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MLAC Events Bulletin 17th-23rd October

Monday 17th October

IAS Fellows’ Seminar – The “Anthropocene” concept in environmental literary criticism

13:00-14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green, Professor Tim Clark

The seminar will briefly introduce some ways in which the term “Anthropocene” is being taken up in “ecocriticism,” the challenges for literary representation of both the spatial or temporal scale of environmental issues and their increasing complexity. Sometimes trite, sometimes useful, the term raises new questions for a mode of cultural work which aims also to be a form of activism.

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Tuesday 18th October

Ushaw Lecture Series: Daniel Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to the UK

17:30-19:15, Ushaw College, Durham

Ambassador Daniel Mulhall – ‘Confluence of Dreams’: W B Yeats, George Russell and the Easter Rising. Drinks Reception: 5.30pm; Lecture: 6pm–7.15pm

All are welcome; registration is required. To book a place please email Hannah Thomas on or telephone Jane Lidstone on 0191 334 1656.

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Wednesday 19th October

Caribbean and Diasporic Culture, Creativity and Research

10:30-16:00, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

This symposium will consider research in relation to creative practice, initiating dialogue about interaction and fault lines between these activities. How does research, expansively defined, inform creative work in literature, visual arts and film? What can we learn from reflecting on the institutional, community and material contexts in which research, creative practice, and practice-led research take place? And can exploring these issues and entanglements open up new perspectives on questions of race and representation, and on diasporic cultural production?

The symposium will feature four prominent diasporan writers, artists and filmmakers, who have been invited to reflect upon the part of research in their practice. We hope it will bring together members of the public, practitioners, researchers, curators, and students of creative writing, film, photography and art. We also hope it will be a stepping stone to future projects.

Organisers: Dr Laura Fish (Northumbria University) and Dr Jennifer Terry (Durham University)

The event is free but ticketed. Please book via the Tyneside Box Office 0191 227 5500. If you would like lunch please let Jennifer Terry know by 30 September

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University teaching practices in academic workgroups: measuring individuals or tracing change? OR: what should really be addresses by the TEF?

13:00-14:00, ED134

Dr Jan Smith (School of Education) will explain, ‘The flow of new knowledge practices: an inquiry into teaching, learning and curriculum dynamics in academic workgroups’ involves 10 universities in 5 countries in Europe, Australasia and Africa. As increasing numbers of universities globally require some form of credentialling for the teaching aspect of academic roles, we are keen to explore the outcomes of this effort – whether, how and why change happens in teaching practices and what role, if any, a university teaching qualification plays in this process.

Research in this field has focused, for a long time, on individual, cognitive change in ‘learning about teaching’ but needs to pay more attention to explanations situated in socio-cultural theories that see academic practices as rooted in particular arrangements of ideas, materials, technologies and politics. Across the project, we draw on a range of conceptual tools – critical realism (Archer, 2000), socio-materialism (Fenwick, 2010) and teaching and learning regimes (Trowler and Cooper, 2002) – to analyse interview data from workgroups (Trowler, 2008) and their heads of teaching. By reaching beyond the common focus on individuals’ practices or course evaluations, we can show how the development of teaching practices is more a collective endeavour. The implications of tracing actual change in this way provide a challenge to the poor proxies that will constitute ‘teaching excellence’ in the recent White Paper (BIS, 2016), with project outcomes suggesting that what matters in enhancing teaching practices differs markedly from what is counted in our current measurement regime.

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10th Annual History of the Book Lecture 2016: The Colours of Manuscripts: From Concept to Exhibition

17:30, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library, Dr Stella Panayotova, (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)

10th Annual History of the Book Lecture, jointly hosted by the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies and the Department of History, Durham University, to be followed by a drinks reception in the Palace Green Library Cafe.

This event is free to attend and open to all – booking is highly recommended.

