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Launching ‘Research in Translation’: communicating scholarly research to a wider audience

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Research in Translation Exhibition Launch

UCL Qatar is pleased to announce the launch of the short film ‘Research in Translation’. The film is one of the outcomes of the project Research in Translation: Public Engagement through Exhibition Displays, which Dr Serena Iervolino, Lecturer in Art Curation and Museology and Coordinator of the MA in Museum and Gallery Practice UCL Qatar, has worked on since September 2014. The project was collaboratively led alongside Dr Ceri Jones, Research Associate at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester and funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

UCL research showcased at the IV Archaeometallurgy in Europe conference

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Researchers from the Institute of Archaeology and UCL Qatar showcased a wealth of archaeometallurgical research at the IV Archaeometallurgy in Europe conference recently in Madrid.

Scoping the Future of Archaeological Science

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Journal of Archaeological Science

Marcos Martinón-Torres, Thilo Rehren & Robin Torrence have guest edited a special issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science with papers in honour of Richard Klein.

A palace underneath the wheat? Qantir-Piramesse project prepares upcoming excavation season

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Last week Dr Henning Franzmeier, Field Director for UCL Qatar’s archaeological project in Egypt’s north-eastern Nile Delta, travelled to the country in order to prepare planned fieldwork for the autumn season.

UCL Qatar Master's students start internships at renowned local and international museums

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Archaeology Internship Otrar Kazakhstan

UCL Qatar’s 2015 class of Museum Studies, Conservation and Archaeology students are currently embarking on four week work placements at leading local, regional and international museums, art galleries and archaeological sites.

Highlights from the UCL Qatar Graduation Ceremony 2015

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Take a look back at some of our favourite memories from our UCL Qatar Graduation Ceremony 2015.

UCL honours 59 students at first Qatar graduation ceremony

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UCL Qatar has celebrated the achievements of its first 59 graduating students in a spectacular ceremony at the Education City campus in Doha. Graduating students shared the occasion in front of an audience of 300 guests that included family, friends, faculty and VIP guests from Qatar and the United Kingdom. The students are the very first to receive a Master’s degree from a British university based in Qatar. 

Dispatches from Umm Al-Ma’a: The Crowded Depression

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Dr Laura Morabito, Researcher in Archaeology, and Dr Jose Carvajal Lopez, Lecturer in Islamic Archaeology, share the latest update from The Crowded Desert.

UCL Qatar partners Hashemite University for Conservation Conference

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Jordan Conference audience

UCL Qatar has partnered with Hashemite University’s Queen Rania Faculty of Tourism and Heritage to host a unique one day conference in Amman entitled Conservation in Jordan: What has been done and what is needed?

Searching for Historic Bidda: Ground Penetrating Radar Survey in Qatar

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Al Bidda 1860

Under the gently rolling green parkland of Al Bidda Park in central Doha, there lies a secret. It is likely a settlement existed at Al Bidda at least from the 18th century, making it the oldest town in this part of Qatar. A map of Doha and Al Bidda produced in the 1860s shows two settlements;the town of Doha is surrounded by a city wall with fortified towers and Al Bidda is defended by a rectangular fort. Throughout the 19th century the two settlements of Al Bidda and Doha co-existed as separate towns, but continued to grow in size and importance. Early in the 20th century the two merged into a single city.

Doctoral Prize and Inaugural Lecture awarded to Dr Serena Iervolino

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Dr Serena Iervolino

Dr Serena Iervolino, Lecturer in Art Curation and Museology at UCL Qatar, has been selected as a winner of the University of Leicester’s College of Arts, Humanities and Law Doctoral Prize competition.

Dispatches from Umm Al-Ma’a: Introducing The Crowded Desert Project

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Laura Morabito, Field Director

In March 2015, UCL Qatar and Qatar Museums began a survey of the areas around the Umm Al-Ma’a and Mleiha depressions in the North West of Qatar. The joint project forms The Crowded Desert. Dr Jose Carvajal Lopez, Project Director, and Laura Morabito, Field Director, explain.

Discover UCL Qatar Open Evening on Wednesday 25 March

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Discover UCL Qatar Open Evening

On Wednesday 25 March, UCL Qatar will host an Open Evening, providing prospective students and members of the community an opportunity to learn more about UCL Qatar’s degree programmes, study opportunities, scholarships, research and community engagement activities.

