Audiences & Cultural Experiences in the Digital Age

Start: May 7, 2015 10:00:00 AM
End: May 7, 2015 5:30:00 PM

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Please note that attendance for the whole day is required.For the purposes of the workshop, please submit, when registering, a short paragraph (max. 150 words) that illustrates your research interests and how they are related to this event.

Maimonides and Contemporary Tort Theory: Law, Religion, Economics and Morality

Start: May 11, 2015 6:30:00 PM

This lecture presents Maimonides’ complete tort theory, revealed in the light of all his works – halakhic as well as philosophical. Professor Sinai will recount a story that was neglected by the scholars and the commentators on Maimonides: a story about the rationalization of tort laws that was told by Maimonides in the 'Guide of the Perplexed', his well-known philosophical work, from which it emerges that tort law has two main objectives. One is that of removing wrong (a type of corrective justice), and the second, which is surprising in view of the period in which it was first conceived, is the social objective of preventing damages. There is also a religious dimension, which Maimonides emphasises less, and this includes the prohibition against causing injury, “an eye for an eye”, and a blurring of the boundaries between criminal law and tort law. Professor Sinai will also include a comparison between Maimonides and prominent modern scholars.

Cities After Hours

Start: May 13, 2015 6:30:00 PM
End: May 13, 2015 8:30:00 PM

Urban Lab Films
In the second Nocturnal City screening, in the newly opened studio of the Bloomsbury Theatre, we explore the inequalities of the city at night, from those who work, those who unwind, and those who sleep rough.

Unwinding the Labyrinth: Exploring the 'Eights in the Octagon' Exhibition

Start: May 18, 2015 1:00:00 PM
End: May 18, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Diagram of a renaissance maze
'Eights in the Octagon' is a UCL exhibition inspired by the Octagon Gallery’s shape and location.

A Journey to the Centre of Sentences

Start: May 19, 2015 1:00:00 PM
End: May 19, 2015 2:00:00 PM

'Hello World' in several languages
Sometimes trying to learn a foreign language is like trying to learn a foreign language. Don't worry help is at hand.

Lux intelligibilis. What’s in a Metaphor?

Start: May 19, 2015 6:30:00 PM
End: May 19, 2015 7:30:00 PM

Mundas Intellectualis
We say ‘I see what you mean’. We speak of the Enlightenment. What is this inner light that helps us think?

Chile and the Inter-American Human Rights System (IAHRS)

Start: May 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM
End: May 20, 2015 6:00:00 PM

UCL Institute of the Americas logo
This one-day conference seeks to cater to an international community of human rights practitioners and researchers of the Americas from across the humanities and the social sciences by focusing on an interdisciplinary and detailed examination the most recent cases decided by the Inter American Human Rights System against the Chilean state.

Pregnancy and False Pregnancy

Start: May 20, 2015 5:00:00 PM
End: May 20, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Mary I
This illustrated lecture examines beliefs – medical and cultural – about phantom pregnancies in early modern England with specific connections to the political implications of Mary I’s false pregnancies. While historians have often described women who believed they were pregnant when they were not as pathetic or pathological, many medical texts of the period argued it was very difficult to tell a false pregnancy from a real one – or at least this was so until a baby was born or too much time had past.  Mary’s phantom pregnancy not only had great political consequences for her reign, but more than a century later, it was brought up again as Protestants attempted to describe the 1688 pregnancy of Catholic Mary of Modena, wife of James II, as also false. 

Do Jews Believe in Saints? A Medieval Rabbi and his Posthumous Travels

Start: May 21, 2015 6:30:00 PM

Jewish Saints

The Grammar of the Eastern European Hasidic Hebrew Tale

Start: May 28, 2015 6:30:00 PM

This lecture will examine key grammatical features of the Hebrew tales composed in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Eastern Europe by followers of the Hasidic spiritual movement. These tales, which focus on the lives and works of the Hasidic rebbes, are of great significance for the historical study of Hebrew for two reasons. Firstly, they are an extremely rich linguistic repository, constituting one of the only extensive sources of narrative Hebrew from nineteenth-century Eastern Europe, and thus shed valuable light on the use of the language in this setting. Secondly, they were composed just prior to the large-scale revival of the language in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Palestine; as many former Hasidim who were probably familiar with Hasidic literature became followers of the early Zionist movement and subsequently participated in the revival project, the language of the tales is likely to have played a role in the development of Modern (Israeli) Hebrew. These points will be considered in the lecture through discussion of a number of noteworthy non-standard elements of Hasidic Hebrew grammar. Attention will be devoted to the historical origins of these forms and constructions, many of which are traceable to Medieval Hebrew literature or attributable to influence from the authors’ native Yiddish.

Bonds & Boundaries

Start: Jun 18, 2015 9:00:00 AM
End: Jun 19, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Bonds & Boundaries
The negotiation of traditional disciplinary boundaries is central to interdisciplinary study in the Arts and Humanities. In making new connections between disciplines we transgress boundaries and break down barriers, but in doing so, we forge new bonds and new relations between concepts, disciplines, and practices that previously did not exist.

Political Discourse: Multidisciplinary Approaches

Start: Jun 26, 2015 9:00:00 AM
End: Jun 27, 2015 5:00:00 PM

Professor Finlayson is Associate Editor of the journal Contemporary Political Theory and has recently published papers on the distinctive characteristics of political speech and nationalism as a political ideology. 

Incest and the Habsburgs

Start: Oct 21, 2015 5:00:00 PM
End: Oct 21, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Habsburg Roundels
It is a great pleasure to welcome Geoffrey Parker, Andreas Dorpalen Professor of European History at Ohio State University, back to the Centre for another special guest lecture. Geoffrey is a leading specialist in early modern Spain, military and global history. All welcome, followed by a wine reception to be held in the Wilkins Garden Room.

‘A new comodye in englysh in maner of an enterlude’: La Celestina in circulation between the Hispanic book market and the Tudor Stage

Start: Nov 25, 2015 4:30:00 PM
End: Nov 25, 2015 7:00:00 PM

An event organised in conjunction with the Golden Age and Renaissance Seminar.

La Celestina in circulation between the Hispanic book market and the Tudor Stage

Start: Nov 25, 2015 4:30:00 PM
End: Nov 25, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Jose Maria Perez Fernandez (University of Granada). ‘A new comodye in englysh in maner of an enterlude’: La Celestina in circulation between the Hispanic book market and the Tudor Stage