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‘A Model of Engagement Between Artwork and Architecture- The Use of Transitional Space in Suzanne Lacy’s Between The Door And The Street (2013)’ – a seminar by Donna Yamani (Reading)

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War Child

Dr Teresa Murjas from the University of Reading will introduce audiences to her project ‘War Child’.

This inspiring project examined the creation of the Evacuee Archive at the Museum of English Rural Life as a means of reflecting on wider experiences of children ‘on the move’.

Teresa will show films from the project and answer questions about her wider work which responds creatively to migrant experiences. There will also be a pop-up exhibition of items from the Evacuee Archive.

Admission is free, booking is required

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#UoRLostandFound

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The Russian Revolution transformed the face of an empire, established the world’s first socialist state, and profoundly affected the course of world history for the rest of the twentieth century. A hundred years on, the master historian Professor Stephen Smith reflects on the tumultuous events of 1917 and our attempts to understand this epochal moment in history.

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‘Poverty heresies in southern France, c.1000-c.1250 CE’ – a seminar by Claire Taylor (Nottingham). Followed by informal drinks and questions.

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Professor Roger Matthews and Professor Wendy Matthews

Forming part of the Being Human Festival, this richly-illustrated lecture delivered by Roger and Wendy Matthews will present the latest discoveries from their ongoing excavations at the World Heritage Tentative List site of Bestansur, dating to the Neolithic site of Sheikh-e Abad, 10,000-7,500 BC. Bestansur and Sheikh-e Abad were among the first farming settlements of the Middle East, and excavations there are investigating all aspects of life during the transition from hunting to farming, and from mobile to settled life-ways. A special feature of Bestansur is a large building with more than 70 human individuals buried under the floors, providing a wealth of new information about ancient life and and death during this period. Roger and Wendy will discuss the special experiences, opportunities and pleasures of working in Iraq and Iran with their Iraqi and Iranian colleagues.

Roger and Wendy have co-directed archaeological projects in the Middle East for over 30 years, in Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey.

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‘Procession, Siege and Flying Heads: The Image of the First Crusade’ – a seminar by Simon Parsons (Royal Holloway). Followed by informal drinks and questions.

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‘Suburban Relapse: British Punk and the Politics of Boredom’ – a seminar by Matthew Worley (Reading)

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‘Passionate, eloquent, and determined: A new look at medieval heroines’ – a seminar by Helen Cooper (Cambridge). Followed by informal drinks and questions.

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We are proud to present this ‘in conversation’ style event with University of Reading Alumna Alice Mpofu-Coles as part of the University’s events to celebrate Black History Month.

Alice is a former Zimbabwean diplomat, was herself a refugee, is a former Chairwoman of the Reading Refugee Support Group and has been honoured for her work to improve perceptions of refugees through projects, talks and writing.

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‘Gratian and the Jews’ – a seminar by Anna Abulafia (Oxford). Followed by informal drinks and questions.

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