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No 6185

Wednesday 21 April 2010

Vol cxl No 26

pp. 685–756

Events, courses, etc.

Open classes in Modern Hebrew

Open classes in Modern Hebrew will continue on 28 April (four weeks only). Classes take place on Wednesdays, in Room 314, 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.

Please direct enquiries 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:

Archaeology. Cambridge Heritage Seminar. The Department of Archaeology announces the eleventh annual Cambridge Heritage Seminar, to be held on Saturday, 24 April, at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. The forthcoming conference is on Heritage and the Olympics. For more information and registration, please see

Classics. The J. H. Gray Lectures for 2010 will be delivered by Mr Nicholas Purcell, St John’s College, Oxford, on Including in and excluding from Rome, three studies in apodemiology. Lectures will take place at 5 p.m., in Room G.19, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue.

Monday, 3 MayWhose outsiders?

Tuesday, 4 MayWhose soldiers?

Nicholas Purcell will also give a seminar on Whose games? on Wednesday, 5 May, at 2.15 p.m., in Room 1.11, Faculty of Classics.

Divinity. Robert Rietty, the actor, will give a lecture on the perennial appeal of Jerusalem under the title Radiations from a golden City, at 5 p.m., on Monday, 26 April in the Faculty of Divinity, West Road. All are welcome.

History. Professor Philip Pettit, of Princeton University, will give the Seeley Lectures, entitled On the people’s terms: a Republican view of democracy, at 5 p.m., in Room LG19, Faculty of Law, West Road.

26 AprilLet the people rule. Followed by a reception

27 AprilWho are the people?

29 AprilGiving the people presence

30 AprilGiving the people control

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 AprilEpistemic risk and public health science, by Mark Parascandola, National Institutes of Health, USA

29 AprilJustice and automated match officiating, by Harry Collins, Cardiff University

6 MayRespiratory physiology, experiment and Everest, from ghastly kitchens to gasping lungs, by Vanessa Heggie, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

13 MayWriting post-feminist history: female sexual dysfunction and biological psychiatry, 1960 to the present, by Katherine Angel, University of Warwick

28 MayThe CCR5 gene patent: biomedicine, intellectual property and commerce in the United States, by Myles W. Jackson, Polytechnic Institute of New York University and the Gallatin School of NYU (please note change of day)

Fifteenth Annual Hans Rausing Lecture. Myles W. Jackson, of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and the Gallatin School of NYU, will give a public lecture entitled From scientific instruments to musical instruments: the tuning fork, metronome and siren, at 4.30 p.m., on 27 May in the McCrum Lecture Theatre, Bene’t Street.

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

26 AprilDragons, insects and porcupines: locating the Victorian ‘dinosaur’, by Ralph O’Connor, University of Aberdeen

10 MayExperiments in description: Victorian physics and the natural history of electricity, by Chitra Ramalingam, CRASSH

17 MayNature teaching on the blackboard: visual learning in early twentieth-century English school science, by Caitlin Wylie, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

24 MayThe herbarium and the computer: investigating John Henslow’s science, by John Parker, Botanic Garden

Mathematics. The fourth Andrew Chamblin Memorial Lecture, entitled The amazing diversity of planetary systems will be given by Professor Michel Mayor, University of Geneva, at 5 p.m., on Monday, 10 May 2010, in the Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue. All interested are welcome.

The Rouse Ball Lecture for 2010 will take place on Friday, 21 May. Professor Blaine Lawson of Stony Brook University, USA, will give a talk on Calibrated geometries. The abstract is available at The Lecture will be held in the Cockcroft Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site, at 12 noon.

Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit. The following Research Seminars will take place during the Easter Term. Seminars are held on Tuesdays, from 4.30 to 6 p.m., in the Seminar Room, The Mond Building, Free School Lane.

4 MayWays of speaking your mind in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region: Sovereignty as an environmental factor, by Ross Anthony, MIASU

18 MaySkimming the cream off the top: why women do not always rule the elections, by Dr Manduhai Buyandelger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1 JuneThe vocal continuum: a methodological tool for the study of the transmission of songs and music in Mongolia, by Laurent Legrain, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Cambridge Committee for Russian and East European Studies. Ray Taras (Tulane University and European University Institute, Florence) will give a seminar entitled The simultaneous resurgence of Russia and Russophobia on 27 April, at 5 p.m., in the Thirkill Room, Clare College. Tea and coffee will be available from 4.45 p.m. This seminar is organized jointly with the Department of Sociology.

The Erzsébet Csehi Memorial Lecture will be given by László Kontler (Central European University, Budapest) on 4 May. The lecture is entitled The stakes of discovery in the Enlightenment: astronomy, language and ethnography in a Hungarian expedition to the Arctic, 1768–1769, and will take place in the Latimer Room, Clare College, at 5 p.m. Tea and coffee will be available from 4.45 p.m.

Social Anthropology. Senior Research Seminars. The following seminars will be held during the Easter Term. Seminars take place on Fridays, at 4.15 p.m., in the Seminar Room (except for the film screening on Thursday, 13 May), Department of Social Anthropology, Free School Lane.

23 AprilThe double shuffle of university reform: the OECD/Denmark interface and the enactment of a strategically led university, by Professor Susan Wright, Danish University of Education

30 AprilJudges reasoning and justifying: multiple publics in Aceh (Indonesia) and England, by Professor John Bowen, Washington University in St Louis

7 MaySome modalities of ethics, by Professor Webb Keane, University of Michigan

13 May(4 to 5 p.m.) Film screening:Holy hustlers, by Professor Richard Werbner, University of Manchester

14 MayThe sacred self and the dividual: the charismatic legacy of revivalism in New England and Botswana, by Professor Richard Werbner, University of Manchester

21 MayEmerging from conflict in Africa: issues of education and development, by Dr Alicia Fentiman, Cambridge

28 MayExchanging sheep for history: shamanism and remaking of the past in post-socialist Mongolia, by Professor Manduhai Buyandelger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sociology. Professor Luc Boltanski, Écoles des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, and Professor Nancy Fraser, New School for Social Research, New York, will discuss On critique in a time of crisis, on Wednesday, 28 April 2010, at 4 p.m., in Mill Lane Lecture Room 9. All are welcome.

Professor Michael Mann, UCLA, will give a public lecture entitled The rise and recessions of neoliberalism, 1970–2010, on Wednesday, 5 May 2010, at 5 p.m., in Mill Lane Lecture Room 9. All are welcome.

Professor Göran Therborn, University of Cambridge, will give a public lecture entitled Where is the world going? Understanding world dynamics, on Wednesday, 19 May 2010, at 5 p.m., in Arts School Room A, New Museums Site. All are welcome.

South Asian Studies. The annual Kingsley Martin Memorial Lecture, entitled Intimate nation: remembering the Indian National Army, will be delivered by Professor Arjun Appadurai of New School University, New York, at 5 p.m., on Wednesday, 28 April 2010, in Room 3, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms. A reception will be held after the lecture.

University Library. Sandars Lectures 2010. The Lectures, entitled From printer to publisher: Cambridge University Press transformed, 1950–2010, will be delivered by Dr Gordon Johnson, President of Wolfson College, at 5 p.m., in the Morison Room, Cambridge University Library, as follows:

Monday, 26 AprilTaking stock: CUP in the mid-twentieth century; crisis and recovery, redefining the role of an academic press

Tuesday, 27 AprilThe academic editor: shaping the fields of study; the changing relationship between author and publisher

Thursday, 29 AprilThe role of the publisher transformed: maintaining the standard and reaching the reader: technological innovation, marketing and publicity