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Leverhulme Visiting Professor

Professor Svend Erik Larsen

Professor Svend Erik Larsen (Aarhus Universitet, Denmark) has been awarded a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship to spend January-June 2013 based at UCL Scandinavian Studies. He will be delivering four Leverhulme Lectures, leading Masterclasses for postgraduate students, and helping launch a new collaboration between UCL Scandinavian Studies, Dutch and SSEES: Learning from Small Nations. For more information, please contact Dr Claire Thomson (claire.thomson@ucl.ac.uk).


Four Leverhulme Lectures
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All four Leverhulme Lectures begin at 6pm and last for around an hour. All welcome; no need to book. They take place in the Ramsay Lecture Theatre (G21), Christopher Ingold Chemistry Building, Gordon Street WC1H 0AJ. Maps and transport information can be found at this link.

Listen to podcasts of the lectures by following the links after each lecture below.

  • Leverhulme Lecture I:¬†Wednesday 16 January, 6pm, G21 Christopher Ingold Building
Forgiveness after Religion: Radical Wrong-Doing & Cultural Norms

The idea of radical wrongdoing changed when Christianity lost its grip on cultural norms, and forgiveness acquired a new role in literature and culture. Followed by a wine reception hosted by the School of European Languages, Culture and Society.

Listen to an audio recording of the lecture here

View the lecture via Lecturecast here


  • Leverhulme Lecture II:¬†Wednesday 6 February, 6pm, G21 Christopher Ingold Building
Don Juan, Lear & Figaro: Reinventing Forgiveness

Tragedy and comedy feed on the transgression of norms and its consequences for human life. When they change, new visions of humanity emerge together with new role of forgiveness.

Listen to an audio recording of the lecture here

View the lecture via Lecturecast here


  • Leverhulme Lecture III:¬†Wednesday 13 March, 6pm, G21 Christopher Ingold Building
Where Forgiveness does not Exist

Cultures before or outside Christianity take issue with radical wrongdoing in other ways than the Western tradition, questioning the universal status of forgiveness.


  • Leverhulme Lecture IV: Wednesday 24 April, 6pm, G21 Christopher Ingold Building
The Limits of Forgiveness: Writing Reconciliation in South Africa

Many South African writers have discussed the limits of the bold attempt to use forgiveness as an instrument to national reconciliation.

Image credit:

Bartolomeu dos Santos, Entrance to a Labyrinth, 1976, etching and aquatint, UCL Art Museum 8817, University College London.