A packed week this week, with Professor Catherine Malabou visiting for a Workshop and Castle Lecture, a Translation & Linguistics Research Group session with a Durham alumnus, and the first language café of 2016. This week’s forum will be a CAREERS SESSION with Chris Davison of the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre. 5pm, Thursday, ER153.
Monday 25th January
The Great European Disaster Movie, 20:00, Great Hall, Durham Castle
As part of the Wake Up Europe! Campaign, Durham University Italian Society is very excited to be bringing “The Great European Disaster Movie” to Durham University, with its director, Annalisa Piras, and its executive producer, Bill Emmott (former editor-in-chief of The Economist). The event has been organised with the Wake Up Foundation and University College to encourage, in light of the ongoing troubles faced by the EU and the possibility of a Brexit, a discussion amongst students and professors about the future of the European Union. The movie screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Annalisa Piras and Bill Emmott. Anyone interested in the EU, whether pro-EU or Eurosceptic, is welcome to come and join the debate! The event is free, and open to everyone, but due to limited spaces you will need to RSVP here. Meanwhile, have a look at the official video of the campaign here. Click here for the Facebook link.
Tuesday 26th January
The Evidence of Plasticity – A Workshop with Catherine Malabou, 14:00-18:00, Williams Room, St Chad’s College
14.00-16.30 – ‘The Place of the Void’, Ian James (Cambridge); ‘A Plastic Reading of the 17th Century’, Maria El-Turk (Durham); ‘Brains, Pills and Dildos: Neuroplasticity, Pharmacology and Prosthetics’, Sofia Hewson(Cambridge); ‘Philosophy, Plasticity and “History as the History of Addictions”’, Gerald Moore (Durham). With responses from Malabou.
16.45-18.00 – ‘Annihilation without a trace?’ Roundtable on the evidence of plasticity, led by Catherine Malabou.
IMEMS Openness and Secrecy Seminar: Dr Jonathan Patterson, University of Oxford – Openness and Dissimulation in Renaissance and Political Tragedy: Pierre Matthieu’s La Guisiade (1589), 17:30, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library. Followed by a drinks reception at the Cafe, Palace Green Library
In 1589, the Catholic lawyer Pierre Matthieu wrote a furious tragedy entitled La Guisiade, during the final French War of Religion: a three-way struggle between moderate and hard-line Catholics, and Huguenots led by Henri deNavarre. La Guisiade is openly – blatantly – political in that it squarely blames the deeply unpopular king of France, Henri III, for the assassination of Henri de Guise, the charismatic leader of the uncompromising Catholic League storming its way to power. And yet, Matthieu is reluctant to vilify the monarch alone. As La Guisiade progresses, secretive, dissimulating counsellors are introduced to sway Henri III towards murder. The most intriguing is the mysterious personage ‘N.N.’ who stands for an indeterminate array of ‘sorcerers, Machiavels, and heretics’ supposedly poisoning the king’s mind. My paper will focus on some of the wider literary and political issues at stake. Should we read La Guisiade as theatre and / or as political propaganda? If theatre, to what extent does it conform to Renaissance dramaturgical precepts requiring hiddenness and openness as part of the tragic machinery? And if we read the play as a piece of overt propaganda, who exactly does it target, besides the monarch? Click here for more information.
Wednesday 27th January
MLAC Translation & Linguistics Research Group, 13:00-14:00, ER141: Ronan Malt will present on Hitting the back of the net as a football interpreter/translator.
Ronan Malt is a football interpreter and translator. He completed a BA in Modern Languages at Durham University, after which he went on to do an MA in Interpreting at London Metropolitan University. Ronan has gone on to combine his language skills with his keen interest in football by working as a football interpreter/translator. In his talk, Ronan will offer you an insight into his professional career path and some of the contexts he has worked in. He will then go on to focus on the skills he believes are needed to become a football interpreter/translator before offering some tips to the aspiring translator/interpreter.
Castle Lecture Series: Catherine Malabou, Professor in Philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University, ‘The Anthropocene: A New History’, 19:30, Great Hall, Durham Castle
Professor Malabou will interrogate the notion of “Anthropocene” as a specific temporal determination situated at the boarder of nature and history. The Anthropocene is both a geological era and a historical moment. Clearly, such a phenomenon requires a new concept of history, in which nature plays a central role, and ceases to be the eternal recurrence of the identical to become a genuine source of events. A phenomenon like global warming can thus be analysed as a historical turn of nature. New notions like deep history, negative universal history,neurohistory, are currently be used by historians, theoreticians of environment, and evolutionary biologists. I will propose a philosophical approach to these new determinations. Seats for the Castle lecture are free of charge, but first come, first served. Click here for more information.
Thursday 28th January
Language Café, 18:30-20:30, Durham Student Union
Our first language café of 2016 will take place on Thursday 28th January (6.30-8.30) at the DSU bar. This is an opportunity for anyone who wants to practice their foreign languages to chat in a friendly and lively environment. Arabic will also take part in the event. Click here for more information.