Current events

The events below are organised by the College of Humanities. You may also be interested in events in the general University of Exeter events.

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1 May 201916:00

Osbert of Clare and the Forging of Westminster Abbey's Past

Jennie England recently completed her PhD at the University of York and is currently employed as a researcher on Levi Roach's AHRC project on medieval forgery. Jennie's talk will summarise aspects of her PhD research, focusing particularly the role of forgery in medieval ecclesiastical politics. Full details
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1 May 201917:00

CA Lecture: Matt Bryden - "Lost and Found"

CA Lecture at Exeter College. Matt Bryden is a poet and teacher living in Somerset. In 2018, he won a Literature Matters award from the Royal Society of Literature for his project Lost and Found. This project aims to create a pamphlet of poems treating the Lost Property Office at Bristol Temple Meads station as an entrance to the Greek Underworld. For the last year, Matt has been visiting the Lost Property Office on a monthly basis and making notes while, in tandem, attending Classics lectures at Exeter University with a view to creating a backdrop for his new work. Matt will be discussing his experience as a poet in residence at the office, sharing what he has learned from his research as well as reading from the poems for the first time. Full details
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8 May 201915:30

Research Groups in ML session, convened by CTC

Katie Brown (Latin American), Ina Linge (Medical History), Emma Cayley (Medieval Studies/Early Modern), Sam Yin (Global China), Danielle Hipkins (interdisciplinary film studies) have kindly agreed to be there in person and give a 5 minute talk on their respective centres. Helena Taylor will be away on a research trip in May, but has generously offered to let us have a short written statement for Early Modern Studies.. Full details
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8 May 201916:30

Prof. Emily Gowers (Cambridge) - TBC

Classics and Ancient History Research Seminar. Full details
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8 May 201917:00

CMHS Seminar: Josep San Ruperto, ‘Mediterranean entrepreneurs in the first global age: networks, personal trajectories and circulation in the 17th century’

Dr Josep San Ruperto will present his latest research, working as part of the 'Average-Transaction Costs and Risk Management during the First Globalization' ERC-funded project.. Full details
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9 May 201917:30

Prof Jerri Daboo's Inaugural Lecture

Inaugural Lecture. Full details
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13 May 201910:00

Digital Humanities Workshop: Video production for research and documentary (beginners)

The Digital Humanities Lab is offering University of Exeter College of Humanities students and staff the opportunity to attend Video production training for research and documentary. Due to the nature of the course and the practical tasks our participants undertake, there are a maximum of six places available on each course and sign up is required. Equipment will be provided, but please bring a laptop or notebook with you. Full details
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13 May 201916:30

Prof. Douglas Cairns (Edinburgh) - TBC

Classics and Ancient History Research Seminar. Full details
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15 May 201916:00

Research Masterclass: Primary Source Discussion and Workshop

This session is intended to help PhD students work with primary sources more effectively. It is led by Prof. James Clark and Prof. Sarah Hamilton, who will discuss the main sources they use in their research and the different ways in which this material can be approached. Full details
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16 May 201914:30

Landscape archaeology and geospatial technology, Dr. Cesar Parcero Oubina (INCIPIT)

Dr Cesar Parcero Oubiña is an archaeologist working at INCIPIT, Spain. Full details
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21 May 201917:30

How could a loving God create nature so red in tooth and claw?

A major problem for Christian thought is why the world God made and pronounced 'very good' is so full of competition, violence and extinction. Traditional recourse to the Fall of Adam and Eve seems scientifically incoherent. What new formulations might serve to aid honest Christian contemplation of a Darwinian world?. Full details
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22 May 201915:30

Revisiting the re-translation hypothesis. Translation defaults, textual time and kairos.

The re-translation hypothesis – the idea that there is teleological improvement from one translation of a source text to the next – has been largely discredited since it was first put forward by Antoine Berman and Paul Bensimon in 1990. But Berman’s own translational practice and reflection in L’Âge de la Traduction, his 180-page commentary on Walter Benjamin’s ‘Die Aufgabe des Übersetzers’, may allow the hypothesis to be recast. Berman’s commentary reflects upon Benjamin’s German text and on Maurice de Gandillac’s French translation thereof. Berman thinks and re-translates Benjamin, to a significant degree, through Gandillac. He acknowledges longstanding criticisms of Gandillac’s translation (then the only existing translation) but argues that French readers should nonetheless acknowledge the ‘gift’ that Gandillac made them in the sixties when he introduced Benjamin’s texts into France. The many revisions to Gandillac’s translation that were made both by the translator himself and by subsequent editors point to the complexity of Benjamin’s text and the humility of the translator in the face of this complexity. It is against this background that Berman’s introduction of the concept of the translational défaillance should be understood, his rendering of the term Versagung, borrowed from Freud, a term that I will render as “default”. Defaults are not errors or failings but point to nodes of textual resistance; they are an inevitable part of the translation process. I will show, via my own English translation of L’Âge de la Traduction, how the concept of the “default”, coupled with Berman’s reflections on textual time and kairos, may help us re-think the re-translation hypothesis, situating re-translation as a dialogic, collaborative process of mothering – in the sense of birthing – a text. Full details
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22 May 201918:00

PhD Open Evening for Humanities and Social Sciences

Have you ever wondered if studying for a PhD could be right for you? Perhaps you are interested in delving into a subject that fascinates you; or think a PhD might boost your career prospects. Full details
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5 June 201915:30

Work in Progress (2)

ML staff and pgr present work in progress. Full details
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7 June 20199:00

Technosomata: Sexuality, Gender, Reproduction and technology

This workshop proposes to explore the ways that technology (broadly defined) produces, configures or reshapes gender and sexuality. Cosmetics, prosthetics, athletics, pharmaceutics and sexual tools or machines (e.g. dildos, mirrors, adornment: clothes, and jewellery) can all be considered in terms of enhancement technologies with a variety of aims, including longevity, and at healthier and improved appearance. They have a pervasive impact on gender, as they redefine the limits of the physical body, as well as on sexuality in terms of rewriting the script for erotic action emphasizing sexual pleasure, or assisting/preventing reproduction.. Full details
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24 June 2019

Institute of Coding Summer School 2019 at the University of Exeter

For students with little or no experience of programming or coding, the Institute of Coding Summer School at Exeter is an opportunity to enhance your digital skills through a course designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of computer programming and social data analysis. Full details
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