Bernardine Evaristo: ‘London, Londinium, Londolo: The Endless Possibilities of Re-Imagining London’
My fiction, verse fiction and poetry are strongly rooted in various imaginings of London, from the pre-historical settlement of early man in my poem, Routes, to the escapades of a black Roman girl living it up in Londinium in my verse novel, The Emperor’s Babe. Inthe parallel universe of my novel, Blonde Roots, London becomes the African city of Londolo; the semi-autobiographical verse novel Lara,spans 150 years of my family’s migrations; in Hello Mum, London is seen through the eyes of a fourteen year old boy living on a housing estate; and Mr Loverman, is the story of a 74 year old black gay man who has lived in the city for fifty years. This talk will dig deep into the city as source of inspiration with illustrative readings from the books.
Award-winning author Bernardine Evaristo’s seven books of fiction and verse fiction include Mr Loverman (Penguin 2013), Lara (Bloodaxe 2009), Blonde Roots (Penguin 2008) and The Emperor’s Babe(Penguin 2001). Two of her novels have been adapted into BBC R4 plays since 2012. She is a literary critic, editor, writer for radio and has judged many literary prizes. She is Reader in Creative Writing at Brunel University, London and teaches the UEA-Guardian How to Tell a Story course. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and the Royal Society of Arts, and she was made an MBE in 2009.
Every year the School of Advanced Study (SAS) welcomes more than 800 research fellows and associates, this year Frédérique Woerther, an international expert in ancient Greek rhetorical theories and their Medieval Arabic interpretations, was one of them.
By Frédérique Woerther
The visiting fellowship and the chance to spend a month at the School of Advanced Study’s Warburg Institute, represented many opportunities for me. Not only would I meet with colleagues from universities such as Cambridge, Oxford, Warwick, Leeds and University College London, and to present my work to specialists in my field – Ancient Greek Rhetorical theories; Arabic commentaries on Aristotle – it meant being able to exchange ideas with, and receive criticism from some of the best academics in the world who reside and work in Great Britain. Continue reading →
Dr Martin Paul Eve–co-founder of the Open Library of the Humanities and editor of the open access journal Alluvium—reflects on “open access”, engagement, and the politics of information management in a digital age.
The academic disciplines that constitute the humanities study human cultures, their art-forms, philosophies, expressions and histories. They aim to do so through a promotion of “critical thinking” that discourages one from becoming “completely comfortable with your own certainties”, as Michel Foucault put it. These values, of course, seem central to notions of political agency and particularly democracy, for without a critical self-knowledge, how can we act with any determination? Continue reading →
Though the relationship between music and words has occupied a prominent position in philosophical and aesthetic discourse on the arts since antiquity, the historiography of this relationship have received far less attention, and the broad area of ‘words about music’ or music literature generally, remains understudied. Significant recent scholarship however, has signalled the emerging importance of this area of study, and the conference aims to provide a forum for consolidated interdisciplinary discussion in this area, and to highlight and focus its innovative methodological potential that can be applied more broadly within musicology and literary and historical studies.
What do you think of when someone tells you that they’re a scientist or an artist? You probably don’t know exactly what they do – there is huge variety in the arts and the sciences – but you have a rough idea. Compare this with someone telling you that they work in the humanities? What is that, you might say? And what do you call someone who works in the humanities? A humanist? The term is catching on in the United States, but it often carries the wrong connotations. Of course, we have a better sense of what someone does if they tell us they are a historian, or an anthropologist, or philosopher or linguist. The trouble is the want of a collective term for researchers in the humanities, along with the obscurity of the term ‘humanities’ for the wider public. Continue reading →