Frances Bartkowski – In Praise of Mixing

25 February 2009 – (HARC) – Professor Fran Bartkowski takes up the questions surrounding contemporary ideas of kinship. How in times of constantly expanding knowledge from the biological sciences, neurosciences, and genetics do we continue to determine in our daily lives those whom we invest with intimacy? Who counts as our kin? What are the forms of care to which we commit ourselves? What about our relations with our pets, or companion animals, as some suggest we call them?

Fiona MacIntosh – Aeschylus and the Enlightenment

18 February 2009 – (HARC) – speaker: Dr. Fiona MacIntosh – The often overlooked first complete translation of Aeschylus’ plays into French by Le Franc de Pompignan (1770) lies at the centre of Dr. Macintosh’s investigation into the reception of the Oresteia in pre- and post-revolutionary France.

Nelida Fuccaro – Middle Eastern Urban Frontiers, Migrants and States

17 February 2009 – Dr. Nelida Fuccaro traces the development of the urban settlements of Bahrain and Kuwait and their (predominantly Iranian) migrant communities, as well as the rapid economic change from pearl fishing and merchants to the modern petroleum industry.

Andrew Bowie – The Future of Philosophy

10 December 2008 – (HARC) – speaker: Professor Andrew Bowie – Professor Bowie explores current trends in contemporary philosophy by stressing the continued importance of the German philosopher Theodor W. Adorno, and the need to re-contextualise Adorno for the Anglo-American world.

Empire and Genocide: The Work of Hannah Arendt

5 December 2008 – The Holocaust Research Centre and The Postcolonial Research Group at Royal Holloway, University of London ran two joint seminars on the work of Hannah Arendt, on 22nd October and 19 November. We then ran a one-day workshop on held on Friday 5th December 2008 entitled Empire and Genocide: The Work of Hannah Arendt. speakers: Dr. Stephen Morton, Professor Richard King, Dr. Simon Swift –

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Stephen Frears – ‘In Conversation’

3 December 2008 – (HARC) – speaker: film director, Stephen Frears – Stephen Frears, one of the UK’s most eminent film directors, talks to Professor John Ellis and Professor Mandy Merck about his work in film and television.

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Brickbats in Cyberspace

1 December 2008 – (HARC) – A panel discussion considers the emerging role of blogging in opening up critical dialogue about theatre and in creating new career avenues for critical writers.