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November 2020

Global Derbyshire in 10 Objects

November 12 - November 22
Online: University of Derby, Kedleston Road
Derby, DE22 1GB

This is an online event. How did Derbyshire play a role in the rise of Indian nationalism in the early 20th century? Did you know that the people of Derby paid for some of the scientific instruments that accompanied Captain Scott on his doomed voyage to the South Pole? What can a cotton reel tell us about Derbyshire’s relationship to slavery? How are artists and makers continuing to develop the collections held in Derbyshire? This series of ten mini podcasts…

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COVID-19 in 2020: Apart but Together

November 12, 10:00 am - November 22, 5:00 pm
Online: Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road
London, London E1 4NS
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Activities will be taking place both in person (socially distanced) and online. COVID-19 fundamentally changed our world in 2020. It has forced us to create distance from each other. This event will use art, creative writing and storytelling to bring people together to share experiences of how COVID-19 has impacted us and how we have adjusted to the new socially-distanced world. A physical magnet exhibition will be held outside at Queen Mary University of London for those that want to…

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How Do ‘New Worlds’ Come Into Print?

November 12, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
University of London Institute in Paris, 9-11 rue de Constantine
Paris, France 75007
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Activities will be taking place both in person (socially distanced) and online. This evening of short talks will take you from the mixed-language newspapers of late 19th-century Algeria to book shops in Morocco, from French Resistance poets to British music magazines. It will explore the roles that print and book-making played for pioneers of different persuasions, uncovering some of the ways that books and the press have given form to worlds in the making. What examples did 'new-world' publications draw…

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Navigating Loss: From End of Life to the End of the World

November 12, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Online: British School at Rome, Via Antonio Gramsci
Rome, 00197 Roma

This is an online event. In an age of mass extinction, climate change, new pandemics, and the undoing of democracy the sources of our grief are multiplying. Hosted by University College London and the British School at Rome, this event builds on the Wellcome-funded work of artist Zoe Papadopoulou: Grief: A Work in Progress. It asks a series of timely and difficult questions. In an age of illness and uncertainty, how do the experience of loss and the anticipation of…

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Being Human in Conversation: the American Election

November 12, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online: School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House, Malet St
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom

This is an online event. Following what will be one of the most consequential elections of our time, join Being Human festival director Professor Sarah Churchwell in conversation with Bonnie Greer OBE as they discuss the impact of the 2020 American election. In a year of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter protests, November’s contest will be a referendum on the future of American politics -- and, many believe, the future of America itself. Both natives of Chicago, Sarah and Bonnie…

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Visions of Reproduction

November 12, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online: Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road
London, London E1 4NS

This is an online event. From being veiled in mystery, the interior body has been revealed by a variety of visualising techniques. Ultrasound scans and images of embryos have long left the lab and are increasingly appearing in the news, in commercial advertising, in classrooms, in family photo albums and on social media. They pose ever new questions about how reproductive events are known and experienced. In this panel, historians, artists, and sociologists explore the meaning, making and circulation of…

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Time Machine Café: Activists of the 70s & 80s

November 12, 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Online: Senate House Library, Malet Street
London, London WC1E 7HU United Kingdom

This is an online event. Tune in to this online time machine café and go back 50 years to discover the activists of the 70s & 80s... Explore stories through the visionary eye-catching DIY publications made by LGBT, black community and women's rights activists in the UK, empowering people and opening up the world to what were considered radical ideas. From the comfort of your own home, discover the working class heroes and political radicals that used non-mainstream printing as…

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Costumed Visions

November 12, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online: University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3YY United Kingdom

This is an online event. Superheroes are everywhere today, and they show no sign of slowing down. The things we watch and read shape how we feel about the human body and what it might become in ways we might not even notice, with idealised shapes and new 'transhuman' abilities becoming more and more unremarkable. Or are they? Once we start to think about superhero abilities being real, do we always think as positively about them as when they’re just…

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Covid Theatre Café

November 12, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This is an online event. Was theatre important to your life before Covid-19? Or were you into a different type of live performance, such as music, dance, or spoken word? Has lockdown made you think about what you get out of attending a live performance, compared to watching a digital recording at home, and what is lost when you can’t? This online café is for anyone who’s been missing live performance, whether you’re a performer yourself or an audience member.…

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Sporting Memories Café

November 13, 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

This is an online event. Join the Sporting Memories Café for a cup of tea and a blether while learning how community groups in Scotland are using sporting archives and other resources to help people with mental health issues and conditions leading to isolation. For those living with dementia and people living with issues such as isolation, depression and loneliness, as well as their families and carers, archives can provide a lifeline. From the Highlands to the Scottish Borders, whether…

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Presumed Curable

November 13, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online: Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road
Beckenham, BR3 3BX United Kingdom

This is an online event. Have you ever wondered what type of information can be gleaned from the Victorian Bethlem Royal Hospital patient records? Join museum archivist David Luck and learning officer Amy Moffat for an online interactive session to find out more about the Victorian asylum and work together to decipher a case record from 1887. A version of this event will also take place on Tuesday 17 November between 14:00 and 16:00 and requires booking separately.

