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Durham University

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Faculty News

Music: Dr James Weeks wins Ivors Composer Award

Following his success in the British Composer Awards 2018, Dr James Weeks has again been successful in the re-named Ivors Academy Composer Awards 2019, winning in the Small Chamber Composition category with his string quartet Leafleoht (2018). The Ivors are the UK’s leading awards for composition.

(10 Dec 2019) » Music: Dr James Weeks wins Ivors Composer Award


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Professor Daniel Newman accepts Vice-President position

(10 Dec 2019) » School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Professor Daniel Newman accepts Vice-President position


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Professor Daniel Newman co-organises banquet in Doha, Qatar

(10 Dec 2019) » School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Professor Daniel Newman co-organises banquet in Doha, Qatar


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: New Publication: Dr Yael Almog 'Secularism and Hermeneutics'

Yael's book is available on the publishers website: https://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/15944.html

 

(4 Dec 2019) » School of Modern Languages and Cultures: New Publication: Dr Yael Almog 'Secularism and Hermeneutics'


Music: Assistant Professor in Music Analysis

Applications are invited for an Assistant Professor in Music Analysis from 1 September 2020.

(21 Nov 2019) » Music: Assistant Professor in Music Analysis


Central News: Strengthening strategic partnerships in the US

As a research-intensive University, we aim to deliver world-leading research that has a positive impact on global challenges. To do this, we need to develop and sustain strategic partnerships with institutions who share our common goals.

(18 Nov 2019) » Central News: Strengthening strategic partnerships in the US


Philosophy: 19th March 2020: Annual E.J.Lowe Lecture Series: Professor Fiona Macpherson (University of Glasgow) - Title and Abstract to be confirmed

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

(15 Nov 2019) » Philosophy: 19th March 2020: Annual E.J.Lowe Lecture Series: Professor Fiona Macpherson (University of Glasgow) - Title and Abstract to be confirmed


Music: New CD 'Riflessi' by Rijnvos - Ives Ensemble

Recently the Ives Ensemble of Amsterdam presented a new CD album entitled "Riflessi". It features three compositions by Richard Rijnvos: "Riflesso sul tasto" from 2007, "Riflesso sull'arco", which was composed in 2016, and finally "Riflesso sullo spazio" from this year. The 'Riflessi' series consists exclusively of companion pieces. In other words: each 'Riflesso' explores the same exceptional scoring of a classic from the last century. The new CD is released on the label RTF Classical, and carries the catalogue number NI6383.

(12 Nov 2019) » Music: New CD 'Riflessi' by Rijnvos - Ives Ensemble


Music: Rave reviews for new Gesualdo disc (James Weeks - EXAUDI)

The latest recording by vocal ensemble EXAUDI, which is directed by Dr James Weeks, has been released on the German label Winter&Winter to universal critical acclaim. Departing from EXAUDI’s core contemporary and experimental repertoire, the new disc is a recital of 18 madrigals from the Fifth and Sixth Books of Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613), presented in fresh new readings that privilege the music’s extreme expressive vision.

(1 Nov 2019) » Music: Rave reviews for new Gesualdo disc (James Weeks - EXAUDI)


Music: Dr Weeks nominated for Ivors Composer Award

Following his success in the British Composer Awards 2018, Dr James Weeks has again been nominated in the now-renamed Ivors Composer Awards 2019, for his string quartet Leafleoht (2018).

(1 Nov 2019) » Music: Dr Weeks nominated for Ivors Composer Award


Music: The Philosophy of Rhythm - forthcoming OUP publication

With original essays by philosophers, psychologists, musicians, literary theorists, and ethno-musicologists, The Philosophy of Rhythm opens up wider-and plural-perspectives, examining formal affinities between the historically interconnected fields of music, dance, and poetry, while addressing key concepts such as embodiment, movement, pulse, and performance.

