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Explore what makes people and societies tick, with an evening of live performances and hands-on workshops presenting cutting-edge research from Oxford University's Social Sciences Division.

On Friday 15 May the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford will be opening its doors for a LiveFriday evening of interactive events, including theatrical performances, creative workshops and lively talks, all on the theme of 'Social Animals'. This LiveFriday event will showcase the cutting-edge research of Oxford University's Social Sciences Division.

The Refugee Studies Centre will be giving a presentation on the lives of young refugees in the Middle East, featuring the wonderful photographs from the 2013 UNRWA/EU photo and film competition for young Palestine refugees, followed by a Q&A session with Professor Dawn Chatty. This will start at 8.15pm in Gallery 21 on the Ground Floor.

You can also peruse the Ashmolean collections, tweet along with interactive social media experiments on the night, experience learning games from the Rees Centre and Social Policy and Intervention, and pop into the Soundbites lair to get your fix of research tales from around the world, before watching a freshly commissioned dance piece for OPHI, and even helping to design ways to remove the social stigma from HIV positive teenagers in South Africa – top designs will be manufactured and tested in the field.

LiveFridays run from 7-10.30pm. Admission is free and the Rooftop Dining Room and Crypt Café will be open all evening.

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The Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture is named in honour of Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond, the founding Director of the Refugee Studies Centre. It is held each year in Michaelmas term.

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Each term the RSC holds a series of public seminars, held on Wednesday evenings at Queen Elizabeth House. Click here for details of forthcoming seminars.

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Forthcoming events

Book launch: The Politics of Crisis-Making: Forced Displacement and Cultures of Assistance in Lebanon

Wednesday, 29 May 2024, 5pm to 6pm @ Seminar Room 1, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

Skilled worker visas for refugees – a qualitative evaluation of the UK’s Displaced Talent Mobility Pilot

Wednesday, 05 June 2024, 5pm to 6pm @ Seminar Room 1, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

A celebration of the life of David Turton

Saturday, 20 July 2024, 2pm to 3pm @ The Crypt Cafe, St Peters Church, Northchurch Terrace, London N1 4DA