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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!
Starts: Jun 5, 2017 7:00:00 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.
Starts: Jun 6, 2017 12:30:00 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
Starts: Jun 6, 2017 12:30:00 PM
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.
Starts: Jun 7, 2017 12:30:00 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?
Starts: Jun 9, 2017 5:00:00 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.
Starts: Jun 9, 2017 6:00:00 PM