Research seminars

Research seminars play an important role in our active research culture. Academic staff from the University and other institutions come together with students to share and debate the latest ideas and developments.

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11 October - 12 December 2018

"Sewn Boats: People, Technologies and Materials of the Indian Ocean"

Sewn watercraft were predominant in the Indian Ocean until the arrival of the Europeans in the late 15th century. The sewn-plank ships that sailed the Indian Ocean in the pre-modern Islamic period (622-1500 CE) were agents of trade, religion, and culture. They connected the Indian Ocean and the littoral Islamic world, carrying people, goods, and ideas back and forth from East Africa to China. Full details
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17 October 2018

Speaker series: Associate Professor Neil Harrison, UWE

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17 October 2018

Dr Edwige Fortier (Gates Foundation, London) presents "Transition and Marginalization: Locating Spaces for Discursive Contestation in Post-Revolution Tunisia"

Dr Edwige Fortier began her career in HIV/AIDS policy development and research in 2001 working with organisations including Save the Children UK and the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV/AIDS. Through her work at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, she began to focus more extensively in supporting the engagement of civil society organisations. Edwige received her doctoral degree in Development Studies from SOAS researching civil society organisations in the Middle East and North Africa. She currently works as the Advocacy and Resource Mobilization Lead on the Global Fund at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Europe and Middle East Office in London supporting a portfolio of grants to smaller organisations working in HIV/AIDS activism. Full details
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18 October 2018

Lecture by Professor Michael W. Apple (University of Wisconsin), Can Education Change Society?

Many people take it for granted that there can be no serious change in education unless "society" changes. While these arguments need to be taken seriously, there are substantive conceptual, historical, and political problems with them. Furthermore they can lead to cynicism. I critically examine a number of these claims and argue for a position in which education can indeed participate in social transformation. Full details
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23 October 2018

Magic for Smiles : "Magic : An Illustrated Talk with Demonstrations"

Humanitarian magician Jamie Balfour Paul (stage name Jamie Jibberish) launched the self-funded, independent initiative Magic for Smiles in Lebanon in early 2016, following a 30-year career working for major charities in the Arab world and East Africa.. Full details
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24 October 2018

Cake for Comments series: Dr Liam Weeks (Lecturer in Politics, University College Cork), 'Parliaments without parties’.

Draft Consolidator Grant to the Irish Research Council. Full details
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24 October 2018

Dr Samer Dajani (The Muslim College, London) presents "Ibn 'Arabi and Islamic Reform in the 18th and 19th Centuries"

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29 October 2018

"Inductive risk in framework shifts: the case of cultural evolution", Azita Chellappoo (University of Cambridge)

Egenis seminar series. Non-epistemic values have been long-acknowledged to play a significant role in scientific inquiry: for example, in problem selection, and directing the use of scientific knowledge. Douglas (2000) provides a widely-applied account of another avenue for non-epistemic values to play a legitimate role: inductive risk. Inductive risk refers to the risk involved with the acceptance or rejection of a hypothesis: in the decision whether to accept a given hypothesis or not, there is always the risk of either accepting a false hypothesis (a Type 1 error, or ‘false positive’) or rejecting a true hypothesis (a Type 2 error, or ‘false negative’). When these errors have non-epistemic consequences, non-epistemic values will influence the ‘rule of acceptance’ (the level of evidence or statistical significance required to accept the hypothesis). Full details
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30 October 2018

GSE All Staff Meeting

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5 November 2018

SPA Speaker Series: Professor Susie Scott (University of Sussex) and Professor John Scott

Professor Susie Scott (Sussex): Narratives of nothing: storying the unlived life : Abstract: Social identities are shaped not only by what we do in life, but also by what we do not do, have or become. Experiences of absence, invisibility, silence and emptiness play an important role in the stories we tell of our personal lives, evoking feelings of regret, nostalgia, loss or relief. Analysing the narrative accounts of 25 participants, I explore the meanings of negative symbolic objects (no-things and no-bodies) that have a haunting presence in biographical memory. Lost opportunities, missing people, roads not taken and unspoken truths are produced through social action: either acts of commission (doing nothing) or acts of omission (non-doing). When reflecting upon these experiences, I argue that we perform reverse identity work, constructing alternate visions of the self as a negative mirror image. ________________________________ And: Professor John Scott: The absence of social theory in Britain: a Historical misunderstanding. Abstract: The paper will look at the claim that there was no significant body of social theory in Britain before the work of Giddens. It will argue that here were, in fact, a number of powerful theoretical traditions and classical statements that have now been largely forgotten, despite their continuing relevance. Full details
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6 November 2018

