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  • Materialised Knowledge in Renaissance Art and Science: The Production and Representation of Flemish Scientific Instruments, Mar 6

    Scientific instruments of the renaissance period well represent the concept of “materialised knowledge.” They are carriers of ideas as well as very elegant and refined objects. The lecture will discuss astrolabes, globes, sundials and armillary spheres with a particular emphasis on the Flemish context: between c. 1525 and c. 1580 …read more

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  • Europe at a Crossroads, Mar 6

    Europe has arrived at a challenging juncture in its history, economics and politics. There is Brexit, growing right-wing, populist and anti-European movements in Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, but also in core EU-countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, and France, as well as in the Nordic countries. Growth is still …read more

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  • Project Kickoff Conference, Mar 4

    Day-long conference initiating a new UC Multicampus Research Project on “The Middle Ages in the Wider World” aiming to foster research and pedagogical innovation connecting and comparing Eurasia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe from 500 to 1500 CE. …read more

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  • Laid Low: Inside the Crisis That Overwhelmed Europe and the IMF, Mar 3

    The latest book by journalist Paul Blustein to go behind the scenes at the highest levels of global economic policy making, Laid Low chronicles the crisis in the Euro Zone through the prism of the world’s financial firefighter, the International Monetary Fund. As the book reveals, bailouts of crisis-stricken countries …read more

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  • 41st Annual Berkeley-Stanford Conference on Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Mar 3

    41st Annual Berkeley-Stanford Conference on Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies 1917-2017: 100 Years Since the Russian Revolution Speakers: George Breslauer, Professor of the Graduate School; Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emeritus; Professor of Political Science Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley Elena Danielson, Former Associate Director of the Hoover Institution and Director of the Hoover …read more

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  • Germany as an Immigration Country, Feb 28

    Immigration and migration issues are currently at the top of the political agenda as all parties prepare their strategies for the upcoming federal elections in which Chancellor Merkel seeks her fourth term. More narrowly, the consequences of the refugee influx are passionately debated – a topic on which public opinion …read more

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  • Moses and Aaron (Moses und Aaron) | Jean-Marie Straub | West Germany, France, Italy, 1974 Danièle Huillet West Germany, France, Italy, 1974 |, Feb 26

    Introduction by Erik Ulman FEATURING Gunter Reich, Louis Devos, Roger Lucas, Acclaimed as one of the best opera films ever made, this adaptation of Schoenberg’s 1930’s opus represented a labor of love for Straub-Huillet, taking over fifteen years to fund. A camera, a landscape (the Roman Alba Fucense amphitheater), and direct sound recording …read more

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  • The World in and out of Sync: Looking back at the long 18th century, Feb 25

    Taking his cue from present discussions on synchronization, non-synchronicity, and “desynchronized societies” (Rosa), Jordheim will look back at 18th century practices for dealing with multiple times, both in writing and through visual media, in order to explore how diagrams, concepts and narratives work to bring times and temporalities together and/or …read more

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  • Syncing… Subject, Media, Society Conference Day 2, Feb 25

    “Not all people exist in the same Now,” claimed Ernst Bloch in his seminal 1932 book Erbschaft dieser Zeit (“Heritage of Our Times”). The rhythms of modernity had fractured society into isolated temporal worlds. While individuals occupied the same space, he argued, they lived ungleichzeitig – out of sync. Synchronism …read more

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  • Synaesthetics: Sound, Image, and Materialism, Feb 24

    The “sonic turn” in the arts, humanities, and social sciences has prompted a reconsideration of the relationship between sound and image in media today. Semiotic issues of representation and signification have given way to materialist considerations of affect, force, and intensity. Along these materialist lines, the neurological condition of synaesthesia …read more

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