Weekly Favourites: Our Top SAS Events 18 – 24 January 2021


New year, new us? Hello everyone! Welcome to the first Weekly Favourites of 2021. We missed you. We have armed ourselves with coffee and biscuits and we are ready to begin another week of attending events that are not so much related to our research, but rather to things that different institutes have put together that we find interesting. This is, of course, only a selection of events and we highly advise you to visit SAS’ Events Page to get more of an idea of the extensive events that are available. 

If you’d like to review one of the events, you can! Click here for more information.

Aristotle Reading Group – The Warburg Institute
Monday 18th January 2021, 13.00 – 14.00, Book Here

Why not start the week the Aristotelian way? It’s not too late to join this reading group that tackles the logical works of Aristotle in English translation. Even if you haven’t come across Aristotle before, you can still participate or listen in on the conversation. The Aristotle Reading Group aims to be as inclusive as possible, and encourages a safe, judgement-free, space for newcomers and seasoned aficionados of Aristotle alike. 

From Devilry to Divinity: Readings in Dante’s “Divina Commedia” – The Warburg Institute
Monday 18th January 2021, 18.00 – 19.30, Book Here


After you had your dose of Aristotle (and some coffee or tea), join Alessandro Scafi (Warburg) and John Took (UCL) in a discussion about the beauty, complexity and continuing significance of Dante’s ‘Divina Commedia’ through readings of the text, in the original and in translation. The readings are also accompanied by a rich visual display of medieval illuminations, which should make the entire discussion an interdisciplinary treat. 

Mediated Memories of Responsibility (2) – IMLR
Wednesday 20th January 2021, 15.00 – 16.30, Book Here

Rejoin us on Wednesday on IMLR’S Mediated Memories of Responsibility, where Claire Gorrara (University of Cardiff), Emiliano Perra (University of Winchester), and Stephanie Bird (UCL) will contribute to a discussion on the cultural representation of the violent past of the 20th century. In this session, they will converse on the transmission of family memories of the Holocaust and the Second World War, public memory of decolonisation in Britain, and the ways in which our understanding and desire for redemptive narratives are challenged by understanding of perpetration. A much necessary and stimulating conversation. 


Fleshing out the body politic at Rome? – ICS
Thursday 21th January 2021, 16.30 – 18.00, Book Here


For Thursday, we are taking a dive into the past with Caroline Vout (University of Cambridge) who will engage in conversation on fleshing out the body politic at Rome. Professor Vout in her research has explored material aspects of religion in Ancient Greece and written on the cultural history of objects in antiquity. If you are a fan of classical studies, this discussion is for you.


Coastal Brexit – IHR
Thursday 21th January 2021, 19.00 – 20.30, Book Here


Finally, we are ending the week on a contemporary issue that has been on everyone’s minds: Brexit. This event explores the complexities of Brexit for the coastal communities spanning the Irish Sea Basin. What coastal connections will strengthen and wane in 2021 and beyond, and what initiatives and stories sustain coastal communities? What aspects of coastal connection endure and what is in flux from a social, infrastructural and political perspective?

Submit your own weekly favourites at sasiety@postgrad.sas.ac.uk!

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