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Open Lectures at the University of York

A lecture audience (c) John Houlihan

Every term, the University organises free open lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.  Some require tickets (available on individual event pages) but most do not. Where tickets are needed, this is also indicated in the publicity.

We distribute information on upcoming lectures to interested members of the public at the start of each academic term (October, January and April). If you would like to receive a free copy of this leaflet either by email or by post, please join our mailing list.  Updated lecture details are also available here on our web pages. As they are updated frequently, they may publicise lectures which we were unable to include in the leaflet.

If you have an accessibility need, please contact us at open-lectures@york.ac.uk or 01904 324466, and we will make every effort to accommodate you.

The majority of lectures are held on the University campus. There is a regular bus service and the campus is easily accessible by bicycle. Car parking is available in the Pay & Display car parks, which are free after 6pm. Please note however space in the Field Lane car park on Campus East is limited. More information on reaching the University together with maps and additional parking information can be found on our Information for Visitors webpages.

Download our Summer 2017 open lectures leaflet (PDF  , 870kb).

See all of our current and previous lectures this term

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Upcoming events

Wed
26
Apr

Colonial genealogies of the deserving poor: From abolition to Brexit

This talk aims to provide a historical context to contemporary debates over the “white working class” by accounting for the development of this constituency through a postcolonial genealogy of British empire

Thu
27
Apr

Lines of sight: Visions of Senegalese public health

This lecture proposes a visual history of postcolonial health communication in Senegal

Thu
27
Apr
Thu
27
Apr

Sex and the swinging sixties: A history of British cinema

Professor Duncan Petrie looks at the history of British cinema in the 1960s

Tue
2
May

The life and works of Angela Brazil

This lecture will investigate the life of Angela Brazil and her influence as well as including some readings from her books

Wed
3
May

Curiosity and the city: Mosque open days in Sydney and London

Professor Richard Phillips will talk about mosque open days and their use for challenging stereotypes and bridging communities

Mon
8
May

Bright earth, fired earth: Travels with porcelain

This talk is now SOLD OUT. Apologies for any disappointment.

Tue
9
May

Spices, silks and slaves: Travel by land in the Medieval Islamic world

This talk will examine caravanserais, and other examples of the architecture of travel like bridges and roads, along with the mechanics of medieval Islamic travel.

Wed
10
May

Inside the asylum: Material life in lunatic asylums in Victorian and Edwardian England

This talk will explore the material worlds of ‘lunatic asylums’ (as they were known to contemporaries) in Victorian and Edwardian England

Mon
15
May

Hamlet’s Elsinore and Elsinore’s Hamlet

In this illustrated talk, Dr Anne Sophie Refskou (University of Surrey) and Lars Romann Engel (Artistic Director of Hamletscenen in Elsinore) discuss the lively history of Hamlet in Denmark, tracing how Shakespeare’s fictional setting for Hamlet has become a real one

Tue
16
May

“Speak the speech . . . trippingly on the tongue”: Performing Shakespearean verse

Professor Michael Cordner and Dr Tom Cantrell (University of York) explore, via analysis and practical experiment, how the changing nature of Shakespeare's verse writing across his career gradually transformed the challenges he set for his actors

Wed
17
May

Fraud and veracity in early modern observations of generation

Through the cases of two 17th century naturalists and physicians, Ole Worm (1588-1654) and Thomas Bartholin (1616-1680), this talk discusses the tensions, negotiations and uncertainties in early modern scientific knowledge production, resulting from the ever-present worries about fraud

Thu
18
May

Paapa Essiedu - in conversation with Judith Buchanan

In this 'in conversation' event Paapa Essiedu talks with Judith Buchanan (University of York) about his roles in Hamlet and King Lear

Sat
20
May

Bloody, Bold and Resolute

A lively and varied afternoon, led by experts and practitioners from across disciplines, devoted to Shakespeare’s Macbeth and creative responses to Macbeth

Sat
20
May

Macbeth screening

A pre-release screening of this innovative new feature film, shot entirely on green screen.

Tue
23
May

The origin of perspective

York Summer Theory Institute in Art History

Wed
24
May

Antinomies of data-driven public services: The case of regionalisation of adoption in England

Dr James Cornford examines the interaction of different cultures of data in the reform of the adoption process in England

Thu
25
May

On the confluence of virtualities in computer-based environments

Inge Hinterwaldner looks at virtual reality in the context of phobia therapy

Thu
25
May

Fighting For Europe

Those of us who are keen to see the UK remain part of the EU need to target our fight carefully: how shall we do that, and when?

Thu
25
May
Fri
26
May

What turns pictures on

This presentation will consider the conditions in which pictures can be activated by the perceptual parameters afforded by their environment

Tue
30
May

Austen as Wartime Novelist

It is time to reclaim Jane Austen as the first English novelist to explore the effect of contemporary war on the home front

Tue
30
May

Should we really be ourselves?

In this lecture, Rafe shows how Simone de Beauvoir and Frantz Fanon meet the ethical challenge posed by authenticity.

Wed
31
May

Remembering the future

In 'Remembering the Future', Darran Anderson will re-assess utopian ideas in an age of pessimism. In contrast to our technological advances, we seem increasingly powerless and disconnected from our urban surroundings. Looking at projects from Bauhaus to Bjarke Ingels, Anderson will examine the challenges we face and what is needed to reclaim the city for the citizen.

Thu
1
Jun

World history and God’s Grand Design: The historical imagination in the Middle Ages and Reformation

This lecture will endeavor to sketch out a provisional arc for the evolving theology of history as it developed through the Middle Ages and the Reformation period.

Tue
20
Jun

Imaginative geographies of the black/white Atlantic

Catherine Hall discusses Edward Long, C18 slave-owner, family man, creole nationalist and historian

Fri
23
Jun

Falling Walls Lab York

York's best and brightest compete to captivate audiences with their groundbreaking research.