# Student Algebra Seminar 2019

The Student Algebra Seminar is running in Semester 2 of 2019, and provides an opportunity for postgraduate and honours students to come together once a week and share knowledge about aspects of algebra and representation theory. We meet on **Monday afternoons at 3pm**, in **Carslaw 830**, for afternoon tea and a talk, which should last 50-80 minutes. The seminar is organised by Joel Gibson.

## About the seminar

Most talks this semester will be on the topic of **Khovanov homology**, primarily following the exposition *On Khovanov's categorification of the Jones polynomial* by Dror Bar-Natan. The topic will be in the usual style of the student algebra seminar: approachable, self-contained, and not requiring much more than honours-level knowledge to understand. Each lecture will be around 60 minutes long.

## References

Mikhail Khovanov's original two papers on categorifying the Jones polynomial:

Two expositions on Khovanov's work:

*On Khovanov's categorification of the Jones polynomial*, Dror Bar-Natan, 2002.*Five Lectures on Khovanov Homology*, Paul Turner, 2006.

Further reading:

*A hitchhiker's guide to Khovanov homology*, Paul Turner, 2014.