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

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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


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Interview with Professor Daniel Newman

Lebanese newspaper, The Daily Star interviewed Professor Daniel Newman about his new book: 'The Sultan's Feast'

The article can be found here

 

(5 Feb 2021) » School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Interview with Professor Daniel Newman


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Adam Talib now on the Editorial team of Middle Eastern Literatures

Adam Talib is part of a new four-member editorial team that has taken over the journal Middle Eastern Literatures, published by Taylor & Francis.

(5 Feb 2021) » School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Adam Talib now on the Editorial team of Middle Eastern Literatures


Music: Assistant Professor in Music Analysis

The Department of Music invites applications for the role of Assistant Professor in Music Analysis, tenable from 1 September 2021.

(27 Jan 2021) » Music: Assistant Professor in Music Analysis


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


Central News: Beginning at Durham, changing the world

Durham researchers, students and alumni do outstanding things that change the world. Here’s a few highlights from just the past few months…

(30 Nov 2020) » Central News: Beginning at Durham, changing the world


Central News: Creating knowledge across disciplinary boundaries

From the study of silkworms to understanding gravity waves to designing human knee implants, collaborating across different disciplines in research is a common way of working for academics. At Durham, we pride ourselves on this kind of work.

(20 Nov 2020) » Central News: Creating knowledge across disciplinary boundaries


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Professor Daniel Newman - new book 'The Sultan's Feast'

(9 Nov 2020) » School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Professor Daniel Newman - new book 'The Sultan's Feast'


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Dr Niveen Kassem - New publication 'Cultural trauma and its impact on the Iraqi Assyrian experience of identity'

(9 Nov 2020) » School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Dr Niveen Kassem - New publication 'Cultural trauma and its impact on the Iraqi Assyrian experience of identity'


Philosophy: 04th March 2021:Dr Frederique Janssen-Lauret (Manchester) - Title and Abstract to be confirmed

Departmental Research Seminar

Details will be circulated prior to the event. General enquiries should be forwarded to postgraduate.philosophy@durham.ac.uk

(23 Sep 2020) » Philosophy: 04th March 2021:Dr Frederique Janssen-Lauret (Manchester) - Title and Abstract to be confirmed


Philosophy: 11th March 2021: Dr Hedda Hassel Mørch (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences) -Does panpsychism mean that “we are all one”?

Departmental Research Seminar

Details will be circulated prior to the event. General enquiries should be forwarded to postgraduate.philosophy@durham.ac.uk

(23 Sep 2020) » Philosophy: 11th March 2021: Dr Hedda Hassel Mørch (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences) -Does panpsychism mean that “we are all one”?


Philosophy: 18th March 2021: Dr Neil Williams (Roehampton) - Title and Abstract to follow

Departmental Research Seminar

Details will be circulated prior to the event. General enquiries should be forwarded to postgraduate.philosophy@durham.ac.uk

(23 Sep 2020) » Philosophy: 18th March 2021: Dr Neil Williams (Roehampton) - Title and Abstract to follow


Music: Durham ranked first for Music in Complete University Guide, Times Good University Guide and Guardian League Table

Durham's Music Department has been ranked first in all three of the UK's major university league tables this year - the Complete University Guide, the Sunday Times Good University Guide, and the Guardian League Table. The league tables measure a range of factors, including teaching quality, student satisfaction, research quality, employability and entry tariff. This is the second time in five years that Durham has held this position in all three tables simultaneously. Details can be found here: The Complete University Guide, The Sunday Times Good University Guide Table and Guardian University League Table.

(22 Sep 2020)


Music: New video of a piece by Dr. Egan

Dr. Eric Skytterholm Egan has produced a video of his recent piece A CLOSENESS LIKE THAT, for Zöllner-Roche Duo, recorded on Zoom during the lockdown earlier this year. The piece, for musicians seated back-to-back, was recorded on separate audio devices, and mixed down alongside the Zoom videos. The piece is based on an extract from Canadian writer Anne Carson’s seminal work NOX.

YouTube video: https://youtu.be/hIZZCgpFgx0

Have a look at the score here

(3 Sep 2020)


Philosophy: 15th and 16th April 2021: Title: Micro-Progressions: Picking Up the Voices of Others

BPPA Masterclass

(24 Aug 2020) » Philosophy: 15th and 16th April 2021: Title: Micro-Progressions: Picking Up the Voices of Others


Music: Music graduate Will Dryland wins Benslow Music Young Composers Competition

The second Benslow Music Young Composers Competition, in partnership with the London Klezmer Quartet, has been won by our graduate Will Dryland.

The winning piece ‘Whistler Medley’ will be premiered in a concert to be given by the London Klezmer Quartet on Saturday 31 October 2020 at Benslow Music in Hitchin.

Congratulations Will!

Read all the details at https://benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=2157

(17 Jul 2020)


Music: Zoom in on Masters online events by Fondazione Cini

Dr Simone Tarsitani collaborated to Zoom in on Masters, a new online initiative of the Intercultural Institute of Comparative Musical Studies (IISMC) at Fondazione Cini, producing three online conversations with masters of important musical and dance traditions, accompanied by online performances, which have all been published on Fondazione Cini's YouTube Channel. 

Find out more and watch the videos: https://www.cini.it/en/events/zoom-in-on-masters-iismc-online-conversations

(17 Jul 2020)