AH Events

The Man who never threw anything away: Moses Gaster and his World

Start: Nov 27, 2014 6:15:00 PM

Sir Moses Gaster
Moses Gaster (1856-1939) was born in Romania but expelled due to his political activities on behalf of the Jewish community. He emigrated to England and was appointed as Haham of the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish community and later Principal of the Judith Lady Montefiore College in Ramsgate. He was one of the leading figures in the Zionist movement in England and played an important role in the negotiations that led to the Balfour Declaration. As well as his communal and political activities, he was a prolific scholar in both Jewish and non-Jewish fields. Gaster left behind a vast archive of over 170,000 items, which his heirs deposited at UCL. It includes correspondence, diaries, notebooks, unpublished memoirs, photographs, press cuttings and more. There is also a large collection of ephemera, such as visiting cards, greeting cards, invitations and menus. This talk will use items from the collection and extracts from the memoirs to describe Gaster’s life and the Anglo-Jewish community in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It will be illustrated with images from the ephemera collection, which has been partially digitised.

Jewish and Christian Tombstones from ancient Zoara/Zoora

Start: Dec 1, 2014 6:00:00 PM

The Biblical town of Zoar, referred to as Zoora in a 6th century CE map, is located by modern Ghor es-Safi, at the southeastern shores of the Dead Sea in Jordan. Regular and illegal archeological excavations that took place in the 1980s and 1990s in the site brought to light an impressive number of Greek and Aramaic epitaphs inscribed on stone, dating to the 4th–6th centuries CE. Gravestones inscribed in Greek belong to Christian burials, while the fewer stones inscribed in Aramaic were attributed to Jewish burials. This is a major discovery, not only as these texts are of exceptional quality and unusual character, but also for their sheer number: the corpus of newly-discovered epitaphs from Zoara/Zoora comprises 386 Greek and ca. 50 Aramaic inscriptions. Such figures are unparalleled in most of the cities or towns in the Roman Near East.

CenTraS Seminars: Film musicals in translation: textual choices for the song episodes

Start: Dec 3, 2014 4:00:00 PM
End: Dec 3, 2014 5:00:00 PM

The Many Lives of Inspector Montalbano

Start: Dec 3, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Dec 3, 2014 8:00:00 PM

No Italian detective figure has been so popular, both at home and beyond the national borders, as Inspector Montalbano, the widely-acclaimed literary creation of Sicilian crime writer Andrea Camilleri. Camilleri has sold millions of copies of his Montalbano novels in Italy and abroad; they have been translated in more than 30 languages, and the rights of the TV adaptations have been acquired by networks all around the world. This talk, while contextualizing the Sicilian author’s controversial success, aims to explore the reasons behind the ‘Montalbano phenomenon’, to examine its intriguing incarnations but, especially, to discuss the (problematic) cultural ramifications of its reception/perception in Italy and abroad.

Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies Research in Progress Seminar

Start: Dec 4, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Dec 4, 2014 7:00:00 PM

This new series will showcase the research of doctoral students from across UCL working in Medieval, Renaissance or Early Modern Studies. All welcome, followed by a wine reception.

Mendes Pinto

Start: Dec 5, 2014 3:00:00 PM
End: Dec 6, 2014 12:45:00 PM

Portuguese Discoveries 1502

University College London and King's College London present a two-day conference bringing together experts in the literature and history of the early modern Portuguese world to discuss the "Peregrination" of Fernão Mendes Pinto (1614).

Conference programme

Portraying Perpetrators screening: 'Aftermath' (2012)

Start: Dec 10, 2014 7:00:00 PM

This contemporary drama was inspired by the 1941 progrom in the Jewish community of Jedwabne and the book Neighbors by Jan T. Gross. It tells the story of two brothers intent on finding out what happened in their village during the war and how their own family became entangled in the murder of their Jewish neighbours. In Poland, the film was very controversial and reignited the controversy about the role Poles played in the Holocaust.

CenTraS Seminars: Towards a micro-history of translators and translation. Speaker: Prof. Jeremy Munday

Start: Jan 13, 2015 4:00:00 PM
End: Jan 13, 2015 5:00:00 PM

Le epigrafi di Poggio Mirteto: la scoperta di una lauda di inizio Trecento

Start: Jan 21, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Jan 21, 2015 8:00:00 PM

GIULIA AMMANNATI  (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa) e FRANCESCO GIANCANE (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)

CenTraS Seminars: Corpus tools for translators

Start: Jan 27, 2015 4:00:00 PM
End: Jan 27, 2015 4:00:00 PM

CenTras Seminars: The art of譯(yì)

Start: Feb 10, 2015 4:00:00 PM
End: Feb 10, 2015 5:00:00 PM

Letteratura italiana e Riforma protestante: un incontro impossibile?

Start: Mar 11, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 11, 2015 8:00:00 PM

DAVIDE DALMAS (Università di Torino)

CenTraS Seminars: The language of interlingual subtitles

Start: May 5, 2015 4:00:00 PM
End: May 5, 2015 5:00:00 PM