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11th November 2020

Dr Lucas Villegas-Aristizabal

The Norman contribution to the Iberian wars

This talk addresses the Norman contribution to the Iberian wars in the North-Eastern side of that region from the siege of Barbastro (1064) to the donation of Tarragona (1129) to Robert Burdet. These two points represent some of the most well-known events of Norman incursion into the peninsula and also show distinct features of their involvement. It attempts to answer why the Normans were attracted to this particular frontier. It also explores how their local Norman circumstances as well as the sacralisation of the Iberian wars transformed their emphasis from sacking to settlement before and after the First Crusade (1095-1099).

7th October 2020

Dr Chris Kempshall

Downloading History: Sources and inspirations in First World War computer games

Dr Chris Kempshall will be speaking on his research into the representation of First World War content and imagery in recent computer games.  In the aftermath of the recent centenary anniversaries of the War’s beginning and end, Chris will examine the sources and inspirations of the developers behind these games and discuss how particular visions of history have been converted into new media.  Details (including the Zoom link and login details) are on the attached poster.

Chris’s talk is the first in the term’s series of Faculty Research Talks, which are intended to give us the opportunity to hear about each other’s work in a time while we are working remotely from the castle.  There will be time after each talk for attendees to ask questions, with the sessions being recorded and made available afterwards for those unable to attend in real time.

23rd September 2020

Dr Christian Lloyd

Jimi Hendrix, from Genius to Scenius: What a Master Musician can tell us about Creativity in the COVID Era.

Dr Lloyd was involved in the recreation of Jimi Hendrix’s flat on Brook St, Mayfair. In 2016, his monograph Hendrix at Home: a Bluesman in Mayfair was published by Handel House. This book was followed up with several public lectures at that site and elsewhere in the UK. Christian is currently working on a longer book about Hendrix which delves into the circle of creatives in London who surrounded Hendrix, his manipulation of his public image and his complex identity. It will also consider Hendrix as a literary figure and look at his lyrics which have never been analysed fully despite the many books written about him.

The session on Weds 23 will include material from this work in progress, and will speculate on   whether or not we can learn from Hendrix’s very unusual modes of collaboration in our own work during the disrupted era of Covid.

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