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Open lectures: Summer term 2018


Archbishop Wulfstan and the Peace of God

This lecture takes a new look at the preaching of Archbishop Wulfstan of York and sets it in the context of the contemporary continental movement, the Peace of God


Caliphs, Popes and Gold: Money and long-distance connections in the Early Middle Ages

This talk looks at how money created a series of cultural interconnections which bound Anglo-Saxon England to the rest of mainland Europe and, ultimately, to the Muslim world


Advanced neuroimaging of pain, analgesia and anaesthesia induced altered states of consciousness

A stimulating and enlightening lecture on how the human brain responds to pain, pain relief and anaesthesia


Addressing the commercial determinants of health: David versus Goliath?

The rise in childhood and adult obesity is inequitable and avoidable; it urgently needs to be arrested and then reversed...


Public faith and the everyday ethics of urban life

This lecture explores conservative evangelicals’ everyday efforts to ‘go public’ with their faith – including their countercultural teachings on gender, sexuality, and other religions – and how their efforts are shaped by their sense of themselves as a persecuted minority in a secular city


Education and social justice: Investigating gender-based violence and social mobility

Professor Paul Wakeling and Professor Vanita Sundaram talk about social mobility and sexual harassment in education


Liminal landscapes: People and place in the work of Winifred Holtby and Philip Larkin

This lecture will explore some of the ways in which Winifred Holtby and Philip Larkin drew upon the landscape of Holderness to explore themes of identity in terms of the relationship between people and place.


‘My Dearest Tussy’: Coping with separation during the Napoleonic Wars

Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies present a talk on separation during the Napoleonic Wars


Getting romantic at the movies: An old look at a new art

Romanticism and the movies make unlikely bedfellows: the former is outmoded and focused on the individuality of the artist; the latter are both recent and completely collaborative. In this lecture, Rafe shows why the unlikely couple might nonetheless be a match made in heaven


Just Genomes?

Does the study of human genetic variation reignite scientific racism?


Playhouses in Shakespeare’s time: why ‘play’? why ‘house’?

As York celebrates the coming of the Rose playhouse to the city, this free pre-show talk asks what ‘playhouse’ really means and how this affects our understanding of Shakespeare

Previous lectures

RESCHEDULED - A book a day keeps the doctor away

Thursday 24 May 2018

Are books good for you? Can they change the world?

Healthy eating as the new religion

Thursday 24 May 2018

From the ancient Pythagoreans to the Transcendentalist movement in nineteenth century America, what we ingest has long been imbued with spiritual significance

Shakespeare's Bibles

Thursday 24 May 2018

Professor Shuger is the author of many important books including The Renaissance Bible (1994), and is a former colleague of CA Patrides.

Sexual selection and queer beauty

Tuesday 22 May 2018

This lecture deals with the tension between an orthodox theory of the sexual selection of ornament, the "sense of beauty," and the "art-sense" in the struggle for successful mating within the (human) species, on the one hand, and, on the other, the role of non-procreatively oriented sexualities in the generation of attractions and forms of beauty

The long game of STEM diversification

Thursday 17 May 2018

In this Equality and Diversity Beacon Seminar, Professor Carolyn Bertozzi will talk about her prize winning work on the Chemistry of Living Systems

Stephanie Burt Poetry Reading

Thursday 17 May 2018

US poet, Stephanie Burt, reads from her collections of poetry in this fantastic event for Writers at York

Sociology’s Legacy as Social Physics

Wednesday 16 May 2018

A discussion on 'social physics' and Auguste Comte’s writings on positivism

The microscopic world in 3D

Tuesday 15 May 2018

Dr Laurence Wilson and Dr Pegine Walrad discuss the future of 3D microscopy

Speaking truth to power: There can be no safety for patients when there is none for doctors and nurses

Tuesday 15 May 2018

Dr Iona Heath discusses what needs to be done to protect both patients and health professionals in the modern age

Magical realism: The making of a global literature and international anthology

Wednesday 9 May 2018

What exactly makes a work of fiction magical realist? What does the term mean? And why do writers of magical realism frequently have a political message for authoritarian or repressive regimes?

Light, darkness and belonging in a modernist housing scheme

Wednesday 9 May 2018

Can light or dark add to our understanding of belonging?

Madness: Ideas about insanity

Thursday 3 May 2018

This talk will examine the question ‘what is madness?’. Ideas from psychiatry and the social sciences will be applied to the autobiographical stories of those considered mad in the past and in the present

Winnicott's Magic: 'Playing and Reality' and reality

Wednesday 2 May 2018

The Summer term lecture from writer and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips

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

Tuesday 1 May 2018

The manner in which growing political and economic inequalities are not only replicated in journalism but increasingly being amplified by it, is clearly illustrated in the reporting race and crime...

Negotiating digital rights: Public attitudes on online privacy and targeting, at home and at work

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Understanding, negotiating and maintaining digital rights to privacy is an issue of concern for both social justice, and individual, civil rights.

UDHR at 70: Redundant or still relevant?

Tuesday 24 April 2018

A public lecture by Francesca Klug OBE to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Global Health Histories Seminar 104: Tobacco Control - Histories and current global challenges

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Experts discuss the issues of tobacco control

Better brain food

Monday 23 April 2018

Ngaire Hobbins is an Australian dietitian, whose passion is in supporting older adults to enjoy vital, independent lives through nutrition.

The business of faith: Inquisition and crime in the Middle Ages

Friday 20 April 2018

Dr Lucy Sackville discusses the subject of the inquisition and crime in the Middle Ages

Criminalisation, civil order and exclusion

Thursday 19 April 2018

Professor Farmer will be speaking on the subject of Criminalisation, Civil Order and Exclusion drawing on his recent monograph 'Making the Modern Criminal Law: Criminalization and Civil Order'

Universities Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence - local findings conference

Thursday 12 April 2018

One-day local findings conference at University of York