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Current research seminars

2019/20 research seminar programme

Semester 1

New Directions in Medieval Studies

Date: Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 2-4pm

Venue: Byre Conference Room

Dr Miranda Griffin (Cambridge, French)
Dr Rosa Vidal Doval (RHUL, Spanish)
Professor Julia Bray (Oxford, Arabic)

Chair: Dr Victoria Turner (St Andrews)

New Directions in Material Culture

Date: Friday, 8 November 2019, 2-4pm

Venue: Bell Pettigrew Museum

Professor Dan Hicks (Oxford, Archaeology)
Dr Freya Gowrley (Derby, History)
Professor Jill Burke (Edinburgh College of Art)

Chair: Dr Emma Bond (St Andrews)

Modern Languages has long-standing intersections with material culture, through research areas such as book history, digital humanities and linguistic mapping, and more recently through the lens of memory studies. In this seminar we welcome three prominent scholars from outside Modern Languages in order to think through new potential routes and applications of material culture for our own field. With expertise ranging from the Renaissance to the contemporary, our speakers will explore the theoretical importance of objects for unlocking new understandings of social reality in different times and spaces. They will also offer practical demonstrations and hands-on making opportunities for participants to engage materially with the objects they study.

The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception outside the Museum.

Spaces are limited – please contact to request a place.


New Directions in Cultural Studies

Date: Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 2-4pm

Venue: Senate Room

Professor Silvia Albertazzi (University of Bologna)
Professor Davide Messina (Italian, University of Edinburgh)
Dr Ella Chmielewska (Architecture, University of Edinburgh)

Chair: Dr Andrew Cusack

For the information on past seminars, please visit our Seminar Archive.