Arts and Humanities cements position in World Top 50
Durham University’s position as a world leader in Arts and Humanities has been cemented by its ranking in a prestigious international league table.
The QS World University Subject Rankings 2018 placed Arts and Humanities at Durham at 31st globally, up from 45th last year.
The QS ranking represents the latest success for the Faculty which is also in 29th position in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018 for Arts and Humanities.
Arts and Humanities is a broad subject area consisting of a range of more specialised subjects including Theology and Religion, Philosophy, Music, Modern Languages and Cultures, History, English Studies and Classics and Ancient History.
Theology and Religion is again third in the world, while Classics and Ancient History is included in the QS rankings for the first time with Durham ranked 25th globally.
English and History both feature in the World Top 50, and Languages and Philosophy are both in the World Top 100.
Professor David Cowling, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Arts and Humanities), Durham University, said: “I am delighted to see Arts and Humanities at Durham rise in the QS World University subject rankings, as this reflects the esteem in which my colleagues’ research and the education that we provide to our students are held across the world.
“It is particularly pleasing to see no fewer than four of our seven academic departments in the QS World Top 50.”
Durham University is consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading universities as shown by its Top 100 position in both the overall QS World University Rankings 2018 and the THE World University Rankings 2018.
Nationally, Durham is one of the UK’s top performing universities and is ranked fourth in the Guardian University Guide 2018, fifth in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, and sixth in The Complete University Guide 2018.
This is the second year running that Durham University has achieved its highest number of subjects in the QS World University Subject Rankings.
Please visit here for more information about Durham University’s performance in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2018.
Music: Venice visual ethnomusicology workshop with dept. expertise
The Intercultural Institute for Comparative Music Studies - Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice is calling for participants for a workshop on the Audio-visual Documentation of Fieldwork.
Taking place 11-16 June 2018, the workshop will be led by Marco Lutzu, alongside Simone Tarsitani, who is Research Technician in the Department of Music at Durham.
Music: Hear department’s Music & Science Lab on BBC R3
Prof Martin Clayton and Dr Kelly Jakubowski from the department’s Music and Science Lab appeared on BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters programme on Saturday 10 March.
(12 Mar 2018) » Music: Hear department’s Music & Science Lab on BBC R3
School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Sade translation by Professor Thomas Wynn wins Scott Moncrieff prize
Professor Thomas Wynn has been awarded the prestigious Scott Moncrieff prize for his translation of the Marquis de Sade’s novel The 120 Days of Sodom (Penguin Classics, 2016), produced in collaboration with Dr Will McMorran (Queen Mary, London). Named in honour of the celebrated translator of Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past, the prize is given to translations into English of full-length French works of literary merit and general interest. It is sponsored by the Institut français du Royaume-Uni.
In his commendation of the translation, Professor Andrew Hussey declared ‘Without in any way giving in to hyperbole, [we] would say that this translation is a 21st-century monument, changing not only the way in which we view the French 18th century, but providing a guide to the present and future.’ His fellow judge Dr Ian Patterson added: ‘We thought this translation was quite exceptional in its capacity to capture the true voice of this strange and difficult eighteenth-century text the textual and editorial scholarship of the translators, their wonderful handling of the terminology and the diction of the original, along with the fluency of their translation, and the ways in which it creates for the first time for Anglophone readers a properly accurate version of Sade’s text.’
(8 Mar 2018)
Music: Fully-funded PhD opportunity with Dr Katherine Hambridge
School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Dr Abir Hamdar’s Play Performed for World Cancer Day
A special performance of Dr Abir Hamdar’s play Wasafuli al-Sabr (English Title: I am Waiting for You), directed by Lina Abyad, took place in Beirut on 8 February 2018 to mark World Cancer Day and as the opening event for BBCC-6: Annual Beirut Breast Cancer conference. The performance was hosted by the Naef K. Basile cancer Institute (NKBCI) of the American University of Beirut Medical Centre (AUBMC) and performed at its Saab Medical Library. Over 200 national and international physicians, nurses, medical students and interns, as well as cancer patients and representatives of cancer NGOs, attended and participated in a Q and A session following the performance.
(1 Mar 2018)
Music: Reitz film retrospective features Rijnvos score remake
On Sunday 4 March 2018 the Filmhaus in Nuremberg (Germany) presents the grand final of “Edgar Reitz: Die große Werkschau,” a 34-day retrospective that started on 5 January, showing his complete film work.
(28 Feb 2018) » Music: Reitz film retrospective features Rijnvos score remake
School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Publications by two recent MLAC graduates
MLAC graduates Lucy Sabin and John Gilbert (who graduated in 2016) have had their final-year work on contemporary Spanish Cinema published in an academic journal and a forthcoming encyclopaedia.
Lucy Sabin’s essay 'All or Nothing: Representing Masculinity in Jamón Jamón (Bigas Luna, 1992) and Mar adentro (Amenábar, 2004)’ has just been published in the latest issue of Film Matters (8.3). It can be accessed here. Lucy is also a contributor to Diabolique Magazine, where she has also published on ‘the female martyrs of Spanish cinema’, the subject of her 2016 dissertation. The piece can be accessed here.
John Gilbert’s film review of Los lunes al sol/Mondays in the Sun, written for the Durham module ‘Contemporary Spanish Cinema’, will be published as an entry for the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Films, forthcoming in Rowman & Littlefield in May this year. More details here.
