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No 6197

Wednesday 6 October 2010

Vol cxli No 1

pp. 1-48

Events, courses, etc.

Fitzwilliam Museum: Events

For complete details of all Fitzwilliam Museum events, including lunch-time talks and concerts, evening lectures, workshops, and family events, please visit the Museum’s website (

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 (


Until 28 November 2010

Shiba Gallery

Objects of affection: Pre-Raphaelite portraits by John Brett

Until 9 January 2011

Mellon Gallery

Epic of the Persian Kings: the art of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh

Presented with the support of Iran Heritage Foundation

Until 30 January 2011

Octagon Gallery

Kings, Satraps, and Shahs: Persian coinage through the ages

5 October 2010 – 31 October 2010

Courtyard screens

Nubia – past and present

2 November 2010 – 13 February 2011

Charrington Print Room

Galileo and his contemporaries: portraits by Ottavio Leoni (1578–1630)

Kettle’s Yard: Exhibition

An exhibition, entitled Every day is a good day: the visual art of John Cage, will run until 14 November 2010 at Kettle’s Yard.

More information about the exhibition is available at The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from 11.30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free.

Introduction to the reading of Middle Dutch Texts: Notice

Fortnightly classes in Medieval Dutch will be held in New Hall (Murray Edwards College). These informal sessions aim to introduce medievalists to a small selection of literary texts from the Low Countries, from the period between 1170 and 1550. In the past few years, the selection of particular texts has responded to specific interests expressed by the members of the group.

Undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates are all welcome. No prior knowledge of Middle Dutch is needed but a helpful book is C. M. van Kerckvoorde Introduction to Middle Dutch (1993).

Please contact Mrs Elsa Strietman ( for further details.

Open classes in Modern Hebrew: Notice

Open classes in Modern Hebrew will commence on 13 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

Ukrainian language classes: Notice

The Department of Slavonic Studies is offering free weekly classes for University members at the elementary and intermediate levels.

The elementary and intermediate level courses each consist of 20 weekly classes of one hour, starting on the first Wednesday of the teaching term (13 October 2010) in the Raised Faculty Building, room 327, 3rd floor. The elementary course begins at 1 p.m., and the intermediate course at 2 p.m.

Please contact the Department of Slavonic Studies at or visit for more details.

Announcement of lectures, seminars, etc.

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

Centre for Family Research. All seminars are held at 1 p.m. at the Faculty of Politics, Psychology, Sociology, and International Studies, New Museums Site.

Tuesday, 19 OctoberDr Simon Sretzer, of the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge, will give a seminar (title to be announced) in Room 606, Centre for Family Research.

Tuesday, 2 NovemberDr Sara Jaffee, of the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, will give a seminar entitledThe influence of genetic and postnatal environmental modifiers of the prenatal environment on children’s development, in Room 606, Centre for Family Research.

Friday, 19 NovemberDr Jennifer Lau, of the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, will give a seminar entitledAdolescent vulnerability for mood and anxiety problems: the role of brain maturation and social changes, in the Seminar Room, Faculty of Politics, Psychology, Sociology, and International Studies.

Tuesday, 30 NovemberDr Jackie Leach Scully, of the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, at Newcastle University, will give a seminar entitled‘Lay’ moral evaluations of human embryo donation, in Room 606, Centre for Family Research.

Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). Humanitas Visiting Professor in Media, Dr Mathias Döpfner, will be delivering the following lectures, on Mondays, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., unless otherwise stated:

11 OctoberFreedom and the internet, Palmerston Room, Fisher Building, St John’s College (

12 OctoberPrint journalism and the digital word, Room 3, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms (

1 NovemberThe transformation of the media business, Lecture Theatre 3, Judge Business School (

2 November,The digital revolution and its futures: a symposium, Lecture Theatre 3, Judge Business School

Tuesday, (

11 a.m.–6.30 p.m. 

Criminology. Professor Murray Straus, Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory, University of New Hampshire, will give a public seminar entitled Corporal punishment by parents: links to criminal behaviour of university students in 32 nations, at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday, 14 October 2010, in Seminar Room B3 at the Institute of Criminology, Sidgwick Avenue.

Divinity. The Annual Jeremie Lecture on the Septuagint, entitled The letter of Aristeas and the origins of the Septuagint, will be given at 5 p.m. on Monday, 11 October 2010, in the Runcie Room, Faculty of Divinity, West Road, by Professor Benjamin G. Wright, Department of Religion Studies, Lehigh University, US.

Engineering. Engineering Department Dynamics and Vibration Tea Time Talks. Tea and refreshments available in Oatley Meeting Room 2 at 3.30 p.m., followed by presentations in Oatley Meeting Room 1 at 4 p.m.

