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Durham University

Research & collaboration

What's happening?

Durham University offers an exciting year-round calendar of lectures, seminars and exhibitions. Events are open to the public, so take the opportunity to engage with current debates, explore some of our beautiful buildings and grounds, expand your knowledge or learn more about our cultural artefacts.

22 January 2019

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Catch Your Breath Exhibition

10:00am to 4:00pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library, Durham

Catch Your Breath is a new temporary exhibition exploring the Life of Breath research project, jointly led by Durham University and the University of Bristol. Bringing together medical history, philosophy, art, literature and music, the exhibition combines new artist commissions with objects from the Durham University collections and beyond to discover new ways of thinking about breath and breathlessness and their relationship to both illness and wellbeing.

Catch Your Breath Lunchtime Tour

1:00pm to 1:45pm, Palace Green Library (Dennyson Stoddart Gallery)

Join the Exhibition Team and Life of Breath Project Members on this lunchtime tour around our winter exhibition Catch Your Breath. Find out how we brought together medical history, philosophy, art, literature and music. Discover how we have explored these areas by choosing collections from across the country and through new art commissions Tickets for this event are limited. Please ensure you book your place to avoid disappointment:

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Julian Coman (The Guardian) on The Politics of Place

5:30pm to 7:15pm, Ushaw College

'Globalisation, the economic crash of 2008 and a migration crisis have triggered a crisis in western European societies. From Brexiting Britain to an Italy where nationalism is resurgent, the far right is mobilising a romantic politics of place and identity, which is hostile to the outsider. How can progressive thought fight back?' All welcome. Free transport available. Details and registration via

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