March 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to the March 2019 newsletter. As politics and world events appear to be hurtling back to the dark ages, we have glimpses of light with our many lectures and talks for you we recorded in the last month, starting with another ‘taster’ lecture from the Physics Department at Royal Holloway:

James Nicholls – The secret life of electrons in lower dimensions

The Aristotelian Society contributed with two seminars:

Sophia Connell – Care and Parenting in Aristotelian Ethics

Nicholas Jones – Propositions and Cognitive Relations

Also two very interesting talks from the Royal Asiatic Society:

Oliver Crawford – The Languages of Indonesian Socialism

John Clarke – Collecting Tibet at the South Kensington Museum: the legacy of the 1904 expedition and beyond

The Warburg Institute, part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, focuses on the study of cultural history and the role of images in culture, onganised several events over the last month, which we recorded. Here are two on ‘Fake News’ in earlier times (and now):

Word and Image in times of Crisis – Roundtable Discussion

Jane O. Newman – Warburg on Luther and Dürer: Media Wars and the Freedom to Think

One on curating and archiving:

Silvia Davoli – Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill

And a rather splendid conference on perception and understanding of our own bodies – fabulous talks, great discussions. You can listen to the whole conference here:

Dissecting the Visceral Body, Across Time and Disciplines

The Royal Historical Society (at UCL) contributed with some medieval history:

Simon MacLean – Charles the Bald, the Origins of the Medieval Castle and the End of the Carolingian Empire

And the History Department at Royal Holloway with some Early Modern one:

Thomas Cogswell – Adultery and politics in Jacobean London

The series of public lectures on Philosophy, Politics and Culture from the Centre for Research of Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston continues with two talks:

Radha D’Souza & Peter Hallward – What’s Wrong with Human Rights?

Stella Sandford – Reason in Reverse – Kant and Freud on Faults

The Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism at Birkbeck College held an evening’s talk on the issue of Statelessness:

Placeless People: The Calamity of Statelessness

And the Leo Baeck Institute, in association with the German Historical Institute in London, continued its series on talks on ‘Seeing Jews in Art: Networks, Fantasies and Dreams’ with:

Richard I. Cohen – Moses Mendelssohn – The German-Jewish Icon of Modernity

The Bedford Centre for Women’s and Gender History at Royal Holloway and the Women’s Engineering Society opened the brand new Beatrice Shilling building at Royal Holloway, with a look at the amazing engineer Beatrice Shilling and other female pioneers:

Magnificent Women

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, on the case as usual, held a very topical event:

Feminist Flashpoints: Sexual Harassment in the Academy

And finally, a long awaited biography on Eric Hobsbawm by Richard J Evans, is launched at Senate House London, with Martin Jacques, Donald Sassoon and of course, Richard J Evans. A great discussion with memories and reminiscences of the great historian:

Eric Hobsbawm: A life in History

Ok, that’s all from us for now – plenty more to come in the next few weeks. We live in worrying times, but in hope that the efforts of serious research and evidence will enlighten.

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