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What's On

Lectures and Seminars

Wednesday 13 December 2017

WRIHW Early Career Researchers Networking Evening

5:00pm to 8:00pm, Joachim Room, St Hild and Bede College, Leazes Road

The Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, and its Early Career Researchers (ECR) committee invite all Durham University Early Career Researchers for our first event of the 2017/18 academic year. Attendance is free of charge. Registration is essential for catering purposes.

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


Christmas Lecture

5:00pm to 7:00pm, Ushaw College

Professor Stefano Cracolici (Durham University) will give the Christmas Lecture at Ushaw, entitled "Nativity Scenes: A Live Performance".

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


The Future of the University Public Lecture Series - The Future of Scientific Research in U.K. Universities

8:00pm to 9:00pm, Great Hall, University College

Professor Peter Coveney, University College, London. Over the past fifteen years, we have witnessed a series of events which have collectively served to transform the environment in which scientific research is conducted in U.K. universities.

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


Wednesday 17 January 2018

Breath in Vocal Technique

6:15pm to 7:45pm, Prior’s Hall, Durham Cathedral, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3EH

Classical singing teacher Miranda Wright and her vocal students illustrate breathing technique, breath focus and control with music ranging from intimate songs to a more operatic style.

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


Monday 22 January 2018

All Roads Lead to Rome - But Where Did They Come From? Transport networks, interaction and the emergence of cities in ancient Italy (Dr Francesca Fulminante, University of Roma Tre)

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Joachim Room, College of St Hild and Bede, Durham University

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture
What is an ancient city? When does a settlement become a city? Why do some cities prevail over others and why do they eventually decline? These are much debated questions, especially with reference to central Italy and to Rome in particular. This lecture is free and open to all.

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


Tuesday 23 January 2018

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

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture
The Anthropocene is heralded as a new epoch distinguishing itself from all foregoing eons in the history of the Earth. It is characterised 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.

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


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

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture
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.
This lecture is free and open to all.

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


Monday 29 January 2018

Breath in Choral Singing

7:30pm to 9:00pm, North Road Methodist Church, 28 North Road, Durham DH1 4SG

The Durham Singers conducted by Julian Wright consider the place of breathing in choral singing, demonstrating how different styles of performance require different breathing practices.
The fourth event of the Arts of Breath series will be practical lecture-workshop conducted by Julian Wright in the form of an open rehearsal with the Durham Singers to consider the place of breathing in choral singing. It will illustrate different styles of performance related to different practices of breathing – phrasing dictated by the musical line; phrasing that follows the text.

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


Tuesday 30 January 2018

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - The Same With a Difference: adaptation between transformation and persistence of structure (Dr Pascal Nicklas, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz))

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

‘Adaptation’ describes in nature and culture both a process and a product. The concept is extremely helpful in the sciences and the humanities alike. In this lecture Dr Pascal Nicklas will look at the different concepts in the sciences and the humanities of adapting structures and how they can be mutually enlightening. We will see that the precarious balance between conserving old structures and innovative adjustment is one of the central aspects of adaptation which is probably the most important mode of creation and imagination in culture.

This lecture is free and open to all.

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


Thursday 1 February 2018

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Multidimensional Solitons (Professor Boris Malomed, Tel Aviv University)

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Holgate House, Grey College

Abstract to follow.

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


Tuesday 6 February 2018

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Residues: architecture, drawing, philosophy (Professor Michael Chapman, Newcastle University, Australia)

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

Abstract to follow.

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


Wednesday 7 February 2018

The Poetry of Paul Celan

6:15pm to 7:45pm, ER142, Elvet Riverside 1, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3JT

Prof David Fuller examines Paul Celan's breath-related theories of poetic structure and his legacy in contemporary German music and culture.
Part of Arts of Breath, a series of lecture-performances exploring the role of breath in poetry, fiction, singing, dance and visual art.

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


Thursday 8 February 2018

The Future of the University Public Lecture Series - A University Education (The Rt. Hon. the Lord David Willetts)

8:00pm to 9:00pm, Great Hall, University College

The English higher education system is very unusual with nationwide competition for entry. This drives excessive specialisation in English schools which is the biggest single challenge facing universities in the future. As well as its classic teaching and research roles, the university is increasingly significant in driving innovation and the local economy. This third mission has led some critics to argue that the university is being betrayed and these fears, especially prevalent in the Humanities, will be investigated. The key trends of globalisation and the digital revolution have not yet had a big impact on the university but they will. This lecture is free and open to all.

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


Thursday 15 February 2018

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Why We Seek Structure at the Atomic Level (Professor Thomas Vogt, University of South Carolina)

5:30pm to 6:30pm, St John's College

The concept of atomic structure and structure-property correlations are central to chemistry. However, the arduous and contorted historical paths from ancient atomism to our current paradigm of structure at the atomic level reveals philosophical and scientific projects where atomism was used with little or no experimental basis. Current structural language at the atomic scale was created by scientific revolutions as new paradigms emerged often driven by the development of new experimental techniques and periods during which paradigms were created and conserved with weak or no experimental evidence. Professor Thomas Vogt will discuss examples from the history of chemistry of both explanatory modes and argue for a scientific pragmatism and pluralism.