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Tales from the Moon: After School Stories and Craft

November 13, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This is an online event. Pop online for some out-of-this-world storytime as we head to the moon and back! Hear all about the thrilling adventures of astronauts, young and old. Delight in the lives of space creatures, great and small. We will also show you how to make your own moon-themed crafts, using materials found around the home. Collect your “make and take” bags ahead of time from the city library or request a home delivery. With Children’s Literature educator…

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Time Machine Café: The Golden Age of Magic

November 13, 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Online: Senate House Library, Malet Street
London, London WC1E 7HU United Kingdom

This is an online event. Tune in to this Time Machine Café to travel back 100 years to the roaring 20s and magic’s golden age. From Houdini to the lesser-known women in magic, you can explore the magic books, ephemera and magnificent posters for shows of the world’s greatest magicians. Delve into the archives of the magical Senate House Library, all from the comfort of your home! Other events in this series: Time Machine Café: Activists of the 70s &…

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The New British Cookbook

November 13, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Online: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace
London, London SW1Y 5AH United Kingdom

This is an online event. How have international tastes influenced the food we eat today? Join food historians as they discuss 250 years of British cuisine and uncover our changing tastes at this online event. From the occasional peacocks that graced the dining tables at the court of King George III to the chicken tikka masala we know and love today, the food we eat is rooted in Britain’s connections to its international past. Discover how Georgian royal tastes tweaked…

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What the Medieval Doctor Ordered

November 13, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online: University of Cambridge, The Old Schools
Cambridge, East of England CB2 1TN United Kingdom

This is an online event. ‘What the Medieval Doctor Ordered’ is an online, interactive talk and quiz that offers a unique opportunity for anyone, anywhere, to find out more about the practice of medicine in Ireland and Scandinavia in the Middle Ages. This event looks at some extraordinary examples of medieval medicalese (the language of medicine) and delves into ill-advised cures involving cats, plants and ants’ eggs. Discover how medical knowledge was transmitted throughout Western and Northern Europe at that…

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Memory is a Weapon

November 13, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online: Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street
Glasgow, Scotland G40 1BP United Kingdom

This is an online event. Drawing inspiration from the Adinkra symbol of the Sankofa bird, which means ‘reach back and get it’, this event invites Black female artists and activists from Scotland and across the world to reimagine new futures during and post-COVID19. Hosted in partnership with Africa in Motion and Glasgow Women’s Library, join this launch of a unique, collaborative video essay intertwined with spoken word, storytelling, and musical performances. This event is part of the hub series organised…

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AMAZing Stories

November 14, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Online: Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street
Birmingham, B1 2ND United Kingdom

This is an online event. This event invites you to wander through and wonder at mazes, from the Minotaur and Hansel and Gretel to Pac-Man. 'AMAZing Stories' will introduce children, young people and families to labyrinths past and present, taking you on a journey across different cultures and worlds. While exploring these stories, you will create new worlds of mazes using games, craft materials and your digital devices. This event will run on the digital platform Zoom. Each hour, there…

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Gaming: New Horizons

November 14, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online: University of Glasgow, University of Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland G12 8QQ United Kingdom

This is an online event. Join a virtual field trip inside a playthrough of the BAFTA winning Best Game of the Year Outer Wilds. Discover the different ways in which people may use games to explore and understand new worlds, as well as re-interpreting existing ones. Outer Worlds has been described as a ‘A jubilant adventure of discovery and peril among the stars’. Yet, in this distinctively alien setting of finding new worlds and unravelling mysteries of time, it may also be possible…

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An Introduction to Medieval Ink

November 15, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online: School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House, Malet St
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom

This is an online event. The history of iron gall ink from antiquity to the present day. This introductory talk will give information on the history of the ink that was used in medieval manuscripts. It will also discuss the nature of the oak gall wasp, and give information on the many types of ink they produce. A 'Making Medieval Ink' workshop will take place after the talk between  14:00 and 17:00, but numbers are limited. Book here.

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All That Glisters

November 15, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online: Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road
London, London E1 4NS

This is an online event. All that glisters may be beautiful and seductive but what surprising histories lurk beneath the shiny surface of gold? In this interactive online event, learn about the complex histories of gold mining and artistry in Ghana and the UKs role in importing gold, its use in currency and art, the role of the Goldsmiths Company in the past and future. Hear from academic Dr Pen Woods, meet the Ghanian British artist Efema Cole and try…

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