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Dr Stella Panayotova has an MA in Classics from the University of Sofia and a DPhil in Medieval History from Oxford. In 1998-2000, she worked as a Research Associate on the illuminated manuscripts at Cambridge University Library. As the Keeper of Manuscripts and Printed Books at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge since 2000 she has managed major acquisitions and curated numerous exhibitions, including ‘COLOUR: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts’. She directs two research projects: –

‘The Cambridge Illuminations’ which is producing a multi-volume catalogue series of illuminated manuscripts at the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges –

‘MINIARE’, which integrates manuscripts studies with non-invasive technical analyses of the painting materials and techniques in illuminated manuscripts –

Abstract: This lecture will introduce the Fitzwilliam Museum’s bicentenary exhibition, ‘COLOUR: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts’ (30 July – 30 December 2016). The exhibition’s main focus is on the art of painting in Western medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, but it also includes examples of Byzantine, Armenian, Persian and Sanskrit material. ‘COLOUR’ brings together manuscripts studies, art history, non-invasive technical analyses, and advance digital humanities. The exhibition shares discoveries made by two cross-disciplinary projects based at the Fitzwilliam Museum and involving experts from Cambridge, the UK and overseas: ‘The Cambridge Illuminations’ and ‘MINIARE’. This lecture will present the research that underpins ‘COLOUR’, its public aspects, and the practical steps undertaken to bring the exhibition from concept to completion.

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Thursday 20th October

German Lecture and Film Screening: Prof. Volker Mergenthaler [University of Marburg] ‘Der zweite Frankfurter Auschwitz-Prozess im Film: Rolf Hädrichs Mord in Frankfurt

17:00, A56, Elvet Riverside I, Durham University

Rolf Hädrichs “Mord in Frankfurt” (BRD 1968, WDR, sw) verknüpft auf kunstvolle Weise mehrere Handlungsstränge: eine Reihe von Überfällen auf Frankfurter Taxifahrer, eine Zeugenvernehmung im zweiten Frankfurter Auschwitzprozeß und eine Inszenierung von Peter Weiss’

Ermittlung am Frankfurter Schauspielhaus. An der Schnittstelle von Ästhetik und Recht erörtert der Film, wie ich zeigen will, im kunstvollen Vernüpfen dieser Handlungsstränge grundsätzliche Fragen von Schuld, Verantwortung und Aufarbeitung.

About the speaker:

Studium der Neueren deutschen Literatur, Politikwissenschaft, Allgemeinen Rhetorik, Philosophie und Romanistik, Promotion und Habilitation an der Universität Tübingen ▪ seit 2008 Professor für Neuere deutsche Literatur an der Universität Marburg ▪ aktuelle Projekte im Rahmen der DFG-Forschergruppe “Journalliteratur” des 19. Jahrhunderts und zu den frühen Schriften Walter Benjamins.

Buchpublikationen im Bereich der Visual Studies (Diss.), zur Struktur der Transgression (Habil.), zum Motiv der Enthauptung, zu Ernst Jünger, zu Joseph von Eichendorff. Letzte Buchpublikation 2015:

Zuschauer im Eckfenster 1821/22 oder Selbstreflexion der Journalliteratur im Journal(text) (zusammen mit Nicola Kaminski).

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IAS Fellow’s Public Lecture – The Earth 500 million years ago: analyzing large-scale spatial and temporal palaeontological questions

17:30-18:30, Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College, Durham University, Dr Thomas Servais (French National Centre for Scientifical Research, University of Lille)

Life on Earth is present since a few billion years, but macroscopic fossils only became abundant with the “Cambrian Explosion”, some 500 million years ago. After the “Cambrian Explosion”, the “Great Ordovician Bio-diversification Event” was arguably the most important and sustained increase of marine biodiversity in Earth’s history. During a short time span of 25 Ma, an “explosion” of diversity at the order, family, genus, and species level occurred. The combined effects of several geological and biological processes helped generate this radiation of life. This lecture by Dr Thomas Servais (French National Centre for Scientifical Reserach, University of Lille, France) is free and open to all.

