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
Saturday 13 October
Monday 15 October
Tuesday 16 October
Wednesday 17 October
Thursday 18 October
- The Boat Project: 'Collective Spirit' - Gatherings, Strand Campus Quadrangle (10 gatherings / 30 minutes minutes each / booking required / £2 per person, max. 12)
- dreamthinkspeak: transforming spaces, Anatomy Museum
- Faith and the Making of Presidents: the Role of Religion in the Upcoming U.S. Elections (panel discussion with Uta Balbier, Institute of North American Studies, Laurie Maffly-Kipp, UNC Chapel Hill & Kendrick Oliver, University of South Hampton) Chapel
- Metamorphoses and Language - Hindi event (a series of talks by members of the Modern Languages Centre) Council Room
- The Brain, Free Will and the Inner Life (panel discussion with Patrick Haggard, Tim Crane, Simon McBurney, Lisa Appignanesi) Safra Lecture Theatre
- Reese Lecture 2012: Business and Empire in a British Australasian World, 1850-1930(Dr Bernard Attard, University of Leicester) Great Hall
- William Blake's 'Golgonooza': a vision of London metamorphosed (An illuminated talk by Adriana Díaz Enciso) Anatomy Museum
Friday 19 October
Monday 22 October
Tuesday 23 October
Wednesday 24 October
Thursday 25 October
- Proust's Magic Lantern - A Conversation (discussion panel with Patrick ffrench, King's College London, Thomas Baldwin, University of Kent and Johanna Malt, King's College London) Council Room
- Theatre By The Hour (dramatised play readings, led by Professor Catherine Boyle, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies) Anatomy Museum
- I naugural Lecture: Patrick Wright: The Small Society: What happens when England shrinks? (Professor Patrick Wright, English) Great Hall
- Inside Out Festival event - Queer Pasts, Queer Futures: Film screening of Derek Jarman’s Edward II, Somerset House
- Inside Out Festival event - Philosophy Salon, National Portrait Gallery
- 19.00-20.30 Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism, Council Room
- Staging German Culture: Representing Germany in the Cultural Olympiad (Dr Benedict Schofield, German) Anatomy Lecture Theatre
- The Opera Group Event - Great Hall, Strand Campus
Friday 26 October
Saturday 27 October
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