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Music: Indian music research showcased at London events

Research on Indian music led by Prof Martin Clayton and Dr Laura Leante is to feature at two London exhibitions in June and July.

(19 Jun 2018) » Music: Indian music research showcased at London events


Theology and Religion: Thought for the Day for Refugee Week 2018

Anna Rowlands, St Hilda Chair of Catholic Social Thought and Practice at the CCS, has delivered a BBC Radio 4 Thought for the Day for Refugee Week 2018. After US Attorney General Jeff Sessions invoked scripture to justify separating children and parents at the US border, Dr Rowlands reflects on the biblical passage in question. You can listen to/read Dr Rowlands' contribution here.

(18 Jun 2018)


Music: John Snijders performs new composition in art installation

Pianist, artistic director of the Ives Ensemble, and Durham’s Head of Performance, John Snijders will perform in the premiere of Faun, a performative installation by artist Jane Bustin.

(14 Jun 2018) » Music: John Snijders performs new composition in art installation


Music: Khyal: Music & Imagination exhibition moves to London

21 June - 10 July 2018

11am - 7pm Monday to Saturday

Free Admission

This multimedia exhibition brings together visual artists and musicians to explore diverse visual responses to Indian classical music.

(11 Jun 2018) » Music: Khyal: Music & Imagination exhibition moves to London


Music: Workshop for singers of all standards, led by James Weeks

Extraordinary Voices, 10 June 13:30-15:00, Durham Town Hall

Love singing and want to try something new? Love new music and want to perform brand-new work from world-leading composers?

(7 Jun 2018) » Music: Workshop for singers of all standards, led by James Weeks


Music: Dr James Weeks releases CD of Michael Finnissy

Dr James Weeks and his vocal ensemble EXAUDI have released a disc of music by leading British composer Michael Finnissy.

(5 Jun 2018) » Music: Dr James Weeks releases CD of Michael Finnissy


Music: Department adds Guardian top spot to league table successes

The Guardian University Guide 2019 has ranked Durham first of the 81 institutions in the Music subject rankings.

(30 May 2018) » Music: Department adds Guardian top spot to league table successes


Music: Premiere of Eric Egan’s “in Motion” in Norway

The premiere of Dr Eric Egan’s “in Motion” took place at the Avant Garden theatre in Trondheim on 25 May 2018. The performance was part of a production focused on music and movement, entitled “Moving Places”, and came alongside new works by Lasse Passage Nøsted, Kristin Bolstad, Tine Surel Lange and Ansgar Beste.

(29 May 2018) » Music: Premiere of Eric Egan’s “in Motion” in Norway


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Dr Viktoria Ivleva discusses Catherine the Great of Russia on BBC World Service Radio

Famous for her lovers and satirised for her colourful personal life, Catherine the Great was in many ways one of Russia’s most progressive and moderate rulers, modernising 18th century Russia, improving educational standards and creating a flourishing arts and literature scene. But she also turned Russia into the biggest Empire on earth since the Roman Empire, which included the annexation of Crimea. So how far has her imperial mind set influenced Russia’s modern rulers, like President Putin?

Joining Bridget Kendall to discuss the life and legacy of Catherine II of Russia, is Professor Andrei Zorin, cultural historian and Chair of Russian at the University of Oxford, Simon Dixon, Professor of Russian History at University College London and author of the biography “Catherine the Great”’ and Dr Viktoria Ivleva, who specialises in Catherine’s role as a woman ruler and her use of uniform and costume.

Link to the broadcast here

(20 May 2018)


Theology and Religion: Alec Ryrie appointed to Divinity Professorship at Gresham College

Gresham College, London’s oldest Higher Education Institution, is delighted to announce the appointment of Alec Ryrie to the Divinity Professorship, which dates back to 1597.

Professor Ryrie is a leading authority on the history of Christianity. His first lecture series will explore how atheism has developed over the course of history and the role it plays in Christian culture.

