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Clare Hall Colloquium

Date: Tuesday 23 January – Tuesday 11 June 2024, 7.30pm
Location: Clare Hall Meeting Room

Clare Hall’s Colloquia provide members of the College – especially (but not exclusively) Visiting Fellows and Life Members – with an opportunity to present their research, whether in its early stages or already published, in a friendly setting. They are a great way to discuss your ideas, meet fellow members and to contribute to our vibrant community.

The Colloquia typically consist of a 30-45 minute presentation followed by discussion. We attract an audience from many different disciplines and post-talk dialogue is often very lively and constructive. Talks are intended to be accessible to a general audience and speakers are requested to avoid unnecessary jargon and obscurantist language. Presentations are intentionally kept ‘in-house’ with no videoconferencing or recording. The Colloquia take place in term time, 7.30-9.30pm, in the Clare Hall Meeting Room. Refreshments are provided. 

Lent 2024 Programme

23 January: Nikolai Kazantsev (U. of Cambridge) – Are your chocolates good or evil – the industrial metaverse, hype or future reality?

30 January: Gaurav Chaudhary (U. of Cambridge) – Quantum materials 

6 February: Judith Harford (University College Dublin) – Educating women: a history of higher education for women in Ireland, 1850-1950 

13 February: Nancy Ramage (Ithaca College) – The Cone sisters of Baltimore, and their friends Picasso, Matisse, and Gertrude Stein

27 February: Maximilian Kiss (CWI, Amsterdam and U. of Cambridge) – Open access research data for machine learning in computed tomography

5 March: Esdras Paravizo (U. of Cambridge) – Schemas, ideas and spaces: visualising design creativity 

Easter 2024 Programme

30 April: Andreii Bovgyria (Clare Hall) – “Cossack Myth”. Construction identity in 17th -18th Century Ukraine 

7 May: Linn Holmberg (Stockholm U.) – “Dictionary Craze”  

14 May: Derek Hughes (U. of Aberdeen) – Wagner: the fabrication of a monster 

21 May: : Elizabeth Barsotti (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology; Affiliated Postdoctoral Researcher, Clare Hall) – “Are Humans Smart? Lessons in Intelligence from Neuroscience and AI”

28 May: Norman Hammond (U. of Cambridge) – The Mysterious Maya? An ancient American civilisation 

4 June: Morten Broberg (U. of Copenhagen) – The application of behavioural science to legislative designs 

11 June: Tony Harris (U. of Cambridge) –Using Large Language Models (LLMs) for Humanities Led Research (HLR) 

Future Colloquia

As indicated above, all slots for the remainder of the academic year 2023-2024 are taken. A call for prospective speakers for academic year 2024-2025 will be made in September. It should be noted that there is no budget for travel, accommodation or subsistence.