The peak of the bio-diversification correlates with unique paleography, featuring the greatest continental dispersal recorded during the Phanerozoic. Rapid sea-floor spreading during this time coincided with warm climates, high sea levels, and the largest tropical shelf area of the Phanerozoic. In addition, important ecological evolutionary changes took place, with the “explosion” of both zooplankton and suspension feeding organisms, possibly based on increased phytoplankton availability and high nutrient input to the oceans driven by intense volcanic activity. At about the same time, life on the continents also started to spread, with the first land plants being present on all palaeontologists.

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175 Lecture Series ‘From There to Here’

17:30-18:30, Joachim Room, College of St Hild & St Bede

As part of the celebration of its 175-year contribution to education, the College of St Hild and St Bede is proud to announce a series of lectures by distinguished alumni running throughout 2016. The fourth lecture of this series, ‘The Future of News and All That’ will be given by John Riley, Head of Sky News. The lecture is free of charge, places are limited and will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. To book, please contact:

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Advancing Social Mobility Through Education: A Guest Lecture by Dr Lee Elliot-Major

18:00-19:00, Collingwood College

Durham University will be hosting Dr Lee Elliot-Major, Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust, on the evening of Thursday 20th October to deliver a guest lecture on the subject of improving social mobility through education. His expertise and experience in this field will no doubt be of interest to a wide audience.

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Friday 21st October

Education and Migration: Language Foregrounded Conference

21st October 09:00-23rd October 2016, 16:00, School of Education, Durham University, Leazes Road

The purpose of this international conference is to bring together researchers and educators who are researching and working in educational contexts where human beings, and their language(s), are under pain and pressure.

Ongoing and forced migration—resulting from protracted civil war, unremitting poverty and economic hardship, and political unrest and ecological instability—often results in the termination of education for some, or entry into new learning contexts for others. This situation of heightened mobility in recent times, although not new, opens up opportunities and challenges for educators and policy makers in considering how languages, too, may be under pain and pressure. What possibilities and complexities emerge as new arrivals bring their multiple languages into schools and education centres in new communities such as refugee camps, or in established communities in civil society? What opportunities emerge with the arrival of children and adults who bring multiple languages and mobile experiences into the classroom? How can and do teachers and students learn and benefit from the multiple languages present? What opportunities arise for educational practitioners, leaders, and policy makers in building on the presence of multiple languages and their users? How can all people involved support and embrace the multilingual affordances created by these situations and contexts, bearing in mind that the migrants themselves inevitably endure high levels of trauma, psychological distress, and acculturative needs as they travel through and settle in new places? What are the implications for languages in research, education in teaching and related areas such as assessment, counselling, curricula development, educational psychology, health, intercultural education, and policy?

This international conference offers a timely space for interdisciplinary and inter-practitioner and researcher dialogue on these questions, and many more, concerning languages and (intercultural) education in times of migration; and to do so with a specific regard for the implications for the language policies, practices, and possibilities of the schools and other educational institutions where there are increasing levels of migration and amplified multilingualism.

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Vital Signs by the artist Jo Coupe

19:45-21:00, Durham Castle

This one-off performance examines the interconnectedness of Durham Castle and its inhabitants. The musical piece consists of four musicians using medieval percussion instruments to play a musical score created from data gathered from Durham Castle’s conservation and monitoring systems.

Working with percussionist Brendan Murphy, Jo Coupe has transformed information on temperature, humidity, and light levels in the castle as well as numbers of visitors and postal deliveries into a suite of compositions, which aim to reveal the rhythms and patterns of human presence in the building.

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At the end of the performance there will also be the opportunity to meet the artist Jo Coupe, the musicians and the Curator of Durham Castle.

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Saturday 22nd October

Plainsong Workshop Day – Sing, Chant at Ushaw College

10:00-16:45, Ushaw College, Durham, DH7 9RH

Music from the days of Bede and Hildegard. Tutor: Jonathan Adams, director of the Benedict Biscop Gregorian Choir. Previous experience of plainsong is not required. Tickets £15 (concession £12).

Workshop performance at 4.15 pm in the splendour of St Cuthbert’s Chapel, supported by BBG Choir members. Friends, family and Ushaw visitors welcome (donations invited). The College Gothic buildings and grounds are also open to the public.

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