8 OctoberIntroduction to DVRG, by Professor Robin Langley (CUED)

15 October (1 of 2)Introducing parametric uncertainty within the hybrid FE-SEA method, by Ms Alice Cicirello (CUED)

15 October (2 of 2)Impact noise in randomly vibrating structures, by Professor Robin Langley (CUED)

22 OctoberJOINT TALK WITH MICROMECHANICSWater vapour sorption kinetics of natural materials and the relationship to the micromechanical behaviour of the cell wall, by Professor Callum Hill (Edinburgh Napier University)

29 October (1 of 2)Architecture and simulation of hydraulic regenerative braking, by Mr Will Midgley (CUED)

29 October (2 of 2)Implementation of active steering on a multiple trailer long combination vehicle, by Dr Richard L. Roebuck (CUED) and Dr Andrew Odhams (CUED)

5 November (1 of 2)The role of neuromuscular feedback in driving, by Mr Scott Bigler (CUED)

5 November (2 of 2)The effects of tyre dynamics on slip control for heavy vehicles, by Mr Leon Henderson (CUED)

12 November (1 of 2)Truncation guidelines for deepwater mooring lines, by Mr Alex Argyros (CUED)

12 November (2 of 2)Real time measurement of marine riser stresses, by Ms Ping Chen (CUED)

19 NovemberMode localization: a new avenue for micromechanical sensor design, by Mr Pradyumna Thiruvenkatanathan (CUED)

26 November (1 of 2)Energy scattering in weakly non-linear systems, by Mr Graham Spelman (CUED)

26 November (2 of 2)Predicting brake squeal? New results on dynamic friction, by Professor Jim Woodhouse (CUED)

3 DecemberMECHANICS COLLOQUIUM (2.30 p.m. in LR6),Fractals, failure, and lightweight structures, by Dr Robert Farr (Unilever R&D Vlaardingen, The Netherlands)

History. Early Modern British and Irish History Graduate Seminar, 2010–11. Seminars will take place on Wednesdays, at 5 p.m. in the Graham Storey Room, Trinity Hall.

13 October 2010The reformation of the generations: youth, age, and religious change in England c.1500–1700, by Alexandra Walsham (Trinity College) (N.B.: For this week only the venue will be the Lecture Theatre, Trinity Hall.)

20 October 2010From uniformity to disunity: The dissenters’ private academies, 1662–1714, by Mark Burden (Dr Williams’s Centre for Dissenting Studies)

27 October 2010Catholic separatism, Church Popery, and Late Elizabethan politics, by Michael Questier (Queen Mary, University of London)

3 November 2010Ancient wisdom in the age of the new philosophy: scholarship and ‘rational religion’ 1650–1700, by Dmitri Levitin (Selwyn College)

10 November 2010 Living with the Loving God: Oliver Cromwell’s religion revisited, by Patrick Little (History of Parliament Trust)

17 November 2010The history and archaeology of a seventeenth-century library: Peterhouse from Andrew Perne (d. 1589) to John Cosin (d. 1672), by Scott Mandelbrote (Peterhouse)

For further information, see

The 2010 George Macaulay Trevelyan Lectures, entitled Early Modern Europe’s encounters with Islam, will be given by Dr Noel Malcolm and will take place at 5 p.m. on Thursdays at Lecture Room 1, 8 Mill Lane.

28 October Muslim slaves and converts to Christianity.

4 November Christian converts to Islam.

11 November Muslims and Crypto-Muslims in Spain.

18 November Christian missionaries in Islamic lands.

25 November Scholars and writers on Islam.

2 December Heretics and radicals.

Visual Studies. Seminars in Comparative Social and Cultural History will be held in the Senior Parlour, Gonville and Caius College at 8.30 p.m. Convenors: Peter Burke, Melissa Calaresu, Mary Laven, Ulinka Rublack.

12 OctoberThe rise of visual studies, or what happened to the history of art? by Peter Burke (Emmanuel College).

26 OctoberInstances of distance, by Svetland Alpers (New York).

9 NovemberAlbrecht Dürer as collector, by Jeffrey Chipps Smith (Austin).

23 NovemberThe visceral pleasures of looking: on iconology, anthropology and the neurosciences, by Herman Roodenburg (Amsterdam).

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.

21 OctoberHow to see movement: visual experience in early 19th-century physics, by Chitra Ramalingam, Science Museum and CRASSH

28 OctoberFrom rustics to savants: the uses of indigenous materia medica in colonial New Spain, by Miruna Achim, Universidad Autómona Metropolitana, Mexico City

4 November‘Wir sind alle Afrikaner’: abstraction and reification of ‘race’ in the age of genomics, by Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther, University of California, Santa Cruz, and University of Copenhagen

11 NovemberHealth and disease: beyond naturalism and normativism, by Ellie Kingma, King’s College London

18 NovemberLessons from the history and philosophy of science for research assessment systems, by Donald Gillies, University College London

25 NovemberAlchemy as ‘practical exegesis’ in early-modern England, by Jennifer Rampling, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

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

11 OctoberSome aspects of early Darwinian commemoration, by Carl Fisher, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

18 OctoberMaya ruins, volcanoes, and the colonial state in 18th-century Central America, by Sophie Brockmann, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

1 NovemberPoliteness and the ethical force of natural history, by Alexander Wragge-Morley, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

8 NovemberVictorian palaeontology and serial publication, by Gowan Dawson, University of Leicester

15 NovemberThe human automatism debate in the late 19th century, by Francis Neary, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

22 NovemberThe making of the medieval English therapeutic landscape, by Hilary Powell, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

29 NovemberMutable mobiles: the circulation of botanical maps between Humboldtian Germany and Victorian Britain, by Nils Guettler, Humboldt University and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin.

