Events bulletin: 24 – 27 May

Tuesday 24th May

 

Visual Evidence – Understanding Visual Evidence Workshop (Day 1 of Workshop 2), 14:00-18:00, Kenworthy Hall, St Mary’s College

Facilitated by the Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) and the Centre for Visual Arts and Cultures (CVAC), Understanding Visual Evidence consists of two workshops, which are designed as the point of departure and the endpoint of the Visual Evidence subtheme, respectively. The workshops will take up a set of related questions about the nature and conceptualization of ‘visual evidence’:

  • How are visual objects and practices employed in making claims about truth, fact and objectivity?
  • Which objects and practices have authority in different disciplinary contexts?
  • How does the constitution of ‘visual evidence’ change across time and space?
  • What role do visual technologies play in constructing and interpreting ‘visual evidence’?
  • What kind of ‘evidence’ do images offer?
  • What are the institutional contexts in which visual evidence is produced and interpreted?
  • What is the significance of the etymological connection between ‘evidence’ and ‘vision’?

The workshops will take up these questions from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Papers offering case studies on the construction and/or interpretation of visual evidence in selected disciplines (inter alia Earth Sciences, Geography, History, Philosophy, Visual Studies) will be paired with respondents asking questions about the way in which visual evidence is understood and seeking to probe the foundations on which knowledge is constructed. To register, please email cvac@durham.ac.uk

 

Bowes Lecture Series: Professor Andy Beresford, The Legend of St Lucy in Medieval Spanish Art, 18:00-19:00, The Bowes Museum

This paper explores the representation of St Lucy in medieval Spanish art, focusing predominately on a late thirteenth-century altarpiece produced in north western Catalonia, where the identity of the saint is partially conflated with that of her illustrious Sicilian forebear, St Agatha. In addition to a consideration of the complex relationship between vision and blindness, the paper discusses the signifying potential of the human body and the function of images of suffering as catalysts for devotion. It seeks in so doing to question medieval conceptions of identity, showing how the borders of identity are fluid and unstable rather than rigid or fixed.

 

 

Wednesday 25th May

 

Somme 1916 Talks Programme: Paul Blackett, The Great War on the Small Screen: WW1 on TV 1964-2014, 13:00-14:00, Palace Green Library

A series of lunchtime and evening talks have been scheduled to coincide with Palace Green Library’s summer exhibition, Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front. The events will take place both at lunchtimes and on evenings, with speakers covering a broad range of First World War themes; some specifically focussed on aspects of the Battle of the Somme. Paul Blackett, an independent military historian, will present a talk entitled ‘The Great War on the Small Screen: WW1 on TV 1964-2014’: “Drama, documentaries and even comedies have shaped our perception of the Great War for decades, from the quality of British generals to life in the trenches and controversial topics like military executions, all have received the TV treatment. How accurate are these portrayals, and do they say as much about their own era as they do about the First World War?” This talk will be free of charge. Booking is essential for all talks. To book online, please click here. 

 

Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture – Perspectives, Representation and Model Pluralism, 17:00-19:30, Collier Room, College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham

As part of the North-East centre of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, the Department of Philosophy hosts regular Institute lectures. Professor Sandra Mitchell (University of Pittsburgh) will present Perspectives, Representation and Model Pluralism.
Refreshments will be available from 17.00 with commencement of the lecture at 17.30. Model pluralism is rampant in contemporary science, especially in attempts to predict, explain and intervene on complex systems. Some have argued that this is a symptom of the immaturity of science, or of our cognitive limitations. I will argue that there are normative grounds for pluralism, structured by the partial, perspectival, and interactive character of representational models. I will apply this analysis to contemporary scientific models of protein structure and describe novel forms of model integration that are entailed.

 

 

Thursday 26th May

 

Dr Jason Harding, The Craft of Cruelty: An Anatomy of the Satiric Fiction of Evelyn Waugh, 17:30-18:45, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House

Click here for more information.

 

 

Friday 27th May

 

Munitionettes & Miners – County Durham Heroes of the Great War, Museum of Archaeology

Munitionettes & Miners uncovers the important roles of County Durham men and women during World War I. Discover more about local women who worked in munitions factories and Co. Durham miners who fought tunnel warfare under the Western Front. The gallery will be open Monday, 12pm – 5pm and Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm. Contact archaeology.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event

 

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