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No 6160

Wednesday 7 October 2009

Vol cxl No 1

pp. 1–56

Events, Courses, etc.

Fitzwilliam Museum: Events


Until January 2010

Sculpture Promenade 2009

Museum lawns

Until 21 March 2010

Matthew Boulton and the Industrial Revolution

Glaisher Gallery

Until 20 October 2009

Black to Kemet: Placing Egypt back in Africa


Until 10 January 2010

Lumière: Lithographs by Odilon Redon

Charrington Print Room

20 October 2009–24 January 2010

Recent acquisitions of drawings z and prints

Shiba Gallery

27 October 2009–31 January 2010

A lifetime of connoisseurship: Graham Pollard and the study of the medal

Octagon Gallery

8 December 2009–5 April 2010

Hidden depths: Sargent, Sickert, Spencer

Mellon Gallery

Lunchtime talks

Free lunchtime talks take place at 1.15 p.m. in the Seminar Room (Room 35), unless otherwise stated. No booking is required.

Friday, 9 October

Speaking of sculpture

Diane Maclean, Sculpture Promenade exhibitor

Wednesday, 14 October

Images of Africans in the ancient world

Sally-Ann Ashton, Senior Assistant Keeper, Antiquities

Wednesday, 21 October

Anglo-Saxon coins and frontal representations

Anna Gannon, Affiliated Lecturer in History of Art

Friday, 23 October

Salvator Rosa’s L’Umana Fragilità

Professor Jean Michel Massing, Department of History of Art (in Gallery 7)

Wednesday, 28 October

Raeburn & Reynolds

Gill Hart, Outreach & Access Officer (in Gallery 3)

Friday, 30 October

Stories and landscapes: nineteenth- century paintings in the Fitzwilliam Museum

Nina Lübbren, Department of English, Communication, Film, and Media Studies, Anglia Ruskin University

Wednesday, 4 November

A tower of Islamic pots: journeying through the Henry Scipio Reitlinger bequest

Rebecca Bridgman, Research Assistant for Islamic Pottery

Tuesday, 10 November

Speaking of sculpture

Charles Hadcock, Sculpture Promenade exhibitor

Wednesday, 11 November

The indeterminate world of Odilon Redon

Amy Marquis, co-curator of Lumière: lithographs by Odilon Redon

Wednesday, 18 November

Robert Pashley and the Pashley


Lucilla Burn, Keeper of Antiquities and Julie Dawson, Senior Assistant Keeper, Conservation

Wednesday, 25 November

Disney classics: John Disney and his collection of antiquities

Kate Cooper, AHRC Research Associate, Department of Antiquities

Wednesday, 2 December

Making an entrance: the neoclassical

at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Carrie Vout, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Classics (Main entrance)

Adult courses and workshops

For further information and booking, telephone 01223 332904 or email

Saturday, 10 October, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Nubian spirit: the African legacy of the Nile Valley (a Black History Month event)

Film screening followed by a discussion with filmmaker Louis Buckley (free, but booking essential).

Saturday, 17 October, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

From ‘Kemet’ to ‘Egypt’ (a Black History Month event)

A talk on Dr Sally-Ann Ashton’s current research exploring Ancient Egypt as part of African culture and heritage (free, but booking essential).

Thursday, 22 October, 2 p.m.–4 p.m.

800 years of colour

A survey of artists’ materials through the ages by Spike Bucklow, Research Scientist at the Hamilton Kerr Institute for Paintings Conservation (free, but booking essential).

Tuesday, 27 October, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

A private view of Cambridge

Cambridge past revealed through drawings by artists including Peter de Wint, Thomas Rowlandson, Richard Harraden and Gwen Raverat (free, but booking essential).

Thursday, 10 December, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Introducing the Islamic world at the Fitzwilliam Museum

An opportunity to discuss and view objects on display and those stored behind the scenes (£25, £20 concessions).


Promenade Concerts take place on Sundays at 1.15 p.m. in Gallery 3. Admission is free.

