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Music: Columbus Symphony Orchestra performs Richard RIJNVOS’ orchestration of “Chants d’Espagne” by Isaac Albéniz

On 3 and 4 of November 2017 the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Ohio (USA) will perform Richard Rijnvos’ orchestration of Chants d’Espagne by Isaac Albéniz.

It is the first time a professional symphony orchestra will have presented this 2014 orchestration of the 5-movement piano suite, which the most important Spanish composer of his time wrote between 1891 and 1894.

Rijnvos’ orchestration is the first ever of Albéniz’ opus 232 in its entirety, respecting all original titles and the order of movements.

(20 Oct 2017) » Music: Columbus Symphony Orchestra performs Richard RIJNVOS’ orchestration of “Chants d’Espagne” by Isaac Albéniz


Classics: PhD Success for Donald MacLennan

Many many congratulations to our student Donald MacLennan who passed his PhD viva today with minor corrections. Well done, Donald!

His thesis on 'Administrative Development in the Kingdoms and Principalities of the Near East under the Aegis of Rome' was supervised by Ted Kaizer with additional supervision by Amy Russell. His examiners were Margherita Facella and James Corke-Webster, and his viva was chaired by George Boys-Stones.

(19 Oct 2017)


Music: Life and music of department alumna to be celebrated in remembrance concert

Ailsa Dixon read music at Durham in the 1950s and went on to have compositions performed by the Brindisi Quartet, Ian Partridge and Lynne Dawson during a particularly successful spell in the 1980s.

Shortly before her death in August 2017, Ailsa’s work began to be recognised again, with the anthem, ‘These things shall be’ premiered by the London Oriana Choir at the Cutty Sark in London, as part of the Five15 project to highlight the work of women composers.

(17 Oct 2017) » Music: Life and music of department alumna to be celebrated in remembrance concert


Philosophy: 23rd November 2017: Professor Vladimir Safatle - Title and Abstract to be confirmed

This Departmental Talk will take place in room 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham. The talk will commence at 5pm. Refreshments will be available prior to the talk. 

(17 Oct 2017) » Philosophy: 23rd November 2017: Professor Vladimir Safatle - Title and Abstract to be confirmed


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: New Publication from Dr William Schaefer 'Shadow Modernism: Photography, Writing, and Space in Shanghai, 1925-1937' (Duke University Press, 2017)

https://www.dukeupress.edu/shadow-modernism/?viewby=title

During the early twentieth century, Shanghai was the center of China's new media culture. Described by the modernist writer Mu Shiying as "transplanted from Europe" and “paved with shadows,” for many of its residents Shanghai was a city without a past paradoxically haunted by the absent past’s traces. In Shadow Modernism William Schaefer traces how photographic practices in Shanghai provided a forum within which to debate culture, ethnicity, history, and the very nature of images. The central modernist form in China, photography was neither understood nor practiced as primarily a medium for realist representation; rather, photo layouts, shadow photography, and photomontage rearranged and recomposed time and space, cutting apart and stitching places, people, and periods together in novel and surreal ways. Analyzing unknown and overlooked photographs, photomontages, cartoons, paintings, and experimental fiction and poetry, Schaefer shows how artists and writers used such fragmentation and juxtaposition to make visible the shadows of modernity in Shanghai: the violence, the past, the ethnic and cultural multiplicity excluded and repressed by the prevailing cultural politics of the era and yet hidden in plain sight.

(11 Oct 2017)


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: New critical edition from Alexandre Burin

Alexandre Burin has published new edition of Jean Lorrain’s Le Sang des dieux with L’Harmattan. Co-edited with Pascal Noir, this volume presents the decadent poet’s first entry onto the literary scene with a group of poems exploring violence, homosexuality and death.

(6 Oct 2017)


Music: Welcoming new students to department recently ranked 1st in Sunday Times Good Uni Guide

The new academic year is beginning with the news that the Music Department has been ranked 1st in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

This is the second year running that Durham has been named the country’s top music department by The Times, and it adds to the number 1 ranking in the Complete University Guide 2018.

(2 Oct 2017) » Music: Welcoming new students to department recently ranked 1st in Sunday Times Good Uni Guide


Music: John Snijders provides live piano for silent film marking Russian Revolution centenary

Snijders, who is Head of Music Performance, plays the piano score live at a special screening of Sergei Eisenstein and Grigori Aleksandrov’s silent classic October: Ten Days That Shook The World, at the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, on 29 September at 7pm.

The event is part of a special programme of film, visual art and discussions to mark the occasion of the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917.

(29 Sep 2017) » Music: John Snijders provides live piano for silent film marking Russian Revolution centenary


Language Centre: Academic Language and Communication Programme

Could you benefit from additional academic language support? The English Language Centre's Academic Language and Communication courses are designed to help you develop the academic language and literacy skills you need to succeed.

(28 Sep 2017) » Language Centre: Academic Language and Communication Programme


Music: Eminent scholar visiting department (Prof Bill Thompson, IAS Fellow)

Bill Thompson is Professor in Psychology at Macquarie University. He conducts interdisciplinary research at the intersections between music, language, emotion, and cognition. His current research is focused on understanding the role of music for atypical and outlier communities, including individuals with neurological impairment, fans of alternative and violent music, and diaspora populations.