Heritage destruction in Syria: IIC publishes papers by UCL Qatar students

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Aleppo’s 13th century citadel

Students from UCL Qatar have analysed and reflected upon the sustained destruction of Syria’s cultural heritage sites, as a casualty of the ongoing civil war, in the latest News in Conservation e-paper published by the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC).

Sudan team concludes successful Iron Smelting Festival

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Iron Smelting Festival

Under the direction of Head of Sudan Research, Dr Jane Humphris, UCL Qatar has concluded its largest community outreach project to date, in the shadows of the Pyramids of Meroe, Sudan.

Getting to know... Dr Martina Renzi

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Dr Martina Renzi

In Getting To Know… we speak to a member of staff from the UCL Qatar community about their role and responsibilities, their background, and their experiences within the UCL and Qatar communities. In this edition, we speak to Dr Martina Renzi, Research Fellow at UCL Qatar.

Islamic Pasts workshop explores relationship between Heritage Studies and Islamic Studies disciplines

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Islamic Pasts workshop

On 10-11 December 2014, UCL Qatar hosted a two-day research workshop, Islamic Pasts, organised by Dr Trinidad Rico with the support of Texas A&M University at Qatar. The workshop examined the relationship between two academic disciplines: Islamic Studies within Heritage Studies, with the aim of finding new ways of understanding Islamic heritage as a result.

Library and Information Studies students visit Sharjah

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Library and Information Studies students visit Sharjah

The students from UCL Qatar’s MA in Library and Information Studies have travelled to Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, to attend the American Library Association (ALA) Sharjah International Book Fair Library Conference. The gathering of regional and international librarians included a number of speakers discussing current and future trends and issues in the library and information field.

Pioneering research on museums and collecting practices in the GCC

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St Petersburg

Dr Karen Exell, Lecturer in Museum Studies at UCL Qatar, researches and publishes on past and contemporary museum developments in the GCC, and their socio-cultural impact. Over the past year Dr Exell has undertaken several field visits to museums in the region and has interviewed numerous private individuals and collectors in order to better understand the nature of museum developments and collecting practices in the region. This mapping project has resulted in a wealth of data that will form the basis of a book on museums in the GCC to be published in 2015.

Getting to Know... Dr Myrto Georgakopoulou

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Myrto Georgakopoulou

In Getting To Know… we speak to a member of staff from the UCL Qatar community about their role and responsibilities, their background, and their experiences within the UCL and Qatar communities. In this edition, we speak to Dr Myrto Georgakopoulou, UCL Qatar’s Lecturer in Archaeological Materials Science.

UCL and QNRF to host Heritage of Doha, Identity of Qatar workshop

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Origins of Doha

On 5 November 2014 UCL Qatar alongside Qatar National Research Fund (QNFR) will host a public workshop Heritage of Doha, Identity of Qatar. The workshop will present the work of UCL Qatar’s QNRF-funded Origins of Doha project, including the results of the joint Qatar Museums-UCL Qatar excavations in central Doha. These archaeological findings will then be used to explore the history and people of Doha, the transformation of the traditional town to a modern city, and the experience of its inhabitants through time.

Exhibition to showcase Qatari Natural Heritage

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Doha College

This November, UCL Qatar is to exhibit the results of a series of workshops run at three local secondary schools. Students from the Al Ruqayya School, Qatar Canadian School and Doha College have created artworks to form the basis of the exhibition Qatar Natural Heritage under the Microscope: Designs based on Flora and Fauna found in Qatar.

UCL Qatar student wins coveted award at 20th European Association of Archaeologists conference

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UCL Qatar archaeology student

Can Aksoy, a research student at UCL Qatar, has received the prestigious Student Award in front of 2500 delegates at the European Association of Archaeologists 20th Annual Meeting, held from 10-14 September 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey.

First graduation ceremony a milestone moment for UCL Qatar

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The first students to graduate from UCL Qatar have been honoured at the UCL Graduation Ceremony in London. The students, who were the first cohort of MA Museum and Gallery Practice students to enrol at UCL Qatar in 2012, were conferred in front of family, friends, distinguished guests and the wider UCL community.

Library Studies degree programme receives CILIP accreditation

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The MA in Library and Information Studies course at UCL Qatar has become the first degree programme of its kind in the region to be formally accredited by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

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