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Durham University

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Faculty News

Theology and Religion: Paul D. Murray's Research Sabbatical and Karen Kilby as CCS Director

Prof. Paul D. Murray, Dean and Director of the Centre for Catholic Studies, has been awarded an extended research sabbatical from 1 August 2019 through to 1 January 2021. This comes following several self-imposed delays on taking normal sabbatical time in order to focus on the continuing development of the CCS since its establishment in October 2007.

(9 Aug 2019) » Theology and Religion: about Paul's research plans and Karen Kilby as CCS Director


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: New Publication: Dr Alexander Burdumy 'German Reading Skills for Academic Purposes'

Further information on the book can be found on the publishers website below:

https://www.routledge.com/German-Reading-Skills-for-Academic-Purposes-1st-Edition/Burdumy/p/book/9780367186630

(9 Aug 2019)


Central News: Prestigious fellowships awarded to two academics

We’re celebrating after two of our academics were awarded Fellowships by the British Academy, the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences.

(23 Jul 2019) » Central News: Prestigious fellowships awarded to two academics


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: CALL FOR PAPERS - 2020 Modern Languages Conference 'Where are We Now?'

We invite proposals for papers on the following specific subtopics:

  • Cognitive Literary Studies
  • The Edges of the Nineteenth-Century Page
  • Imagining the Anthropocene: Ecology and Energy in Art, Literature and Film
  • Interlingual Translation and Beyond
  • Is Literary Theory Secular?
  • The Mobile Image: Circulation, Logistics, Infrastructure • Narrating Contemporary Europe • Post-Global Aesthetics
  • Transnational Cinemas: Openings and Challenges
  • A Transnational Curriculum for Modern Languages
  • Where (and When) is the Nonhuman in Modern Languages?

Please provide an abstract of maximum 250 words. Please indicate the topic your proposed paper addresses at the top of the page. Please upload proposals at the following link by 20 September 2019:

https://www.dur.ac.uk/event.durham/eventmanagement/abstracts/wherearewenow/

(22 Jul 2019)


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)


Music: What is a musicologist? Dr Hambridge visits primary school in Newcastle

Earlier this month Dr Katherine Hambridge visited St Vincent’s RC Primary School in Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne, to talk about her job as a musicologist. She enjoyed trying to explain what it is a university music historian does, with the role’s combination of teaching and research, and she also demonstrated to the children how studying the music of the past can reveal how people lived and what they believed and cared about. She showed them her latest book on nineteenth-century music theatre and the sorts of primary research materials she would use to explore this topic. The students, who ranged from 7-11 years old, were impressively attentive and asked some searching questions! 

(5 Jul 2019) » Music: What is a musicologist? Dr Hambridge visits primary school in Newcastle


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: Reviving the music of great composers

We’re helping to bring the forgotten music of two great classical composers back to life.

(26 Jun 2019) » Central News: Reviving the music of great composers


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


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Tina Kover (O’Donnell) wins 2019 Albertine Prize

MLaC graduate Tina Kover is winner of the 2019 Albertine Prize for her translation of Négar Djavadi’s novel, Disoriental.

https://www.albertine.com/albertine-prize-2019/

(14 Jun 2019)


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: New Publication: Dr Francesco Venturi 'Self-Commentary in Early Modern European Literature, 1400-1700'

Dr Francesco Venturi is an Honorary Fellow with the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. His latest publication includes various contributions by colleagues in the School. Further information on the book can be found on the publishers website below:

https://brill.com/view/title/54662?lang=en

 

(4 Jun 2019)


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Tina Kover’s translation of A Summer with Montaigne by Antoine Compagnon has been released by Europa Editions

Michel de Montaigne embodies the Humanist ideal. Curious, measured, contemplative yet not unworldly, witty, free of prejudice, and urbane. But what does Montaigne have to tell us about how to think and live today? In forty short, erudite and lively chapters written over a single summer, Antoine Compagnon seeks answers to that question. 

In A Summer with Montaigne, Compagnon invites his readers to join him as he strolls through Montaigne’s key contributions to our understanding of what is good and worthwhile in life. This engaging book, then, serves as both an introduction to Montaigne for readers unfamiliar with his work and a refresher for those who are already acquainted with his unique brilliance, vitality, and timeliness. Montaigne’s Essays deal with themes that remain relevant today, from the problems posed by religion, war, power and friendship to the absurdity of our fixations and peccadillos. As accompanies readers through the Essays, Compagnon never pontificates and is never austere, rather he approaches Montaigne with a sense of humour, admiration, and joy.

For more information or to order, please visit https://www.europaeditions.com/book/9781609455309/a-summer-with-montaigne.

(21 May 2019)


Central News: Universities would be £4.5m poorer without chaplains

University chaplains play an important role in the lives of students of many different faiths and are believed to contribute around £4.5 million per year of volunteer labour to the UK Higher Education sector.

(9 May 2019) » Central News: universities would be £4.5m poorer without chaplains


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)


Classics: Congratulations to Blaz Zabel

We are delighted to announce that Durham PhD student Blaz Zabel has been awarded a 'Pre-doctoral Visiting Research Award' from the Fulbright Foundation. He will be going to Princeton for 9 months (during the academic year 2019/20) to work with Dr Joshua Billings on research related to his PhD project, 'Homeric Epic and World Literature: A Comparative Study of Method'. This is an outstanding achievement and we are sure that Blaz will produce some excellent work during his time in Princeton.

Congratulations, Blaz!

(11 Apr 2019)