CRPL Research Tea (Daniele Carrieri: Care under pressure)

The Centre for Research in Professional Learning hold regular discussion sessions, known as Research Teas, throughout the academic year. At each Research Tea a member of the team gives an informal presentation on a chosen topic and then the session opens up for discussion. All are welcome to attend. Full details
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7 November 2018

Please come, sit and share my view

Communities in general, and rural communities in particular, punctuate their lives with events that bring people together and celebrate aspects of culture. Rural communities in the United Kingdom (UK) are no exception and there is a heavily populated calendar of rural events, celebrating touchstones such as farming, hunting and horses. Thus there are numerous agricultural shows, game fairs, and horse events such as gymkhanas and horse shows. Research with regard to events such as these has been limited. There is a feeling amongst many people in the rural community that the UK is increasingly dominated by urban, as opposed to rural, concerns and that this cultural influence is changing the nature of many rural events. This paper aims to explore and articulate some of these concerns. In order to do this an autoethnographic approach has been adopted as a method, utilising logocentrism as an ontological lens. I grew up immersed in the culture and traditions of rural England. I was taken hunting and was attending horse and agricultural shows before I could walk. As a young man I worked on farms and helped organise and run rural events. As such I view(ed) the world from a perspective that reflects my cultural upbringing. I find it difficult living in an urban dominated ‘society’ where I consider rural events are increasingly urbanised to a point where the life, past and present, of the countryside becomes a sideshow. This commodification of rural life in the UK is something that has local and also global relevance, though there are ways that event organisers can address some of these concerns. Dr. Sean Beer is a Senior Lecturer in Agriculture at the Faculty of Management, Department of Tourism and Hospitality, Bournemouth University.. Full details
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7 November 2018

Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Regular centre meeting for staff and students (all welcome). Full details
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7 November 2018

CAIS Brownbag Seminar: Brieg POWELL – Multiplicity of the Social and Temporal: How Multiplicity, IR, and Historical Sociology Can Help Each Other.

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7 November 2018

Data Analysis with Python for Social Scientists

Building upon the basic introduction offered to Python in workshop 1, this workshop will cover exploratory data analysis, quantitative data analysis, and visualising data in Python. It will also provide an introduction to the major Python packages used in data analysis; including NumPy, Pandas, and Seaborn. Full details
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7 November 2018

Professor Nadje Al-Ali (SOAS) presents "'Between the Rainbow and the ISIS Flag': Feminist Dilemmas and Complexities"

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9 November 2018

CELS research seminar: Guest speaker - Dr Christine Riefa, Brunel University

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12 November 2018

"Creativity as Strategy", Dr Adrian Currie (University of Exeter)

Egenis seminar series. Against most philosophers who are interested in creativity, I think there is good reason to want an account of creativity that doesn’t tie it to agents or individuals. First, the arguments for tying creativity to agenthood are based on unstable, historically contingent intuitions which are a bad basis for analysis. Second, if creativity is importantly linked to knowledge-production, and knowledge-production is best thought of as a population-level phenomena, then we should develop ways of understanding creativity at the population-level. Third, some arguments for human exceptionalism turn on our capacity to be creative, and I suspect our ability to articulate and critique such positions are marred if we cannot get a non-anthropocentric grip on creativity in the first place: decoupling creativity from agenthood is one way of doing this. In light of this, I present an account of creativity which is non-agential and non-purposeful but, I think, both deserves to be named creativity and sheds light on arguments for human exceptionalism. Full details
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14 November 2018

GSE Research Review Group

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14 November 2018

A Reliable Means for Capturing Egonets: Notes on the design and use of Network Canvas

