Interesting lectures in Hilary Term

A few that I plan to attend are below. I will link the notes on my wiki to these listings, once they are written.

  • Dr. Kean (I have no idea who he is) on Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. 9:00am on Tuesdays, weeks 1-4. (St. Cross Building)
  • Philip Pullman on “Poco a poco: The Fundamental Particles of Narrative.” 5:00pm on Friday of 4th week (Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, St. Cross Buildings)
  • Henry Shue on “Normative Theory and the Use of Force.” 2:00pm on Thursdays, weeks 1-4 and 5-6. (Examination Schools)

    • Week 1: Just War Theory: Anachronism, Constraint, or Enabler?
    • Week 2: Bombing ‘Dual-Use’ Facilities: Are Energy Sources Military or Civilian?
    • Week 3: If Nuclear Deterrence Is Justified, Why Isn’t Terrorism?
    • Week 4: Torture and Exceptional Circumstances
    • Week 6: Bombing and Exceptional Circumstances: Walzer’s ‘Supreme Emergency’
    • Week 7: ‘Pre-emption’: Justified Preventive Attack on Terrorists’ WMD?

  • Oxford University Strategic Studies Group speakers – termcard forthcoming. 8:00pm every Tuesday. (Old Library, All Souls College)
  • Oxford University Centre for the Environment Linacre Lectures. 5:30pm Thursdays (Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road)

    • Week 1: Embodied Law vs. Bodies of Law in the remaking of Landscape: the ‘Natural’ Legal and Moral Legacy of Sheep
    • Week 2: Seeing like a Judge: Rivers, Law and Property
    • Week 3: Images and Imagination in 20th Century Environmentalism
    • Week 4: Bindings against Boundaries: Entanglements of Life in an Open World
    • Week 5: Stonehenge: Its Landscape and its Architecture: A Re-analysis
    • Week 6: The Politics of Risk and Radioactive Waste in the UK
    • Week 7: The Politics of True Convenience or Inconvenient Truth? Struggles over how to Sustain Capitalism, Democracy and Ecology in the 21st Century?
    • Week 8: Pathways to Sustainability? Knowledge, Power and Politics in Environment and Development

Are there any other interesting ones that people know about? I would be particularly keen to find something on climate change, environmental policy, etc.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

8 thoughts on “Interesting lectures in Hilary Term”

  1. Damn my jealousy,
    Shue’s presentation (week 6) on pre-emption against nuclear facilities.
    My thesis topic exactly and if you do go and take notes, could you kindly post them?
    Though the idea of a Trans-Atlantic academic field trip is exciting, it is less than practical.
    Hope writing is going well…

  2. Scott,

    Any time I attend a lecture and take notes electronically, I post them on the wiki. (Sometimes, I also post notes that other people who attended send me, with their permission). I have made a mental note that there is one more reason to attend the talk that week.

  3. Thank you for the mental note Milan
    On the topic of OUSSG, I think I have an academic crush on this President of yours.
    I think you should play Cupid and set things into motion.
    I enjoy walks on the beach and writing about war.

  4. Other lecture series’ (from Lecture list)

    [4] International Relations in the Era of Two World Wars:
    Wk 1 15 January Dr Rana Mitter: Japanese Expansionism and the road to Pearl Harbour, 1919-41
    Wk 2 22 January Dr Rana Mitter: International Intervention and the Chinese Civil War, 1945-49
    Wk 3 29 January Prof Martin Ceadel: British foreign policy: containment versus appeasement
    Wk 4 5 February Dr Patrick Cohrs: Isolationism or the first bid for a “Pax Americana”? US policy,

    [5] International Relations in the Era of the Cold War

    Wk 1 19 January Dr Philip Robins: The International Relations of the Middle East, 1945-91
    Wk 2 26 January Prof Jonathan Wright: France, Germany and East-West Relations in Europe, 1945-91
    Wk 3 2 February Dr Evelyn Goh: The International Relations of South–East Asia, 1945-91
    Wk 4 9 February Dr Nicholas Owen: European Decolonization, 1945-91

    [6] International Relations
    Wk 1 17 January Prof Adam Roberts: International Relations and International Law
    Wk 2 24 January Prof Adam Roberts: Democracy, Democratisation and International Relations
    Wk 3 31 January Prof Richard Caplan: The United Nations and International Security
    Wk 4 7 February Dr James Piscatori: Islam in International Relations
    Wk 5 14 February Dr. Audrey Kurth Cronin: The Challenge of Global Terrorism
    Wk 6 21 February Professor Henry Shue: National Interests and International Norms
    Wk 7 28 February Dr Louise Fawcett: Developing Countries and International Relations
    Wk 8 7 March Dr Rana Mitter: China and International Relations

  5. “If nuclear deterrance is justified, why not terrorism”

    I’ve yet to hear a coherent and convincing case that argues that terrorism is never justified, just that the cases where it’s applied tend to be unjustifiable. Unless you think the validity of the law has it’s origin in force, it’s hard to argue that unlawful breach of a perverse state of peace is “wrong”.

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