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Durham University

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Central News: Celebrating four great female philosophers

Is time real? Do we have free will? Philosophical questions such as these seem to have little connection with current issues like the climate crisis or Brexit.

(20 Jun 2019) » Central News: celebrating four great female philosophers

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Tina Kover (O’Donnell) wins 2019 Albertine Prize

MLaC graduate Tina Kover is winner of the 2019 Albertine Prize for her translation of Négar Djavadi’s novel, Disoriental.

(14 Jun 2019)

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: New Publication: Dr Francesco Venturi 'Self-Commentary in Early Modern European Literature, 1400-1700'

Dr Francesco Venturi is an Honorary Fellow with the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. His latest publication includes various contributions by colleagues in the School. Further information on the book can be found on the publishers website below:


(4 Jun 2019)

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Tina Kover’s translation of A Summer with Montaigne by Antoine Compagnon has been released by Europa Editions

Michel de Montaigne embodies the Humanist ideal. Curious, measured, contemplative yet not unworldly, witty, free of prejudice, and urbane. But what does Montaigne have to tell us about how to think and live today? In forty short, erudite and lively chapters written over a single summer, Antoine Compagnon seeks answers to that question. 

In A Summer with Montaigne, Compagnon invites his readers to join him as he strolls through Montaigne’s key contributions to our understanding of what is good and worthwhile in life. This engaging book, then, serves as both an introduction to Montaigne for readers unfamiliar with his work and a refresher for those who are already acquainted with his unique brilliance, vitality, and timeliness. Montaigne’s Essays deal with themes that remain relevant today, from the problems posed by religion, war, power and friendship to the absurdity of our fixations and peccadillos. As accompanies readers through the Essays, Compagnon never pontificates and is never austere, rather he approaches Montaigne with a sense of humour, admiration, and joy.

For more information or to order, please visit

(21 May 2019)

Central News: Universities would be £4.5m poorer without chaplains

University chaplains play an important role in the lives of students of many different faiths and are believed to contribute around £4.5 million per year of volunteer labour to the UK Higher Education sector.

(9 May 2019) » Central News: universities would be £4.5m poorer without chaplains

Classics: Advance HE Athena Swan Bronze Award for Durham Classics

We are delighted to announce that the Department of Classics and Ancient History has been awarded an Advance HE Athena Swan Bronze Award.

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005, when it was the UK Equality Challenge Unit in order, to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. It aimed to recognise and celebrate good practices in higher education and research institutions towards the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter covers women (and men where appropriate) in:

  • academic roles in STEMM and AHSSBL
  • professional and support staff
  • trans staff and students

In relation to their representation

  • progression of students into academia
  • journey through career milestones
  • working environment for all staff

This award marks our ongoing commitment as a Department to equality, diversity, and inclusiveness, and it recognises our efforts to build and sustain a supportive and nurturing academic community.

(7 May 2019)

Classics: Many congratulations to Professor Christopher Rowe

Our wonderful Prof. Emeritus Christopher Rowe has been awarded a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship for 2019-2021 to enable him to complete his new OCT of Aristotle, 'Eudemian Ethics'. 

Congratulations, Christopher!

(3 May 2019)

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Research Events Commemorating the Centenary of the Birth of Primo Levi

A series of events have been organised at Durham University to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Primo Levi.

For further information, please contact the organizers Dr Guido Furci ( and Dr Cecilia Piantanida (

(2 May 2019)

Classics: 2020 Complete University Guide

We are delighted to announce that Durham Classics has been ranked as the 3rd best Classics department in the UK in the 2020 Complete University Guide. We placed 5th overall for student satisfaction and 2nd overall for research quality and for graduate prospects.


(1 May 2019)

Classics: Welll done, Simona Martorana!

Congratulations to our talented PhD student Simona Martorana, who is supervised by Professor Jennifer Ingleheart and Dr Ioannis Ziogas, has been awarded a place on the Harvard-Durham Doctoral Student Exchange Programme.

This is a fantastic achievement. Well done, Simona!

