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Open lectures: Summer term 2018


RESCHEDULED- Saints, sanctity and theologies of healing

Beginning with the biblical context of saints and sanctity, this lecture will explore some of the ways in which theologies of sanctity can initiate and enable a journey towards reconciliation and healing


100 Years of Women's Suffrage - and still the need to march?

Join us for a lively and engaging evening of conversation between Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu , organiser of the London Women’s March, and Isabel Berwick, executive editor of the Work & Careers section of The Financial Times, as they discuss gender equality and women’s rights

Previous lectures

Insane society: Mental health and sociology

Tuesday 20 March 2018

The world is in a mess. Some of that mess manifests madness...

Modern slavery in Yorkshire and the UK

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Join the Crime Justice Group for a discussion on modern slavery in the UK

CANCELLED - Shrinking civic space in Sudan

Friday 16 March 2018

This event is CANCELLED

POSTPONED - Creative Engineering

Thursday 15 March 2018

This event is POSTPONED.

A Glass of Seawater live! British Science Week fusion energy podcast launch

Thursday 15 March 2018

Fusion energy - what have you been doing for 30 years?

Green chemistry for tomorrow’s world today

Tuesday 13 March 2018

Archbishop Holgate’s Annual Science Lecture

The power of education to power the world

Tuesday 13 March 2018

Cobra Beer founder and Independent Crossbench Peer Lord Bilimoria discusses the value of international students, business and employability

Do robots dream of saving lives?

Thursday 8 March 2018

Self-driving cars, crew-less tankers, parcel delivery by drones, service robots for the elderly: The robots are coming!

POSTPONED - Cosmic Roads: Relocating Modernism

Tuesday 6 March 2018

This event is POSTPONED

Britain in full colour

Friday 2 March 2018

Britain in Full Colour is the Afro-Caribbean Society's Ted Talk-style event that aims to show Britain in its full multicultural colour - one that includes the presence of Africans and Caribbeans in its history

Chhauppadi – a menstrual taboo in rural Nepal

Friday 2 March 2018

How does the practice of chhauppadi affect on women’s and girls ability to enjoy their rights? What can be done to promote women’s rights in traditional rural communities?

POSTPONED - A book a day keeps the doctor away

Thursday 1 March 2018

This event is postponed

POSTPONED: Building a better computer

Wednesday 28 February 2018

This event is POSTPONED

Contemporary art from the Arab world and Iran

Tuesday 27 February 2018

Roberta Marin discusses the rising interest in art from Iran and the Arab world

Alan Fenwick OBE: Talk on SCI and neglected tropical diseases

Tuesday 27 February 2018

Hear about the progress being made towards eliminating neglected tropical diseases and what makes SCI such an effective charity

Danelaw stories: The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and the Conquest

Tuesday 27 February 2018

This talk focuses on two translations of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle produced in the early twelfth century: the Annals of St Neots and Geoffrey Gaimar's History of the English

CANCELLED - Grenfell: The unfolding dimensions of social harm

Tuesday 27 February 2018

This event is CANCELLED.

Peak Bull***t - A talk by Evan Davis

Thursday 22 February 2018

Lies and deception, spin, flannel and waffle, Bull**** is everywhere you look

POSTPONED - Urbanity and the implied sense of taste in early modern Iran

Thursday 22 February 2018

This event is POSTPONED.

Gender Equality and the Audio Industries

Thursday 22 February 2018

The Audio Engineering Society North of England section will be hosting a panel session on Gender Equality and the Audio Industries under the banner of the #HeforShe United Nations Campaign.

Religious marriage of same-sex couples in England and Wales

Wednesday 21 February 2018

This talk presents the findings of a research on religious marriage of same-sex couples in England and Wales, conducted by Prof Paul Johnson (the University of York), Prof Robert Vanderbeck (University of Leeds) and Dr Silvia Falcetta (the University of York).

Spring Lane Building Opening: A Celebration of Teaching

Wednesday 21 February 2018

The official opening of the Spring Lane building

Gender and transitional justice

Monday 19 February 2018

The talk represents a unique opportunity to hear more about Tunisia's role in the Arab Spring, the complexities of delivering transitional justice, and sensitivities associated with work on sexual violence

Marginalised mothers: Health communication and maternal health in East Africa, 1920-2017

Monday 19 February 2018

This talk considers the long history of maternal health in East Africa, examining how health communication has shaped risk assessment and health-related decision-making in both clinical and domestic settings since the 1920s

The empty soapbox: Five decades of silent universities in Malaysia

Monday 19 February 2018

Henry Koh from Fortify Rights will discuss his work and the recent report by Fortify Rights on the growing restrictions facing students and academics in Malaysia

Life as an LBQ activist in Kenya

Friday 16 February 2018

In her talk Gerald will discuss the challenges she has faced in her life both personally and professionally as an openly lesbian woman in a conservative culture in Kenya

Ethics in public health research and practice

Thursday 15 February 2018

Department of Philosophy Lecture

Shakespeare’s Fathers and Daughters - a Masterclass

Wednesday 14 February 2018

A masterclass based around Oliver Ford Davies' 2017 book - including performances of sequences from relevant plays

One nation? Sexual orientation discrimination and the geography of the UK

Wednesday 14 February 2018

In contemporary British society, many British people now tend to think about the relationship between “sexual orientation” and “geography” in respect of the different levels of treatment of people around the world

Too tired to think: On (not) producing knowledge in the hyper-productive university

Wednesday 14 February 2018

Over recent decades we have witnessed significant transformations of the models of organisation and evaluation of academic work in the UK and elsewhere

Waste not, want not: global waste challenges and solutions

Wednesday 14 February 2018

The York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI) and GreenSTEMs host a waste symposium as part of One Planet Week.

