The John Brooks Memorial Lecture
Michael Palin, CBE, FRGS in conversation with Alan Charlton CMG CVO
When: Thursday 5 February 2015 18.00 – 19.30 Where: The Beveridge Hall Ground floor, Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
All welcome. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Palin established his reputation with Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Ripping Yarns. His work also includes several films with Monty Python, as well as The Missionary, A Private Function, an award-winning performance as the hapless Ken in A Fish Called Wanda, American Friends and Fierce Creatures. His television credits include two films for the BBC’s Great Railway Journeys, the plays East of Ipswich and Number 27, and Alan Bleasdale’s GBH. He recently starred in a three part drama for the BBC called Remember Me. He has written books to accompany his eight very successful travel series, including Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole, Full Circle, Sahara and Brazil. He is also the author of a number of children’s stories, the play The Weekend and the novels Hemingway’s Chair and The Truth. In July 2014, Michael, with his fellow Pythons, performed a ten night sell-out show at the 02 Arena – Monty Python Live.
Michael was made a CBE in the 2000 New Year’s Honours List for services to television drama and travel. In 2002, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Comedy Awards.
In 2005, he was given a BAFTA Special Award and in 2013 he was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship. Between 2009 and 2012, Michael was President of the Royal Geographical Society.
Alan Charlton was British Ambassador to Brazil 2008-2013. He continues his association with Brazil and Latin America through the Robin Humphreys Fellowship.
He also advises De Montfort University on their Latin America strategy as a consultant and governor and holds advisory board memberships of the Brazil Institute, King’s College London,
and ILAS. He has founded the British-Brazilian Conversa, a bilateral group seeking greater bilateral co-operation in public policy, business and education- the first meeting was held in
Cambridge in September 2014 and a second is planned for the last quarter of 2015. He has lectured widely on Brazil and Diplomacy. He is also a governor of Sherborne School.
The conference will explore the impact of Cicero’s writings and personality on intellectual and cultural history, on the visual arts, philosophy, politics, rhetoric and literature. Since so much of Cicero’s writings is extant, they cover a wide variety of genres and topics, and we are also able to get a glimpse of his personality from his letters, Cicero has had an enormous influence on western culture. By examining a diverse series of significant case studies, the conference aims to make a contribution to assessing Cicero’s impact more fully. The proceedings will be jointly published by the two Institutes as Supplements to the Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies.
Organisers: Peter Mack (Warwick), John North (UCL), Gesine Manuwald (UCL) and Maria Wyke (UCL)
Speakers: Virginia Cox (New York), Nina Dubin (Illinois at Chicago), Katherine East (Royal Holloway London), Lynn Fotheringham (Nottingham), Matthew Fox (Glasgow), Luke Houghton (Reading), Catherine Keen (UCL), Andrew Laird (Warwick), Carole Mabboux (Savoie), David Marsh (Rutgers), Martin McLaughlin (Oxford) and Laura Refe (Venice)
Read the whole programme and register here (by 5 May).
When: 7 – 8 May 2015 Where: Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB
On 5 May, the School of Advanced Study (SAS) is hosting ‘Beyond the Digital Humanities’, the final in a series of important events on the future of digital humanities organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) research network NeDiMAH (Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities). It will be chaired by Professor Lorna Hughes (below left), SAS’s first chair in digital humanities and Professor Andrew Prescott from the University of Glasgow.
Since May 2011, NeDiMAH has run a programme of activities and built a collaborative research forum to investigate the use of digital methods in arts and humanities research. The network has explored key areas of theory and practice in a number of methodological areas, including: the analysis of time and space, visualisation, linked data, large-scale data analysis, editing, manuscript imaging, temporal modeling and scholarly communications.
The reach of these events has been documented in a series of maps of digital humanities activities across Europe. This has allowed the Network to get a sense of the diversity of practice as well as understand and demonstrate the collaborative and trans-national nature of digital humanities and the integration of digital approaches into all aspects of the research lifecycle. Continue reading →
This month at the Social Scholar seminar we will be joined by Dr Judith Townend who will be looking at social media and legal concerns.
