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Guest lectures and seminars


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Time and place: Aug. 26, 2022 6:00 PM8:00 PM, Litteraturhuset, Amalie Skram-salen

In this lecture, Julia Bryan-Wilson (Columbia University) discusses how the question of embellishment and decor in recent art may change our conceptions of art history.


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Time and place: June 13, 2022 2:15 PM4:00 PM, Linken, Georg Sverdrups hus

In this lecture, the Medical Humanities and the Environmental Humanities meet. Associate Professor Eben Kirksey from the Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University, Australia, will introduce us to the "virosphere".

Time and place: May 31, 2022 4:15 PM6:00 PM, GM 652 and via Zoom

David Grimaldi presents his thesis project for his Master's Degree in Ancient Greek.

Time and place: May 10, 2022 4:15 PM6:00 PM, GM 652 and via Zoom

Knut Olav Sandvik presents his thesis for the Master's Degree in Latin: "Iocosa Imago: Resonant Forms in Horace"

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Time and place: Apr. 28, 2022 3:00 PM5:00 PM, ON ZOOM

In this lecture, Larisa Dryansky (Sorbonne) discusses parallels between 1960s artistic investigations of the relation between image and object, materiality and illusion, and computer scientists’ simultaneous quest for building 3D images.

Time and place: Apr. 26, 2022 4:15 PM6:00 PM, GM 652 and via Zoom

Paola d'Andrea: Ad usum Novae Romae: two vates for Fascist Italy

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Time and place: Mar. 31, 2022 10:00 AM12:00 PM, Forsamlingssalen, Harald Schelderups Hus, Blindern

In this lecture, Hans-Joachim Hinrichsen (U. of Zürich) discusses the significance of rhythm as a design feature in Bruckner's and Schubert's symphonies.

Time and place: Mar. 29, 2022 4:15 PM6:00 PM, GM 652 and via Zoom

Aske Damtoft Poulsen: All Roads Lead to Ruin: Teleology and counterfactuality in Sallust’s history of Rome

Time and place: Mar. 22, 2022 4:15 PM6:00 PM, GM and via Zoom

Ed Bispham: The Cult of Mefitis

Time and place: Mar. 8, 2022 4:15 PM6:00 PM, GM 652 and via Zoom

Thea Selliaas Thorsen: Dating Corinna after Lobel, Page and West.

Time and place: Feb. 22, 2022 4:15 PM6:00 PM, GM 652 and via Zoom

Matthew Kinloch: Narrative Hierarchies: Minor Characters in Byzantine and Medieval History Writing.

Time and place: Feb. 8, 2022 4:15 PM6:00 PM, Via Zoom

Silvio Bär, leader of the research group Novel and Epic, Ancient and Modern: Odyssey 5: A Narratological Analysis.

Time and place: Jan. 25, 2022 4:15 PM6:00 PM, via Zoom

Ildar Garipzanov  presents his ERC Advanced Grant project, MINiTEXTS – "Minuscule Texts: Marginalized Voices in Early Medieval Latin Culture (c. 700–c. 1000)". 

Project website: Minuskule tekster

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Time and place: Dec. 9, 2021 4:00 PM5:30 PM, CET. Register for webinar on Zoom.

What happens when people bring their environmental complaints to a body gathered in the name of the world? In this lecture Cheryl Lousley, professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies at Lakehead University, Canada, discusses the World Commission on Environment and Development's public hearings. 

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Time and place: Nov. 23, 2021 4:15 PM6:00 PM, Georg Morgenstiernes hus, seminarom 203 og Zoom

Knut Olav Sandvik (masterstudent i latin) fremstiller sin MA-avhandling «Metrical Limitations in Horace's Odes».

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Time and place: Nov. 12, 2021 12:00 PM1:00 PM, Georg Morgenstiernes hus, seminarrom 152

Dr Tyson Retz on the idea of progress in different conceptions of history.

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Bowhead whales have been known to three groups along the Bering Strait over the past two centuries: Indigenous Yupik and Inupiaq whalers, capitalist commercial whalers, and communist industrial whalers. This talk explores how each of these groups imagined different normative relationships with whales and how these ideas shaped interactions between human hunters and whales, and the whales’ own adaptions.

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Time and place: Nov. 9, 2021 4:15 PM6:00 PM, Zoom

Eirik Welo (førstelektor i gammelgresk) holder foredrag "Galen som attisist: lærdom, sjanger og publikum".

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Time and place: Nov. 9, 2021 2:00 PM4:00 PM, Aud. 5, Eilert Sundts Hus, Blindern
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Time and place: Nov. 4, 2021 10:15 AM11:30 AM, CET. Register for webinar on Zoom

What kind of careful attention to the meaningful lives of other species does film making engender? What sort of perspectives may it open up and/or foreclose? In this talk, filmmaker Asgeir Helgestad and historian of science Ageliki Lefkaditou, draw on three of their documentary projects on climate change and biodiversity loss to discuss how filming may convey the complex relationships that such processes provoke and threaten.

Time and place: Oct. 26, 2021 4:15 PM6:00 PM, Zoom

Nicolò Bettegazzi will discuss the use of Latin at the Mostra Augustea della Romanità (1937/38), a subject related to his ongoing PhD thesis.

Time and place: Oct. 15, 2021 7:00 PM9:00 PM, ON ZOOM

In this lecture, Benjamin Bratton (University of California, San Diego) will discuss the ethics of being an object and what the pandemic should tell us about the biological reality of society

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Time and place: Oct. 12, 2021 4:15 PM6:00 PM, Zoom

Prof. Brent Nongbri will discuss the the early history of the codex and introduce us to his ongoing project EthiCodex.

Time and place: Sep. 28, 2021 4:15 PM6:00 PM, Zoom

Dr. Christopher Siwicki will discuss the treatment and perception of historic buildings in imperial Rome, which he also explored in his recent book Architectural Restoration and Heritage in Imperial Rome (OUP 2020).

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Time and place: Sep. 27, 2021 4:00 PM5:30 PM, Zoom

Is it Time for a Global Constitutional Convention for the Young & Other Future Generations?