Open lectures: Spring term 2017

Previous lectures

Language learning in your sleep

Thursday 23 March 2017

Professor Gareth Gaskell presents this year's Merchant Adventurers’ Science Discovery Lecture

Cairo the city victorious

Tuesday 21 March 2017

In this lecture, Marin will discuss the beautiful architecture and the highly crafted artworks produced in Cairo from its foundation in 968 to the end of the Ottoman rule in the 19th century

York Human Rights Film Festival 2017

Friday 17 March 2017

York Human Rights Film Festival 2017 is sponsored by the York Human Rights City Network (YHRCN) in association with the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR), University of York. This year's Festival brings three films which focus on a wide variety of human rights issues

The value chain

Friday 17 March 2017

How to ensure that sustainable supply chain management systems drive value and success for business as much as for society?

Life is Astronomical

Thursday 16 March 2017

Dr Marek Kukula from the Royal Observatory talks about space and astronomy.

Enhancing the city beautiful

Wednesday 15 March 2017

York is a great place to live, but the quality of the public realm is under threat. Ron will examine some of the issues, and what has recently been done about them, and what can be done. He will mainly refer to the work of the civic trust's City Enhancement Fund, and may well mention his new book: York: changing the face of the city.

John Snow: from York to London and Beyond

Wednesday 15 March 2017

The lecture will therefore provide an opportunity to celebrate John Snow’s achievements in the context of his Yorkshire origins and to discuss the lasting legacy of his work

Promoting Potatoes in Peru and Other Tales of the Hispanic Enlightenment

Tuesday 14 March 2017

A talk exploring the contrasts between colonial and metropolitan visions of health, nutrition and science to help rethink the Americas’ place in the global Enlightenment.

Women on the frontline: Rights. Camera. Action.

Sunday 12 March 2017

As part of the York International Women's Festival, students from the University of York’s Centre for Applied Human Rights present Women on the Frontline: Rights. Camera. Action., a screening of short films about women human rights defenders both local and international.

Defending the right to protest and to dignity in detention in Egypt

Friday 10 March 2017

Doaa Mostafa is a lawyer and Criminal Justice Programme Director at the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), an NGO that was established in 2013 and has quickly become one of the leading human rights organisations in the country. ECRF have led the campaign to Stop Enforced Disappearances in Egypt, a human rights violation that has increased dramatically over the past few years.

The New Bridlington Lifeboat Station

Thursday 9 March 2017

Peter and Geoff will explain the design and construction of the new repositioned lifeboat station.

The Islamic garden as sacred art and as an opportunity for bridge-building between cultures

Thursday 9 March 2017

The last in this term's events from the Islamic Art Circle

Lessons from the Tin Woodman: Disability and the Posthuman

Thursday 9 March 2017

This talk focuses on representations of body augmentation and enhancement in a number of modern and contemporary literary and film texts, reading them in the context of disability, engineering, design and the posthuman

How Alara Wholefoods became the most sustainable food manufacturer on earth

Thursday 9 March 2017

What role does the food industry play in making our economy more sustainable? Alex Smith talks about the best practices to lead the way in sustainability, including how he achieved his mission in making Alara the first zero-waste manufacturer in the world.

Beyond Frankenstein: The writings of Mary Shelley

Wednesday 8 March 2017

Anna Mercer discusses the life and works of Mary Shelley, beyond her 'one-hit wonder', Frankenstein.

European populisms: Demand-side, supply-side and contextual explanations

Wednesday 8 March 2017

Populist movements and parties have thrived in Southern Europe in recent years. Their success is often related to the influence of the financial crisis and its disastrous impact on the quality of life of ample sectors of the population throughout the region, that is, to demand-side variables emerging from an impoverished populations. This presentation reviews reaction to the crisis in Italy, Greece and Spain and examines why political outcomes have been markedly different in these three cases.

Lad Culture in Higher Education

Tuesday 7 March 2017

Ahead of International Women’s Day, join the University of York’s Dr Vanita Sundaram for an exploration of her leading research into the emergence of lad culture in higher education, what it is, what causes it and what can be done to address it.

Dependent agency in the global health regime: Local African responses to donor AIDS efforts

Tuesday 7 March 2017

Centre for Global Health Histories Lecture

'Ditch the Witch': The past history of misogyny in politics

Monday 6 March 2017

Why is there so much sexism in politics? Sarah Richardson traces the history of misogyny in British politics to uncover some answers.

The true impact of CSR activities

Friday 3 March 2017

Part of the CSR Leadership Seminar Series

Symbolism and memory in Imperial Mughal tombs

Thursday 2 March 2017

The second of this term's events from the Islamic Art Circle

The F Word: Feminism on Campus

Tuesday 28 February 2017

First-wave feminism achieved women’s suffrage, second-wave achieved reproductive rights and equality in the workplace. But what has the third-wave achieved?

