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Open lectures: Autumn term 2017

Previous lectures

Transforming care, innovation and leadership through clinical academic roles

Friday 8 December 2017

Debbie Carrick-Sen talks about clinical academic roles

M1 39 to 42 Smart Motorway: The story behind the roadworks and the signs

Thursday 7 December 2017

The story behind the Smart Motorway and its roadworks and signs

Understanding text and stone: A history of Christian symbols in Mamluk architecture - POSTPONED

Tuesday 5 December 2017

During this talk Sami will analyse the case of Christian spolia and symbols, in Mamluk architecture, with cases ranging from utilitarian, esoteric, and commemoration of Christian individuals

New China and New China paintings

Wednesday 29 November 2017

History of Art open lectures

21st Century Giants – a panel debate

Wednesday 29 November 2017

The last in our series looking at the Five Giants of the Beveridge report

Ageing, stigma and biopolitics in the 21st Century

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Growing old ‘badly’ is stigmatizing, a truism that is enrolled into contemporary agendas for the biomedicalization of ageing

Insults, invective and the unspeakable: Transgressive speech in the Middle Ages

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Dr Vicki Blud explores some of the major social, political and cultural conflicts of the late medieval period through contemporary dispute, insult and invective

Four fish: Fishing, farming and the future of the last wild food

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Our relationship with the ocean is undergoing a profound transformation...

“In my end is my beginning”: Celebrating the 250th anniversary of the publication of the final volume of Tristram Shandy

Tuesday 28 November 2017

A few thoughts and observations on Vol IX of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and how Sterne has influenced contemporary writers and artists.

The age of radicals: Politics in an age of turbulence

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Social and Political Sciences Seminar Series with Jamie Bartlett from the Centre for Analysis of Social Media

Modern painters, old masters: The art of imitation from the Pre-Raphaelites to the First World War

Friday 24 November 2017

An extended comparison of the two images that are on the cover of Liz’s book by the same title

Squalor and Idleness

Wednesday 22 November 2017

The fourth in the series of lectures looking at the welfare state

Housekeeping against accumulation: Lifestyle minimalism, de-growth and the present post-ecological condition

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Miriam Meissner talks about lifestyle minimalism

Madness: Ideas about insanity

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Peter Morrall examines the question 'what is madness?'

Thinking differently? Autism and prehistoric art

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Penny will take you on a journey through how individuals with autism think differently, what we know of social support and tolerance in the distant past, and conflicting debates about ice age art and lastly come to some perhaps surprisingly conclusions about the role of autism in the distant past

This House Believes Corbyn's Labour is the Real "Nasty Party"

Friday 17 November 2017

The York Union is proud to welcome historian Giles Udy and Chris Williamson MP to debate the motion ‘This House Believes Corbyn’s Labour is the Real “Nasty Party”’.

Emotions, self-regulation and mental well-being

Thursday 16 November 2017

Dr Dorothea Debus discusses emotions

Reconstructing the Medieval Islamic rock crystal 'industry'

Thursday 16 November 2017

Professor Jeremy Johns (Oxford) joins the York Islamic Art Circle

Nano-spintronic devices

Thursday 16 November 2017

Professor Hirohata discusses the research field of spintronics

From a revolution to a military coup: The human rights situation in Egypt today

Thursday 16 November 2017

In his talk Mohamed will discuss the current human rights situation in Egypt, the risks civil society actors are facing, future challenges, and how HRDs and NGOs are dealing with these challenges.

How novels begin: Some nineteenth-century test cases

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Poe thought that the entire meaning of a short story was captured in its first sentence: is this the same for novels?

Disease and Ignorance

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Part of the Beveridge's Five Giants lecture series

Thinking sociologically about kindness: Puncturing the blasé in the ordinary city

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Is kindness sociologically relevant?

William the Conqueror and the Harrying of the North 1069-70: Contexts and perspectives

Tuesday 14 November 2017

This lecture will reflect on the broader context of the infamous Harrying of the North including both the period prior to and after the Norman Conquest in 1066, and what a biographer can know about William the Conquerer,’ and the place of violence against non-combatants in medieval Europe

Consolations for a post-truth world

Tuesday 14 November 2017

How did we find ourselves in a "post-truth" world of "alternative facts"? And can we get out of it?

The future of environmental policy in uncertain times

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Are you concerned about the future of environmental policy during these uncertain times? Then this is the talk for you!

Calais Children: A Case to Answer - film screening

Tuesday 14 November 2017

As the Calais jungle was set to be razed in October 2016, there were over 1900 unaccompanied minors stranded there - many of whom might have a legal case to enter the UK. Would the UK accept them? And if not, what would be their fate?

How many lives does a doctor save?

Thursday 9 November 2017

Medicine has a reputation for doing good, but just how much good does a doctor actually do?

A brief history of celebrity: Or, what does ‘Dickensian’ mean?

Thursday 9 November 2017

What do Achilles, Napoleon Bonaparte, Lord Byron, Charles Dickens and Taylor Swift have in common? They are all celebrities, in one way or another.

Cold paint on stained glass in Nuremburg around 1500

Thursday 9 November 2017

This term's stained glass masterclass event

Anthony Horowitz: In conversation with Judith Buchanan

Wednesday 8 November 2017

Join Anthony Horowitz as he talks about his life and works


Wednesday 8 November 2017

Part of the Beveridge's Five Giants lecture series

Dilemmas of patient choice: Findings from a conversation analytic study of neurology outpatient consultations

Wednesday 8 November 2017

Merran Toerien discusses the doctor-patient relationship and its shift from paternalistic

Don't let my past be your future POSTPONED

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Britain's oldest rebel comes to York to talk about his life experiences of persevering through difficult times with one's dignity and optimism intact.

