07.12.2020 – 13.12.2020
We cannot believe that this semester is almost at an end. Time has simultaneously been flying by, but also not? While this may be the last week of term, there are still many wonderful events you can attend within SAS. Below we have listed some of our favourites. Throughout this semester, it has been our chief purpose to represent all institutes and show the diversity and variety that takes place within SAS and how we can benefit from it — when we are not conducting research, that is. Still, we’re always open to recommendations, so if there is anything you’d like us to include, do let us know!
Isolation in Friendship: the Case of Eumaeus and Odysseus – ICS
Monday 7th December 2020, 17.00 – 18.30, Book Here
We have found the ICS Solitude and Community series to be bizarrely comforting. We say bizarrely because we didn’t think we would be able to find classical texts so relatable. Even though our team doesn’t by any means specialise in classical studies, we have found the series to have been accessible and inclusive. Join Prof. Pascale Brillet-Dubois in a fascinating discussion on the unlikely friendship of Eumaeus and Odysseus.
Law And Humanities in a Pandemic: Movement, Security and Lockdown – IALS
Tuesday 8th December 2020, 12.00 – 13.00, Book Here
Trying to understand COVID-19 has been an…experience, to say the least. While each country seems to have implemented different rules and regulations from a social standpoint, it is intriguing to see the legal aspect of the pandemic. From Indonesia to Hong Kong, these panels give an overview of the ways these countries such as Indonesia and Chinese regions such as Hong Kong have tried to battle, combat COVID-19.
New Perspectives on Raphel – Warburg
Tuesday 8th December 2020, 17.30 – 19.00, Book Here
Either because some of us are stuck in Tier 3 or because of the hectic nature of pursuing a postgraduate degree, you might not have had the chance to visit your favourite museums and see your favourite paintings. Well, the Warburg Institute has gotten your back. This very stimulating panel of academics and critics delve into the new aspects understood in Raphel’s work: from his processes of production to his engagement with the environment, these thinkers will divulge the new theories and ideas that help us understand Raphel’s period in a new way.
Obama vs Trump: the Politics of Rollback – IHR
Wednesday 9th December 2020, 18.00 – 20.00, Book Here
Is it just us who are still in half-disbelief that a failed businessman and a celebrity ended up in the White House? While it is not unheard of (after all, Ronald Reagan was an actor), we still are trying to understand how a president like Trump came about right after the first African American president, Barack Obama. This panel will be exploring the ways in which the Trump administration attempted to reverse Obama’s legacy. “Looking beyond the noise and hyperbole, this talk examines how robust the Obama legacy has proved to be in the face of Trump’s challenge”.
Latin American Anthropology Seminar
Thursday 10th December 2020, 17.00 – 19.00, Book Here
To wrap up this week, we invite you to join ILAS’ Latin American Anthropology Seminar. Join PhD candidate Jessica A. Fernández de Lara Harada (University of Cambridge) in a discussion about the changing patterns of race relations in Mexico, and the negotiation of group boundaries in Mexico. “To do this,” Jessica A. Fernández de Lara Harada tells us, “this seminar explores the dynamic relationship between ancestry, race and class to understand identity construction. It discusses the challenges of defining race, recruiting and selecting participants, and thinking about how racialization and ethnic and racial categorizations are made across time and locations. It also explores the epistemic reflexivity required to conduct research across and within difference to avoid reifying race, and the potentialities and limitations of being positioned as insider and outsider, and establishing collaborative practices.”