SCR Conversations

The SCR Conversations provide an opportunity to learn about, and discuss, the work of invited speakers, prior to a formal dinner. The speakers, many of whom are members of the SCR, will include university staff, working in the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences, but also people making a distinctive contribution to the cultural, social, and political life of Durham City and the North-East. In these informal, small-scale sessions, a brief interview with the speaker opens out into a wider conversation with all present, which can continue, for those attending the formal, over drinks and dinner. The SCR Conversations, which are open to all members of the SCR, MCR, and JCR interested in the work of the speakers, take place on Tuesdays, two or three times each term,  from 6.15 to 7.00pm, in the SCR – or, if more space is required, in the Williams Library.

Questions about the SCR Conversations can be directed to the SCR Academic Officer (currently Colin Crowder).

Easter 2024 Speakers

This term, the SCR Conversations will feature two speakers:

Tuesday 30th April, 6.15-7.00pm, SCR
Dr Alice Nah 
Alice joined the Department of Sociology at Durham University in 2022, after ten years at the Centre for Applied Human Rights and Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of York.  Alice’s impact-oriented research focuses on the security, protection, and wellbeing of people who promote and protect human rights, and the experience of migrants and refugees in Asia. In this SCR Conversation, she will be reflecting on the role of universities in advancing human rights and social justice in the world

Tuesday 28th May, 6.15-7.00pm, SCR
Dr Oliver Baldwin
Oliver joined the Department of Classics and Ancient History  at the beginning of this academic year as a Teaching Fellow. He is also a member of the SCR. Oliver’s interdisciplinary and comparative research explores the reception of Greek and Roman culture, focusing on the ways in which our understanding of personal and collective identities continues to be shaped by ancient tragedy. In this SCR Conversation, he will introduce Queer Tragedy, a research project tracking fifty years of LGBTQI+ stagings of the Greek and Roman tragedies, in a variety of times and places, and investigating the exploration of queer desire, politics, and identity in these performances.