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DTC Seminar Series Michaelmas Term 2014

The following seminars will run during the Lent term 2014, and all DTC students are eligible to attend.  Please contact the relevant Department for more information or to register.

DepartmentSpeaker and seminar titleDetails

What is Happiness and What Determines it? Integrating Perspectives from Philosophy, Social Science, and Psychology

Professor Alex Wood, University of Stirling

11th November 13.00- 14.00 (with tea and coffee served from 12.30) in the PPSIS Seminar Room


'Of Knots and Blocks: Dwelling in Smooth Space'

Professor Tim Ingold, Anthropology, Aberdeen University

December 11th 2014, at 4.15 pm at the Geography Dept.

Theoretical & Applied Linguistics



Core seminar in Economic and Social History:

Professor Barry Eichengreen (University of California, Berkeley)

'International currencies past, present and future: two views from economic history'

13th November at 5pm in the Graham Storey Room, Trinity Hall.  Seminars are followed by drinks and, usually, by dinner with the speaker. 

If you wish to attend, please contact the seminar co-ordinator: Leigh Shaw-Taylor (


Core seminar in Economic and Social History:

Professor David Reher (Complutense University, Madrid)

'The aftermath of the demographic transition in the developed world'

20th November at 5pm in the Graham Storey Room, Trinity Hall.   Seminars are followed by drinks and, usually, by dinner with the speaker.

If you wish to attend, please contact the seminar co-ordinator: Leigh Shaw-Taylor (


Institute of Criminology Public Seminar Series:

'Medical Testimony and the Dynamics of Forensic Diagnosis at the Old Bailey, 1760-1913'

Professor Joel P. Eigen

Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA

With the enigmatic diagnosis of Homicidal Mania, forensic psychiatric witnesses in late Victorian insanity trials introduced a form of mental derangement that for the first time excluded cognitive impairment.  How medical men constructed a disease out of distracted volition and the role played by an administrative change that brought doctor and prisoner before trial is the subject for this talk.  The research is based on a study of courtroom testimony given in 1,000 Old Bailey insanity trials.

Thursday 27th November 2014, 5.30pm Seminar Room B3, Institute of Criminology.  A drinks reception in the basement foyer will follow.

Business Studies

'A look at the Dark Side of Business Model Innovation: Epistemic Ignorance, Systemic Side-effects and the 2008 Financial Crisis'

By Michael G Jacobides

Innovation, and more recently business-model innovation, has been a perennial topic of interest for strategy researchers. But while the challenges of adopting innovations or new business models have been well covered, the question of whether innovation inherently and invariably adds value has been neglected. A similarly benign view of innovation prevails in the financial sector – in spite of the disastrous economic impacts of the 2008 crisis, which can be traced to the introduction of innovative financial instruments and business models. This paper builds on a thorough examination of the historical record and our own original research to show how business-model innovation led to the financial crisis, and suggest new directions for policymakers that could avoid future catastrophes. It suggests that epistemic ignorance, especially by regulators, may have severe side-effects, and demonstrates the rather surprising lack of understanding of the business models and industry architecture in the financial services sector leading to the crisis- but also in the aftermath of the crisis. I propose that, for all its anticipated upsides, business model innovation can have more debilitating societal side-effects than product or process innovations, as it changes the nature of the feedback in a sector. I also argue that the division of regulatory work and focus creates its own architecture, and that as the industry and regulatory architecture become ever more removed, trouble may follow. I conclude that regulation should look more closely at how industry architectures and business models change, to ensure that systemic stability is maintained.

Room W2.01, Tuesday 28th October 2014, 15:00

Literary Analysis I and II


'Literary Analysis I:  Fiction, epistemology and cognition'

The session will focus on the issues of literary theory in educational context. We will discuss fictionality as the key concept for reading and understanding works of art. We will also explore the epistemic value of art and literature

Required reading Selden R. (1997) Reader's guide to contemporary literary theory / Raman Selden, Peter Widdowson, Peter Brooker.


Eagleton, Terry. (1983) Literary Theory: An Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell.


'Literary Analysis II: Literature, literacy and meaning-making'

The focus of this session will be literary competence, a set of skills necessary to understand and appreciate a work of fiction. Taking as a point of departure the various theories of reader response, we will discuss strategies for training literary competence and their relevance for education.

20th and 27th November, 2-4pm

Venue: Donald McIntyre Building, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

Land Economy 

'When and how to publish academic articles'

We will explore how to streamline research into publication. What are the important issues to have in mind, how to address innovation, what are the available journals, what is the journal impact factor, feedback from reviewers and timeline (from submission until final publication).

Dr Elisabete Silva

29 October at 11:00am in Seminar Room 1, Laundress Lane
Social Anthropology

Seminar series: Social Anthropology Senior Research Seminar

Title: 'Circuits of recognition and the inertia of reform: perspectives from Indonesia'

Speaker: Dr Nick Long (LSE)

Date: Friday 14 November 2014
Time: 4.15pm
Venue: Seminar Room, Division of Social Anthropology, Free School Lane, Cambridge