Going hungry: Researching food-bank usage in the UK

Tuesday 28 February 2017

In this talk Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite will discuss the research undertaken for her critically acclaimed book ‘Hunger pains: life inside foodbank Britain’.

The importance of shareholder engagement for corporate governance

Friday 24 February 2017

Part of the CSR Leadership Seminar Series

The rehabilitation of torture victims

Friday 24 February 2017

Nodjigoto Charbonnel is the director of the Centre de Réhabilitation des Victimes de la Torture (AJPNV) in Chad. The AJPNV works primarily towards the rehabilitation of torture victims, the abolition of torture, and the education of citizens of Chad on human rights. It provides medical, psychosocial and legal support to victims of torture, IDPs, and female victims of sexual violence

Concussion, convergence, computation and the clinic: What does a computer scientist know about getting hit in the head?

Wednesday 22 February 2017

Professor Mark Daley will discuss how computer scientists are helping science understand traumatic brain injury

Grasping the everyday rhythms and atmospheres of a fish market

Wednesday 22 February 2017

This talk takes two fish markets as sites to explore urban social life

What is fiction (good) for?

Tuesday 21 February 2017

In this lecture, Rafe shows that while there is no essential link between fiction and personal or political growth, there are at least three ways in which stories make a moral difference.

Why business is the best agent for a sustainable future

Friday 17 February 2017

Part of the Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership Seminar Series

Pharma and the Global South

Thursday 16 February 2017

To mark the formal opening of the Department of Biology’s new £15M Teaching and Learning Building, Dr Patrick Vallance, President, Research and Development at GSK will present his views on the pharmaceutical industry and its involvement in developing world countries.

Going to Strasbourg: Oral history accounts of sexual orientation discrimination and the European Court of Human Rights

Thursday 16 February 2017

Understanding the role of the ECtHR in safeguarding LGBT rights is vital at a time when Conservative Party and other politicians advocate the UK weakening its ties with Strasbourg

Unseen City: Travelling psychoanalysis and the urban poor

Thursday 16 February 2017

This lecture examines the institution of Freudian psychoanalysis in an international frame, with specific reference to its inadequate engagement with urban poverty, as seen in the specific context of global cities in India

We believe (think, plan), but who are ‘we’?

Wednesday 15 February 2017

Professor Margaret Archer talks about who 'we' are...

Where nanotechnology meets life science and humanities: Why is bone hard and tough?

Tuesday 14 February 2017

Dr Roland Kröger will discuss how physics can be used in other disciplines of science to great effect

Can we make fuel from crop waste?

Monday 13 February 2017

Can we create fuel using underutilized feedstock?

The scientific advisor and the policy-maker

Friday 10 February 2017

This talk will discuss the experience of the work of the Stockholm Environment Institute in supporting decision making and inducing change towards sustainable development by providing authoritative, rigorous and impartial science relating to environment and development

The human rights crisis in Burundi

Friday 10 February 2017

Marc Niyonkuru is an independent journalist from Burundi who has reported on human rights violations since 2008. He has investigated and disclosed arms trafficking and human rights abuse during the electoral process

Haworth to Hong Kong and back: A water story

Thursday 9 February 2017

David will describe the somewhat tenuous links between a pub in Yorkshire, sanitation in the 19th century, the design and construction of the Hong Kong Harbour Area Treatment Scheme, the world’s largest sludge incinerator, and back.

Breaking out of the straight jacket: Mental health and the LGBT community

Thursday 9 February 2017

Matthew Todd, former editor of Attitude magazine, will talk about mental health and the LGBT community.

Watching the brain at work

Wednesday 8 February 2017

Professor Leon Lagnado from the University of Sussex discusses the brain at work

The story of a theorem (or, how my research student got a world record)

Monday 6 February 2017

Just how do mathematicians create new mathematics?

Current human rights issues in Malaysia: A view from the inside

Friday 3 February 2017

Azmi Sharom discusses human rights issues in Malaysia, from an insider's point of view

£110bn, that’s a lot of money – Financial decision making in the Department of Health

Thursday 2 February 2017

The Finance Director for the Department of Health talks about decision-making with a budget of £110bn+

Ethics, sustainability and communication

Thursday 2 February 2017

How to develop a CSR strategy and communicating around controversial issues.

Vertical: The city from satellites to bunkers

Wednesday 1 February 2017

What does it mean to be above or below in today’s rapidly urbanising world? As humans excavate deep into the earth, build ever-higher into the skies, and saturate airspaces and inner orbits with all sorts of machines, how might we understand the remarkable verticalities of our world?

Let There Be Science

Tuesday 31 January 2017

God or science: pick a side. That is the message our young people seem to be growing up with and that many adults take for granted. Where exactly did it come from, though? How does it bear up under testing?

