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Modern & Medieval Languages

Festival Of Ideas

Videos Podcast Overview Time
Memory at War: Cultural Identities Title: Memory at War: Cultural Identities in Russia, Poland and Ukraine

Description: This talk will introduce and discuss the cultural dynamics of the contemporary 'memory war' over Soviet-era tragedies in Russia and Ukraine
Digital Projector Title: How We Became Modern

Description: Join Dr Watkin in his whistle-stop exploration of the birth of the 'modern' world: when did the west become modern, and what brought about the change? This is an introductory talk for non-specialists.
PWF Computer Title: A Mirror Dance of Colonial Meaning Making

Description: This talk will draw on writings and images by Spaniards who worked in the Maghreb, and by Maghrebís within the Spanish colonial structures.
Connect Laptop to Projector Title: The City of Granada Past and Present: Paradise or Purgatory?

Description: A journey through Granada's hidden past as revealed through its greatest monuments, the Alhambra palace, the cathedral and the Sacromonte abbey
Plasma TV Title: Speaking Correctly: Purism and Prescriptivism in France

Description: This lecture will examine the French preoccupation with linguistic correctness and good usage. It will range from consideration of the period of the founding of the French Academy, to discussion of recent legislation.
Audio Podcasts Overview Time
Memory at War: Cultural Identities Title:711 and All That... was there a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain?

Description: This talk will show that  Europe owes an incalculable debt to Iberian Islam and that the culture of tolerance arose from political and religious pragmatism, and ended for similar reasons.
Title: Dancing bodies in the French New Wave

Description:Drawing on films from Jean-Luc Godard's À Bout de souffle, to Jacques Demy's musicals, to the intimate films of Agnès Varda, this session will explore and celebrate the dancing bodies of the nouvelle vague.
Title: Russian Sapphos, or Who Would Make the Cabbage Soup?

Description: Russian women-translators may be said to be have been doubly invisible in Russian history as women in the historiography of a patriarchal society and as translators in Russian literature. The talk will show some of the aspects of their contribution in both.