How classical sculpture helped to set impossible standards of beauty

18 Jul 2015

What do we mean when we say that someone has ‘classical’ good looks? Are male nudes in art appropriate viewing for family audiences? In looking at the arguments ignited by the opening, in 1854, of an exhibition of Greek and Roman statuary, Dr Kate Nichols explores the ways in which notions of beauty, morality and gender are intertwined.

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Stirbitch: mapping the unmappable

16 Jan 2015

Dr Michael Hrebeniak describes himself as inveterately curious about people and places. His fascination for a messy patch of Cambridge, best known for its traffic jams and retail park, has led him to create with words and film ‘a deep map’ of the layers of human experience on the fringes of the city. 

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Visions of plague

05 Dec 2014

A new research project is compiling the largest database of plague imagery ever amassed, focusing on a pandemic that peaked in the early 20th century and continues to this day.

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The Crimean Tatar Sürgün: Past and Present

20 May 2014

In this article, originally published on the CRASSH website, Dr Rory Finnin - University Lecturer and Director of the Cambridge Ukrainian Studies programme - addresses the banning by Russia of the public commemoration of the deportation of the Tatars in illegally annexed Crimea.

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Q&A: how archives make history

07 Apr 2014

The early modern period (1500-1800) saw a surge in the keeping of records. A conference later this week (9-10 April 2014) at the British Academy will look at the origins of the archives that shape our understanding of history. We asked ten of the speakers to tackle some fundamental questions.

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The art of Bach: Angela Hewitt comes to Cambridge

05 Apr 2014

One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt, is coming to Cambridge later this month to tackle Bach’s The Art of Fugue, a composition so challenging that it is rarely performed. She will also give a masterclass for students and take part in a public symposium.

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A divided Ukraine: Europe’s most dangerous idea

28 Mar 2014

In this article, originally published on the CRASSH website, Dr Rory Finnin - University Lecturer and Director of the Cambridge Ukrainian Studies programme - addresses the notion of a 'divided' Ukraine and the current military escalation by Russia.

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