Blind Creations Conference

in Academic Service - Archive, conference by on July 24th, 2015

Event Date: 28 – 30 June 2015

Royal Holloway University of London
Egham, Surrey
TW20 0EX

Royal Holloway University of London presents:

Blind Creations

An International Colloquium on Blindness and the Arts

This three-day international conference and micro arts festival,which took place between 28 and 30 June 2015, explored the relationship between blind people and artistic creation.

Our definition of ‘blind person’ was broad, encompassing anyone who might be defined as having ‘non-normative vision’ and / or who relates to the world using senses other than sight. We welcomed 116 delegates from around the world and heard interventions from blind and non-blind academics, practitioners, advocates, writers and artists. By defining blind people not only as subjects in their own right, but also as active creators, the conference rejected the ‘medical model’ of disability which posits blind people as passive objects of medical investigation and rehabilitation. In so doing it  challenged and reconceptualised the myths and stereotypes of ‘blindness’ which continue to circulate by recasting ‘blindness’ as a multi-faceted and positive creative force which might be usefully explored by both non-blind and blind people.

The conference, which took place at Royal Holloway’s campus in Egham, Surrey, UK, was co-organized by Hannah Thompson (Royal Holloway) and Vanessa Warne (University of Manitoba, Canada).

The conference website is here

Programme:
Sunday June 28

Welcome by Dr Hannah Thompson and Dr Vanessa Warne:

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Plenary: Georgina Kleege – Blind Self-Portraits 

Generously sponsored by the University of Manitoba’s Interdisciplinary MA Program in Disability Studies

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Session 1
1a. Music: Chair: Steven Riep

Sebastien Durand – How did music change the course of history for the Blind?

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Selina Mills – The life and times of the composer, musician, performer, teacher, Maria-Theresia Von Paradis

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Yeaji Kim – Tactile Stave Music

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Anne-Lise Mithout – Blind musicians and the making of epic poetry in Medieval Japan

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1b. The Blind Pen: panel organised and chaired by Laura Carnelos and Jane Everson

Jane Everson – Memory and the Mind’s Eye: Ecphrasis in Il Mambriano of Francesco Cieco da Ferrara

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Juan Gomis – Songs, prayers and business: blind people in Spain (15th-18th centuries)

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Laura Carnelos – Italian Blind Authors and the perception of their disability in the Early Modern Age

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1c. Creative Possibilities: panel organised and chaired by Marcia Moraes

Marcia Moraes – Research WITH: for a world more dense with narratives and sensorialities

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Laura Pozzana – Corporal workshop to awaken presences at the museum

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Virginia Kastrup – Art and Blindness: Three Lives Reinvented

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Camila Araujo Alves – What if we tried more?: A proposal for the field of accessibility in cultural spaces

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Artists’ Talks and Exhibition Opening Reception (with wine): Chair: Vanessa Warne (Management Building Auditorium followed by Foyer and Exhibition Room 004-5) Featuring talks by David Johnson, Florian Grond, Teresa Jaynes, Partho Bhowmik, Aaron McPeake and Alice Entwistle and Lou Lockwood.

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Presentation by Michael MellorInventive Louis Braille

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C. Michael Mellor, author of Louis Braille: A Touch of Genius, NBP 2006, is former editor of the Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind in New York. Born in England, he graduated from Leeds University, where he specialized in the history of science and technology. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Monday June 29

Session 2

2a. Literature (Anglo): Chair: Nancy Hansen

Adam Pottle – Blindness and Limited Narrative Omniscience in Timothy Findley’s Not Wanted on the Voyage

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Hemachandran Karah – Blindness writing: an examination of triple narrative positions in Ved Mehta’s The Continent of Blind Culture

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2b. Creative Blindness: Chair: Matthew Rubery

Alice Entwistle – Touching Text: To The Lighthouse as tactile art in Cardiff Bay

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Brian Miller – Prairie Tales: Mary Ingalls and the Invention of a 19th Century Super Crip

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2c. Japan: Chair: Kozue Handa