11 October

Lynn Carter – piano, Charlotte Swift – clarinet

Brahms, Debussy, Paul Harris

18 October

Mulberry Piano Trio

Beethoven, Turina

25 October

Le Petit Orchestre – Period instruments

Vivaldi, Fasch, Handel

1 November

The White Wind Quintet

Barber, Hindemith, Milhaud

8 November

Jonathan Rees – Piano Trio

Haydn, Ravel

15 November

English Touring Opera

Highlights from Handelfest 2009

22 November

Samira Tabraue – piano, Rachel Good – violin

Mozart, Bach, Piazzolla

29 November

Samuel Queen – baritone

Brahms, Fauré, Warlock

A Christmas concert, ‘In dulci jubilo’, will take place on Thursday, 17 December at 7.30 p.m., featuring the New Cambridge Singers and conducted by Graham Ross. Tickets are available from the City Centre Box Office, Wheeler Street (tel. 01223 357851).

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For further information, telephone 01223 332 900, email, or see the website:

Kettle’s Yard: Exhibition

An exhibition of the work of Portuguese artist Helena Almeida, entitled Inside Me, will open on 3 October 2009 and will run until 15 November 2009.

Almeida lives and works in Lisbon and has represented Portugal at the Venice Biennale in 1982 and 2005 with her extraordinary photographs, drawing, and films.

The exhibition will present a selection of works made over the last 40 years in a major solo exhibition that will open at Kettle’s Yard and tour to the John Hansard Gallery, Southampton in February 2010.

Almeida’s practice spans photography, performance, and drawing and has evolved out of an abiding interrogation of the language of painting. Most of Almeida’s work takes the form of black and white photographs, but this exhibition will also include early objects, a sound piece, and video work.

For more information on this exhibition and other events, please visit the Kettle’s Yard website at The Gallery is open, free of charge, on Tuesdays to Sundays and on Bank Holiday Mondays, from 11.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Open classes in Modern Hebrew: Notice

Open classes in Modern Hebrew will commence on 14 October. Classes will take place on Wednesdays in Room 214, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Sidgwick Avenue. All are welcome.

Beginners: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Lower Intermediate: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Advanced: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Enquiries should be directed to Mrs Williams (tel. 01223 335134, email

Announcement of lectures, seminars, etc.

The following lectures, seminars, etc. will be open to members of the University and others who are interested:

Slade Lectures.The Slade Lectures for 2009–10 will be given by Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art, Yale University, under the title Broken Pastoral: Art and Music in England from Gothic Revival to Punk Rock. The lectures will take place on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in Room A, The Arts School, Bene’t Street. Entry is free and all are welcome.

13 OctoberEngland’s dreaming I: gothic utopias

20 OctoberThe condition of music

27 OctoberImperial idyll to post-Colonial critique

3 NovemberElgar’s aesthetics of landscape

10 NovemberThe English folk and the Great War

17 NovemberFête Champêtre: Walton’s façade and the jazz age

24 NovemberThe sick rose: Britten’s neo-romanticism

1 DecemberEngland’s dreaming II: pop to punk

Cambridge–Columbia Art History Exchange Programme. The Department of History of Art is also pleased to announce a new programme of research exchanges with the Department of Art History and Archaeology of Columbia University in the City of New York. Each term one academic member of each department will visit the other, giving a seminar to research students and a public lecture to the University. The first lecture in Cambridge will be given by Matthew McKelway, Atsumi Professor of Japanese Art History at Columbia University, on the subject Painting Ephemerality in Early 19th-Century Edo: Folding Fan Paintings by Sakai Hoitsu’s Circle and Artists of the Maruyama-Shijo group in Kyoto. This will take place on Monday, 2 November at 5 p.m., in Room A of the Arts School, Bene’t Street. All are welcome to attend.

Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. Seminars take place on Wednesdays in Lecture Theatre 1 (LT1), Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Pembroke Street, from 3.30 to 4.30 p.m. Tea and cakes are offered from 3.15 to 3.30 p.m. outside LT1. All are welcome to attend.

