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Gold, Shakespeare, Plague, Monsters and Written Treasures: The UCL Festival of Culture

Start: Jun 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM
End: Jun 10, 2017 5:00:00 PM

UCL Festival of CUlture 2017
UCL’s Festival of Culture returns this year with a packed programme of guided walks, talks, exhibitions, workshops, screenings, and our newly introduced Festival Book Club.


Start: Jun 5, 2017 7:00:00 PM
End: Jun 5, 2017 8:00:00 PM

A panel from the UCL German Department will present major cities in the German-speaking world from surprising angles and in engaging forms. We will compare past and present-day culture, acquainting you with real and imagined features of distinctive city identities. You’ll see, hear, taste and participate in metropolitan life with German flavours, sometimes seasoned with London coatings. An element of competition between panellists representing their cities, plenty of audience participation and an integral question-and-answer section will make this a capital event!

Plague and Pestilence

Start: Jun 6, 2017 12:30:00 PM
End: Jun 6, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Today, we are constantly under threat from outbreaks of epidemic disease, most recently Ebola and Zika virus. But, how did medieval people respond to disease, and what was medieval plague all about? And why does it matter how people reacted to epidemics in the past? In this session, we’ll explore medieval plague, starting with the Black Death of 1348. We’ll be using written and visual sources from medieval Italy to help us understand how people at the time reacted to the disease.

The City After Hours

Start: Jun 6, 2017 12:30:00 PM
End: Jun 6, 2017 2:00:00 PM

As the notion of London as a 24 hour city is debated, we consider the way in which cities have been the loci of inclusion and exclusion, policing and controlling, after-hours.  The historical relevance of the night-time curfew is considered in relation to contemporary policing of the night-time, addressing, for example, the implications of the state of emergency declared in France following the attacks in Paris in November 2015 which allows for the imposition of curfews. The impact on the inhabitants of the city streets after hours is considered in relation to the increasing use of “hostile architecture” in public spaces. 

My Research Bitesized

Start: Jun 7, 2017 12:30:00 PM
End: Jun 7, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Ever wondered what a PhD student does all day? Come to this session to hear about the exciting research being done by students from across UCL who are working on medieval, Renaissance on Early Modern topics. Each student will present a bite-sized overview of their research. Discover more about subjects like alchemy, geography, literature and philosophy from a historical perspective. Afterwards, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions about the talks and find out more about what the students are up to.

Metamorphosis: Monsters, Beasts and Humans

Start: Jun 9, 2017 5:00:00 PM
End: Jun 9, 2017 6:00:00 PM

What is human? What is animal, and what is monstrous? We show how ideas about what makes humans, monsters or beasts change through history, shifting their limits and making us wonder: what is human? What is not? Where are the borderlines of humanity, and what inhabits its borderlands?

German Responses to Violence

Start: Jun 9, 2017 6:00:00 PM
End: Jun 9, 2017 7:30:00 PM

The session will be presented by Professor Stephanie Bird, Dr Mererid Puw Davies and Professor Mark Hewitson (UCL German). Stephanie is interested in representations of the Second World War and the Holocaust that incorporate comedy, Mererid has written extensively on anti-authoritarian protest movements and Mark researches the relationship between military conflicts and violent acts.
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