s Laureate, Jacob Polley, is regarded as one of the leading talents of the new generation of British poets.

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


Tuesday 9 October 2018

Durham Book Festival 2018

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

Durham University is delighted to announce its support for the 2018 Durham Book Festival which returns to the city from 5 - 14 October. The annual literary event will feature a huge range of inspiring talks, readings and performances from some of the most talented contemporary writers, artists and thinkers.

Durham University is once again proud to sponsor the Festival Laureateship. This year’s Laureate, Jacob Polley, is regarded as one of the leading talents of the new generation of British poets.

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


Wednesday 10 October 2018

Durham Book Festival 2018

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

Durham University is delighted to announce its support for the 2018 Durham Book Festival which returns to the city from 5 - 14 October. The annual literary event will feature a huge range of inspiring talks, readings and performances from some of the most talented contemporary writers, artists and thinkers.

Durham University is once again proud to sponsor the Festival Laureateship. This year’s Laureate, Jacob Polley, is regarded as one of the leading talents of the new generation of British poets.

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


Thursday 11 October 2018

Durham Book Festival 2018

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

Durham University is delighted to announce its support for the 2018 Durham Book Festival which returns to the city from 5 - 14 October. The annual literary event will feature a huge range of inspiring talks, readings and performances from some of the most talented contemporary writers, artists and thinkers.

Durham University is once again proud to sponsor the Festival Laureateship. This year’s Laureate, Jacob Polley, is regarded as one of the leading talents of the new generation of British poets.

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


Friday 12 October 2018

Durham Book Festival 2018

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

Durham University is delighted to announce its support for the 2018 Durham Book Festival which returns to the city from 5 - 14 October. The annual literary event will feature a huge range of inspiring talks, readings and performances from some of the most talented contemporary writers, artists and thinkers.

Durham University is once again proud to sponsor the Festival Laureateship. This year’s Laureate, Jacob Polley, is regarded as one of the leading talents of the new generation of British poets.

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


Saturday 13 October 2018

Durham Book Festival 2018

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

Durham University is delighted to announce its support for the 2018 Durham Book Festival which returns to the city from 5 - 14 October. The annual literary event will feature a huge range of inspiring talks, readings and performances from some of the most talented contemporary writers, artists and thinkers.

Durham University is once again proud to sponsor the Festival Laureateship. This year’s Laureate, Jacob Polley, is regarded as one of the leading talents of the new generation of British poets.

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


Sunday 14 October 2018

Durham Book Festival 2018

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

Durham University is delighted to announce its support for the 2018 Durham Book Festival which returns to the city from 5 - 14 October. The annual literary event will feature a huge range of inspiring talks, readings and performances from some of the most talented contemporary writers, artists and thinkers.

Durham University is once again proud to sponsor the Festival Laureateship. This year’s Laureate, Jacob Polley, is regarded as one of the leading talents of the new generation of British poets.

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


Tuesday 23 October 2018

Celebrate Science 2018

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

Tuesday 23 - Thursday 25 October
The FREE, family-friendly science festival returns this October half term!
Now in its 9th year, Celebrate Science will once again bring science to life, with amazing activities and exciting experiments showing younger children how science shapes their world.
Visit the Celebrate Science Webpages for details of all the exciting events and activities taking place!


Wednesday 24 October 2018

Celebrate Science 2018

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

Tuesday 23 - Thursday 25 October
The FREE, family-friendly science festival returns this October half term!
Now in its 9th year, Celebrate Science will once again bring science to life, with amazing activities and exciting experiments showing younger children how science shapes their world.
Visit the Celebrate Science Webpages for details of all the exciting events and activities taking place!


Thursday 25 October 2018

Celebrate Science 2018

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

Tuesday 23 - Thursday 25 October
The FREE, family-friendly science festival returns this October half term!
Now in its 9th year, Celebrate Science will once again bring science to life, with amazing activities and exciting experiments showing younger children how science shapes their world.
Visit the Celebrate Science Webpages for details of all the exciting events and activities taking place!