(12 Feb 2018)
School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Winners of the MLAC Year Abroad Photography Competition 2017
Students on their year abroad during 2016-2017 were invited to take part in the MLAC Year Abroad Photography Competition 2017. See the competition winners receiving their prizes on Wednesday 24 January here.
(7 Feb 2018)
Philosophy: Friday 11th May 2018: Annual EJ Lowe Lecture: Professor Peter van Inwagen (Notre Dame) - Title and Abstract to be confirmed
This lecture will be held in Durham Castle. Refreshments will be available from 5pm with the Lecture commencing at 5.30 until 7pm. There will be a wine reception at 7pm.
Music: Music of Parry to be celebrated during royal visit
On 15 February His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will visit Durham University and as part of his visit he will listen to a programme of Sir Hubert Parry’s music to mark the commemoration of the composer’s death in 1918 as well as to celebrate the composer’s connection with Durham through his honorary DCL degree in 1894.
(6 Feb 2018) » Music: Music of Parry to be celebrated during royal visit
School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Dr Alex Harrington: BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Anna Akhmatova
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the work, ideas and life of the Russian poet whose work was celebrated in C20th both for its quality and for what it represented, written under censorship in the Stalin years. Her best known poem, Requiem, was written after her son was imprisoned partly as a threat to her and, to avoid punishment for creating it, she passed it on to her supporters to be memorised, line by line, rather than written down. She was a problem for the authorities and became significant internationally, as her work came to symbolise resistance to political tyranny and the preservation of pre-Revolutionary liberal values in the Soviet era. The image above is based on 'Portrait of Anna Akhmatova' by N.I. Altman, 1914, Moscow With Katharine Hodgson Professor in Russian at the University of Exeter Alexandra Harrington Reader in Russian Studies at Durham University And Michael Basker Professor of Russian Literature and Dean of Arts at the University of Bristol Producer: Simon Tillotson.
(23 Jan 2018)
Music: Khyal: Music and Imagination exhibition opens in Durham
Oriental Museum, Durham
19 January - 3 June 2018
Mon-Fri: 10am – 5pm
Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays: 12pm – 5pm
Khyal is a vocal genre from India, and this exhibition presents the results of a collaboration between three visual artists who immersed themselves in this music, the musicians who perform it, and musicologists who research it.
(18 Jan 2018) » Music: Khyal: Music and Imagination exhibition opens in Durham
Theology and Religion: CCS member Stefano Cracolici to give Newman Circle talk
Dr Stefano Cracolici (Durham University) will give a talk on 'Mater admirabilis: The Birth of a Global Sacred Icon' on Wednesday 25 April 2018 in Middlesbrough Cathedral Hall, 7.45pm (coffee/tea from 7.30pm). The talk is organsied by the Cleveland Newman Circle.
(15 Jan 2018) » Theology and Religion: this talk
School of Modern Languages and Cultures: CONFERENCE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - Our Uncommon Ground: Modern Languages and Cultures for the 21st Century
Click here to register for the conference taking place from 16 - 18 Apri, 2018
(15 Jan 2018)
School of Modern Languages and Cultures: New book by Dr Annalisa Cipollone: Dante. Hell Heaven & Hope: A Journey through Life and the Afterlife with Dante
New book by Dr Annalisa Cipollone: Dante. Hell Heaven & Hope: A Journey through Life and the Afterlife with Dante
(11 Jan 2018)
Music: Katherine Hambridge gives BFE/RMA conference keynote
The 2018 BFE/RMA Research Students Conference was held 4-6 January at the University of Huddersfield, and was sponsored jointly by the British Forum for Ethnomusicology and the Royal Musical Association.
(8 Jan 2018) » Music: Katherine Hambridge gives BFE/RMA conference keynote
School of Modern Languages and Cultures: New monograph by Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze, Claude Chabrol’s Aesthetics of Opacity
New monograph by Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze, Claude Chabrol’s Aesthetics of Opacity (Edinburgh University Press, 2018):
Claude Chabrol's cinema is generally associated with a specific type of psychological thriller, one set in the French provinces and fascinated with murder, incest, fragmented families, unstable spaces and inscrutable female characters. But Chabrol's films are both deceptively accessible and deeply reflexive, and in this innovative reappraisal of his filmography Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze explores the Chabrol who was influenced by Balzac, Magritte and Stanley Kubrick. Bringing to the fore Chabrol’s ‘aesthetic of opacity’, the book deconstructs the apparent clarity and comfort of his chosen genre, encouraging the viewer to reflect on the relationship between illusion and reality, and the status of the film image itself.
(8 Jan 2018)
Music: World première: Richard RIJNVOS' 'Geschwindigkeit'
On 31 December 2017 the David Kweksilber Big Band will present the world première of Richard RIJNVOS’ new composition, entitled Geschwindigkeit. The work accompanies a short film of the same name by Edgar Reitz.
(19 Dec 2017) » Music: World première: Richard RIJNVOS' 'Geschwindigkeit'
School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Translation Prize for Prof P Starkey and Dr A Talib
Two Durham Arabists, Prof P Starkey and Dr A Talib, tied for first prize in the Translation from Arabic into English category at the Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation on Thursday, 14 December 2017 in Doha, Qatar. Prof Paul Starkey won for his translation of "The Shell" by Mustafa Khalifa (Interlink, 2017), while Adam Talib and his co-translator, Katharine Halls, won for their translation of Raja Alem's "The Dove's Necklace" (Duckworth Overlook, 2016).
(19 Dec 2017)
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