This lecture is free and open to all.

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


Tuesday 20 February 2018

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Plato's Radical Enquiries (Professor Vasilis Politis, Trinity College, Dublin)

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

Abstract to follow.

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


Wednesday 21 February 2018

Beckett, The Breath and The Choreographic

6:15pm to 7:45pm, ER142, Elvet Riverside 1, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3JT

Prof Susan Jones explores Beckett's later works, focusing on his preoccupation with the “last breath”, the compulsion to move, and ultimate cessation of movement.
Part of Arts of Breath, a series of lecture-performances exploring the role of breath in poetry, fiction, singing, dance and visual art.

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


Tuesday 27 February 2018

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Where Will the Millenials Take Us? A New Generation Wrestles with the Gender Structure (Professor Barbara Risman, University of Illinois)

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

This lecture offers a framework for understanding what gender means beyond merely a person’s identity. Professor Risman will present her theoretical framework for analyzing gender as a social structure introducing a set of revisions to the original argument. She identifies how gender as a social structure shapes individuals, interactional expectations and the macro level or organizational design and ideology. Material and cultural aspects of the gender structure are also identified and it is shown why it matters to differentiate them. Professor Risman will then use this theoretical perspective to help understand the strategies American Millennials use to negotiate the gender structure. This lecture is free and open to all.

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


Wednesday 28 February 2018

The Future of the University Public Lecture Series - The Uses and Misuses of Universities (Professor Stuart Corbridge, Durham University)

8:00pm to 9:00pm, Great Hall, University College

Just over 50 years ago, University President Clark Kerr reflected wisely and wryly on the future uses of major research universities like his own, Berkeley. This lecture revisits the major themes of Kerr’s book, The Uses of the University, and ponders the scope for various misuses of the university at a time of extraordinary government intervention in higher education around the world.

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


Monday 5 March 2018

IAS Fellows' 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

Why did Stanley Spencer distort the human figure in those paintings that he deemed to be his most important and best?

What has the viewing public made of Spencer’s distortions and of his vision of a beloved world that he took to be his gift to humanity?

And what does the case of Stanley Spencer and his art reveal of human artistry in general, of an artistic consciousness and of human attempts to communicate experience?

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


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

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture
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 introduces Spencer and his artistic vision, and examines how his attempts to communicate this vision were received by his contemporaries.

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


Wednesday 7 March 2018

The Future of the University Public Lecture Series - Universities at the Crossroads: Directing Cultural Transformations (Professor N. Kate Hayles, Duke University)

8:00pm to 9:00pm, Great Hall, University College

Universities are no longer the privileged site of knowledge creation and dissemination. Excellent online tutorials, such as the Kahn Academy, provide high quality open-access instruction in subjects once considered too esoteric to address except in a university classroom, such as calculus, linear algebra, and similar mathematical topics. These developments pose significant challenges to traditional ideas of the university as a cloistered space where students came and learned about subjects they could not access otherwise.

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


Wednesday 14 March 2018

Breath in Fiction and Poetry

6:15pm to 7:45pm, ER142, Elvet Riverside 1, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3JT

Michael Symmons Roberts will read from his novel, 'Breath' and from his poetry, discuss breathing illness in his family background, and examine how breathing and breath feature in his work.
Part of Arts of Breath, a series of lecture-performances exploring the role of breath in poetry, fiction, singing, dance and visual art.

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


Monday 21 May 2018

10th International Conference on Genomics & Molecular Biology

9:00am to 6:00pm, Barcelona, Spain

We have the pleasure of announcing the 10th International Conference on Genomics & Molecular Biology. Held in Barcelona, Spain.
Genomics 2018 will provide a perfect platform to all the Scientists, Researchers, Students and Business Delegates to deliver the latest scientific advancements in the respective sphere.

Contact genomics@conferenceseries.net for more information about this event.


Tuesday 22 May 2018

10th International Conference on Genomics & Molecular Biology

9:00am to 6:00pm, Barcelona, Spain

We have the pleasure of announcing the 10th International Conference on Genomics & Molecular Biology. Held in Barcelona, Spain.
Genomics 2018 will provide a perfect platform to all the Scientists, Researchers, Students and Business Delegates to deliver the latest scientific advancements in the respective sphere.

Contact genomics@conferenceseries.net for more information about this event.


Wednesday 23 May 2018

10th International Conference on Genomics & Molecular Biology

9:00am to 6:00pm, Barcelona, Spain

We have the pleasure of announcing the 10th International Conference on Genomics & Molecular Biology. Held in Barcelona, Spain.
Genomics 2018 will provide a perfect platform to all the Scientists, Researchers, Students and Business Delegates to deliver the latest scientific advancements in the respective sphere.

Contact genomics@conferenceseries.net for more information about this event.