Each academic year, the College of Humanities and Social Science hosts a series of inaugural lectures given by new Professors in the College.

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These lectures are an important part of life at the University of Edinburgh and the speakers give an illuminating overview of their contribution to their field.

Attendance is free and members of the public, staff and students are all welcome.

All inaugural lectures start at 5.15pm, unless advertised otherwise.

2013-2014 Inaugural Lectures

Date and venueSpeakerLecture titleFurther information
Tuesday 12 September 2013, 2pm, Martin Hall, School of Divinity New College Mound PlaceProfessor Susan Hardman Moore, Professor of Early Modern Religion"Time"Details of Professor Moore's inaugural lecture.
Monday 18 November 2013, St Cecilia's HallProfessor Rob Dunbar, Chair of Celtic Languages, Literatures, History & Antiquities"Canada, am Mac-meanmna Gàidhlig, agus na Cànanan Ceilteach san Àm ri Teachd"Details of Professor Dunbar's inaugural lecture.
Friday 22 November 2013, Lecture Theatre 270, Old CollegeProfessor John W Cairns, Chair of Civil Law"An Uncommon Law?"Details of Professor Cairns' inaugural lecture.
Tuesday 10 December 2013, Lecture Theatre 270, Old CollegeProfessor Nanette Mutrie, Chair of Physical Activity for Health"Encouraging people to ‘sit less and walk more’: the story so far and future plans."Details of Professor Nanette Mutrie's inaugural lecture.
Tuesday 17 December 2013, Business School AuditioriumProfessor Fiona McLachlan, Personal Chair of Architectural Practice "Practice, Practice, Practise : Illustrated in Colour"Details of Professor McLachlan's inaugural lecture.
Tuesday 28 January 2014, 5.30pm, Lecture Theatre 183, Old CollegeProfessor Urs Matthias Zachmann, Handa Chair in Japanese-Chinese Relations "The Meaning of Asia in Japanese-Chinese Relations"Details of Professor Urs Matthias Zachmann's inaugural lecture.
Tuesday 11 February 2014, Lecture Theatre 183, Old CollegeProfessor Graham Crow, Chair of Sociology and Methodology "Community Research: A Field Full of Methods"Details of Professor Graham Crow's inaugural lecture.
Friday 21 February 2014, Teviot Lecture Theatre, Teviot Place, Medical SchoolProfessor Vernon Gayle, Chair of Sociology and Social Statistics "The Research Value of Longitudinal Social Science Surveys – Past, Present and Future"Details of Professor Gayle's inaugural lecture.
Tuesday 25 February 2014, Lecture Theatre 183, Old CollegeProfessor James Loxley, Personal Chair in Early Modern Literature "Ben Jonson’s Road North"Details of Professor James Loxley's inaugural lecture.
Tuesday 11 March 2014, Lecture Theatre 183, Old CollegeProfessor Michèle Belot, Chair of Economics "Diseases of Affluence: On the Relationship Between Economics and Health"Details of Professor Michèle Belot's inaugural lecture.
Wednesday 12 March 2014, 5.30pm, Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre 1Professor Philipp Kircher, Chair of Economics "In Search of the Perfect Match - Understanding Labour (and Marriage) Markets"Details of Professor Philipp Kircher's inaugural lecture.
Tuesday 18 March 2014, Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre 5Professor Susan McVie, Personal Chair of Quantitative Criminology"Painting by Numbers: The Changing Landscape of Crime in Scotland"Details of Professor Susan McVie's inaugural lecture.
Tuesday 22 April 2014, Teviot Lecture Theatre, Teviot Place, Medical SchoolProfessor Grant Jarvie, Chair of Sport"Sport: More Than Just a Game"Details of Professor Grant Jarvie's inaugural lecture.
Tuesday 29 April 2014, Lecture Theatre 175, Old CollegeProfessor Nikolas Gisborne, Personal Chair in Linguistics"What’s Grammar For?"Details of Professor Gisborne's inaugural lecture.
Tuesday 6 May 2014, Lecture Theatre 175, Old CollegeProfessor Bettelou Los, Forbes Chair of English Language"Changing English"Details of Professor Bettelou Los' inaugural lecture.
Tuesday 13 May 2014, Lecture Theatre 175, Old CollegeProfessor John Davis, Chair of Childhood Inclusion"Including Children in Scotland: Concepts, Structures, Relationships and The Commonweal"Details of Professor John Davis' inaugural lecture.
Tuesday 20 May 2014, Business School AuditioriumProfessor Fiona Mackay, Personal Chair in PoliticsTBCDetails of Professor Fiona Mackay's inaugural lecture.
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