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2017 Festival of Ideas

Festival of Ideas

FACULTY OF MODERN AND MEDIEVAL LANGUAGES – FESTIVAL OF IDEAS  2017

All events below require pre-booking.  Bookings open: Mon 25 Sep 2017
To pre-book, visit: www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk
or call: 01223 766766 (lines open 11 am – 3pm Mo – Fri)

 


THE MML FACULTY AND SCHRÖDER LECTURE

Encountering Brexit - Perspectives and Challenges

What does “Brexit” mean for business, for international relations, for education and research, and for domestic politics, diversity and human rights in the UK? What are the different challenges and dangers, for the UK and Europe, as the UK withdraws from the European Union? A panel discussion with David Champion (Harvard Business Review), Hans Kundnani (Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund), Oreluwa Ogunbiyi (President, Cambridge University African Caribbean Society), Robert Wintemute (Professor of Human Rights Law, King’s College London), Margret Wintermantel (President, German Academic Exchange Service), chaired by Baroness Garden of Frognal.   

 

Friday 27 October 5 – 7 pm                                                                   

St John’s College, Palmerston Lecture Theatre, Fisher Building, St John’s Street CB2 1TP 

*This event will also be livestreamed from the MML Facebook page. Details to follow. 


CAN THERE EVER BE TRUTH IN TRANSLATION?

What is true translation? How faithful should translation be? How useful is translation in teaching at both school and university level? Find out at this half-day event: journalist and foreign correspondent Rosie Goldsmith talks about her experiences in ‘translating’ events into news stories. Talks also showcase what a degree in German and the ability to think in the foreign language can lead to.

This event is partly funded by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.

 

Saturday 21 October 11 am – 4pm

Magdalene College, Cripps Court, 1-3 Chesterton Road CB4 3AD


WHOSE TRUTH? THE INQUISITION AT WORK IN 16TH CENTURY ITALY

Trials during the Reformation period commonly resorted to torture to extract information. Records from such trials have recently been used to inform a project about the beliefs of ordinary people in sixteenth-century Italy. In this talk, Abigail Brundin considers the difficulties of analysing these kinds of sources, and what sort of historical ‘truths’ can be gained from such complex material. 

 

Saturday 21 October 11 am – noon

Little Hall, Sidgwick Site CB3 9DA 


HISTORICAL TRUTH: POLAND AND THE POLITICS OF THE PAST

Stanley Bill, Lecturer in Polish Studies, examines different perspectives on historical ‘truth’ and the politics of history through the case of Poland, a country whose painful twentieth-century experience still haunts public debate and politics today.

 

Saturday 21 October 12.30pm – 1.30 pm

Little Hall, Sidgwick Site CB3 9DA 


AT THE LIMITS OF HUMAN

How do we define what it is to be human? Has history changed these definitions? Are we now ‘post-human’? And why do these questions matter? Join Martin Crowley, Reader in Modern French Thought and Culture, as he discusses the ethical and political consequences of the definitions we choose.

 

Saturday 21 October 2 – 3 pm

Little Hall, Sidgwick Site CB3 9DA 


PAULA REGO: CONFUSING STORIES

Paula Rego’s visual art works invite us to question widely held suppositions about truth and untruth, good and evil, right and wrong. Join Maria Manuel Lisboa, Professor of Portuguese Literature and Culture, to hear more about the artist’s work.

 

Saturday 21 October 3.30 - 4.30pm

Alison Richard Building, SG 1&2, Sidgwick Site, 7 West Road CB3 9DT 


TRUTH: A NEVER ENDING STORY THROUGH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE?

Does knowledge equate to facts or is truth also about what we perceive? This session explores how concepts of truth differ across languages and cultures. It argues that learning another language transforms and enriches the people that we become. With Bernardette Holmes MBE, Director of Speak to the Future.  

 

Saturday 21 October 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Little Hall, Sidgwick Site CB3 9DA 


NIETZSCHE ON TRUTH AND LYING

More than any other philosopher, Nietzsche has challenged our assumptions about truth, knowledge and morality. Martin Ruehl, Senior Lecturer in German Thought, gives an introduction to Nietzsche’s most revolutionary ideas.

 

Saturday 21 October 5 – 6 pm

Little Hall, Sidgwick Site CB3 9DA 


 

Events organised by agencies other than the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages:

 


MULTILINGUALISM IS FOR WELL-BEING

Good communication in families is a predictor of well-being. What happens with multilingualism? What are the effects of maintaining or losing a language? Cambridge Bilingualism Network host an expert panel.

 

Thursday 19 October 6 – 7.30 pm

GR 06/07, Faculty of English, West Road CB3 9DP


IN PONDICHÉRY WITH MARCEL THE FRENCH EXPLORER

Follow Marcel to Pondichéry! He will be the perfect guide for you to discover a must-see selection of tourist sites on the east coast of India. This workshop mixes words, drawings, crafts, group games and much more. Try out our winning combination for learning French: education, entertainment and fun. Enjoy a lovely afternoon at Alliance Française with a French goûter (tea and biscuits). Great for families with children under 11.

 

Saturday 21 October 4 – 6 pm                                                               No pre-booking required

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, Sidgwick Site CB3 9DA


EUROPEAN MISUNDERSTANDING: COMPETING TRUTHS ABOUT EUROPEAN INTEGRATION IN BRITAIN AND GERMANY SINCE 1945

Through the personal story of the former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, Mathias Haeussler’s talk explores why post-war Britain and Germany have frequently been unable to see eye to eye over European integration. 

 

Tuesday 24 October 6.30 - 8pm 

Room 6, Faculty of History, West Road, CB3 9EF


DIFFERENT LANGUAGES, DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES: UNDERSTANDING OUR MULTILINGUAL WORLD

We all use language, or perhaps many different languages, to interact with each other on a daily basis. What more can there be to learn about them? Well, we think there are many fascinating truths to unearth about our multilingual world. Whether a classic literary tome or a tweet of 140 characters; whether a lengthy political debate or a quick phone call: the languages we use, the way we use them and the different ways we perceive truth in language say something important about who we are. Come and share your own beliefs about and experiences with languages, and perhaps learn something new about them too!

 

An exciting afternoon with a mixture of drop-in activities and short talks. Details in printed programme and online.

 

Saturday 28 October, 1 – 5pm                                                                No pre-booking required

Anglia Ruskin University East Road CB1 1PT


DID THEY REALLY BELIEVE THAT? MEDIEVAL FRENCH KNOWLEDGE ABOUT INDIA

We explore the fabulous, bizarre India and the Indian Ocean as medieval French people ‘knew’ them, and ask: What does it mean to ‘know’ about the world, then and now? 

 

Saturday 28 October 4 - 5pm

Alliance Française, Cambridge, 60 Hills Road, CB2 1LA


 

 

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