News and events

Public Lectures :: March 2017

Please see below for all events this month.


1st March 2017

Wilberforce, Lecture Room 32, 1pm

Cultural Citizenship as Discursive Justice: conceptual explorations in multicultural India

Presented by: The Institute of Applied Ethics

Lion Koenig will visit the Institute of Applied Ethics from the University of Oxford to present 'Cultural Citizenship as Discursive Justice: conceptual explorations in multicultural India'.

Over the last two decades, the concept of citizenship has been significantly broadened and has been freed, as it were, from its narrow legalistic connotations. The paradigm of rights and duties has been extended to include identity-related issues of belonging in increasingly heterogeneous societies. The concept of ‘cultural citizenship’ which has been one of the theoretical responses to these changed societal circumstances, looks at the media sphere as a crucial site on which citizen identities are negotiated and the modes of inclusion and exclusion are being determined. Against the background of contemporary India, the presentation explores citizenship as a discursive project, where the option of accessing and modifying the media discourse on what the nation is and who its citizens are can act as a motor of cohesion to society and as a means to provide discursive justice by including subaltern counter-publics that are constituted outside the institutional realm in response to exclusion from dominant publics.

Admission is free and all are welcome. The session will be followed by refreshments.

Further information:

For enquiries contact Emma Webster


15th March 2017

Wilberforce, Lecture Room 32, 1pm

Professor Kate Pickett - Persisting in error: Evidence for action in health and social policy

Presented by: Institute of Applied Ethics

Professor Kate Pickett co-authored bestselling book The Spirit Level: why more equal societies almost always do better, which highlights the "pernicious effects that inequality has on societies: eroding trust, increasing anxiety and illness, (and) encouraging excessive consumption". It shows that for each of eleven different health and social problems: physical health, mental health, drug abuse, education, imprisonment, obesity, social mobility, trust and community life, violence, teenage pregnancies, and child well-being, outcomes are significantly worse in more unequal rich countries. In this talk, Kate will demonstrate that reducing inequality should be prioritised, to create sustainable wellbeing for all.

The session will be followed by refreshments.

Admission Free – all welcome – booking not required

Further information:

For further details contact or visit


23 March 2017

Wilberforce LT29, 6pm

Venn Lecture: Maths versus Disease

Presented by: Dr Julia Gog

Can mathematics really help us in our fight against infectious disease? Join Dr Julia Gog (University of Cambridge) as we explore some exciting current research areas where mathematics is being used to study pandemics, viruses and everything in between, with a particular focus on influenza.

Further information:


Back to top