Cookies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Durham University

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Faculty News

Central News: Medieval parchment worn as ‘birthing girdle’ during labour

medieval parchment

A 500-year-old parchment birthing girdle could give us more insight into childbirth for medieval mothers.

(12 Mar 2021) » Central News: Medieval parchment worn as ‘birthing girdle’ during labour


Central News: Durham subjects ranked among the world’s best

People sitting around a bench

We have once again been named as one of the world’s leading universities across a number of our subjects in the latest edition of the world’s most-consulted university rankings.

(4 Mar 2021) » Central News: Durham subjects ranked among the world’s best


Central News: Why some people report ‘hearing the dead’

Spiritualist mediums might be more prone to immersive mental activities and unusual auditory experiences early in life, our researchers have found.

(18 Jan 2021) » Central News: Why some people report ‘hearing the dead’


Central News: 'Happy' and 'sad' music differs across cultures

Whether they make us feel happy or sad, songs inspire emotions in all of us. New research by our Music experts has shown that what you feel could depend on your cultural background.

(14 Jan 2021) » Central News: 'Happy' and 'sad' music differs across cultures


Theology and Religion: A New Global Safeguarding Alliance

In 2020, through the activities of the Boundary Breaking Project examining the ecclesial-cultural implications of the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic church in England and Wales, the Centre for Catholic Studies was one of a group of eight institutions and one individual expert in the field of Safeguarding to have agreed upon the creation of a Global Safeguarding Alliance (“GSA”). 

The GSA is intended to promote the common goal of Safeguarding as a voluntary association of academic, teaching, and research institutions, as well as practice-oriented professional schools and individual experts. 

(9 Jan 2021) » Theology and Religion: this news


Central News: Transforming our understanding of voice-hearing

Durham University researchers are changing the way people think about experiences of hearing voices.

(4 Dec 2020) » Central News: transforming our understanding of voice-hearing


Theology and Religion: The CCS Welcomes Dr Catherine Sexton

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Dr Catherine Sexton to the Boundary Breaking Research Team: Examining the Ecclesial-Cultural Implications of Sex Abuse Within the Catholic Church.

(18 Jun 2020) » Theology and Religion: this news item


Theology and Religion: Thoughts on the Pandemic

CCS members offer some thoughts about the pandemic, offering some words of hope, consolation, food for thought and more.

(21 May 2020) » Theology and Religion: Thoughts on the Pandemic


Central News: Durham academic selected as New Generation Thinker

Dr Noreen Masud has taken up the prestigious role as one of this year’s New Generation Thinkers (NGT) which will see her working with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and BBC Radio 3. 

(15 May 2020) » Central News: Durham academic selected as New Generation Thinker


Central News: Grief in the time of Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought massive changes to our lives including how we say goodbye to our loved ones.

(14 May 2020) » Central News: grief in the time of Covid-19


Theology and Religion: Congratulations Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, Doctor of Divinity

During winter congregation 2020, over 1500 of our students will graduate at ceremonies in Durham Cathedral. We will be joined by family and friends to celebrate their hard work and inspiring achievements, and to wish them well in their future endeavours.

We also award honorary degrees to inspiring individuals, who are nominated by our colleagues, in recognition of their long and exemplary service of national and international acclaim.

This year, we awarded the Archbishop of York an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity, in recognition of his service to the Church of England and for the support and encouragement he offers our students and to St John’s College.

(9 Jan 2020) » Theology and Religion: Congratulations Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, Doctor of Divinity


Theology and Religion: CCS Annual Report 2019 Now Available

Read our quick guide to 2018-2019 highlights, including:

  • Events
  • New staff members
  • Research highlights and key publications
  • New students
  • Alumni news
  • Outreach highlights
  • Partnerships and development

(15 Jul 2019)


Theology and Religion: Fifth International Conference on Receptive Ecumenism

The Fifth International Conference on Receptive Ecumenism will be held on 22-25 June 2020 in Sigtuna, Sweden, and will be hosted by the Christian Council of Sweden, the Sigtuna Foundation, and University College Stockholm.

The Call for Papers and full conference details can be found on the conference webpage. If you have any questions, please contact Olle Kristenson, Theological Advisor at the Christian Council of Sweden, at olle.kristenson@skr.org.

(15 Jul 2019)


Central News: Celebrating world class arts and humanities

Performances from a poet, a playwright and a musician were part of our annual research showcase for arts and humanities at Durham, a subject area ranked in the world top 30.

(2 Jul 2019) » Central News: celebrating world class arts and humanities


Central News: Celebrating four great female philosophers

Is time real? Do we have free will? Philosophical questions such as these seem to have little connection with current issues like the climate crisis or Brexit.

(20 Jun 2019) » Central News: celebrating four great female philosophers


Classics: Advance HE Athena Swan Bronze Award for Durham Classics

We are delighted to announce that the Department of Classics and Ancient History has been awarded an Advance HE Athena Swan Bronze Award.

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005, when it was the UK Equality Challenge Unit in order, to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. It aimed to recognise and celebrate good practices in higher education and research institutions towards the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter covers women (and men where appropriate) in:

  • academic roles in STEMM and AHSSBL
  • professional and support staff
  • trans staff and students

In relation to their representation

  • progression of students into academia
  • journey through career milestones
  • working environment for all staff

This award marks our ongoing commitment as a Department to equality, diversity, and inclusiveness, and it recognises our efforts to build and sustain a supportive and nurturing academic community.

(7 May 2019)


Classics: Many congratulations to Professor Christopher Rowe


Our wonderful Prof. Emeritus Christopher Rowe has been awarded a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship for 2019-2021 to enable him to complete his new OCT of Aristotle, 'Eudemian Ethics'. 

Congratulations, Christopher!

(3 May 2019)


Classics: 2020 Complete University Guide

We are delighted to announce that Durham Classics has been ranked as the 3rd best Classics department in the UK in the 2020 Complete University Guide. We placed 5th overall for student satisfaction and 2nd overall for research quality and for graduate prospects.

 

(1 May 2019)


Classics: Welll done, Simona Martorana!

Congratulations to our talented PhD student Simona Martorana, who is supervised by Professor Jennifer Ingleheart and Dr Ioannis Ziogas, has been awarded a place on the Harvard-Durham Doctoral Student Exchange Programme.

This is a fantastic achievement. Well done, Simona!

(30 Apr 2019)


Classics: Congratulations to Alberto Rigolio

Many congratulations to our wonderful colleague Alberto Rigolio whose Oxford University Press monograph 'Christians in Conversation' is out now.
 
 
Well done, Alberto; it looks wonderful!

(23 Apr 2019)