From brown to green chemistry: Sustainability, waste and the circular economy

Tuesday 13 February 2018

This talk will give examples of turning waste into resource, promoting cradle to cradle rather than cradle to grave thinking, and will highlight global opportunities and barriers to development of Circular Economies

From poetic justice to narrative justice

Tuesday 13 February 2018

If poetic justice is about the suitability of the ends of justice, then narrative justice is about the means employed to reach those ends

Lordship, violence and very small churches in Southern France, c. 1000-1200

Tuesday 13 February 2018

Are we being misled about the claims of violence in churches in Southern France at the turn of the first millennium?

Pictured together? Constructions of gender, race, and social rank in the portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray

Monday 12 February 2018

“Pictured together?” places the portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray within the pictorial and social conventions of Georgian Britain

CANCELLED Winnicott's magic: 'Playing and reality' and reality

Wednesday 7 February 2018

The second of three lectures this year by Visiting Professor Adam Phillips, Writer and Psychoanalyst.

The Elites, the Establishment and the ‘People’: Analysing the ‘micro-politics’ of right-wing populism

Wednesday 7 February 2018

Ruth Wodak explores the ‘new face of politics’ of right-wing populist parties

Ten things about the war in Ukraine you probably didn’t know

Friday 2 February 2018

A documenter of war crimes in Eastern Ukraine and annexed Crimea will be talking about the war which is ongoing at the centre of Europe

Changing the face of the city: Heritage and engineering

Thursday 1 February 2018

Nick Beilby and David Fraser from York Civic Trust talk about their recent restoration work in the city of York

From Cruel Britannia to Caring Britain: The Coming Green Transformation

Thursday 1 February 2018

Natalie Bennett, the former leader of the Green Party, tracks the influence of environmental concerns in British society and points out its growing importance in present and future UK politics

Humanising animals for medical research - the ethical debates

Thursday 1 February 2018

Professor Tom Baldwin talks about scientific research

Measuring ability in generic skills - should we and can we?

Thursday 1 February 2018

In relation to generic skills, Higher Education faces two fundamental questions: Should we be measuring the ability of students?; and secondly if we should, can we?

Postcolonial migration meets European integration: Britain in comparative perspective

Thursday 1 February 2018

Elizabeth Buettner talks about postcolonial migration

Confronting the plunder of the commons

Wednesday 31 January 2018

An aspect of the ongoing Global Transformation has been the systematic plunder of the commons, facilitated by globalisation and the neo-liberal economic paradigm guiding governments and international agencies

York Residents' Festival 2018

Saturday 27 January 2018

An opportunity to find out more about this historic building in the centre of York, and about the history of York, with some tours and talks

Shaking the legal foundations of corporate power

Tuesday 23 January 2018

This lecture will analyse the historical development of legal categories that apply to corporations as a series of 'exceptional measures' in law that provide corporations with the capacity to commit crime with impunity

Iby Knill: My story

Monday 22 January 2018

Holocaust Survivor Iby Knill talks about her experiences during World War II

From Face/Off to the Face Race: An emotional history of the face transplant

Monday 22 January 2018

More than forty face transplants have taken place around the world since 2005. Dr Alberti explores the emotional history and ethics of face transplants, raising questions about gender, facial politics, and the limits of medical science

Script United. Safavid Iran, Ottoman Turkey, and Nasta‘liq Calligraphy in the Sixteenth Century

Friday 19 January 2018

Through the analysis of examples on various mediums and textual sources, Dr Rettig explores how calligraphy became a tool in artistic rivalries as well as political and religious struggles between Ottoman sultans and Safavid shahs

Victims' Voices from Egypt

Friday 19 January 2018

Nea'ma Allah Hisham talks about the rights of refugees in Egypt

Migrant City

Wednesday 17 January 2018

Migrant City is the story of contemporary London from the perspective of 30 adult migrants who come from a wide variety of social backgrounds and includes their take on Brexit and the so-called 'migrant crisis'

The art of the medieval minstrel

Tuesday 16 January 2018

A lecture recital on medieval music, performed on replica medieval musical instruments, reconstructed from period artwork

Nostalgic for war: Reflections on the stories we tell about World War II and contemporary British militarism

Tuesday 16 January 2018

This talk examines how nostalgia for the Second World War has come to pervade contemporary political and everyday discourse

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence: Back to the future

Monday 15 January 2018

Dr Dimitar Kazakov presents a talk on Artificial Intelligence

Seeing past and present in the glazed cloister of Park Abbey (1635-1644)

Monday 15 January 2018

Professor Ellen Shortell discusses the use of visual experiences in the cloisters of Park Abbey in Leuven, Belgium, between 1635 and 1644

Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme Phase 1

Thursday 11 January 2018

Stephanie Dye from Arup will provide an overview of the Leeds Flood Alleviation scheme

Raising Horizons talk

Thursday 11 January 2018

Raising Horizons is about revealing the real face of archaeology, geology and palaeontology past and present, sharing its hidden heritage, and promoting the power of networks for advancing women in science.

Esports Celebrity Panel and Q&A

Thursday 11 January 2018

A celebrity panel of expert guests share their experience working in esports and reflect on current challenges and opportunities when pursuing a career in esports