(9 Oct 2019) » Music: The Philosophy of Rhythm - forthcoming OUP publication


Philosophy: 22nd January 2020: 'Values' Work in Progress Seminar Series: Dr Joe Saunders - What’s Wrong with the Master?

This talk will take place in the Seminar Room (50/51 Old Elvet, Durham). The talk will commence at 5pm and will finish at 6:30pm. We meet for lunch after the Seminar. Staff and Graduate Students are very welcome. Please contact christopher.d.cowie@durham.ac.uk for further information.

(8 Oct 2019) » Philosophy: 22nd January 2020: 'Values' Work in Progress Seminar Series: Dr Joe Saunders - What’s Wrong with the Master?


Philosophy: 12th February 2020: 'Values' Work in Progress Seminar Series: Professor Andy Hamilton, Dr David Faraci and Dr Louise Hanson - Title to be confirmed

This talk will take place in the Seminar Room (50/51 Old Elvet, Durham). The talk will commence at 5pm and will finish at 6:30pm. We meet for lunch after the Seminar. Staff and Graduate Students are very welcome. Please contact christopher.d.cowie@durham.ac.uk for further information.

(8 Oct 2019)


Philosophy: 04th March 2020: 'Values' Work in Progress Seminar Series: Dr Philip Goff - Title to be confirmed

This talk will take place in the Seminar Room (50/51 Old Elvet, Durham). The talk will commence at 5pm and will finish at 6:30pm. We meet for lunch after the Seminar. Staff and Graduate Students are very welcome. Please contact christopher.d.cowie@durham.ac.uk for further information.

(8 Oct 2019)


Central News: Durham gains highest-ever global ranking in Arts & Humanities

We’ve achieved our highest-ever global ranking in Arts and Humanities in a prestigious international league table.

(2 Oct 2019) » Central News: Durham gains highest-ever global ranking in Arts & Humanities


Music: World première ' Das Wohlpräparierte Klavier ' by Richard RIJNVOS

On 22 September 2019 the Ives Ensemble from Amsterdam will present the world première of Richard RIJNVOS’ composition Das Wohlpräparierte Klavier

The genesis of the new work goes back to 5 October 2012 when Dutch pianist John Snijders was making the necessary arrangements for a performance of John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes.The laborious process of preparing the piano was captured on camera and made into a documentary film by the British artist Adam Barker-Mill. Das Wohlpräparierte Klavier functions as incidental music for this video. 

(20 Sep 2019) » Music: World première ' Das Wohlpräparierte Klavier ' by Richard RIJNVOS


Music: Musicon Call for Scores

Musicon is Durham University’s professional concert series, now in its 50th year. For our anniversary season, we are asking UK-based composers to submit works to be considered for three of our concerts. Works can have have been performed previously but must have been written in the past ten years. Representatives from Musicon will, in collaboration with members of the ensemble concerned, choose one piece to be performed in each concert. 

(12 Sep 2019) » Music: Musicon Call for Scores


Music: Assistant Professor in Music Analysis

Applications are invited for an Assistant Professor in Music from 1 September 2020. The successful candidate will have expertise in teaching in the field of music analysis and contribute towards the teaching of musicology in general.

(5 Sep 2019) » Music: Assistant Professor in Music Analysis


Philosophy: 16th January 2020: Dr Daniel Layman (Davidson College) - Title and Abstract to be confirmed

Weekly Research Seminar

This Departmental Research Seminar will commence at 1pm in room 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham. Refreshments will be available prior to the seminar.

(29 Aug 2019) » Philosophy: 16th January 2020: Dr Daniel Layman (Davidson College) - Title and Abstract to be confirmed


Philosophy: 30th January 2020: Dr Ben Smith (Durham) - Title and Abstract to be confirmed

Weekly Research Seminar

This Departmental Research Seminar will commence at 1pm in room 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham. Refreshments will be available prior to the seminar.

(29 Aug 2019) » Philosophy: 30th January 2020: Dr Ben Smith (Durham) - Title and Abstract to be confirmed