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Beyond Flanders Fields: The Great War in Belgium and the Netherlands

Start: Jun 4, 2016 10:00:00 AM
End: Jun 5, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Beyond Flanders Fields
Queen Mary University of London, with the support of University College London (Dr Christophe Declercq of CenTraS), will host a conference to further explore aspects of the First World War: Beyond Flanders Fields

A discussion about the future of the early modern and adjacent moments at UCL

Start: Jun 7, 2016 4:00:00 PM
End: Jun 7, 2016 6:00:00 PM

The Corn Harvest by Pieter Bruegel the Elder; Antwerp, 1525-1530
We are seeking to consult and start conversations as widely as possible with colleagues in any discipline about our community and how we in the Centre for Early Modern Exchanges (EME) and the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL) can support, facilitate, enhance and showcase your work, research and teaching. Both Research Centres now belong to UCL's Institute for Advanced Studies and we are seeking to change our remit to be more representative of the incredible collection of expertise and brilliance at UCL.

The Physiology of Youth and The Vagueness of Vagrancy

Start: Jun 9, 2016 5:00:00 PM
End: Jun 9, 2016 7:00:00 PM

Cú Chulainn in battle
Followed by wine and discussion

The Epistle of the Number by Ibn al-Ahdab. The Transmission of Arabic mathematics to Hebrew circles in Medieval Sicily

Start: Jun 9, 2016 7:00:00 PM

 Ilana Wartenberg’s book aims to show how Ibn al-Banna’s famous Arabic text on arithmetic and algebra Talkhis A’mal al-Hisab (A Summary of the operations ofCalculation) was transmitted into Hebrew by the polymath Isaac Ibn al-Ahdab, resulting in the extensive text The Epistle of the Number. This book presents the first edition of The Epistle of the Number, which was composed in Syracuse, Sicily, at the end of the 14th century. It also depicts the fascinating figure of Isaac Ibn al-Ahdab: astronomer, mathematician, poet, exegete and ‘calendar-man’ – shedding new light on his persona and intellectual activity. The Hebrew Epistle plays a pivotal role in the history of medieval Hebrew mathematics because it is the first known Hebrew treatise which includes extensive algebraic theories and procedures. It is also the first (and last) known Hebrew version of Talkhis A’mal al-Hisab. The Hebrew Epistle exposes novel mathematical vocabulary and enhances our understanding of the linguistic mechanisms which helped create scientific vocabulary in medieval Hebrew. The Epistle of the Number is a palpable witness to the transmission of Arabic science to Jewish circles in Christian Syracuse at the end of the 14th century, reflecting the scientific activity of the Jews there, of which still relatively little is known. This book will be of interest to scholars in the fields of Jewish Studies, Hebrew philology, medieval studies, mathematics, history of science, and, in particular, history of medieval Hebrew and Arabic mathematics.

Theodor Herzl: From Jewish Politics to Geo-Politics

Start: Jun 16, 2016 6:30:00 PM

This talk is about two interrelated questions: what did Theodor Herzl think about the world; and what did the world think about Herzl? Herzl was well-versed in global affairs, was on friendly terms with a number of European senior politicians, and over the course of his short Zionist career managed to meet monarchs, emperors, and the Pope. Although Herzl devoted the final decade of his life to Zionism he was deeply immersed in national, imperial and colonial politics, and that level of engagement does much to explain why he was able to gain access to, and at times leave a positive impression upon, some of the world’s most powerful individuals.
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