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Theology and Religion: MRCAS Test

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(13 Dec 2017) » Theology and Religion: MRCAS Test


Music: Department to host SMA postgrad conference

The Society for Music Analysis annual Theory and Analysis Graduate Students (TAGS) Conference will be hosted by the Department of Music at Durham University on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 April 2018.

The event provides a supportive and friendly environment in which postgraduates can gain experience in presenting their work, and meet fellow researchers. Participants who do not wish to give a paper are also very welcome to attend.

(12 Dec 2017) » Music: Department to host SMA postgrad conference


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Professor Nicholas Saul awarded C.H. Beck Bursary

Professor Nicholas Saul has just been awarded a four-week C.H. Beck bursary to study Ernst Jünger’s papers and botanical/entonomological specimens in the holdings of the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, as part of his monograph project Interrogations of Evolutionism in German Literature 1859-2008

(12 Dec 2017)


Classics: PhD success for Chiara Grigolin

Chiara Grigolin has passed her PhD viva with minor corrections for a thesis on ‘Memories of Seleucid origins:the shaping of Greek identity in the Syrian Tetrapolis’.

Her supervisor was Professor Ted Kaizer and her second supervisor was Professor Johannes Haubold. Her external and internal examiners were Dr Naoise MacSweeney and Dr Kathryn Stevens and the viva was chaired by Dr Ed Richardson.

 

(12 Dec 2017)


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Adam Talib shortlisted for Saif Ghobash Banipal Literary Translation Prize 2017

Adam Talib's co-translation (with K Halls) of Raja Alem's novel 'The Dove's Necklace' (2016) has been shortlisted for the Saif Ghobash Banipal Literary Translation Prize 2017

(1 Dec 2017)


Classics: PhD Success for Sebastiano Molinelli

We are delighted to report that Sebastiano Molinelli has been recommended to pass his PhD viva with minor corrections. For his thesis he produced a new edition and commentary of the Δισσοὶ Λόγοι.

His supervisor was Professor George Boys-Stones. His examiners were Dr Phillip Horky and Professor Mauro Bonazzi, and the chair for the viva was Dr Edmund Thomas.

Congratulations to all concerned! 

(1 Dec 2017)


Music: Music & Science symposium on cross-cultural perspectives

Durham University's Music & Science Lab is delighted to announce the next Music and Science Symposium, a one-day event held in the department on Saturday 2 December.

The day focuses on cross-cultural perspectives, and includes a lecture from Prof William F. Thompson, talks from Prof Marcel Zentner and Dr Hauke Egermann, and other expert contributions from the department. All are welcome to attend.

(29 Nov 2017) » Music: Music & Science symposium on cross-cultural perspectives


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Lectures on 'Philosophy and Cosmology in the Renaissance' by Dr Dario Tessicini at the University of Chieti

Dario Tessicini has been invited to give three public lectures at the Università di Chieti on the theme 'Philosophy and Cosmology in the Renaissance'. These lectures are part of an ongoing collaboration between Italian Studies at Durham and the Università di Chieti (https://www.unich.it). (28-30 November 2017)

https://www.unich.it/news/ciclo-di-conferenze-filosofia-e-cosmologia-nel-rinascimento

https://www.unich.it/sites/default/files/locandina_66.pdf

(28 Nov 2017)


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: UK-Mexico Visiting Chair Mobility Grant awarded to Dr Stefano Cracolici

Dr Stefano, Director of the Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art at Durham University, has been awarded a UK-Mexico Visiting Chair Grant (Cátedra Itinerante). This scheme is aimed to increase research collaboration and strengthen relations between HEI’s in Mexico and the United Kingdom. Dr Cracolici will visit four distinguished Mexican institutions: Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC), and the Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY). This exchange is linked to an exhibition to be organised at the Museo Nacional de San Carlos in Mexico City, and linked to Dr Cracolici's Rome in the World project, aiming at charting the global dissemination of Roman artworks during the nineteenth century.

https://www.dur.ac.uk/international/global/latinamericaandcaribbean/ukmxvc/

(28 Nov 2017)


Music: David Greer

It is with great sadness that we report the death, on 21 November 2017, of Emeritus Professor David Greer.

David was a highly-regarded and internationally-known scholar of English music of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, with a specialized focus on the age of Shakespeare, the lute song and the early publication history of music in England.

Read more here.

(27 Nov 2017)


Music: Special performance revives North-East popular traditions

Listen in to echoes from the past, when All Hallows’ Eve struck fear in people’s souls! 

25th November 2017, 15:30 to 16:30, Concert Hall, Music Department, Palace Green

 

Lecturer in Performance Dr Hector Sequera takes part in Lost Voices, a special performance that retrieves and presents voices, melodies, and popular traditions in the North-East, from Anglo-Saxon to Victorian times.

(23 Nov 2017) » Music: Special performance revives North-East popular traditions


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Dr Stefano Cracolici gives a guest Lecture at the Bibliotheca Hertziana — Max-Plank-Institute für Kunstgeschichte

Dr Stefano Cracolici, Director of the Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art at Durham University, has been invited to give a public lecture at the prestigious Bibliotheca Hertziana — Max-Plank-Institute für Kunstgeschichte in Rome, entitled 'The Overbeck Effect: Nazarene Art and Global Catholic Heritage'. This lecture is part of the Rome in the World project led by Dr Cracolici in collaboration with Durham’s Centre for Catholic Studies, and deals with the hitherto neglected legacy of Nazarene art in England (Ushaw College) as well as in Québec, Spain and Mexico.

