Short Courses

Open Lectures

Everyone’s welcome at our lecture series which celebrates the research, projects, collaborations, events and professional practices of our teaching staff at the Centre for Open Learning at the wider University of Edinburgh.

COL Open Lectures

The Centre for Open Learning has an extraordinary range of talented and dedicated academics, practitioners and professionals. Many enjoy long and distinguished careers whilst others are in the early stages, perhaps in the midst of their Postdoctoral study or working on their first book or exhibition. Our Open Lecture series will offer the opportunity for the public to hear about new developments in academia from researchers first-hand. 


Open Lectures 2019/2020

The Literal Male Gaze in 'The Silence of the Lambs'

Andrew Rooke | POSTPONED | Free

Holyrood Campus, University of Edinburgh

What do Laura Mulvey and Hannibal Lecter have in common? In this lecture, Jonathan Demme’s 1991 masterpiece The Silence of the Lambs will be analysed through the prism of feminist film theory, specifically Laura Mulvey’s concept of the male gaze.


Legacy of Lu Xun in the Cultural Revolution

Dr Chia-Ling Yang | | POSTPONED | Free

Holyrood Campus, University of Edinburgh

Lu Xun (1881-1936) is the most important Chinese writer of the first half of the twentieth century. The lecture will introduce the political use of Lu Xun during the Cultural Revolution and how Lu Xun became a great icon in the textual and visual history of China.

From Model to Makar - a Life in the Arts

Ron Butlin | POSTPONED | Free

Holyrood Campus, University of Edinburgh

After leaving school at 16, Ron Butlin became a song-lyricist, footman, model and, finally, a writer leading to study at Edinburgh University after a five-year gap. In this lecture, Ron will touch on his unusual career path before moving on to discuss his methods of writing, working with musicians and artists, and creativity in general.



Previous Open Lectures in 2019/20

Seth and Satan

Judit Blair | Thursday 10 October 2019 | 6:30pm - 8:00pm | Free

Holyrood Campus, University of Edinburgh

The first Open Lecture of 2019/20, Seth and Satan, explores similarities between Egyptian religion and Biblical religion, focusing on the development of the characters of the god Seth in Egypt, and Satan in the Bible and pseudepigraphal literature.

Photography for Social Change

Alicia Bruce | Wednesday 6 November 2019 | 6:30pm - 8:00pm | Free

Holyrood Campus, University of Edinburgh

Photographer Alicia Bruce reflects on her practice with a focus on personal projects and campaigns to affect social change. Includes reflections on ‘Menie: TRUMPED’ which challenged Donald Trump’s Scottish property developments, Zero Tolerance’s ‘Violence Unseen’ which raised awareness of men’s violence against women, and ‘209 Women’ which celebrated 100 years since women got the vote.

Menstruation and Menstrual Misery: Why Still Taboo?

Prof. Hilary Critchley | Wednesday 19 February 2020 | 6:30pm - 8:00pm | Free

Holyrood Campus, University of Edinburgh

Menstruation remains a topic of embarrassment - people struggle to talk openly about periods/period problems and heavy menstrual bleeding. We need to encourage the conversation about menstruation. This Open Lecture seeks to breakdown the stigma still associated with the topic.