Public lectures: summer term 2014

Previous lectures

Landmarks and Future Adventures:Celebrating 50 years of Conversation Analysis

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Symposium on conversation analysis

International Symposium: MOOD-Y (Micro-Analysis Of Online Data in York)

Monday 14 July 2014

The analysis of online social behaviours is a vital aspect of contemporary social science, and it is important that large-scale data analysis is complemented by the detailed, qualitative analysis of interaction processes.

Archiving the Future: J.G. Ballard's Concrete Island Forty Years On

Thursday 3 July 2014

It has been forty years since the publication of Concrete Island, J.G. Ballard’s analytically rich portrait of British urbanism in the Post-War period. We are pleased to announce a one day seminar devoted to new readings of the novel.

The Sea is Rising: Visualizing Climate Change in the Pacific

Tuesday 1 July 2014

Professor DeLoughrey's lecture will explore the rise in documentaries that are visualizing the challenges faced by island communities such as Taku, Tokelau, Tuvalu and Kiribati as they adapt and, increasingly, migrate in response to the erosion and salinization of their lands, and will raise questions about a type of "salvage environmentalism" at work in the production of climate change discourse in the global north.

Frogs don’t need to get hot

Tuesday 24 June 2014

Dr Lynette Joubert presents the inaugural International Centre for Mental Health Social Research Lecture

Linda McAvan MEP

Friday 20 June 2014

This visit, consisting of a talk and Q&A with Linda McAvan, MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, will focus on use of language skills in the European Parliament where 25 languages can officially be used.

Writing the living, writing the dead: Patrick French in conversation

Thursday 19 June 2014

Eminent biographer and historian Patrick French discusses the art of literary biography, and shows how V.S. Naipaul, born in rural poverty in colonial Trinidad, turned himself into a key figure in contemporary world literature.

Writers' Round Table

Wednesday 18 June 2014

A round table of authors affiliated to the Ampersand (literary) Agency will be speaking about their experience working on and promoting their books in foreign languages.

Peter Tatchell: What's left after same-sex marriage? The unfinished battle for LGBT equality

Monday 16 June 2014

The York Union and Derwent College have joined forced to host Peter Tatchell. Tatchell is an Australian-born British political campaigner, best known for his work with LGBT social movements.

James Joyce: Ulysses, Order and Chaos. A Bloomsday Lecture

Monday 16 June 2014

On the 110th anniversary of 'Bloomsday', Dr Dan Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to Britain, will lecture on Joyce and Ulysses

The Ecology of Translation Games: A Theoretical Perspective on a Case Study of Distributed Collaboration to Enable Public Internet Access

Monday 16 June 2014

This lecture provides a new theoretical perspective developed from a case study of the distributed process of collaboration involved in building an Internet infrastructure within Minsk, Belarus.

Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Thursday 12 June 2014

Virginia Woolf is one of the most important writers of the early twentieth century and yet she is often thought of as a complex and difficult author

The Invention of Science, 1492-1610

Thursday 12 June 2014

Professor David Wootton presents this year's Aylmer Lecture

3 Minute Thesis Competition™

Thursday 12 June 2014

An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present… their challenge – 3 Minutes!

Cycling Astrophysicist - the life of Margherita Hack

Wednesday 11 June 2014

Professor Margherita Hack (1922-2013) was an Italian astrophysicist who led numerous battles in favour of civil rights and equality. Professor Hack was the first woman to be the director of an Astronomical Observatory (1964-1987) in Italy and possibly worldwide.

The end of the eurocrisis

Wednesday 11 June 2014

Economics Departmental Seminar in conjunction with the ReCSS (Research Centre for the Social Sciences) Specialist Seminar Series

German Shakespeare: Hamlet in the Twenties

Wednesday 4 June 2014

Professor Andreas Höfele presents the 2014 Patrides lecture

From page to place and back again: Encountering two-dimensional architecture from the Medieval to the Post-Modern

Tuesday 3 June 2014

We invariably associate Architecture with buildings, but it is noteworthy that we often encounter architecture through the medium of two dimensional representations as well as in three dimensional structures

Anatomising the genome: Chromosomes and the search for disease

Thursday 29 May 2014

This lecture examines the growing role of genetic testing, during the 1980s, in identifying, understanding, and treating clinical disorders.