(20 Nov 2017)


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Zurbarán Centre on Twitter

The Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art is now on Twitter. In just one week it has attracted great interest. Please follow us at https://twitter.com/zurbaran_centre

(20 Nov 2017)


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Durham University and Albatexas Cinemes announce the Fifth Bigas Luna Tribute event in Valencia this December

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University and Albatexas Cinemes will host the fifth Bigas Luna Tribute event this December in Valencia, Spain. Following the success of similar events in San Francisco, Newcastle, Barcelona and Mexico City since 2015, this new tribute to the late Spanish filmmaker who launched the careers of Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz will focus on Mediterranean identities. All three films selected for this event are at least partly set in the Valencia region. The posthumous documentary Bigas x Bigas (2017) will be shown on Friday December 15th, with an introduction by co-director Santiago Garrido Rua, scriptwriter Carmen Chaves, and filmmaker Ventura Pons. Bigas Luna’s widower, Celia Orós, and his daughter and co-organiser of this event, Betty Bigas, will also join the Q&A session after the screening, which will be followed by a cava reception held in the cinema hall. Huevos de oro (1993) will be introduced by Professor Carolina Sanabria (University Costa Rica) on Saturday 16th. Son de mar (2001) will be screened on Sunday 17th, with an introduction by Professor Santiago Fouz Hernández (Durham University). All screenings will start at 8PM at Albatexas Cinemes, Plaça de Fra Lluís Colomer, 4, 46021 València.

Bigas Luna Tribute website: www.bigaslunatribute.wordpress.com
Twitter @bigaslunahomage
Albatexas: http://www.albatexascinemes.eu

(17 Nov 2017)


Music: Dr David Hughes decorated by Japanese government

The Japanese government has bestowed Music Department Honorary Research Fellow Dr David Hughes with The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette. The distinction is awarded to honour exceptional merit.

It recognises Dr Hughes’ “significant role in promoting understanding of traditional Japanese music, particularly in the UK.” He has organised over 200 performances featuring visiting practitioners from Japan, and set up three groups in the UK that are at the forefront of teaching and performing Japanese music.

(16 Nov 2017) » Music: Dr David Hughes decorated by Japanese government


Music: John Snijders performs at Amsterdam Art Weekend

Amsterdam Art Weekend takes over the Dutch city from 23 to 26 November, with over 100 contemporary art events in 50 locations.

John Snijders, Head of Music Performance at Durham, is giving a special piano performance of Proeven van Stijlkunst (Experiments in Artistic Style), a piece from 1913-17 by the Dutch composer Jacob van Domselaer.

(15 Nov 2017) » Music: John Snijders performs at Amsterdam Art Weekend


School of Modern Languages and Cultures: New publication from Dr Laura Campbell: The Medieval Merlin Tradition in France and Italy - Prophecy, Paradox, and Translation

The medieval figure of Merlin is intriguing, enigmatic, and riddled with contradictions. Half human, half devil, he possesses a supernatural knowledge that allows him to prophesy the future. This study interrogates medieval perceptions of language and translation through the figure of Merlin, whose conversion of prophetic speech from his omniscient mind into human languages parallels the work of the medieval translator. At the same time, the transmission of the Merlin story between vernacular French and Italian dialects presents an alternative model of translation, one that relies not on the displacement of previous texts, but instead on the accretion of information from text to text.

(15 Nov 2017)


Language Centre: One-to-One Consultation Service

Students who are struggling with their academic writing or who would benefit from additional academic writing support can book a one-to-one academic writing consultation with the English Language Centre's Academic Writing Unit.

(15 Nov 2017) » Language Centre: One-to-One Consultation Service


Language Centre: Discipline -specific Academic Writing Support

The English Language Centre's Academic Writing Unit offers bespoke departmental courses on academic writing.

(15 Nov 2017) » Language Centre: Discipline -specific Academic Writing Support


Classics: Amy Russell receives prestigious Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit

We are delighted to announce that Dr Amy Russell, Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History, is one of this year's recipients of the Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit for her 2016 Cambridge University Press monograph The Politics of Public Space in Republican Rome. This is a phenomenal achievement and attests to the quality of Amy's ground-breaking research in this area.

The Goodwin Awards, of which three are presented annually, are the only honours for scholarly achievement given by the Society for Classical Studies (SCS). The SCS, which was founded as the American Philological Association in 1869, is the leading scholarly society in North America for the study of ancient Greek and Roman languages, literatures, and civilisations, and the awards are presented at the Annual Meeting for 'an outstanding contribution to classical scholarship published by a member of the Society during the three years before the current calendar year'. Previous recipients of these highly prestigious international awards have included such eminent scholars as Lily Ross Taylor, Brooks Otis, D. R. Shackleton-Bailey, Susan Treggiari, T. P. Wiseman, and Edith Hall.

(15 Nov 2017) » Classics: Amy Russell receives prestigious Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit