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Open lectures: Spring term 2018

Tue
16
Jan

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

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

Tue
16
Jan

The art of the medieval minstrel

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

Wed
17
Jan

Migrant City

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'

Fri
19
Jan

Victims' Voices from Egypt

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

Fri
19
Jan

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

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

Mon
22
Jan

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

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

Mon
22
Jan

Iby Knill: My story

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

Tue
23
Jan

Shaking the legal foundations of corporate power

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

Wed
31
Jan

Confronting the plunder of the commons

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

Thu
1
Feb

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

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?

Thu
1
Feb

Humanising animals for medical research - the ethical debates

Professor Tom Baldwin talks about scientific research

Fri
2
Feb

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

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

Wed
7
Feb

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

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

Wed
7
Feb

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

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

Mon
12
Feb

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

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

Tue
13
Feb

From poetic justice to narrative justice

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

Tue
13
Feb

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

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

Wed
14
Feb

Waste not, want not: global waste challenges and solutions

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

Wed
14
Feb

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

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

Wed
14
Feb

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

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

Thu
15
Feb

Ethics in public health research and practice

Department of Philosophy Lecture

Fri
16
Feb

Life as an LBQ activist in Kenya

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

Mon
19
Feb

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

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

Wed
21
Feb

Religious marriage of same-sex couples in England and Wales

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).

Thu
22
Feb

Urbanity and the implied sense of taste in early modern Iran

Sussan Babaie discusses the conceptual link between the cook and the artist in early modern Iran

Thu
22
Feb

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

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

Mon
26
Feb

The secret life of a feminist academic: Heterosexuality, masculinity, shoes and the everyday

Victoria's inaugural lecture traces her intellectual and research passions since the mid 1980’s to the present

Tue
27
Feb

Grenfell: The unfolding dimensions of social harm

Through the emergence of nascent forms of regulating business activities in the 1830s, Britain was the first capitalist country to begin to put in place system of social protection. That system is now being undone

Tue
27
Feb

Danelaw stories: The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and the Conquest

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

Tue
27
Feb

Contemporary art from the Arab world and Iran

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

Wed
28
Feb

Only disconnect: Central heating and the strange afterlife of social democracy

This talk will explore some of the different ways in which the relationship between housing, energy and heat were imagined by governments and urban planners in post-war Britain

Wed
28
Feb

Building a better computer

Professor Jim Austin has been working on a new concept in computing for over 17 years...

Thu
1
Mar

Saints, sanctity and theologies of healing

This lecture will explore some of the ways in which theologies of sanctity can initiate and enable a journey towards reconciliation and healing

Fri
2
Mar

Chhauppadi – a menstrual taboo in rural Nepal

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?

Tue
6
Mar

Who let the dogs out? Reporting guns, knives, race and crime

Journalist Gary Younge talks about knife crime and its relation to inequality

Tue
6
Mar

Cosmic Roads: Relocating Modernism

History of Art and York Islamic Art Circle Lecture

Wed
7
Mar

Accelerating Academia: Several post-publication reflections

Dr Filip Vostal talks about the perceived speeding-up of time in academia

Thu
8
Mar

From Selma to Moscow: How human rights activists transformed US foreign policy

Professor Sarah Snyder advances a new interpretation of United States foreign policy in the long 1960s, showing that transnational connections and social movements spurred American activism on human rights.

Tue
13
Mar

Green chemistry for tomorrow’s world today

Archbishop Holgate’s Annual Science Lecture

Thu
15
Mar

Creative Engineering

Department of Electronic Engineering Inaugural Lectures

Fri
16
Mar

Shrinking civic space in Sudan

What are the future hopes for human rights organisations working in Sudan?

Tue
20
Mar

Insane society: Mental health and sociology

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

Previous lectures

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