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Migration – Darwin College Lecture Series 2018

Cambridge University

In the second term of every academic year since 1986 Darwin College has organised a series of eight public lectures. Each series has been built around a single theme, approached in a multi-disciplinary way, and with each lecture prepared for a general audience by a leading authority on his or her subject. The theme of the 2018 lecture series is "Migration".



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Migration – Darwin College Lecture Series 2018
Mar 13, 2018 Cambridge University
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The extraordinary synchrony of motion exhibited as a flock of birds arcs overhead, or a school of fish turns, as a ripple of light, is captivating. Like some animate fluid the individual organisms appear to move as one, their minds seemingly connected by an invisible network. Professor Couzin’s lecture will provide a visual guide to collective animal behaviour, particularly focusing on migration, using the latest imaging technologies to reveal how and why animals exhibit collective motion,...
Migration – Darwin College Lecture Series 2018
Mar 6, 2018 Cambridge University
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Progress in science depends on a rapid exchange of ideas and exposure to new approaches and viewpoints. Historically, this progress has been accelerated by the movement of people. Scientists have been among the most mobile of people, going where they perceive the action to be. This talk will explore examples from various periods in history on how mobility resulted in scientific development. It will also describe the reasons behind the moves in my own peripatetic life. Biography Venki...
Migration – Darwin College Lecture Series 2018
Mar 1, 2018 Cambridge University
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The Partition of the Indian subcontinent 70 years ago along religious lines, saw the largest migration in human history, outside war and famine. Millions were on the move in both directions. Muslims fled to Pakistan, Hindus and Sikhs to India, as communal hatred erupted and people feared being a minority in a new country. Many thousands of those who lived through this violent birth of two new nations migrated to post-war Britain. But many are only just talking of their experiences seven decades...
Migration – Darwin College Lecture Series 2018
Feb 21, 2018 Cambridge University
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This lecture performance will present art by and about the migrant, created in workshops run for detainees awaiting deportation from the UK. Documentary photography, drawings, testimonies, video, and interviews, digitized for the Immigration Detention Archive at Oxford is the basis of this art-research. The presentation will include parts of a play written and directed using material from the forthcoming book, including collages, shadow puppets, and film. In the study of migration art has been...
Migration – Darwin College Lecture Series 2018
Feb 19, 2018 Cambridge University
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Dr. Eva Harris: Dengue and Zika are mosquito-borne viral diseases that consitute major public health and medical problems worldwide. Dengue has been a scourge for decades and only continues to increase in magnitude, geographic distribution, and severity, whereas Zika recently took the world by surprise with a dramatic epidemic in the Americas that was linked to severe congenital defects, including microcephaly, when infection occurred during pregnancy. In this lecture, “Migration of dengue...
Migration – Darwin College Lecture Series 2018
Feb 12, 2018 Cambridge University
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How, in a world of modern nation states, shared prosperity, and boundless capabilities can refugees and migrants on the move today find themselves exposed to kidnapping for ransom, imprisonment and torture? What should shape our response to those uprooted and on the move in ‘mixed’ migratory flows? And what is the role of international cooperation and the modern system of international refugee protection? Drawing on more than 30 years of experience in refugee and international affairs, UN...
Migration – Darwin College Lecture Series 2018
Jan 29, 2018 Cambridge University
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Chandran Kukatha: Restrictions on the movement of people to the countries developed west are often defended on the grounds that it is necessary to protect the liberal democratic values that might otherwise be undermined by uncontrolled immigration. Pre-eminent among these are the values of freedom and equality. More careful examination, however, suggests that the threat to these values comes not so much from immigration as from efforts to control it. Though it might appear that immigration...
Migration – Darwin College Lecture Series 2018
Jan 23, 2018 Cambridge University
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David Olusoga: Migration is the most controversial political topic in the Britain of 2018. Issues around migration underpinned and informed much of the BREXIT debate and infuse wider debates about Britishness and identity. Yet migration and the immigrant communities it has created are also the focus of a huge amount of new research, scholarship and awareness. For Britain’s black community expanded knowledge of, and pride in, the longer histories of their communities – histories that stretch...