(30 Apr 2019)

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: CALL FOR PANEL PROPOSALS: Where Are We Now? The Location of Modern Languages and Cultures

We invite proposals for complete panels engaging with any aspect of our conference theme. Panels will be given 90-minute slots; within that space of time, we are open to any format, and particularly encourage roundtables and workshops, as well as traditional conference panels.

Durham, 20-22 April 2020

Plenary speakers: Sarah Kay, Alison Phipps, Ming Tiampo

Plenary roundtable participants: Barbara Burns, Janice Carruthers, Charles Forsdick, Claire Gorrara, Neil Kenny

Further details

(29 Apr 2019)

Classics: Congratulations to Alberto Rigolio

Many congratulations to our wonderful colleague Alberto Rigolio whose Oxford University Press monograph 'Christians in Conversation' is out now.
Well done, Alberto; it looks wonderful!

(23 Apr 2019)

Classics: Congratulations to Blaz Zabel

We are delighted to announce that Durham PhD student Blaz Zabel has been awarded a 'Pre-doctoral Visiting Research Award' from the Fulbright Foundation. He will be going to Princeton for 9 months (during the academic year 2019/20) to work with Dr Joshua Billings on research related to his PhD project, 'Homeric Epic and World Literature: A Comparative Study of Method'. This is an outstanding achievement and we are sure that Blaz will produce some excellent work during his time in Princeton.

Congratulations, Blaz!

(11 Apr 2019)

Music: Short-term vacancy at the Music Department

The Department of Music seeks to appoint a suitably qualified candidate to a six month fixed-term Teaching Fellow in Historical Musicology, tenable from 1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020.

(9 Apr 2019) » Music: Short-term vacancy at the Music Department

Music: World première 'Riflesso sullo spazio' by Richard RIJNVOS

On 11 April 2019 the Ives Ensemble from Amsterdam will present the world première of Richard RIJNVOS’ composition Riflesso sullo spazio

The work is part of a series of companion pieces, started in 2007 with Riflesso sul tasto, followed by Riflesso sull'acqua and Riflesso sull'arco. Each Riflesso explores the same exceptional scoring of a classic from the last century. Riflesso sullo spazio is a companion piece to Arnold Schoenberg's Suite (opus 29). It is scored for 3 clarinets, string trio and piano and lasts no less than 40 minutes.

(5 Apr 2019) » Music: World première 'Riflesso sullo spazio' by Richard RIJNVOS

Classics: PhD success for Andrea Giannotti

Many congratulations to Andrea Giannotti who passed his doctoral viva this morning, with minor corrections, for a thesis on ‘The Pre-play Ceremonies of the Athenian Dionysia'.

His supervisor was Dr Phil Horky (as first supervisor), and he also received guidance from Dr Andrea Capra (as second supervisor), and Professor Peter Rhodes (as informal advisor).

His examiners were Dr David Carter (Reading) as external and our own Professor Polly Low as internal. The chair of the viva was Professor Ted Kaizer.

Well done and best wishes to all concerned.

(3 Apr 2019)

Theology and Religion: Durham Residential Research Library Fellow Discovers Ancient Royal Charter

An ancient royal charter might not be what everyone expects to find when they come to work, but for one of the visiting fellows of the Durham Residential Research Library, that’s exactly what happened.

Dr Benjamin Pohl was recently in Durham on a visiting fellowship and came across the rare, original charter by chance whilst studying medieval manuscripts held at Ushaw College Library, along with our archivist Dr Jonathan Bush.

Full story

(2 Apr 2019)

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Chekhov’s short stories performed by the 2nd year students of the Russian department

Click here to see the performance.


(28 Mar 2019)

Central News: Ancient royal charter discovered in Durham

An ancient royal charter might not be what everyone expects to find when they come to work, but for one of our visiting fellows that’s exactly what happened.

(26 Mar 2019) » Central News: Ancient royal charter discovered in Durham

Music: Music Alumni leads his school to win Best Music Department of the Year

The Music Department is proud to celebrate the success of alumnus Matthew O’Keeffe (Durham 2005) who is now Head of Music at the Belvedere Academy. His music department has just won Best Music Department of the Year!

(19 Mar 2019) » Music: Music Alumni leads his school to win Best Music Department of the Year