Hiromi Kishi – A History of “Blindness and the Arts” in Japan: Memories and the Power of Touch

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Session 3

3a. Institutions: Chair: Emma Brodzinski

Nancy Hansen – Art in Everyday Objects: Resistance in the Making

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Hazel McFarlane – Blind Asylums: Places of Creative Resistance

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Iain Hutchinson – Creativity versus Respectability: A contest between blind aspirations and the values of philanthropic interventionists in Victorian and Edwardian Scotland

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3b. Film and Visual Depiction: Chair: Sarah Dauncey

Alexandra Tacke – “The Blind guiding the Seeing”: the ‘blind spots’ of film history

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Monika Baar – Depictions of guide dogs and their owners in literature, visual art and film

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Steven Riep – Intersections: Objectification, Visual Impairments and Gender in Contemporary Cinema from China and Hong Kong

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3c. Literature (Hispanic): Chair: Maria Romeiras

Max Ubelaker Andrade – Against Seeing: Jorge Luis Borges’ Literary Imagination

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Kevin Goldstein – Foregrounding the Amanuensis: Dictation, Interdependence, Epistemology

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Aravinda Bhat  – Borges’s Aesthetic of Blindness: The Dialectic of the Ideal and the Experiential

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Session 4

4a. Key Figures: Chair: Bérengère Levet

Bruno Ronfard – An Enlightened Journey: Taha Husayn

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Bruno Liesen – Cecile Douard (1866-1941): Impressions d’une seconde vie

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4b. Tactile Education: Chair: Pieter Verstraete

Norman Ball – The innovations of Frank H. Hall

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Annika Noll – Viktor Löwenfeld and Tactility

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Session 5

5a. Across Media: Chair: Vanessa Warne

Emilie Giles – Exploring the role of eTextiles designed by blind and visual impaired users within cultural spaces

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Kozue Handa – Shape of Content: Exploring Japanese Traditional Design through Touch

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5b. Audio Description: Chair: Ryan Knighton

Louise FryerAn ecological approach to audio description

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Polly Goodwin – The limits and possibilities of audio describing silent film

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Yayoi Mashimo – Near Poetry, Beyond Explanation: Toward Verbal Descriptions with Inspiration

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5c. Multimodal Reading (panel organised by Matthew Rubery): Chair: Rebecca Scales

Matthew Rubery – Talking Books and Censorship

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Rachel Hutchinson – “Books are asked for by the loudest shouter”: the challenges of reading creatively with a limited library

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Sejal Sutaria – What’s in a Name?: The Dangers and Delights of Multimodal Reading

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Rod Michalko and Tanya Titchkosky: ‘Blindness Imaginaries and Visual Culture’ (Auditorium)
This session reveals blindness as a form of cultural perception lurking at the edges of all ways of looking and seeing.

Creative Writers’ Roundtable featuring Ryan Knighton, Naomi Foyle, Frédéric Grellier, Romain Villet and Rod Michalko (Management Building Auditorium)

Tuesday June 30

Plenary: Zina Weygand – Jacques Lusseyran: Le héros aveugle de la résistance française / The Blind Hero of the French Resistance’ (in French)  English translation here 

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6a. European Texts: Chair: Hannah Thompson

Pieter Verstraete – The representation of blindness in Maeterlinck’s theatre play De blinden and Johan van der Keuken’s documentary Herman Slobbe: Blind kind II

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Sabine Gadrat-Cellou – L’émergence d’un nouveau type de personnage(s) aveugle(s) dans la fiction (in French)

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Bérengère Levet – Blindness or Femininity, that is the question: the young blind girl in The Two Orphans, a popular novel by Adolphe d’Ennery (1887-1889)

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6b. Touching Art: Chair: Ruth Hemus

Simon Hayhoe – An enquiry into passive inclusion and unreachable artworks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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Raquel Guerriro – Aesthetic Accessibility and Tactile Images of Works of Art

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Riitta Lahtinen and Russ PalmerArt Experiences Using Haptices on the Body