Sex, stress and food: Impacts of pharmaceuticals in the environment on wildlife

Tuesday 7 November 2017

During this seminar you will hear from Dr Kathryn Arnold who will explore the impacts of pharmaceuticals in the environment on wildlife

A new paradigm in criminology: Censure, harm and pathology

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Social and Political Sciences Seminar Series, in collaboration with the UoY CrimNet

Hooligan Sparrow

Monday 6 November 2017

Join the Centre for Applied Human Rights at a free film screening of 'Hooligan Sparrow'

Darren Hughes: Is First Past the Post Strong and Stable?

Friday 3 November 2017

Will Proportional Representation benefit the UK and the electoral fortunes of the Conservatives?

The future of fertilizer: A new deep mine in the UK?

Thursday 2 November 2017

Rationale on why the world demand for high nutrient fertilizers and the economic benefits drives the construction of a new deep mine in the UK

Dreams without dreaming: A new therapeutic model

Thursday 2 November 2017

Professor Tom Stoneham talks about dreams

Mission oriented policy and rethinking public value

Thursday 2 November 2017

Economist Mariana Mazzucato presents the annual Ken Dixon lecture

Learning from HRDs: Retracing the genesis of homophobia in rural Africa

Thursday 2 November 2017

Brian Okallan talks about the realities of homophobia and the origins of LGBTI in rural Africa

Beveridge’s Five Giants

Wednesday 1 November 2017

The first in a series of talks about whether the welfare state can survive

A breath of fresh air: Sharing air quality knowledge across continents

Tuesday 31 October 2017

The SEI York Annual Seminar, in collaboration with IDN and YESI

The People, the Commons and the Public Realm

Tuesday 31 October 2017

This session considers the potential for claiming and controlling the commons – essential resources on which we all depend to survive and flourish

The secrets of sleep

Thursday 26 October 2017

Find out about the various roles of sleep and how you can get more of it to promote your physical and mental health

Opening universities for refugees: Education of displaced youth in South East Asia

Wednesday 25 October 2017

This lecture will explore the global responsibilities of academia and will share OUR’s experience in Malaysia and Indonesia

As seen on screen: From The Duchess to Poldark, the role of the historical advisor

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Hannah Greig talks about her role as historical advisor for TV programmes such as Poldark

The arts of pilgrimage

Tuesday 24 October 2017

This lecture will explore the journey to Mecca and the performance of Hajj, focusing on the skill and creativity of the artists, craftspeople and pilgrims who have all been inspired by this great pilgrimage

Mystery Plays: The wagons return to York

Thursday 19 October 2017

This lecture will provide an introduction to the history of the York Mystery Plays and hopefully set the mood for the forthcoming event in 2018

Monastic legacies: Memory and the biography of place

Tuesday 17 October 2017

This lecture introduces the theme of memory in the monastic landscape, before considering a case study of Glastonbury Abbey in detail

Shaking the legal foundations of corporate power POSTPONED

Tuesday 17 October 2017

This seminar has been postponed until January. Apologies for any disappointment.

Labour migration in Asia: Protracted precarity and truncated rights

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Professor Nicola Piper, Professor of International Migration and Director of the Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre at the University of Sydney, will be delivering this lecture on labour migrants.

How Turner walked to class

Monday 16 October 2017

Martin Myrone presents a talk on Turner

Citizens of Europe

Saturday 14 October 2017

The York Law School, York for Europe and the Young European Movement York are delighted to present the public seminar 'Citizens of Europe'

Michael Longley: A poetry reading

Thursday 12 October 2017

Writers at York present Michael Longley, one of the foremost Irish and British poets of our times

Challenges for Azerbaijani civil society since 2013

Thursday 12 October 2017

Mehriban Rahimli addresses possible solutions to the challenges in the Azerbaijan

Dismembered: How the attack on the state harms us all

Wednesday 11 October 2017

Polly Toynbee and David Walker have long prowled the world of modern, dysfunctional, unequal Britain and have, on the whole, painted a disagreeable picture of it...

Shame and attention

Wednesday 11 October 2017

Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips join us to talk around the themes of shame and attention

How can we conquer pain?

Wednesday 11 October 2017

Professor Peter McNaughton from King's College London presents a York Biology Lecture

Sugar: The world corrupted from slavery to obesity

Monday 9 October 2017

How did a simple commodity, once the prized monopoly of kings and princes, become an essential ingredient in the lives of millions, before mutating yet again into the cause of a global health epidemic?

Silent Shakespeare

Friday 6 October 2017

An evening of nostalgia, wonderment and silliness

Structuring communities for inclusion rather than exclusion

Friday 6 October 2017

Professor Kevin Timpe suggests how people can create more inclusive communities for people with disabilities

Electronics and technology in agriculture: The next farming revolution?

Thursday 5 October 2017

Dr Dave Chesmore looks at the advances in technology within agriculture

Breaking through despite the odds

Tuesday 3 October 2017

Dame Elizabeth Anionwu will explore the factors that led her to overturn a difficult start in life and achieve the many successes in her career

The future of healthcare is today

Monday 18 September 2017

Dr Bieber will be setting out some of the many challenges facing us in providing the best healthcare to a changing demographic population

The art of building small: Molecular switches and motors

Wednesday 6 September 2017

Nobel Prize winning chemist, Professor Ben Feringa invites us to imagine the unimaginable…