Summer 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to our last newsletter of this currenmt academic year.It has been a difficult one, with many universities having to cut back on research and not being able to plan ahead, and this is also affecting us. You might have noticed that we have less recordings these days – and this does not mean universities do not want to engage us – on the contrary, there were many requests and provisional bookings which were cut short by finance departments.

However, the ones we did manage to record were outstanding, and the last few of the term were no less intellectually rigorous and engaging.

Let’s start off with a lecture I greatly enjoyed on the history of a region I know very little about – the Pacific South Seas. The 2019 Prothero lecture, held at the Royal Historical Society at UCL, looked at the influence of Western contact with the Polynesians:

Sujit Sivasundaram – Waves Across the South: Monarchs, Travellers and Empire in the Pacific


Royal Holloway University of London, for those who haven’t visited this campus, is only about 2 miles away from Runnymede, the place were the Magna Carta was signed in 1215. So it comes as no surprise that the university, and especially their History Department, is very much engaged with the local museum (Egham Museum) and the Runnymede Memorial itself. The event we recorded recently was a combined effort by the National Trust, Egham Museum and Royal Holloway to engage the local population and students in commemoration festivities at Runnymede:

National Trust and Egham Museum in partnership with academics and artists – Learning from Runnymede


And staying with Royal Holloway, their Physics Outreach programme for budding physicists continued with two lectures:

Séamus Davis – Quantum Technology – Challenges and Opportunities

Veronique Boisvert – A Tunnel to the Beginning of Time


The Warburg Institute recently started a series of talks on Cosimo I de Medici – I think I mentioned this in the last newsletter – and we have recorded the last two events – if you are interested in the Italian Renaissance, this is for you:

Cosimo I de’Medici and Granducal Florence – Alessio Assonitis and Stefano Dall’Aglio

Cosimo I de’Medici and Granducal Florence – Alessandro Cecchi and Antonio Geremicca


The Pears Institute continued its series of lectures accompanying the Jews, Money, Myth exhibition at the Jewish Museum London. Both talks very interesting and surprising, compelling listening:

Sara Lipton – Jewish Money and the Image of the Jewish Body in the Middle Ages

Hasia Diner – On the Road: Jewish Peddling and the Shaping of Jewish History


The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston University held its annual post-graduate conference, and we recorded the keynote lecture from it:

Olga Lucia Lizzini – Intellect, imagination and the role of philosophy: exploring the interpretation of religion in classical Arabic philosophy


And finally, events around the Birkbeck Institute’s Critical Theory Summer School, wwwich we always cover: This year the speakers were: Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Stephen Frosh, Jacqueline Rose, Drucilla Cornell, Eyal Weizman, Slavoj Zizek and Esther Leslie. As usual there were two Friday debates in which the speakers talked about what they taught over the two weeks of the summer school, plus one other event with one of the speakers:

2019 London Critical Theory Summer School – Friday Debate I

On Rosa Luxemburg: Drucilla Cornell and Jacqueline Rose In Conversation

2019 London Critical Theory Summer School – Friday Debate II

BTW, Eyal Weizman’s project ‘Forensic Architecture’is really worth checking out.

So that’s it for another academic year – we will be busy tidying up the server, doing teh accounts, chasing bills and all the really not so interesting things that have to be done. Hope fully there will be time for some sunshine and relaxation – wishing you all a lovely summer break; back in September.

OK, that’s all for now, should you have any questions, or want to book a recording, please get in contact.

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All the best,

René