14 OctoberResearch Students’ Seminar (start time 2 p.m.), title to be announced.

21 OctoberResearch Students’ Seminar (start time 2 p.m.), title to be announced.

28 OctoberResearch Students’ Seminar (start time 2 p.m.), title to be announced.

4 NovemberTo be confirmed

11 NovemberInstabilities in free surface flows, by Dr Mark Simmons, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham.

18 NovemberMarangoni flows in jets, by Professor Richard Darton, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Oxford.

25 NovemberEnergy storage in acquifers, by Mrs Clare Wildfire, Fulcrum Consulting.

Divinity. Faculty of Divinity Inaugural Lecture. Professor Sarah Coakley, Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity, will deliver her inaugural lecture entitled Sacrifice regained: Reconsidering the rationality of Christian belief, at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 13 October, in the Runcie Room of the Faculty of Divinity. There will be a wine reception afterwards. All are welcome.

Hulsean Lectures. The Hulsean Lectures, under the general title Darwinism and the Divine: Evolutionary Thought and Natural Theology, will be given by the Reverend Professor Alister McGrath, at 5 p.m. in the Faculty of Divinity on the following dates:

20 OctoberWilliam Paley and the shaping of English natural theology

27 OctoberThe Darwinian challenge to natural theology

3 NovemberNatural atheology? Darwinism as an ideology

10 NovemberSuffering in Darwinian perspective

17 NovemberDesign in Darwinian perspective

24 NovemberDarwinism and the future of natural theology

Henry Martyn Centre. The Henry Martyn Centre Michaelmas Term Seminars 2009 will take place at Westminster College on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. on the following dates (please note new time and day):

14 OctoberIndwelling of the Spirit: A Hindu-Christian Reflection, by Dr Christina Manohar, University of Gloucester.

21 OctoberThe Cherubim and Seraphim as an African International Church, by Revd John Adegoke, Cherubim and Seraphim Council of Churches.

All are welcome. For further information, contact Polly Keen, Administrator (tel. 01223 741088, email

Economics.The Marshall Lectures 2009–10. Professor Drew Fudenberg, of Harvard University, will deliver two lectures entitled Learning and Equilibrium in Games, in the Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue, at 5 p.m. on 20 and 21 October. Professor Fudenberg will hold a question and answer session immediately after the second lecture on 21 October.

History. Cambridge University over eight centuries. To place this momentous anniversary in perspective, the Cambridge History Faculty is offering a series of eight lectures, one for each century. Each lecture will take a significant date in the history of the University and use it as the starting-point for an exploration of the University and of its role in national and international events.

The open lectures will take place at 5 p.m. in Lecture Theatre LG17 at the Faculty of Law, 10 West Road. For further details, please contact Mr Malcolm Davis (email, tel. 01223 335302).

15 October1209: Cambridge and the medieval University, by Dr Magnus Ryan.

22 October1348–9: Cambridge and the Black Death, by Professor John Hatcher.

29 October1441: Cambridge, King’s College, and the Wars of the Roses, by Professor Christine Carpenter.

5 November1535: Cambridge and Reformation, by Dr Stephen Alford.

12 November1644: Cambridge in revolution, by Professor John Morrill.

19 November1753: Cambridge and the Enlightenment, by Dr Lawrence Klein.

26 November1881: Cambridge and women, by Dr Gillian Sutherland.

3 December1909: Cambridge, empire, and the world, by Professor Christopher Bayly.

History and Economics. Meetings are on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Bridgetower Room, Trinity Hall, Trinity Lane.

14 OctoberThe American welfare state and social contract in hard times, by Michael Katz, University of Pennsylvania.

18 NovemberEmpire and internationalism in Britain, c.1918–1945, by Helen McCarthy, Queen Mary, University of London.

History and Philosophy of Science. Departmental Seminars. Seminars are held on Thursdays at 4.30 p.m. in Seminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Free School Lane. Tea is available from 4 p.m. in Seminar Room 1.

