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Title: Religion and migration in early modern Europe – the Calvinist and the Sephardic experience
Professor Heinz Schilling can rightly be considered the doyen of Early Modern Historians now living. In 1992 he was appointed as first professor of Early Modern European History in the Institute of Historical Studies (Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften) at Humboldt University, Berlin. Among a very wide array of prestigious ancillary positions, Professor Schilling has served as chair of the Vereins für Reformationsgeschichte, the German branch of the Society for Reformation Research, and is a corresponding member of the British Academy and a member of Academia Europaea. Professor Schilling is the founding father of the theory of religious confessionalization, which has become one of the conceptual building blocks for historians working in the field of Early Modern History.
Title: Newman's idea of a university: some misunderstandings
Ian Ker has taught both English literature and theology in universities in both the United States and Britain, where he is now Senior Research Fellow at St Benet's Hall, Oxford where he teaches in the theology faculty. He is the author and editor of more than 20 books on Newman, including the Oxford critical edition of The Idea of a University and the standard biography, which has recently been reissued in both hardback and paperback by Oxford University Press. He is also the author of The Catholic Revival in English Literature 1845-1961 and Mere Catholicism. His intellectual and literary life of G. K. Chesterton was published by Oxford University Press in April.
Title: The Secular Enchantments of Ethnomusicology
This talk examines the relationship of secular epistemologies and forms of modern religious practice in the cultural study of music. Drawing on fieldwork with Orthodox Christians and Pentecostals in Estonia and Kenya, Engelhardt explores ways in which secularity and the enchantments of worship and piety are deeply interdependent. Ultimately, Engelhardt suggests how the disciplinary and epistemological limits of ethnomusicology might contribute to the critical rethinking of secular critique and the project of secularism.
This event is a joint initiative of the UCD Humanities Institute and the UCD School of Music.
Title: Poseidon’s deepest secrets: Deepwater Archaeology in the Mediterranean
Robert L. Hohlfelder is Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has published many articles and chapters on ancient seafaring and maritime archaeology and is the author of King Herod’s Dream: Caesarea on the Sea (with Kenneth Holum, Norton 1988) He has edited several volumes including The Maritime World of Ancient Rome (University of Michigan Press 2008). He has participated in numerous archaeological excavations, both terrestrial and maritime, including, as Senior Marine Archaeologist, the Persian War Shipwreck Survey, 2003-6 and DANAOS – Deepwater Archaeological Survey off Southern Crete, 2007-8.
Friday, 18 March 2011
Rolf and Magda Loeber have made an extraordinary contribution to the study of Ireland’s material, cultural and literary heritages from the time of their first involvement in Irish affairs through the Irish Georgian Society in the late sixties and early seventies. Rolf’s ‘Irish country houses and castles of the late Caroline period: an unremembered past recaptured’ [Quarterly Bulletin of the Irish Georgian Society: XVI (1973)] inaugurated a long and distinguished series of scholarly studies on previously obscured or neglected aspects of Ireland’s heritage. Among Rolf’s ground-breaking works are his A biographical dictionary of architects in Ireland, 1600-1720 (1981) and The geography and practice of English colonisation in Ireland from 1534 to 1609 (1991). This achievement is all the more remarkable given the professional demands of their work and careers as academic researchers at the medical school of the University of Pittsburgh and elsewhere.
This symposium in their honour focused in the main on the Loebers’ magisterial A guide to Irish fiction, 1650-1900 (Dublin, 2006).
Redrawing Dublin: Part 1
Redrawing Dublin: Part 2
Monday, 14 March 2011
UCD Humanities Institute and the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (DIT, NCAD, IADT, UU) will host a special public seminar in response to the issues, ideas and challenges raised by Paul Kearns’ and Motti Ruimy’s recent interdisciplinary cultural project, REDRAWING DUBLIN (Gandon Editions, 2010). This work appears at a time when there is a flourishing of new initiatives across the cultural, academic, business and political landscape that seek to project new visions for the city of Dublin.
Finding an academic job in the United States: a workshop
Friday, 25 February 2011
Brendan Kane and Kathleen James Chakraborty (UCD) gave a workshop at UCD Humanities Institute aimed at early stage researchers in the humanities seeking academic positions in in the United States. Dr Kane is from Reading, Pennsylvania, and received a B.A. in history from the University of Rochester, an M.Phil in Irish Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a PhD from Princeton. Prior to his appointment as an associate professor at the University of Connecticut in 2005, he spent a year as the NEH/Keough Fellow at the University of Notre Dame's Keough Institute of Irish Studies.
Professor Steven Mithen, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Reading
Title: Communal and monumental architecture at the origin of the Neolithic in the Near East: new evidence from Wadi Faynan, Southern Jordan
Date: Monday, 7 February 2011
Steven Mithen has a BA (hons) in Prehistory & Archaeology from Sheffield University, an MSc in Biological Computation from York University and a PhD in Archaeology from Cambridge University. Between 1987 and 1992 he was a Research Fellow at Trinity Hall and then Lecturer in Archaeology at Cambridge. After moving to the University of Reading, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer (1996), Reader (1998) and then Professor of Early Prehistory (2000). In August 2002 he was appointed as the first Head of the School of Human & Environmental Sciences, formed by the Departments of Archaeology, Geography, Soil Science and the Postgraduate Institute of Sedimentology, a post he held until August 2008 when be became Dean of the Faculty of Science. He was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2004.
Professor Conor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights Law, London School of Economics and Political Science
Title: Human Rights: seductive, dangerous, and necessary
Date: Friday, 21 January 2011
Conor Gearty’s academic research focuses primarily on civil liberties, terrorism and human rights. His first book (co-authored with his colleague at both Cambridge and King's, Keith Ewing) was ‘Freedom under Thatcher’ and as its subtitle made clear it dealt with the state of civil liberties in modern Britain. He then wrote a book on terrorism, simply entitled ‘Terror’ which was published by Faber and Faber in 1991. Since then he has kept up his interest in both these subjects, writing more books on each - most recently ‘Civil Liberties’ (published by Oxford University Press in August 2007).