Twentieth Century Think Tank. Seminars are held on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. in Seminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

19 OctoberBeyond epistemology: rethinking the relationship between philosophy and the human sciences in the 20th century, by Joel Isaac, Queen Mary, University of London

16 NovemberThe virtual object of public health, or: the problem of ‘life’ in China, 1911–37, by Malcolm Thompson, University of British Columbia

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.

12 OctoberDiseased on an Indian Ocean island: medicine, statishness, and colonialism, by Sujit Sivasundaram, Faculty of History

19 OctoberThe ‘miracle of childbirth’: the portrayal of parturient women in medieval miracle narratives, by Hilary Powell, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

26 OctoberCatholic activists, medical authority, and the limiting of peasant choice in rural Brittany, 1650–1750, by Tim McHugh, Oxford Brookes University

9 November‘A cold-blooded business’? Making the modern blood donor in wartime London, by Nick Whitfield, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

Generation to Reproduction. 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. These seminars are funded by our Wellcome Trust strategic award in the history of medicine (

16 NovemberDiagnosing child sexual abuse in early modern England, by Sarah Toulalan, University of Exeter

23 NovemberSpermatic animalcules and concepts of life around 1800, by Florence Vienne, Technical University, Braunschweig

Modern Greek. The following open lectures will be given at 5 p.m., on Thursdays, in Room 1 of the Lecture Block, Sidgwick Avenue.

14 OctoberThe agony of Greek Jews in World War II, by Professor Steven Bowman, University of Cincinnati.

28 OctoberCavafy and the nineties, by Professor David Ricks, King’s College London.

18 NovemberThe hidden logic of Greek tense and aspect, by Professor Amalia Moser, University of Athens.

25 NovemberState, society and the religious ‘other’ in nineteenth-century Greece, by Dr Philip Carabott, King’s College London.

The complete programme for 2010–11 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 are held in the Mond Building Seminar Room on Tuesdays from 4.30 to 6 p.m. All are welcome.

19 OctoberThe place is the message: sacred space and identity in Reting Monastery, by Dr Ulrike Roesler, University of Oxford.

2 NovemberKalmykia: the ethno-planetarian way of thinking and Maitreya, the Buddha of the future, by Baasanjav Terbish, Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit.

16 NovemberBuddhism and Mongolian indigenous religions: Mergen Gegen’s popular ritual texts, by Dr Uranchimeg Ujeed, Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit.

30 NovemberClimate change perceptions and related effects in aTamang community of the Nepal Himalaya, by Dr Ben Campbell, University of Durham.

Music. The first two lectures in the Donald Wort Lecture Series, 2010–11, given by Professor Ingrid Monson, Professor of African American Music at Harvard University, on the subject of Aesthetics and the body, will be held at 5 p.m. in the University Music School, 11 West Road. Admission is free.

18 OctoberBeing musical and other dilemmas.

20 OctoberMali’s Neba Solo: music from an African village in the digital age.

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

14 OctoberUK molecular plant–microbe–insect interactions, by Dr Saskia Hogenhout, Department of Disease and Stress Biology, John Innes Centre.

21 OctoberUK long-term ecosystem dynamics and environmental, by Prof. Kathy Willis, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.

28 OctoberPlant–microbe interactions, by Prof. Paul Schulze-Lefert, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany.

4 NovemberDesign principles in energy and carbon metabolism, by Dr Ron Milo, Department of Plant Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.

11 NovemberPlant membrane transport, by Prof. Dale Sanders, John Innes Centre.

18 NovemberStructure and function of photosystem-I, by Prof. John Golbeck, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Penn State University, USA.

25 NovemberGenetic and molecular studies of fruit development, by Dr Lars Ostergaard, Department of Crop Genetics, John Innes Centre.

2 DecemberUK molecular control of flowering-time and vernalization, by Prof. Caroline Dean, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, John Innes Centre.

Sociology. Professor Manuel Castells, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, will give a public lecture entitled The multidimensional crisis of informational capitalism, on Friday, 22 October 2010, at 2 p.m. in Mill Lane Lecture Room 3. All are welcome.

Sociology, and Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. Professor Loïc Wacquant, University of California at Berkeley, will give a public lecture entitled Bourdieu, race and the penal state, on Tuesday, 19 October, at 2 p.m. in Mill Lane Lecture Room 3. All are welcome.