Here a little information by Judith about what can be expected:
“While social media tools are fantastically liberating for academic communication, users need to be aware of the legal and ethical context. Those trained in journalism or law will probably be aware of the most important media and communication-related laws, but my research suggests there are many bloggers and social media users who are uncertain about the boundaries of legitimate speech. What’s more, the complexity of UK media law (and high cost of resolving a civil dispute) makes it an uncertain environment for even the most experienced and legally astute. My contribution to the Social Scholar series will discuss the main legal issues for academic bloggers and social media users, point towards useful guides, and offer some thoughts on how legal resources and systems might be improved.”
Speaker: Dr Judith Townend (SAS)
Time: Wednesday 29 April 2015, 1pm-2pm
Location: Room 246 (Senate House, 2nd Floor)
All welcome! No prior registration needed. For full details check out our Event Page.
This month at the Social Scholar seminar we will be joined by Dr Judith Townend who will be looking at social media and legal concerns. For full details check out our Event Page.
Title: Legally navigating academic blogging and social media
Speaker: Dr Judith Townend (SAS)
Time: Wednesday 29 April 2015, 1pm-2pm
Location: Room 246 (Senate House)
As per usual we asked our speaker if they would answer a few questions for us.
Could you tell us about yourself?
I’m director of the Centre for Law and Information Policy at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; I joined the IALS/SAS in October 2014, and the Centre officially launched in February 2015 with an academic workshop and public lecture.
What are your views on the use of social media in academia and higher education?
I’m a great advocate of using social media to enhance academic work: at a research stage (for developing ideas, gathering data), as well as for sharing results and output with fellow scholars, practitioners with relevant interests, students and the wider public. Proponents of ‘open’ journalism have long recognised that sharing the journalistic process as well as the product can yield rich social rewards; this approach can be adopted in academia as well.
What can we expect from you at the Social Scholar?
While social media tools are fantastically liberating for academic communication, users need to be aware of the legal and ethical context. Those trained in journalism or law will probably be aware of the most important media and communication-related laws, but my research suggests there are many bloggers and social media users who are uncertain about the boundaries of legitimate speech. What’s more, the complexity of UK media law (and high cost of resolving a civil dispute) makes it an uncertain environment for even the most experienced and legally astute. My contribution to the Social Scholar series will discuss the main legal issues for academic bloggers and social media users, point towards useful guides, and offer some thoughts on how legal resources and systems might be improved.
Judith Townend has also talked about communicating law and information policy for one of the public engagement case studies already posted on this blog (see here). To find out more about the seminar check out our Event Page. The seminar is FREE and open to all.
Working in the humanities means uncovering fascinating secrets and stories. It means challenging received ideas, and finding new perspectives on histories, cultures and languages. It means working with archives and collections, and gaining access to places, ideas and knowledge that are often off-limits and ‘hidden’ for the vast majority of people. In 2015, we want to share the excitement and intrigue of working in the humanities with the broadest possible public. In doing so, we also want to learn from them.
With this aim in mind, the theme that we have settled on for this year’s SAS and Senate House Library contribution to the Being Human festival of the humanities is Hidden and Revealed.
People are invited to respond to this theme freely and imaginatively. Possible points of departure however might include the capacity of the humanities to:
Reveal hidden and forgotten narratives, cultures, histories, and languages.
Reveal hidden spaces/places/locations.
Reveal new ways of understanding and probing difficult problems.
Reveal new ways of seeing, understanding, questioning.
Reveal new perspectives on life, death and other core aspects of ‘being human’.
Reveal and challenge secrets, censorship, and things that people would rather keep hidden!
The humanities have an immense capacity to explore and reveal the secrets of the human condition – the essence of what it means to ‘be human’. For the Being Human festival 2015 we want to celebrate the huge range of work that is being done in this field within SAS/SHL itself.
A number of direct opportunities to get involved with the Being Human festival will be revealed very soon. In the meantime if you have any programming ideas of your own please get in touch with Dr Michael Eades, Cultural and Public Engagement Manger and festival curator: email@example.com