Bumble Bees, the Bible in India, Russian poetics and comparing things

The second Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music research forum took place in the University on 20th February. The research forum is a bi-annual gathering open to all researchers in the School in which four short papers are presented with space for debate afterwards. The general aim is to allow creative connections to be made between researchers, whether PGR or staff, across the School.

The opening session saw Mark Ferguson from Music and Andrew Ginger from Modern Languages speak on their research on the use of natural sounds (here the sound of bumble bees) in electro-acoustic composition, and the epistemological basis for making comparisons in humanities research respectively. A lively debate, which highlighted the commonalities between the two researchers, followed.

The second set of talks saw Sam Antony Kocheri Clement (Postcolonial Studies) and Isobel Palmer (Russian) speak about the use of the Bible as a tool of control in Colonial India and the poetics of Russian modernism. Again, the debate highlighted the commonalities between two ostensibly different fields of research and methodologies and highlighted the breadth of research in LCAHM.

The next event in this series will be the LCAHM School Conference on 14 May. Keep an eye out for the Call for Papers!

Any questions: contact Aengus Ward a.m.m.ward@bham.ac.uk


Pictured: Buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) gathering pollen on a flower, Skarżysko-KamiennaPoland, 2006