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6c. Medieval/Enlightenment Perspectives: Chair: Selina Mills

Irina Metzler – Mis-leadings: Guide Dogs and the Blind in Medieval Culture

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Herve Baudry – Barocco Blindness : music, poetry and philosophy in early-modern France

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Jenni Kuuliala – The Sacred Lack of Vision: Blindness of Saints and their Clients in the Later Middle Ages

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7a. Museums: Chair: Laura MacCulloch, Curator, Royal Holloway Art Collections

Paul Sullivan – Inclusive descriptions of art works at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

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Sasa Poljac Istenic – Including and Empowering the Blind: The Case of Slovenian Museums and Art Galleries

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Rebecca McGinnis – Seeing through Art: Blind Visitors and the Museum Experience

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7b. Book Design: Simon Hayhoe

Dannyelle Valente – Multi-sensory books created for and by blind children

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Brandon Christopher – The Tactile Comic: A Reading of Philipp Meyer’s Life

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Bruno Brites – Colours of Touch: A Graphic Design Experience for Blind People

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7c. Theory/Philosophy: Chair: Heather Tilley

Joyce Leysen – Staring into the open: Towards a cosmopolitical understanding of blindness, art and society

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Piet Devos – Against the Pollution of the Eye: Jacques Lusseyran’s Phenomenology of Pure Inner Vision

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Maria Romeiras – Visual literacy and the history of the self: an option?

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Described Gallery Tour of the Royal Holloway Picture Gallery (Founder’s Building) with Laura MacCulloch and Vanessa Warne:

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Touch tour of Royal Holloway’s Erinna sculpture with Michaela Jones:

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London Critical Theory Summer School 2015 – Friday Debate II

in Academic Service - Archive by on July 10th, 2015


Event Date: 10 July 2015

Room B33
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities presents:

London Critical Theory Summer School 2015 – Friday Debate II

The annual London Critical Theory Summer School takes places over two weeks from 29th June – 10th July. At the end of each week the teaching staff join together for a panel discussion:

Week 2 – Friday Debate

Jacqueline Rose (Birkbeck)

Slavoj Zizek (Birkbeck/Lublijana)

Esther Leslie (Birkbeck)

Stephen Frosh (Birkbeck)

Costas Douzinas (Birkbeck)

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Introduction and summing up the 2nd week by by Costas DouzinasStephen Frosh, Jacqueline Rose, Esther Leslie and Slavoj Zizek:

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Audience questions and debate, chaired by Costas Douzinas

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London Critical Theory Summer School 2015 – Friday Debate I

in Academic Service - Archive by on July 3rd, 2015


Event Date: 3 July 2015

Room B33
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities presents:

London Critical Theory Summer School 2015 – Friday Debate I

The annual London Critical Theory Summer School takes places over two weeks from 29th June – 10th July. At the end of each week the teaching staff join together for a panel discussion:

Week 1 – Friday Debate with:

Wendy Brown (Berkeley)

David Harvey (CUNY)

Etienne Balibar (Kingston)

Sue Lucas & Melissa Matthes (Summer School students)

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Introduction and summing up the 1st week by by Sue Lucas, Wendy Brown, Etienne Balibar and David Harvey:

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Southern European Crisis and the Future of Europe

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 30th, 2015


Event Date: 30 June 2015

Room B01
Clore Management Centre
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities presents:

Southern European Crisis and the Future of Europe

Speakers: Etienne Balibar, Boaventura de Sousa Santos & Costas Douzinas

The dramatic developments in Greece culminate on June 30 when the loan to Greece and the austerity conditions attached to it are coming to an end. What does the crisis and the relentless austerity for Southern Europeans mean for the future of Europe? Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of the European Union? Can the emerging Radical Left help re-imagine democratic socialism for the 21st century?