(25 Sep 2017) » Music: Eminent scholar visiting department (Prof Bill Thompson, IAS Fellow)


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Seven job vacancies in Modern Languages

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures is pleased to announce seven job vacancies at associate professor and professor levels, to start on 1 September 2018. We welcome applications from outstanding candidates from all backgrounds. Further details may be found here:

TWO Assistant professors (French / Francophone studies): deadline 31 October

Assistant professor (Hispanic studies): deadline 15 November

Chair (Italian studies): deadline 22 November

Assistant professor (German studies): deadline 12 December

Chair (Hispanic studies): deadline 14 December

Chair (French studies): deadline 18 December

(22 Sep 2017)


Music: Details released of department’s Research Forum guest lecture series 2017-18

The Research Forum is a regular series in which distinguished visitors give guest lectures on cutting-edge research from across the discipline.

The 2017-18 series, whose programme has just been released, brings a host of leading scholars to Durham to tackles important current topics in music analysis, historical musicology, musical cognition, performance practice, ludomusicology and popular music studies.

(21 Sep 2017) » Music: Details released of department’s Research Forum guest lecture series 2017-18


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Dr Luke Sunderland's new book published

Luke Sunderland, Rebel Barons. Resisting Royal Power in Medieval Culture, Oxford, OUP, 2017 

Dr Sunderland’s book explores epic poems set in the time of Charlemagne, which were popular with warrior aristocrats in the twelfth to fifteenth centuries. It studies rebel baron narratives across several centuries, across the full geographical range of its spread especially France, England, and Italy.

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/rebel-barons-9780198788485?cc=gb&lang=en#

(21 Sep 2017)


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: New Play on Cancer by Abir Hamdar

Dr Abir Hamdar’s play Wasafuli al-Sabr (English title: I am Waiting for You – directed by Lina Abyad) premiered in Beirut, Lebanon in July 2017. Based on Arab women’s testimonies of their cancer experience, the play is part of a larger project on a Cultural History of Cancer in the Arab World which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of their Open World Research Initiative. The play was performed at Madina Theatre, Beirut, to the general public and leading oncologists, NGO foundations and cancer support groups also participated in the nightly post-performance Q and A sessions. Following the public performances, the play was also staged at a leading medical center, LAUMC-Rizk Hospital on 8 August 2017, to doctors, nurses, interns and medical students – thus marking the first occasion upon which Arab adult theater has been performed at a hospital. See further details.

(21 Sep 2017)


Theology and Religion: Job Vacancy: Assistant Professor in Catholic Theology/Catholic Studies

The Centre for Catholic Studies, in the Department of Religion, Durham University, invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Catholic Studies / Catholic Theology. We are open to candidates working in any area of Catholic Studies who can complement and/or build on our current strengths both within the Department and within the CCS. This is an excellent opportunity to join a truly world-leading Department of Theology and Religion. 

Closing date: 12 noon on 8 November 2017

Read more/apply here: https://www.durham.ac.uk/jobs/recruitment/vacancies/theol18-10/ 
 

(19 Sep 2017)


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Tyneside Cinema and Durham University present 'What's Left? A Century in Revolution' (29 September-8 October)

Tyneside Cinema and Durham University, in association with Cross-Language Dynamics (OWRI), present a special programme of film, visual art and discussions to mark the occasion of the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917. While rooted in history, the programme's emphasis is on the significance of revolution today. Moving from Latin America to the Middle East, from China to the former Soviet Union, from North Africa to Europe, it explores the global reach and transnational interrelatedness of revolutions. For more detail see the project webpage and press release. Book your tickets via the Tyneside cinema booking site.

(18 Sep 2017)


Music: New vacancy: Assistant Professor in Music Psychology and Musicology

Based in one of the very best music departments in the UK, you will benefit from world-class research facilities and a wealth of methodological expertise to tap into. The department is internationally renowned for its research strengths in a host of areas including musicology and music psychology. You will make a major contribution to further research and teaching in both of those fields.

(15 Sep 2017) » Music: New vacancy: Assistant Professor in Music Psychology and Musicology


Theology and Religion: Reformation Rebels: The surprising histories of Benedictine monks in exile

Sixteenth and seventeenth century Benedictine monks refused abstinence, died in duels, went off to war and spread illegal Catholic doctrine, a new study has revealed. The Monks in Motion project, led by Dr James Kelly of the Department of Theology and Religion, has brought together records of English and Welsh Benedictine monks exiled in Europe in a first-of-its-kind searchable database and uncovered some of their remarkable histories

(14 Sep 2017) » Theology and Religion: this news item


Philosophy: 18th January 2018: Details pending confirmation

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.

(14 Sep 2017) » Philosophy: 18th January 2018: Details pending confirmation


Philosophy: 25th January 2018: Dr Dave Ward (Edinburgh) - 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.

(14 Sep 2017) » Philosophy: 25th January 2018: Dr Dave Ward (Edinburgh) - Title and Abstract to be confirmed