22 OctoberDr Lauder Lindsay’s lemmings: mad beasts and misanthropy in a Victorian asylum, by Richard Barnett, of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

29 OctoberA philosopher of science looks at medicine: do we ‘need some large, simple randomized trials’?, by John Worrall, of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

5 NovemberSocial knowing, by Alexander Bird, of the University of Bristol.

12 NovemberLearning things: the objects of familiar science in nineteenth-century Britain, by Melanie Keene, of Homerton College.

19 NovemberDynamic (bio)ontologies for good epistemology, by Sabina Leonelli, of the University of Exeter.

26 NovemberPicturability and the mathematical ideals of knowledge: Leibniz versus Newton, by Stephen Gaukroger, of the University of Sydney.

Fifth Cambridge Wellcome Lecture in the History of Medicine. Angus McLaren, of the University of Victoria, will give a lecture entitled Divorcing sex and reproduction: the discussion of artificial insemination in Britain, 1918–1948, on 3 December at 4.30 p.m. in Seminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

History of Medicine. Seminars are held on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in Seminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science. Tea is available from 4.40 p.m.

20 OctoberMechanizing war and medicine: rationalized fracture care in World War I, by Thomas Schlich, of McGill University.

17 NovemberMedical knowledge and enlightened war: British and French military medicine in the eighteenth century, by Erica Charters, of the University of Oxford.

24 NovemberPractitioners, products, and promotion: the medical trade catalogue and professional ethics in Britain, 1880–1914, by Claire Jones, of the University of Leeds.

Cabinet of Natural History. Seminars are held on Mondays at 1 p.m. in Seminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

12 OctoberFungi in history, by Nick Jardine, of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

19 October‘Botany of the air’: experiments, airships, and agriculture in 1930, by Ruth Horry, of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

2 NovemberComing to attention: observing nature at the edges during the Napoleonic Wars, by Anne Secord, of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

9 NovemberAfter the king of beasts: the embodied histories of elephant hunting in mid-nineteenth century Ceylon, by Jamie Lorimer, of King’s College, London.

16 NovemberHead gardeners: the forgotten heroes of horticulture, by Toby Musgrave.

23 NovemberLyell’s plots, by Adelene Buckland, of the Cambridge Victorian Studies Group.

30 NovemberReflections on re-treading Darwin’s ‘gigantic blunder’ in Glen Roy, by Martin Rudwick, of the University of California, San Diego.

Modern Greek. The following open lectures will be given at 5 p.m. on Thursdays, in room 2 of the Lecture Block, Sidgwick Avenue.

22 OctoberPost-classical memories: modern Greek attitudes to Antiquity, by Professor Dimitris Tziovas, University of Birmingham.

5 NovemberMixed memories of occupation: the social impact of the Italian occupation of the Greek island of Syros, 1941–43, by Dr Sheila Lecoeur, Imperial College London.

12 NovemberThe language question, diglossia and the origin of ‘Common Modern Greek’, by Professor Peter Mackridge, St Cross College, Oxford.

26 NovemberPersonality, family, and charisma: the case of Venizelos, by Sir Michael Llewellyn Smith.

The complete programme for 2009–10 can be viewed at Copies may also be obtained from the Secretary, Modern Greek Section, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages (email

Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit. Research seminars will take place on Tuesdays from 4.30 to 6 p.m. in the Seminar Room, the Mond Building, Free School Lane. For further information please email or telephone 01223 334690.

20 OctoberMother tongue or heritage object? Ethnicity and linguistic competence in Sikkim, by Mark Turin, of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

3 NovemberCulture as ‘Development’, Buddhism as ‘Science’: Discourses of ‘Modern Tibetanness’ in contemporary Amdo, by Adrian Zenz, of the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit.

17 NovemberThe making of Darhad shamans’ power: on the practices, the economy of reputation, and the making of Darhad shamans in present-day Mongolia, by Judith Hangartner, of the University of Bern.

1 DecemberAmbiguous dogs, ambiguous hospitality in West Mongolia, by Bernard Charlier, of the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit.

MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit. The following seminar will take place at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, 14 October 2009, in the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Lecture Theatre, Level 7, Wellcome Trust/MRC Building, Hills Road: Mitochondrial peroxiredoxin involvement in antioxidant defence and redox signalling, by Dr Mark Hampton, University of Otago.

Plant Sciences. Lectures take place on Thursdays at 4 p.m. in the Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences, Downing Street.

15 OctoberBetween a rock and a hard place – resistance evolution and genetic incompatibility in plants, by Kirsten Bomblies, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University.

22 OctoberWhat domestication missed: exploiting wild emmer to improve wheat, by Cristobal Uauy, Department of Crop Genetics, John Innes Centre (CPPS seminar).

29 OctoberGetting under the skin: How do plants generate and maintain an effective epidermis? by Gwyneth Ingram, Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences, University of Edinburgh.

5 NovemberCoordination of homologous recombination the key to accurate chromosome segregation during meiosis in Arabidopsis, by Chris Franklin, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham.

12 NovemberThe secrets of a plant killer: Evolutionary and functional dynamics of Phytophthora infestans effector genes, by Sophien Kamoun, The Sainsbury Laboratory.

19 NovemberSignalling pathways that establish symbiotic interactions in plants, by Giles Oldroyd, Department of Disease and Stress Biology, John Innes Centre.

26 NovemberTitle to be confirmed, by Malcolm Bennet, Center for Plant Integrative Biology, University of Nottingham.

3 DecemberLong term drivers of aboveground-belowground linkages – evidence from invaders, islands, and chronosequences, by David Wardle, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Social Anthropology. Senior Research Seminars on the topic of Sociality take place on Fridays at 3.30 p.m. in the Seminar Room, Department of Social Anthopology, Free School Lane.

9 OctoberWitchcraft, intimacy, and trust – Africa in Comparison, by Professor Peter Geschiere, University of Amsterdam (followed by the Annual Drinks Party at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Site, Downing Street. Open invitation – no RSVP required).

16 OctoberIn todays’ world, anthropology is more important than ever, by Professor Maurice Godelier, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

23 OctoberPrecarious sociality: hardship of life for post-corporate Japan/ese, by Professor Anne Allison, Duke University.

30 OctoberThe art of slow sociality in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, by Dr Jo Vergunst, University of Aberdeen.

6 NovemberNew materials, new technologies, and the challenge to anthropology, by Professor Susanna Kuechler, University College London.

13 NovemberCitizenship, trade unionism, and the problem of comparison: reflections on fieldwork in Bolivia and Argentina, by Dr Sian Lazar, University of Cambridge.

20 NovemberSpecies equals person?: a trope and its entanglements in Naeporue and Nacirema societies, by Professor Michael Carrithers, Durham University.

27 NovemberPigs are good to decorate: technologies of exuberance in Taiwanese popular religious festivals, by Dr Adam Chau, University of Cambridge.

Sociology. Sociology Seminar, Michaelmas Term 2009. Seminars take place fortnightly on Tuesdays from 12.30 to 2 p.m. in the Arts School, Room C, New Museums Site.

20 OctoberWhat do we know about the relative generosity of welfare states?, by Michael Smith, Professor of Sociology at the University of McGill, Canada.

3 NovemberTo take power or not? Observations on the new political cultures of opposition in the Americas, by John Forran, Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

17 NovemberZeitgeists, nightmares, and research; what makes social theory better than common sense?, by Ralph Fevre, Professor of Sociology at the University of Cardiff.

1 DecemberThe Michelin-starred restaurant sector as a culture industry: a cross-national comparison of restaurants in Britain and Germany, by Christel Lane, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge.

Special Sociology Lecture. The following lecture will take place on 23 October from 4.30 to 6 p.m. in the Arts School, Room B: Greed talk, religion, and the credit crunch in the USA: towards a cultural sociology of the economy, by Bryan Turner, Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College, US.

For further information, contact Patrick Baert (email