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Arts & Humanities Festival 2012


13 to 27 October 2012

The Arts & Humanities Festival 2012 will explore the theme of Metamorphoses: Transformations and Conversions in the Arts & Humanities across an immense time-span, from antiquity to the present.

October 2012 marks the 1700th anniversary of a momentous transformation that changed the course of history, when the Roman Emperor Constantine I was said to have converted to Christianity at the Battle of Milvian Bridge.

Besides touching on religious themes of conversion and transfiguration, the 2012 Arts & Humanities Festival will also mark a more tangible conversion: the College’s renovation of the East Wing of Somerset House, including its magnificent new cultural spaces of the Inigo Rooms, where some of the events will take place.

'This year's Festival offers an exciting chance to explore the challenges and opportunities inherent in conversions and metamorphoses. With its strengths across the arts and the humanities, King's College London is uniquely placed to invite students, staff, alumni and the public to reflect on the dynamics of human and cultural development; on what we have gained; and on what has been lost.'

- Professor Jan Palmowski, Former Head of the School of Arts & Humanities

Metamorphoses are the mysterious changes that have inspired awe, wonder, and terror in the arts and sciences: caterpillars transforming into butterflies; Classical gods turning men and women into plants; even the shape-shifting of science fiction aliens.

Metamorphoses have appeared as themes in art and culture, from Ovid to Kafka and beyond. But they are also the processes of change essential to the Arts and Humanities: the energies and evolutions without which stories, paintings, theatre, films, or poems would be impossible.

In a time of massive change in education, we also want to use the theme to explore how the arts and humanities are themselves changing, in response to new technologies, new funding regimes for teaching and research, and new forms of knowledge and knowledge-exchange.

The Arts & Humanities Festival at King’s College London ran for two weeks from 13 to 27 October 2012.


Throughout the Festival

Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre exhibition, Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing 

John Berger: Art and Property Now, Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing

The Boat Project: 'Collective Spirit' in the Quad, Strand Campus Quadrangle

Ploughing the Sea: Latin America Observed (A Special Collections exhibition)  Weston Room, Maughan Library, Chancery Lane.  

The Transforming Technology of War (Archive & Special Collections Exhibition, Entrance Hall of King's Building, Strand Campus)


Week 1

Saturday 13 October

Monday 15 October

Tuesday 16 October

Wednesday 17 October 

Thursday 18 October 

Friday 19 October 


Week 2

Monday 22 October

Tuesday 23 October

Wednesday 24 October

Thursday 25 October

Friday 26 October 

Saturday 27 October

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