Professor Costas Douzinas (Birkbeck):

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Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos (Coimbra):

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Professor Etienne Balibar (Kingston):

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New Drug Seminars – Psychopharmacology, Identity, and Human Enhancement

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 29th, 2015

Event Date 29 June 2015
Redmond’s Building
Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool   L3 5UG

University of Kent presents:

New Drug Seminars

Seminar 3: New Drugs: Psychopharmacology, Identity, and Human Enhancement

The third event in our seminar series focuses on psychopharmacology, identity and human enhancement. The seminar will ask questions about how psychopharmacology adds to our understanding of, and response to, difficult policy questions, as well as exploring novel methodologies for the investigation of user behaviours.  Although the day will include sessions on both NPS and enhancement drugs, we will focus on the former as a general theme, and the latter in more detail.
The learning from the day will also go towards informing Seminar 6, to be held in Spring 2016, which will examine how the social sciences can inform the development of novel harm reduction, treatment and supportive interventions for users of these drugs. We hope that attendees are also able to participate in that event.

Welcome and introduction by Professor Harry Sumnall (LJMU):

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Professor Harry Sumnall (LJMU) – The new Psychoactive Substances Bill and contribution of (social) psychopharmacology to policy making:

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Jim McVeigh (LJMU) – Experiential psychopharmacology of enhancement drugs:

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Katy McCloud (Scottish Drugs Forum) – Experiential psychopharmacology of NPS:

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Rebekah Brennan (Waterford) – Clinical outcomes of melanotan use:

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Dr Rebecca Askew (MMU) – Listening to drug takers: how user experiences and perspectives can help inform harm reduction, education and policy:

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Spotlight on PhD research:

Lucy Wallis (LJMU) – Diffusion of NPS:

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Kieran Hamilton (Uni West Scotland) – Hegemonic discourse in online NPS communities:

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Making Space for Art Symposium

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Event Date: 19 June 2015

Arts Lecture Theatre 2

Royal Holloway University of London
Egham, Surrey
TW20 0EX

The Humanities and Arts Research Centre at Royal Holloway University of London presents:

Making Space for Art Symposium

For as long as art has existed, so too has the question of where and how it is experienced. Art institutions, from the major national collections to regional museums, and university galleries, play an important role in reflecting, and in shaping, cultural identity. The practice and the reception of art are constantly evolving, and so the role of curating has diversified to engage with the changing nature and growing diversity of artistic practices.This one-day symposium explores the relationship between curating, display, and space, and examines the ways in which different practices of curating can shape our understanding of physical as well as cultural environments. The invited speakers represent a wide cross-section of different types of art space with contrasting imperatives, objectives and priorities.

Programme:

Introduction by Dr Giuliana Pieri (RHUL):

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Angela dalle Vacche (Georgia Institute of Technology) – Picasso’s Mystery: Art and Cinema
Paper read by Professor Eric Robertson (RHUL):

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Sonnet Stanfill (curator of fashion  at the V&A) – Creating Space for Fashion in a National Museum

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Nick Tromans (Watts Gallery) – The Watts Gallery

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Dr Laura MacCulloch (Royal Holloway, University Collections) – Waking a sleeping Giant: Making Space for Art at Royal Holloway, University of London

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Charlotte Keenan (National Museums Liverpool) – Curating the Local/National at the Walker Art Gallery

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Stephen Patterson (The Royal Collection) – Curating at the Palace

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Roundtable discussion with Christine Riding (Senior Curator of Arts at the Royal Museums Greenwich) and the above speakers
Chair: Professor Eric Robertson (RHUL):

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George Kam Wah Mak – The Annotation Question of the Chinese Protestant Bible in Late Qing China

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Event Date: 18 June 2015
Royal Asiatic Society
14 Stephenson Way
London NW1 2HD

 

The Royal Asiatic Society presents:

Dr George  Kam Wah Mak (Hong Kong Baptist University) – The Annotation Question of the Chinese Protestant Bible in Late Qing China