(17 May 2018) » Theology and Religion: Alec Ryrie appointed to Divinity Professorship at Gresham College


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Adam Talib to lecture in Berlin on new research project

Adam Talib of MLAC will give a lecture on 13 June 2018 at the Freie Universität Berlin's Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies on his current book project. The lecture entitled "Rape and the Reader: Classical Arabic Poetry Comes to Light" will be a provocative re-examination of scholarly methods that erase or overlook the predominance of coercion and violence in Arabic erotic poetry.

http://www.bgsmcs.fu-berlin.de/en/dates/lecture_2018_talib.html

(27 Apr 2018)


Classics: Alumnus Atsushi Hayase appointed to permanent position at Kyoto University

Well done to our alumnus Atsushi Hayase on his appointment as an associate professor of ancient philosophy at Kyoto University.

Atsushi's doctoral work on 'Plato's Later Dialectic' was supervised by Professor Christopher Rowe and he passed his viva in July 2010.

(27 Apr 2018)


Classics: PhD student Blaz Zabel off to Harvard!

Many congratulations to our PhD student Blaz Zabel whose application to the Harvard-Durham postgraduate exchange programme was successful.

Blaz will spend three months at Harvard in Michaelmas 2018 and we are sure he’ll do fantastic work while he's over there!

(27 Apr 2018)


Music: Department tops Complete University Guide table

The Music Department is pleased to announce that it has been ranked first in the Complete University Guide 2019 subject table for Music.

(25 Apr 2018) » Music: Department tops Complete University Guide table


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Tina O'Donnell's translation of Négar Djavadi’s novel, Disoriental now published

Tina Kover (O’Donnell)’s translation of Négar Djavadi’s novel, Disoriental, is coming up with Europa Editions on 17 April (US) and 17 May (UK). 

Here is the Amazon.com link for DISORIENTAL, where to order the book now: https://www.amazon.com/Disoriental-N%C3%A9gar-Djavadi/dp/1609454510

Or, to pre-order from Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Disoriental-N%C3%A9gar-Djavadi/dp/1609454510/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1524213218&sr=8-1

 

(23 Apr 2018)


Classics: Congratulations to Gillian Curtis!

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Gillian Curtis, Secretary in the Department of Classics and Ancient History, has won the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Internal Recognition award for ‘Inspirational Colleague’ 2018. There were over 90 nominations in all, so Gillian had some tough (and excellent) competition to beat. This is a fantastic achievement and one which is very well deserved.

(18 Apr 2018) » Classics: Congratulations to Gillian Curtis!


Music: Dr Simon Mills gives guest lectures in Barcelona

Dr Mills will visit the Catalonia College of Music (ESMUC) in Barcelona to deliver a series of guest lectures about Korean music. He will also lead a Korean drumming workshop in the Museum of Music, on Saturday 21 April 2018.

(17 Apr 2018) » Music: Dr Simon Mills gives guest lectures in Barcelona


Music: Prof Jeremy Dibble lectures at Anglican Musicians Conference

Prof Jeremy Dibble will give two keynote lectures at the 2018 Association of Anglican Musicians Conference. The event takes place in San Antonio, Texas, 11-14 June.

(5 Apr 2018) » Music: Prof Jeremy Dibble lectures at Anglican Musicians Conference


Music: Alumni news: David Lewis in competition final

Department alumnus David Lewis has been selected as a finalist in this year's Buckfast Abbey Composition Competition. His piece Sicut Cervus will be performed by the Abbey choir on 19 April.

(29 Mar 2018) » Music: Alumni news: David Lewis in competition final


Classics: Congratulations to Justine T. Wolfenden!

Congratulations to Justine T. Wolfenden on being nominated one of 'Durham's Women making a Difference': the nomination was made by students in response to the University's celebrations for International Women's Day and in recognition of Justine's 'generosity and dedication to those who study and work here'.

Justine will be included on the university's Equality and Diversity webpages as part of their celebrations of Durham women, and she will attend a celebratory tea in May.

(29 Mar 2018) » Classics: Congratulations to Justine T. Wolfenden!