Dreams, dice and divination: Islamic art and the supernatural

Tuesday 31 January 2017

The first of this term's events from the Islamic Art Circle

Wolves, ravens and troll-women: 1066 in old Norse history and literature

Tuesday 31 January 2017

From prosaic historical accounts to tall tales of bloody portents, the Old Norse sagas demonstrate that the challenge of writing the great king’s defeat offered surprising opportunities for creativity and literary innovation

On Henri Lefebvre's "revolutionary citizenship": Urban protest and the challenges of the post-political

Tuesday 31 January 2017

Gareth Millington discusses the later work of French sociologist Henri Lefebvre

Working as a journalist in the media and human rights hostile environment of Ethiopia

Friday 27 January 2017

Getachew Simie is a well-known journalist in Ethiopia. He will speak about the difficulty of working with independent media and promoting freedom of expression in his home country.

Brexit, what next for Britain and Europe?

Thursday 26 January 2017

The Politics Society in conjunction with the York Tories and EU Society are proud to host ‘Brexit, what next for Britain and the EU?’

What on earth does the past of Eastern Africa tell us about future sustainability?

Thursday 26 January 2017

This lecture will look at the environmental changes in Eastern Africa - ecosystem services, agricultural resilience and climate adaptation

The problem of suffering: A Thomistic response

Thursday 26 January 2017

In this lecture, Professor Stump will present and defend the theodicy of Thomas Aquinas as a representative medieval account of the world and God's reasons for allowing suffering in it.

Inspiring sustainable behaviour

Thursday 26 January 2017

Why do short-term memory tasks change our behaviour? How do commitment gaps change outcomes? How is our worry-profile the same as an Argentinean farmer’s? What is the answer to inspiring sustainable behaviour?

Resisting planetary gentrification: The cases of Istanbul, London and Rome

Wednesday 25 January 2017

The process of gentrification has produced one of the largest literatures in urban studies, yet there have been few academic studies of resistance to gentrification; indeed detailed studies of anti-gentrification protests, struggles and activism seem to have been side-lined by attention to the causes and effects of gentrification

Son of Saul - film screening

Tuesday 24 January 2017

Join the University of York Jewish Society at a screening of Son of Saul, the 2015 Hungarian Oscar winner directed by Laszlo Nemes about a day-and-a-half in the life of Saul Auslander, a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando.

CANCELLED Security, surveillance and space: Contested topologies of urban security

Tuesday 24 January 2017

This event is unfortunately cancelled.

Climate change, fishing, and coral reef ecosystem integrity

Tuesday 24 January 2017

Environment Department and Stockholm Environment Institute Joint Research Seminar

After great wrongs: From memory to the present

Monday 23 January 2017

As the Holocaust recedes in time, the guardianship of its legacy is being passed on from its survivors and witnesses to the next generation. How should they, in turn, convey its knowledge to others? What are the effects of a traumatic past on its inheritors? And what are the second generation's responsibilities to its received memories? Eva Hoffman - a child of Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust, but whose entire families perished - explores through personal reflections, and considering historical, psychological, and moral implications of the second-generation experience.

Listening to Einstein's universe: How we detected gravitational waves

Wednesday 18 January 2017

Learn about the amazing technology behind the LIGO detectors, which can measure the signatures of space-time ripples less than a million millionth the width of a human hair, and explore the exciting future that lies ahead for gravitational-wave astronomy as we open an entirely new window on the Universe.

The broadening political scope of anti-politics in Britain

Wednesday 18 January 2017

A lecture focusing on the response to concerns about rising political disaffection in Britain and many other democracies around the world.

Plants use Biological Clocks to Welcome the Spring and Avoid Economic Crises

Wednesday 18 January 2017

The first of this term's York Biology lectures

Trump, Brexit and Post-Truth Politics: What next?

Tuesday 17 January 2017

The York Union is proud to host a panel discussion which explores the rising culture and politics of fear in Western politics, the reasons for the unexpected Trump victory, and the rejection of expert advice. Throughout the discussion the audience and panelists will judge the implications of 2016 politics for tomorrow.

Governing sexual violence at the Foreign Office: Security, pedagogy and export feminism

Tuesday 10 January 2017

Since the launch of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) in May 2012, the United Kingdom has positioned itself as a global champion for the eradication of wartime sexual violence. Through diplomatic pressure, United Nations Security Council resolutions, expanded funding, the development of international guidelines, expert training and deployments, and wide public engagement, the UK has concentrated attention on the issue, and become a major actor in the international Women, Peace and Security agenda in the process

Isaac Newton: The apple and the Principia

Thursday 5 January 2017

Dr Richard Keesing presents the York Society of Engineers open lecture