The second in a series of Q-Step Seminar talks for Autumn 2018.. Full details
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14 November 2018

Professor Ozan Karaman (CNRS, Paris) presents "Urban redevelopment in Istanbul: contestations and negotiations"

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16 November 2018

"Women Voices in Kurdish Poetry" by Exeter Kurdish Translation Initiative

This event is a rare opportunity for the Anglophone audience to discover Kurdish poetry in translation. Members of the Exeter Kurdish Translation Initiative will read their original translations of 20th and 21st century Kurdish poetesses and poets and discuss the place of women issues and the emergence of women voices in this extremely rich yet little known poetry. Works read will include poems by Hemin Mukriyanî, Abdulla Goran, Trîfa Doskî, and Tîroj. The Exeter Kurdish Translation Initiative was launched in May 2018 following a translation workshop supported by the British Institute for the Study of Iraq and the Centre for Kurdish Studies. It gathers St Andrews and Exeter scholars in Kurdish and Arabic Literatures, Creative Writing, and Translation Studies. This event is part of the Exeter Literary Festival. More information about the festival is available here: http://exelitfest.com/kurdish%20poetry.html. Full details
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19 November 2018

"Squandered value? How to overcome the challenges of joining up government data for statistics and research", Ed Humpherson & Catherine Bromley (UK Statistics Authority)

To speak to people involved in linking Government datasets is to enter a world that at times seems so ludicrous as to be Kafkaesque. Stories abound of Departments putting up arcane barriers to sharing their data with other parts of Government; and of researchers waiting so long to get access to data that their funding runs out before they can start work. Full details
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21 November 2018

CAIS Brownbag Seminar: Elena GADJANOVA – Pride, patronage, or policies? Mechanisms behind the politicization of ethnicity in the context of competitive elections in Africa

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21 November 2018

Cake for Comments series: Dr Matthias Dilling (University of Oxford), Parties under pressure: Organization, Factionalism, and Adaptability of Western European Christian Democracy

Parties under pressure: Organization, Factionalism, and Adaptability of Western European Christian Democracy. Full details
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21 November 2018

Dr Katherine E Brown (University of Birmingham) presents "Gender and the Apocalypse in Daesh"

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23 November 2018

Exeter Law School - Lady Hale Guest Lecture 'Life of a Lady Law Lord'

Exeter Law School Guest Lecture with Lady Hale, President of The Supreme Court, The Right Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE: 'Life of a Lady Law Lord' PLEASE NOTE: This event is open to University of Exeter students ONLY. We apologies for any disappointment this may cause. Biography: Brenda Marjorie Hale, Lady Hale of Richmond took up appointment as President of The Supreme Court in September 2017, succeeding Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury. This following her appointment as Deputy President from June 2013. In October 2009 she became the first woman Justice of The Supreme Court. In January 2004, Lady Hale became the United Kingdom’s first woman Lord of Appeal in Ordinary after a varied career as an academic lawyer, law reformer, and judge. After graduating from Cambridge in 1966, she taught law at Manchester University from 1966 to 1984, also qualifying as a barrister and practising for a while at the Manchester Bar. She specialised in Family and Social Welfare law, was founding editor of the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, and authored a pioneering case book on ‘The Family, Law and Society’. In 1984 she was the first woman to be appointed to the Law Commission, a statutory body which promotes the reform of the law. Important legislation resulting from the work of her team at the Commission includes the Children Act 1989, the Family Law Act 1996, and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. She also began sitting as an assistant recorder. In 1994 she became a High Court judge, the first to have made her career as an academic and public servant rather than a practising barrister. In 1999 she was the second woman to be promoted to the Court of Appeal, before becoming the first woman Law Lord. She retains her links with the academic world as Visitor of Girton College, Cambridge, and Visiting Professor of Kings College London. She previously served as Chancellor of the University of Bristol. A home maker as well as a judge, she thoroughly enjoyed helping the artists and architects create a new home for The Supreme Court. Full details
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26 November 2018

