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2014 Faculty Speakers

The Dreyfuss Affair
featuring Dr. David Baguley
Dr. Baguley’s research interests cover: nineteenth-century French literature; the Naturalist movement in literature in a broad international perspective; aspects of French history, notably the Second Empire and the Dreyfus Case; the interface of history and literature; bibliographical research; and generic criticism. He is currently completing a critical edition of Émile Zola’s historical novel on the origins of the Second Empire, La Fortune des Rougon, for the “Classiques Garnier” series.

Dr. Baguley is a Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, Emeritus and Adjunct Professor at Western University, and an Emeritus Professor and Honorary Research Fellow at Durham University.

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(Un)compromising Chineseness:  Chinese Cinema and the American Spectator
featuring Robert Hyland
In recent years, the Chinese film industry has received increasing pressure from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), to open its doors to unlimited American films. Until 2010, China only allowed 20 foreign films to be shown annually.  Because of the successful lobbying of the MPAA, this has been increased to 32, with the addition of a quota of 12 further films distributed in large format (Imax or 3D).  In response to the influx of further Hollywood fare into the Chinese market, China has been developing strategies to penetrate the lucrative American box office.  This session will explore the business of film market from both the Chinese and American perspectives.
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Dr. Shelley Katz - Musician in Residence

Dr. Shelley Katz is a professional pianist and conductor. In addition to being one of two Musicians in Residence at the Castle, he is also the Director of the Surrey University Symphonova Project, and a visiting fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge. Dr. Katz researches music technology and holds several patents in this area. His performance will take listeners on a musical journey that is sure to delight; combined with a fascinating talk about his world-class research and musical inventions, the evening will not disappoint.
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Hendrix at Home: Researching the life of a rock legend

featuring Dr. Christian Lloyd
Dr. Christian Lloyd is the BISC Academic Director. The Handel House museum in London has recently begun development of the Jimi Hendrix museum in this rock legend’s former Mayfair flat, where he lived in 1968-69. Dr. Lloyd has been commissioned to write a book on Hendrix’s London life for the museum and is interviewing several of the star’s closest friends and associates as part of this exciting project. Using this research, his talk will paint a picture of life in the Hendrix home.

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‘Setting out on an English Journey’: Travel Writing in the 1930s
featuring Dr. Peter Lowe
Dr. Peter Lowe is an Associate Professor in English Literature at the BISC. This talk will discuss the different examples of travel writing found in England in the 1930s and the ways in which they helped to forge an idea of what the country was (or what it might be) that was to prove so important as a propaganda tool in the Second World War. For many travellers, England in this inter-war period was an unspoilt land, to be celebrated for its unchanging nature.  For others, it was a country in dire need of renewal and reform.  A study of the literature of travel and tourism allows us to see these contesting views side by side, and to consider too what such ideas of ‘England’ and ‘Englishness’ might mean in the early 21st century.

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2000 Years and Counting: A history of the region from inside the walls of Pevensey Castle featuring Dr. Scott McLean
Dr. Scott McLean is a Professor of History and Director of the BISC British Archaeology Field School. Dr. McLean will deliver a lecture at Pevensey Castle, which is only a short drive from Herstmonceux Castle and near the excavation site of the BISC’s British Archaeology Field School. The history of this location dates back over sixteen centuries when it began as a Roman ‘Saxon Shore’ fort in the 4th century and was the landing site of William the Conqueror in 1066. Dr. McLean’s lecture will paint a picture of the vast and varied history of the region, and the role that impressive buildings like Pevensey Castle, Hastings Castle, Battle Abbey, and, of course, Herstmonceux Castle played in this history.
Tour of Castle and Walled Gardens with
Mitch Piper

Mitch Piper is the BISC Special Projects Officer. In this role, he works to support a variety of academic initiatives and coordinates collaboration with Queen’s main campus and external partners. Mitch is a graduate of Queen’s, where he majored in Political Studies and was actively involved in student governance. He also studied at the University of Miami before deciding to trade in his shorts and sandals for a Castle umbrella.


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