George Kam Wah Mak is Research Assistant Professor at David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University. Mak obtained his PhD in Chinese Studies from the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and serves on the board of directors of the Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture. His research on the history of the Chinese Protestant Bible earned him the Royal Asiatic Society’s Barwis-Holliday Award for Far Eastern Studies in 2014 and Special Mention in Stephen C. Soong Translation Studies Memorial Awards 2010. Mak authored The British and Foreign Bible Society and the Translation of the Mandarin Chinese Union Version (in Chinese) (Hong Kong: Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture, 2010). He also contributed to Religious Publishing and Print Culture in Modern China, 1800-2012 edited by Philip Clart and Gregory Adam Scott (Boston; Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015). Mak’s forthcoming monograph, Protestant Bible Translation and Mandarin as the National Language of China, will be published by Brill in its book series ‘Sinica Leidensia’.

Introduction by Dr Gordon Johnson (President, RAS):

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Angela Dalle Vacche – What Photographic Cinema Can Teach the Twenty-First Century

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Event Date: 18 June 2015

Main Lecture Theatre
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX

 

The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Royal Holloway, University of London presents:

Keynote Lecture at the 2015 Postgraduate Colloquium

Professor Angela Dalle Vacche (Georgia Institute of Technology) – What Photographic Cinema Can Teach the Twenty-First Century

As the conclusion to this year’s SMLLC postgraduate colloquium, we are delighted to announce that the keynote address will be delivered by Professor Angela Dalle Vacche. Through the tripartite lens of art, science and religion, Professor Dalle Vacche will offer an overview of Andre Bazin’s (1918-1958) film theory. The co-founder of Cahiers du Cinéma in 1951, the advocate of Italian neorealism, the mentor of the French Nouvelle Vague, and the foundational force behind film studies as an academic discipline, Bazin’s legacy throws light on the special value that photographic cinema has held for the twentieth century. Professor Dalle Vacche will conclude her presentation offering some remarks on the undeniable advantages of digital imaging over photography, but she will also call attention to the ethical limitations of this new technology.

A specialist in the intersection of aesthetic theory and film history, Angela Dalle Vacche is the author of Diva: Defiance and Passion in Early Cinema (University of Texas Press, 2008); The Visual Turn: Classical Film Theory and Art History (Rutgers University Press, 2002); Cinema and Painting: How Art is Used in Film (University of Texas Press, 1996); The Body in the Mirror: Shapes of History in Italian Cinema (Princeton University Press, 1992); and editor, with Brian Price, of Color, A Film Reader (Routledge, 2006). She is currently preparing the book André Bazin’s Cinema: Art, Science, Religion.

Introduction by Dr Giuliana Pieri (SMLLC, RHUL):

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Race, Equality and the Law

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Event Date: 16 June 2015
Room B33
Birkbeck University of London
Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HX

 

The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism presents:

Race, Equality and the Law

This collaborative event marks the 50th anniversary of the UK’s first Race Relations Act. Three scholars working in this field reflect on the history of race relations law in Britain and offer their perspectives on what has been achieved, and looking forward, what still needs to be done:

Introduction by Professor David Feldman (Director, Pears Institute):

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Dr Edie Friedman (JCORE):

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Dr Camilla Schofield (East Anglia) – History of ‘race relations’ and the Race Relations Acts:

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Dr Anastasia Vakulenko (Birmingham) – Muslims, Jews and the Law:

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Dr Omar Khan (Runnymede Trust) – Racial Equality in the 21st Century:

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Jack Straw – National Security and the Rule of Law; competing interests or complementary priorities?

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Event Date: 16 June 2015

Windsor Auditorium
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX

Royal Holloway University of London presents:

The 2015 Magna Carta Lecture

The Rt Hon Jack Straw MP – National Security and the Rule of Law; competing interests or complementary priorities?

Since 9/11 there has been much discussion about the perceived ‘competing’ interests of the rule of law and national security. In light of recent events in Syria and Iraq, these issues continue to be highly topical. In this lecture Jack Straw will reflect on his time in government and how the last Labour government sought to ensure the safety of the UK, while also upholding the rule of the law. He will then consider recent developments, post the 2010 election, and whether the balance of these two factors has shifted in recent years.

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