"Fragile cultures and unruly matters: the role of microbial lives in collaborative knowledge practices in synthetic biology", Dr Sally Atkinson & Prof Susan Molyneux-Hodgson (University of Exeter)

Egenis seminar series. In this paper we describe the pluralistic and mutable roles attributed to and enacted by microbes in the process of microbial engineering for bioproduction. Examining the tension between live cultures as bio-objects and bio-actants, we discuss how such roles reveal and shape scientific practice and emerging knowledge in an industry-academic synthetic biology collaboration.. Full details
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27 November 2018

GSE Lecture Series - Introduction to Research in the Centre for Social Mobility

A series of seven lightening talks showcasing the research in the Centre for Social Mobility. Full details
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28 November 2018

Professor Rasheed El-Enany (Emeritus Professor, University of Exeter) presents "Representations of Death in Naguib Mahfouz"

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3 December 2018

Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Regular centre meeting for staff and students (all welcome). Full details
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3 December 2018

SPA Seminar series: Dr Andrew Edgar (Cardiff University)

SPA Seminar series: Dr Andrew Edgar (Cardiff University). Title TBC. Full details
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3 December 2018

More Fun or More Phonics? The Power of Story and Games in Integrated Group Reading: a targeted teaching intervention for Year 2 and 3 pupils who are delayed in reading

Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Open Seminar. Full details
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4 December 2018

CRPL Research Tea (Jackie Bagnall: Building resilience strategies in to the development of professionals)

The Centre for Research in Professional Learning hold regular discussion sessions, known as Research Teas, throughout the academic year. At each Research Tea a member of the team gives an informal presentation on a chosen topic and then the session opens up for discussion. All are welcome to attend.. Full details
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5 December 2018

Sentiment Analysis/Career as a Data Scientist

ASI Data Science utilise artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques in conjunction with large and small data sets in order to provide businesses with a competitive advantage. In this workshop, members of the company will provide an in-depth understanding of sentiment analysis, and how it can identify and categorise opinions from text data in order to understand the attitude of the individual(s) that wrote a piece of text. Full details
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5 December 2018

Departmental Research Seminar: Professor Marlies Glasius, University of Amsterdam. Title tbc.

Details of Professor Glasius' ressearch interests and work can be found here: http://www.uva.nl/profiel/g/l/m.e.glasius/m.e.glasius.html. Full details
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5 December 2018

Dr Carlos Cabrera-Tejedor (Oxford University) presents "The Seville Islamic Harbor"

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10 December 2018

"Linnaeus in Lapland: Generating Knowledge in Transit" Dr Staffan Müller-Wille & Prof Elena Isayev (University of Exeter)

Egenis seminar series. We present our plans for a collaborative research project that consists of two intertwined elements: a new English on-line edition and translation of Carl Linnaeus's diary of a journey through Lapland undertaken in 1732, and a re-enactment of that journey.. Full details
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12 December 2018

GSE Director of Research Advisory Group (DoRAG)

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12 December 2018

Professor Neha Vora (Lafayette College) presents "American Universities, Liberalism and Transnational Qatar"

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19 December 2018

Cake for Comments Series: Nicole Bolleyer, Professor of Comparative Politics, “The ‘Shrinking Space’ for Civil Society in Europe: Drivers and Consequences”

Discussion of Professor Bolleyer's ERC Consolidator Grant Proposal “The ‘Shrinking Space’ for Civil Society in Europe: Drivers and Consequences”. Full details
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9 January 2019

Introduction to R for Social Scientists

This workshop is aimed at those who have no experience of R, and will provide a solid introduction to using it for data analysis by covering how to handle data structures such as vectors, matrices, and data frames. Full details
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14 January 2019

Dr Sam Wilkinson (University of Exeter)

Egenis seminar series. Title and abstract to follow. Full details
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16 January 2019

Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Regular centre meeting for staff and students (all welcome). Full details
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21 January 2019

"The Art of Moving in Biology", Janina Wellmann (Leuphana University of Lüneburg)

Egenis seminar series. Abstract to follow. Full details
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23 January 2019

GSE Research Review Group

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5 February 2019

GSE Lecture Series - Professor Wasyl Cajkler (University of Leicester)