Understanding Audiences

Wednesday 28 May 2014

This day-symposium brings together leading practitioners in different methods of understanding audiences.

Edward Snowden: Civil disobedience for an age of total surveillance

Tuesday 27 May 2014

Professor Scheuerman argues that we should interpret Edward Snowden’s actions as meeting most of the demanding tests outlined in sophisticated political thinking about civil disobedience.

The Time Lord of York

Thursday 22 May 2014

An unassuming headstone in a quiet corner of York Cemetery marks the final resting place of a quite remarkable man

Seeing madness: Insanity, media and visual culture

Thursday 22 May 2014

Annual Jacques Berthoud lecture

Shakespeare and the V&A

Monday 19 May 2014

Bill Sherman is Head of Research at the Victoria & Albert Museum and Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of York

World Music, World Literature

Saturday 17 May 2014

A Writers at York event

Thinking about death

Friday 16 May 2014

Part of the Before I Die Festival

The work of the Coroner

Friday 16 May 2014

Part of the Before I Die Festival

The Secret Anarchy of science

Thursday 15 May 2014

Is science really as dull as most people think it is?

Adil Ray ‘In Conversation’ followed by a screening of Citizen Khan

Thursday 15 May 2014

This event centres around the controversial but popular BBC 1 situation comedy Citizen Khan, co-written by and starring Adil Ray

A very British burial: A brief history of British burial customs

Wednesday 14 May 2014

This lecture offers a look at some of the burial customs of Britain

Flying Blind to Blind Cycling

Wednesday 14 May 2014

A tour from the advanced technology that enables modern jets to fly blind around the planet, to the bio-mimetic inspiration of bats flying in darkness, to innovations for blind and visually impaired people for cycling.

A deadly obsession: the rivalry between the Tudors and the Stuarts

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Linda Porter talks about the deadly rivalry between the Tudors and the Stuarts

Celestial bodies: A workshop discussion of death in outer space

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Part of the Before I Die Festival

Food and death

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Part of the Before I Die Festival

Sociology of death symposium

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Part of the Before I Die Festival

Dying to Live: Preparing yourself and your loved ones for death

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Part of the Before I Die Festival

Climate change: life and death

Tuesday 13 May 2014

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change aims to prevent 'dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system'

‘Forced Pregnancy’, Access to reproductive rights and its bio-political modalities

Tuesday 13 May 2014

This talk seeks to highlight the contradictions that the claim to reproductive rights throw up, in the face of traumatic and gendered violence of ‘forced pregnancy’ as a result of wartime rape

Cherrylips, The Creed Play, and Conflict: York in the Age of Richard III

Tuesday 13 May 2014

Dr Jeremy Goldberg gives a lecture as part of the Richard III series

Should we legalise assisted dying?

Monday 12 May 2014

Part of the Before I Die Festival

Gifting the body after death

Monday 12 May 2014

Part of the Before I Die Festival

Jonathan Meades: An Encyclopaedia of Myself

Friday 9 May 2014

Jonathan Meades will read from his new book An Encyclopedia of Myself

South African communists: Their history and impact

Thursday 8 May 2014

A public lecture with Professor Tom Lodge, University of Limerick

Macroprudential policy: What, how, and why?

Wednesday 7 May 2014

Macroprudential policy has emerged as a key plank of the post-crisis reform agenda. But what exactly is it?

History for critical citizens: Has the public historian ever made a difference?

Wednesday 7 May 2014

Professor John Tosh joins us for the first in this term's Institute for Public Understanding of the Past lectures

Lady Justice Arden: Can companies have a home? Companies and Human Rights

Friday 2 May 2014

Part of the York Law School Public Lecture series

Poetry, Music, and the Sacred: Alice Goodman and Michael Symmons Roberts in Conversation

Wednesday 30 April 2014

Taking place after Evensong at York Minster, this event is sure to be inspirational

William the Conqueror and the Harrying of the North

Tuesday 29 April 2014

In 1066 William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings, but this was only the beginning of the conquest of England

The York House Books, the Mystery Plays and Richard III

Tuesday 29 April 2014

Part of the highly-successful Richard III lecture series

A Double Sorrow

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Part of the Writers at York series