Philosophical Foundations of Precedent - Colloquium

23rd March 2023, 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Old Library, All Souls College
University of Oxford, OX1 4AL

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Book Talk: 'I Judge No One: A Political Life of Jesus'

3rd March 2023, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

All Souls College, Hovenden Room

David Lloyd Dusenbury (Danube Institute) 

All welcome

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Dame Angela McLean appointed Government Chief Scientific Adviser

Dame Angela McLean FRS has been appointed as the Government Chief Scientific Adviser from 1 April. This, the top role for a scientist in Government, provides independent scientific advice to the Prime Minister and Government on policy on science and technology.

Dame Angela has been a Senior Research Fellow at All Souls since 2008, since 2019 in combination with her role as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Ministry of Defence. She also played a leading role in the Government’s response to the pandemic.

The Rt Hon Jesse Norman

Two-Year Fellow since 2022

I am currently completing The Winding Stair, a historical novel set in the early 17th century; and working on the idea of the British Paraconstitution.

Professor Thomas Hegghammer

MA MPhil Oxf, PhD Sciences Po
Senior Research Fellow since 2022


10th March 2023, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Britain’s Paraconstitution: a colloquium

Hovenden Room, All Souls College

Friday 10 March, 2– 6 pm


2 pm Welcome – Jesse Norman and Colin Kidd

2.05 Jesse Norman, ‘The Paraconstitution: A Brief Introduction’

2.20 Colin Kidd, ‘The Invisible Union and the British Constitution’

Discussant: Michael Lobban

General Discussion


3.30 Tea in the Bursar’s Study


4 pm Jesse Norman and Colin Kidd, ‘Arrangements for Electing Party Leaders’

4.20 James Harding and Alan Payne KC, ‘Tortoise Media and the Conservative Party’

Discussant: Lord Norton

General Discussion


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Examination Fellowships 2023: OPEN EVENING FOR WOMEN

3rd March 2023, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Examination Fellowships 2023: OPEN EVENING FOR WOMEN

Friday 3 March (Week 7) at 5pm in the Hall, All Souls College

All Souls holds an exam every autumn for students who have recently graduated from, or are registered for a higher degree at, the University of Oxford. Candidates may choose to sit papers in Classics, Economics, English Literature, History, Law, Philosophy or Politics, and there is also a General component. The Fellowship lasts for seven years. Those elected receive a generous stipend, accommodation and career support, and may either choose to pursue an academic career, or to contribute to wider academic life while pursuing a non-academic career.

The Open Evening is an opportunity to learn about the Examination Fellowship – to find out more about the exam process, and to meet some members of the College. Women, non-binary, and gender nonconforming students are welcome to attend.

All Souls is committed to attracting candidates from all backgrounds, and welcomes enquiries about the Examination Fellowship from anyone.

Further information is available on our website:

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The Diversity and Versatility of Spirit Possession in Nepal - Marie Lecomte-Tilouine

23rd February 2023, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Marie Lecomte-Tilouine

(DR CNRS) Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale, Collège de France

Wharton Room / Hybrid (Teams)

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Click here to join the lecture online

Meeting ID: 323 718 353 141
Passcode: tPcDCC

All welcome

Please note that this event will be recorded

Medium of the infant god Latinath, Darchula, Far Western Nepal

Medium of the infant god Latinath, Darchula, Far Western Nepal

When considering practices of spirit possession in Nepal, there is neither a starting point nor an endpoint, but rather a series of observable transformations that can be apprehended only in what is necessarily an arbitrary manner. Misunderstandings and misperceptions arise either because possession is approached on the basis of predetermined categories, derived from a supposedly universal anthropological worldview, or because, at the other end of the spectrum, the analysis is wholly dependent on vernacular categories, the validity of which may be restricted to a few individuals only. Alternatively, problems may arise because these practices are approached through an arbitrary selection of facts and practices in time or space. I will address the remarkable versatility of spirit possession in Nepal and the difficulties in trying to generalize about it, whether along a geographical axis, on the one hand, or along a temporal one, on the other, by paying attention to the vocabulary, the experiences as they are recounted by participants or others, and the context of occurrence.

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Atlantic Slavery and its Aftermaths | Inaugural Lecture by Professor Paul Gilroy

8th March 2023, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Examination Schools, 5 pm

All Souls College is delighted to announce the inaugural lecture in the annual series, Atlantic Slavery and its Aftermaths, to be given by Professor Paul Gilroy FRSL FBA (UCL) on ‘Race-thinking and the Half-life of Atlantic Slavery’.

The event is open to the public, but reservations are required.

Please register following this link


Atlantic Slavery Lecture 2023


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NEILL LAW LECTURE 2023 | Lord Burrows, ‘Seven Lessons from Inside the UK Supreme Court’

24th February 2023, 5:00 pm - 6:10 pm

Friday, 24 February 2023

5pm, Examination Schools
The Neill Lecture is the annual All Souls law lecture. It is named for Patrick Neill, Lord Neill of Bladen QC, Fellow of All Souls 1950-1977, Warden 1977-1995, Honorary Fellow 1995-2016, Vice-Chancellor 1985-1989. Since 1997, the Neill Lecture has brought leading judges and legal academics to Oxford. This year, it will be given by Lord Burrows, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom since 2020.
There will be a reception following the lecture in the Warden’s Lodgings. Numbers will be restricted to 100 in the Schools, and 50 in the Warden’s Lodgings.

This event is now fully booked


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