Oriel Talks: Adaptability

  • Photo of Oriel College's Second Quad by graduate student Alejandro Salgado Montejo
Date: 
16 October, 2018
Time: 
5.30pm
Location: 
Harris Lecture Theatre
Audience: 
College members

All members of College are welcome to come along to this event, which aims to shine a spotlight on the variety of research taking place in College.

The three speakers for this Oriel Talks will be:

Lola Salem (MCR, assoc. member): How Do Women Make Drama?

Abstract: Opera is commonly seen as the inevitable “undoing of women”, celebrating her (meta)physical death and alienation to masculinity. But French baroque operas show a much more complex perception of women and femininity. Conceived as a laboratory for the fusion of arts, the various genres of opera at the early modern period fundamentally rely on the ambiguities of female characters and performers. How does the staging of women allow the making of opera’s drama?

Jean-Christophe Spiliotis (MCR): How the iSausage Gets Made: Inside the Firm of the 21st Century

Abstract: Firms have evolved drastically since the 19th century “mom and pop” business. Yet, they still play the leading role in our economic lives—how we consume and make a living—and increasingly so in other dimensions of human existence, ranging from the environment to physical and mental health. This talk examines recent developments in firm structure, governance and decision-making through the lens of history and economic theory.

Dr Mohamady El-Gaby (SCR): Neuronal Assemblies: The Cliques that Make Flexible Learning Possible

Abstract: The capacity to learn is ubiquitous among animals and is key to their survival.  Seminal work in simple organisms has given us invaluable insights into the neural underpinnings of simple types of learning such as habituation. However, for more sophisticated and flexible forms of learning, neural mechanisms remain elusive. My research aims to interrogate the mechanisms of flexible learning in mammals, making use of recent technical and analytical advances in studying the behaviour and neural activity of mice.

Full Schedule

5.30 pm — Welcome and Introduction

5.35 pm — Lola Salem (MCR, assoc. member): How Do Women Make Drama? 

5.55 pm — Jean-Christophe Spiliotis (MCR): How the iSausage Gets Made: Inside the Firm of the 21st Century

6.15 pm — Dr Mohamady El-Gaby (SCR): Neuronal Assemblies: The Cliques that Make Flexible Learning Possible

7.00 pm — Close

7.15 pm — Dinner in Hall

8.30 pm — 2nd Desserts in the MCR

How to Book

This is a free event open to all members of College (if you wish to attend Dinner that will be charged at the usual rate). If you wish to attend, please book your space online: https://goo.gl/forms/Fhz8BrS1jYAPhnyf1

***Please note: the deadline for dining tickets is Sunday 14th October – there is no deadline on requesting all other tickets.***

Event contact
Dağhan Carlos Edip Akkar and Matthew James Collier (MCR)