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Durham University

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Music: World première “quattro quadri” by Richard Rijnvos

On 16 February 2019 Dutch organist Jan Hage will present the world première of Richard RIJNVOS’ new work quattro quadri. The performance takes place in St Martin Cathedral, locally better known as Dom Church, in the city of Utrecht (the Netherlands). The large-scale organ work, which consists of four movements with a total length of 42 minutes, is part of la Serenissima, a series of compositions dedicated to the city of Venice and its lesser-known, often dark sides. The extramusical subject of the piece is the Black Death in relation to four paintings by the Venetian artist Paolo Veronese of the patron saint Sebastian.

(8 Feb 2019) » Music: World première “quattro quadri” by Richard Rijnvos


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Laura Campbell helps to uncover new medieval French manuscript fragments containing the story of Merlin

Click here for the article

(31 Jan 2019)


Philosophy: 13th June 2019: Professor Alex Miller (University of Otago) - Title and Abstract to be confirmed

This Weekly Research Seminar will commence at 11:30am in room 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham. Refreshments will be available from 11:00am with the talk commencing at 11:30am.

(30 Jan 2019) » Philosophy: 13th June 2019: Professor Alex Miller (University of Otago) - Title and Abstract to be confirmed


Music: New CD: ‘Amérique du Nord’ by Richard Rijnvos

Next week the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam will release a CD recording of Richard RIJNVOS's "Amérique du Nord". The work is the second part of “GRAND ATLAS”, a cycle in which each of the seven world continents is depicted in an orchestral composition.

(29 Jan 2019) » Music: New CD: ‘Amérique du Nord’ by Richard Rijnvos


Philosophy: 14th March 2019: Annual EJ Lowe Lecture Series: Baroness Onoro O'Neill (Philosopher and crossbench member of the House of Lords) - Democracy in a Digital Age

In memory and acknowledgement of E.J. (Jonathan) Lowe's contribution to philosophy, The Philosophy Department has introduced a lecture series in his name.

 

(29 Jan 2019) » Philosophy: 14th March 2019: Annual EJ Lowe Lecture Series: Baroness Onoro O'Neill (Philosopher and crossbench member of the House of Lords) - Democracy in a Digital Age


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: New Publication: Alexandre Burin 'Maurice de Guérin's Lettres à Barbey d'Aurevilly'

Établissement des textes, postface, notes et bibliographie par Alexandre Burin et Pascal Noir

Ancrées dans une episteme romantique, les Lettres à Barbey d'Aurevilly de Maurice de Guérin renseignent sur le poète mourant et ses angoisses obsessionnelles vécues au plus secret du Moi.

Ces lettres, par leur forme et leur contenu, se présentent comme un ancrage et un relais à la composition de l'oeuvre qui s'écrit dans le même mouvement. Guérin, poète de l'infini et malade d'idéal, y dévoile un projet poétique qu'il ne pourra jamais atteindre.

Cette édition comprend aussi une longue préface et une annexe composées par Barbey d'Aurevilly, fidèle ami et défenseur de Guérin.

(18 Jan 2019)


Classics: Nicholas Horsfall (1946-2019)

We are sorry to announce the death of the eminent philologist, commentator, and Vergil scholar. Dr Nicholas Horsfall, Honorary Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History who passed away on the 1st of January 2019.

(8 Jan 2019) » Classics: Nicholas Horsfall (1946-2019)


Classics: Dr Emma Woolerton on BBC Radio 4

Our very own Dr Emma Woolerton was on BBC Radio 4 just before Christmas. She was discussing Lucretius with the author Naomi Alderman in an episode of the series 'Science Stories'. You can listen to the episode here.

Congratulations Emma on your excellent contribution to the programme!

(8 Jan 2019)


Philosophy: 20th February 2019: Dr Javier Cumpa (UCM) - Factualism and Structural Realism: A Response to French

Departmental Seminar

This Departmental Seminar will commence at 11:30am in room 003, 50/51 Old Elvet, Durham. Refreshments will be available prior to the seminar.

(2 Jan 2019) » Philosophy: 20th February 2019: Dr Javier Cumpa (UCM) - Factualism and Structural Realism: A Response to French


Classics: PhD success for Eris Williams-Reed

Many congratulations to Eris Williams-Reed who passed her PhD viva today with minor corrections for a thesis on 'Water and Worship in the Roman Near East'. Eris was supervised by Professor Ted Kaizer, with Professor Serafina Cuomo as her second supervisor. Her external examiner was Professor Kevin Butcher (Warwick) and her internal examiner was Edmund Thomas.
 
Well done, Eris; we are so very proud of you!

 

(13 Dec 2018)


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Tina Kover (O’Donnell) is a finalist for the PEN Translation Prize

MLaC graduate Tina Kover is a finalist for the prestigious PEN Translation Prize for her translation of Négar Djavadi’s novel, Disoriental.

https://pen.org/2019finalists/#tran

 

(12 Dec 2018)


Theology and Religion: Registration open for conference on Biblical Hebrew Poetry

Registration is now open for the conference entitled, New Song: Biblical Hebrew Poetry as Jewish and Christian Scripture for the 21st Century, to take place at Ushaw College, Durham on 24 - 25 June 2019. This conference will bring together leading scholars from around the world to discuss the why and how of reading Biblical Hebrew poetry as Scripture in today's world. The aim of the conference is recontextualization with the goal of moving beyond reconstructive historical work to constructive theological work. Click here for more information

 

(11 Dec 2018)


Classics: New publication: Paola Bassino

Warm congratulations to our alumna Paola Bassino on her new book, a commentary on The Certamen Homeri et Hesiodi. This book is an expanded version of Paola’s doctoral thesis which she completed at Durham in 2013. Paola is now Lecturer in History at the University of Winchester and you can read more about her current research here.

