Tuesday 25th April
Ecologies and the Arts Research Group Seminar
Women and Haunted Houses in the Work of Jaume Balgueró: The Nightmares of Presence, Professor Ann Davies (Stirling)
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Wednesday 26th April
German Studies Seminar: Discussion with Poets Manuela Schmidt and Florian Neuner from Tübingen
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the literary twinning between Tübingen and Durham I would like to invite you to a reading and discussion with the two visiting poets
Manuela Schmidt & Florian Neuner from Tübingen.
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Early Modern Group Seminar
Drinking the Earth: The Environmental Governance of Brewing in Northern English Villages, 1500-1800, Leona Skelton (Northumbria)
16:30-18:00, Seminar Room 1, History Department, 43 North Bailey
Open to all.
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Inventions of the Text Seminar
The Ethics of Enchantment: The Role of Fairy Tales in the Ethical Imagination, Dr Elizabeth McKinnell (Durham)
17:30-19:00, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House
Are fairy tales pieces of moral instruction, or are they mere diversions, intended to provoke excitement and wonder? In this piece, I argue that they are neither: fairy tales have an ethical role, but this is in virtue of the ways that they engage the imagination, rather than through providing a set of veiled moral commands. I discuss this in relation to two stories from the brothers Grimm, linking well-known scholarship on fairy tales to philosophical concepts in Simone de Beauvoir, Martha Nussbaum and Jean-Paul Sartre. I show how these stories can help us develop a subtle understanding of moral complexity, freedom and embodiment.
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Friday 28th April
Jonathan Parker: Familiarity and Mystery Exhibition and Symposium
14:00, Trevelyan College
To celebrate the collection of Parker paintings and to bring the works of the artist to a wider audience, a symposium will be held at Trevelyan College on Friday, 28 April 2017. This will play a major part in the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of the College’s founding in 1966. The symposium will include presentations from art specialists, both within CVAC and beyond, as well as art dealers and collectors. It will also include contributions from Auckland Castle as well as historians of the Trevelyan family.
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Saturday 29th April
IMEMS/ Blackfriars 11th Public Lecture
Common Rights and Natural Resources: the 1217 Charter of the Forest in Historical Perspective, Dr Christian Liddy, Durham University
11:00, Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle
It is the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest in 1217. From 1217, reissues of Magna Carta were accompanied by the Forest Charter. Up to this point, the crown had enjoyed exclusive rights over large parts of England. The Forest Charter re-established wider access for hunting, grazing, and fuel. This lecture uses the Forest Charter as a starting point to think about conflicts over access to common land in a long historical perspective.
The event will begin at 11am and will be followed by a suitably medieval 3 course set lunch served communally.
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