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6 February 2019

Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Regular centre meeting for staff and students (all welcome). Full details
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6 February 2019

Cake for Comments series: Thomann, E. Deruelle, T. and O. James

Ethnic and racial bias in frontline implementation: a systematic review of possible interventions. Full details
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11 February 2019

Dr Chiara Ambrosio (University College London)

Egenis seminar series. Title and abstract to follow. Full details
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20 February 2019

GSE Director of Research Advisory Group (DoRAG)

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25 February 2019

GSE All Staff Meeting

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25 February 2019

Dr David Santillo (University of Exeter)

Egenis seminar series. Title and abstract to follow. Full details
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6 March 2019

Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

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11 March 2019

Dr Achim Rosemann (University of Exeter)

Egenis seminar series. Title and abstract to follow. Full details
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12 March 2019

GSE Lecture Series - Professor Cathy Burnett (Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University)

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20 March 2019

GSE Research Review Group

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25 March 2019

Dr Ernesto Schwartz-Marin (University of Exeter)

Egenis seminar series. Title and abstract to follow. Full details
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24 April 2019

GSE Director of Research Advisory Group (DoRAG)

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1 May 2019

Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Regular centre meeting for staff and students (all welcome). Full details
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7 May 2019

GSE Lecture Series - Professor Elizabeth de Freitas (Manchester Metropolitan University)

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15 May 2019

GSE Research Review Group

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23 May 2019

GSE All Staff Meeting

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5 June 2019

Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

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11 June 2019

Lecture by Professor Neil Humphrey (University of Manchester) Are the kids alright? Examining the intersection between education and mental health

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12 June 2019

GSE Director of Research Advisory Group (DoRAG)

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10 July 2019

GSE Research Review Group

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18 October 2019

Rob Merkin: Plenary Session, Asia-Pacific Insurance Conference

Asia-Pacific Insurance Conference October 2017, Singapore. Full details
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Research seminars

Past seminars

A listing of more recent college seminars can be found here.

Arab and Islamic studies

  • 12 May 2010 - Christopher Davidson (Durham University)
     “The Survival of the Gulf Shaikhs in the 21st Century”
  • 2 June 2010 - Dr Derek Kennett (Durham University)
    “Current Agendas in the Archaeology of Indian Ocean Trade”
  • 9 June 2010 - Dr. Karin van Nieuwkerk (Nijmegen University)
    "Pious performances and performing piety in Egypt"
    Chair: Caitlin McDonald
  • 16 June 2010 - Manuela E. B. Giolfo
    “The Arab Musical System” (Seminar & Arab Traditional Music Concert with Ensemble 

Education

Law

  • 24 February 2010 - Professor Holly Cullen (Western Australia)
    Trafigura/Cote d’Ivoire: A Case Study in Internationalizing Corporate Social Responsibility
  • 3 March 2010 - Dr Atina Krajewska (Exeter)
    Biolaw and Religion: Is There a Chance for Harmonization of Biomedical Law in Europe?
  • 10 March 2010 - Professor Melanie Williams (Exeter)
    Moral Luck, Law and The Reader
  • 17 March 2010 - Professor Karen Morrow (Swansea)
    Human Rights and the Environment:Recent Developments in England and Wales
  • 24 March 2010 - Anna Grear (UWE)
    Law, Vulnerability and Legal Subjectivity

Politics

  • 9 March 2009 - 'Land for the Future' - ESRC Festival of Science Seminar
  • 13 January 2010 - Alison Harcourt, Simone Schroff and Ed Rees
    Media ownership, permissions and copyright, Information Society seminar series
  • 25 November 2010, Dr Giacomo Chiozza, Vanderbilt University. How to Win Hearts and Minds? The Political Sociology of the Support for Suicide Bombing.
  • 18 May 2011, Professor Vivien Lowndes, University of Nottingham. Authentic representation?  A framework for assessing non-electoral representation and a case study of “faith representation” in urban governance
  • 1 June 2011, Dr Duncan Russel, University of Exeter. Exploring corporate strategy formation: the case of carbon management strategies in energy intensive companies