Weekly Favourites: Our Top SAS Events 25 – 31 January 2021

This week, we will start off with a verse or two. In his renowned poem “Song of Myself”, American poet Walt Whitman wrote, “Do I contradict myself?/ Very well then I contradict myself,/ (I am large, I contain multitudes)”. This is a reminder as much as anything that no matter what discipline we are in, there is always some wiggle room, if you like, to do more, to be more. Which is why we will often talk about history, philosophy, art, and literature in the same breath. For our Weekly Favourites this week, we very much engage with the concept of “multitudes” hence why we have curated a selection of events from IHR, IES, IP, and the Warburg Institute. 

There are, of course, more events taking place within SAS, so we highly advise you to visit SAS’ Events Page to get more of an idea of the extensive events that are available. Remember there are also Research Training events taking place. Read more about it here

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

Though this week we start on a somber note, it is regardless a necessary one. Join Merilyn Moos in a discussion about the ways in which the German working class of the 30s and 40s found ways to counter and defy the Nazi rule, particularly through strikes. This conversation is bound to add nuance and complexity to an ongoing conversation about the devastation under Nazi rule that we are still trying to make sense of to this day. 

Continuing our conversation on the Second World War, we had to include this Symposium that tackles Stuart Hood’s (1915-2011) life and work. In this event, contributors discuss Hood’s “multi-faceted post-war achievements: as a broadcaster who presided over a period of unprecedented creativity at the BBC; as one of the founding figures of media studies; as the translation of over 40 works from Italian, German, French and Russian; and as the author of the acclaimed war memoir, Pebbles from my Skull, as well as eight well-received novels.” 

As we move towards the end of the week, we thought nothing would be more appropriate than engaging in a philosophical discussion about “The Arts of Action”. Join Thi Nguyen in a conversation about “the process arts” where “artists create artifacts to engender activity in their audience, for the sake of the audience’s aesthetic appreciation of their own activity. This includes appreciating their own deliberations, choices, reactions, and movements.” Nguyen will not only address the complex question of “who the artist really is in a piece of process art” but she will also “diagnose the lowly status of the process arts.” 

Neoplatonic Studies Seminar - Warburg
Thursday 28th January 2021, 17.00 - 19.00, Book Here

We are continuing in the vein of philosophical endeavours with a Seminar on “Proclus on the Timaeus, Book II, Diehl 319-325 – The Paradigm and the Cosmos”. The seminar is open to all – “to those well-versed in ancient Neoplatonic philosophy and to those who are not. The only requisite is ‘a desire to know’”. Each week the seminar studies a passage or two in English translation and discusses the text through close reading. We think this is a wonderful opportunity for those that are not acquainted with Neoplatonic Studies to give it a go, or for those that have dabbled with philosophy before to refresh their memory.

Last week, we ended on the topical subject of Brexit. This week, we are taking a step back and recommending “On the Judgement of History.” Joan Wallach Scott, who is known for her work in feminist history and gender theory, will be discussing the ways in which history is judged and measured, but also how historians consider and practice history. Scott’s work grapples with theory’s application to historical and current events, focusing on how terms are defined and how position and identities are articulated. 

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

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