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2nd-5th April, 2012
The Royal Body

This conference will explore the bodies of monarchs across Europe ranging from the medieval period to the present. By considering how the monarch's body has been washed, dressed, used, anointed, hidden, attacked and put on display, it will investigate how ideas of king/queenship have developed over time.Hosted by the Centre for the Study of Bodies and Material Culture, Royal Holloway, University of London.

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3rd December 2011
The Materials of Mourning: Death, Materiality and Memory in Victorian Britain

Timed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Prince Albert's death, this one-day symposium seeks to investigate how grief was manifested and mourning facilitated in the Victorian period through literature, music, performance and the visual arts. Often satirised but rarely understood, this symposium aims to recover the rich culture of mourning in the Victorian period by showcasing current research and encouraging conversation, debate and interdisciplinary exchange.

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Deadline 1st November 2011, for conference to be held on 20-22 June, 2012
Memory before Modernity, Memory Cultures in Early Modern Europe

In the 'memory boom' that has emerged in the humanities and social sciences since 1990, five major themes have captured most attention: (a) the relationship between politics and memory, (b) trauma and memories of violence, (c) the 'mediatization' of memory (d) the transmission of memory and identity formation (e) the relationship between memory, history and other concepts of the past. Yet most case studies relating to these themes have been concerned with events and evidence post-1800; indeed, many theorists of memory allege that there is something intrinsically 'modern' about them. The aim of this conference is to put this assumption to the test.

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8th-9th September 2011
Archives of the Body: Medieval to Early Modern

What are the archives of the body? Can the body serve as an archive itself? What sources tell us the most about the body? This workshop, sponsored by the Académie Nationale de Médecine, Paris, aims to bring together historians, literary scholars, art historians and archaeologists to explore multiple types of evidence about human bodies in the medieval and early modern periods, in Europe, the New World and the Muslim and Jewish worlds. The sources examined might include: the archives of hospitals, universities and medical academies; civic, monastic, ecclesiastical and judicial records; iconographic sources, medical treatises and archaeological data.

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2nd- 3rd September 2011
Imperial Sites of Memory

The conference at St Andrews examines and compares different categories of imperial commemorations that persisted in and across various metropolitan powers: (i) Monuments, (ii) Personalities, (iii) Trauma, Defeat and Loss, and finally (iv) Institutions. The conference will also be mindful of these were perceived and constructed amongst colonised societies.

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Wednesday 31 August – Friday 2 September 2011
The "9/11" Decade: Rethinking Reality

This interdisciplinary conference seeks critically to rethink this last decade and to put into question the nostrums it would have us take for granted. The call for papers includes the following areas which:
- Challenge dominant paradigms for understanding terror, war, rights, citizenship, legitimacy, - politics and the person;
- Address the shifts in our cultural landscapes that the securitisation of everyday life has created;
- Rethink the architecture of Empire, the literature of “9/11” and the geography of the unending “war on terror.”

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2nd September 2011
Continental Shifts: Ritual and Memory

French Vietnamese choreographer Ea Sola joins Indian writer Swati Chopra and German anthropologist Dr Rita Langer in a wide-ranging discussion exploring the poignancy of lost and living traditions, rituals and cultural memory in Vietnam, India and south east Asia. In association with British Council.

Edinburgh International Festival at The Hub
Tickets £6.
Further information on how to book this event can be found here


4th August-9th September 2011
Body Bags / Simonides

An installation following the launch of the book "Simonides."
Photographs by Norman McBeath
Texts by Robert Crawford.

The greatest poems of the ancient greek poet simonides are body bags. Zipped inside are the remains of human lives. Most of Simonides's work survives as fragments. Often no longer than captions, these fragments' very brevity gives them an eerie contemporaneity in our era saturated with its own shortened text messages. Here are tiny 'texts' that are eroded yet seem set to last forever. Remembering those lost in combat zones, the epitaphs of Simonides go with the apparent timeless- ness of black-and-white photography; yet, like photographs, they are occasioned by particular instants. Photographs, body bags, curt memorials, they are tagged with the names of the dead.

Exhibition held at Studios c3 & c4 ·
Main Building Edinburgh College of Art ·
74 Lauriston Place · Edinburgh eh3 9df
Open 10am to 5pm every day
Admission free
Further information on this event can be found here


Summer Lecture

31st May 2011
"Death, Commemoration, and the Nation: The Confederate States of America"
Dr Paul Quigley, Lecturer in American History, University of Edinburgh

This lecture will begin at 5pm in the Common Room of the School of Arts, Culture and Environment. This is located in Minto House, 20 Chambers Street, Edinburgh. A link to a map showing the location of this building can be found here.

Death, Commemoration and Memory: Christmas Lecture Series

This year's Christmas Lecture Series focused on commemorative architecture. The first lecture discussed the architecture of Thomas Jefferson and its relationship with trans-atlantic political events, with the second considering the association between death and the macabre through the architecture of Nicholas Hawksmoor.

30th November 2010

Thomas Jefferson: Revolutionary Architect
Professor Richard Guy Wilson, University of Virginia

Thomas Jefferson, the principle author of the American Declaration of Independence and the 3rd President of the United States once declared: "Architecture is my delight, and putting up and pulling down one of my favorite amusements." Although he once said: "Palladio. . . was the Bible," his work exhibited a degree of independence. This talk will consider Jefferson's sources and some of his major works along with the question of political identity.
A collaborative event organised and sponsored by the Department of Architecture, University of Edinburgh, The Prokalo Lecture Series and the DCM Research Group.

9th December 2010

'I cou'd not Weep then but I can Build now'. Nicholas Hawksmoor: the Architect of Death and the Death of the Architect.
Dr Matthew Walker, University of Edinburgh

This paper will explore the perception of Nicholas Hawksmoor as a figure associated with death and the macabre. It will discuss literary representations of Hawksmoor and the interplay between death and architecture in his buildings (particularly the Mausoleum at Castle Howard in Yorkshire). Overall the paper will provide new contexts in which we might read Hawksmoor, his buildings and death: ones that eschew straightforward biography. To this end, it will turn to another death: the death of Roland Barthes's author, or in this case, architect.


24-25 June 2010
Death, Commemoration and Memory: An exploration of representation, concept and change

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