Well done, Paola!

(6 Dec 2018)


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Dr Abir Hamdar’s Play Performs in South Lebanon

A special performance of Dr Abir Hamdar’s play Wasafuli al-Sabr [I am Waiting for You], directed by Lina Abyad, took place on 1 December in Nabatiyeh, in the South of Lebanon. The performance was hosted by the Nabih Berri Government University Hospital. Two additional performances took place in the capital, Beirut on 2 December, in Sanayeh House.

Wasafuli al-Sabr Poster

(4 Dec 2018)


Classics: Congratulations to Kathryn Stevens

We are very excited to announce the release of the world’s first film in Babylonian, ‘The Poor Man of Nippur’, which was co-produced by our very own and very brilliant Kathryn Stevens, together with a team from Cambridge Assyriology.

You can watch the film here.

(3 Dec 2018)


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: New edited collection by Professor Carlo Caruso - The Life of Texts: evidence in textual production, transmission and reception

New edited collection by Professor Carlo Caruso is now available. The Life of Texts: evidence in textual production, transmission and reception offers critical approaches to such authors and texts as Homer, the Bible, The Thousand and One Nights, Dante, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Eliot, but also Leonardo da Vinci's manuscripts uniquely combining word and image. Contributions come from several Durham scholars including Dr Annalisa Cipollone, Professor John O'Brien, Professor Julian Horton, as well as IAS former Director and now Princeton Professor of Classics, Barbara Graziosi and former IAS 2015/16 Evidence Fellow, Professor Carlo Vecce. 

Additional information is available here

Image courtesy of Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.  

(29 Nov 2018)


Classics: Professor Jennifer Ingleheart's curated exhibition at the Bodleian

Listen out for our Head of Department, Professor Jennifer Ingleheart, on BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking show, discussing the mucky marvels of The Bodleian library's Phi collection

The show goes out live on Tuesday 27th November 2018 at 10:00 p.m. but you can also listen to it here during and after the broadcast.

Jennifer is interviewed as part of a piece about an exhibition that she has curated which is now on display in Oxford. In the Victorian age, the Bodleian created a restricted category for obscene books, known as phi. Jennifer’s exhibition, ‘Story of Phi: Restricted Books’, showcases many items never previously exhibited, and explores changing ideas about censorship and sexuality. The exhibition is free and it runs from Thursday 15th November 2018 - Sunday 13th January 2019 at the Bodleian's Weston Library.

(27 Nov 2018)


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: MLaC Student of Russian appears on Russian TV News (Channel 1)

Our student Alex Haigh, who is spending his year abroad in the Kostroma Region in Russia, has appeared on Russian national TV on Wednesday 14th November 2018. Titled “Russian at Heart”, the story about Alex, a young Englishman, who came to Kostroma to learn Russian and teach English is extremely sympathetic. The reportage was over 3 minutes long and was given a nationwide coverage.

https://www.1tv.ru/news/issue/2018-11-14/09:00#1

(15 Nov 2018)


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Conference support awarded by The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation has generously offered support for the forthcoming conference ' Modern Japan in the Comparative Imagination: Past, Present and Future'. The conference is being organised by Dr Adam Bronson [History] and Dr Fusako Innami [Modern Languages] and will take place in May 2019.

(15 Nov 2018)


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: MLAC Alumni return to Durham to inspire undergraduate and sixth-form students

On Wednesday, 7th November 2018 the fourth Back to the Future event took place, where five MLAC alumni returned to Durham to talk to undergraduates and sixth formers from local schools and colleges about their careers following the completion of their Modern Languages degree. It was an insightful and inspirational event which attendees found very useful, it made them realise just how many opportunities are open to linguists.

MADELEINE SHAW-ROBERTS: Maddy graduated in 2016. She has been working for almost a year and a half as an online Content Editor for Classic FM, which involves anything from filming videos with world-class pianists, to writing all-too-realistic articles about how Brexit is threatening the future of the U.K. classical music industry. She sometimes uses Italian, for interviewing classical music experts for podcasts and the occasional press trip to Italy.

JOSEPH TERRY: Joe graduated in 2013. He went on to do a Master’s in Interpreting and Translating at the University of Bath. Since then, he has worked as a freelance translator, interpreter and occasional reporter all over Europe, mainly in the world of football but also in cinema and the public-service sector. He recently joined one of UEFA’s partner companies, Blue Whale Global Media, which provides translation services for European football .

CLAIRE READ: Claire graduated in 2011. Having studied Arabic, French and Spanish, she completed a master's in journalism at City University, London and moved to Egypt. There, she joined BBC Arabic and lived in Cairo until late 2015, working as a news producer for the BBC's Arabic language television and radio services as well as reporting for the English language World Service radio and television. She is now based in London in the BBC's World Affairs Unit, as a defence and security producer.

HARRIET LORD: Harriet graduated in 2013. She is currently Head of Europe in the corporate intelligence department at S-RM in London. The team conducts research into companies and individuals internationally, in-vestigating issues including bribery and corruption, money laundering, fraud and organised crime. Harriet travels within Europe regularly on cases and has just spent three months in Cape Town, where some of the team is based. 

ISOBELLE BOLTT: Isobelle graduated in 2013, with a degree in French and History of Art . After graduation, she moved to Brittany and tried her hand at many different jobs before moving back to London in 2015 to work as an Account Manager at leadership consultancy YSC. Since 2017, she has worked as a Gallery Liaison for Artsy, an online platform for collecting and discovering art, employing her French skills to manage relationships with 30 art galleries based in France.employing her French skills to manage relationships with 30 art galleries based in France.

(15 Nov 2018)