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A Free Exhibition 21 April–22 September 2018

 

 

This year’s summer exhibition focuses on items from the BRLSI Collections with a connection to the Pacific Ocean: corals and shells, the ethnography of the many small islands, and natural history specimens that illustrate the significance of the Wallace line, the invisible boundary which separates the ecozones of Asia and Australasia identified by naturalist Alfred Wallace (1823–1913). In addition, prints from four renowned international photo journalists, highlighting the impact of environmental change on the wildlife and peoples of the Pacific, will be on display.

 

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During the Viking Age, England faced the threat of increasingly dangerous armies from Scandinavia. By late 9th century much of England was conquered and settled. Whilst religion and religious identity played keyroles in integration, terms like ‘pagan’ and ‘Christian’ were far more complex than the nature of personal belief or church attendance. When King Alfred converted the Viking Guthrum and entourage by baptism, the Scandinavians became Christian in their own way. Material evidence – brooches, belt buckles, stone sculpture, burials – and written sources such as the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle help explain Pagan conversion and the impact of these new Christians on England’s religious culture.

Professor Lesley Abrams - University of Oxford

 

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An introduction to the local species, with tips on where to look and useful reference guides. Due to the size of the room, numbers will be restricted so to be certain of a place please contact the organiser, Rob Randall at [email protected] or 01225 318149 (evenings).

 

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Dr Helen John University of Exeter

New Testament accounts of Jesus calming storms and walking on water do not sit easily with scientific worldviews. Did the Gospel authors intend these texts to be understood literally or symbolically? The talk will explore the worldviews of Namibia’s Owambo peoples and demonstrate how African religions may unlock fresh interpretations of ‘problematic’ biblical texts.

 

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A lively round table debate: The Will of the People? Democracy & legitimacy in Modern Britain

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The modern period of Western philosophy begins in the 17th century. David Hume (1711-1776) is one of the great figures of this period. This talk is an introduction to some of the key elements in his thought.

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Upcoming events

21 April 2018 BRLSI EXHIBITION - Pacific: Ocean of Islands

A Free Exhibition 21 April–22 September 2018

 

 

This year’s summer exhibition focuses on items from the BRLSI Collections with a connection to the Pacific Ocean: corals and shells, the ethnography of the many small islands, and natural history specimens that illustrate the significance of the Wallace line, the invisible boundary which separates the ecozones of Asia and Australasia identified by naturalist Alfred Wallace (1823–1913). In addition, prints from four renowned international photo journalists, highlighting the impact of environmental change on the wildlife and peoples of the Pacific, will be on display.

 

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31 May 2018 BRLSI Antiquity - Pagans & Christians in Viking-Age England

During the Viking Age, England faced the threat of increasingly dangerous armies from Scandinavia. By late 9th century much of England was conquered and settled. Whilst religion and religious identity played keyroles in integration, terms like ‘pagan’ and ‘Christian’ were far more complex than the nature of personal belief or church attendance. When King Alfred converted the Viking Guthrum and entourage by baptism, the Scandinavians became Christian in their own way. Material evidence – brooches, belt buckles, stone sculpture, burials – and written sources such as the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle help explain Pagan conversion and the impact of these new Christians on England’s religious culture.

Professor Lesley Abrams - University of Oxford

 

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31 May 2018 Bath Wildlife - Ladybirds Bath Wildlife

An introduction to the local species, with tips on where to look and useful reference guides. Due to the size of the room, numbers will be restricted so to be certain of a place please contact the organiser, Rob Randall at [email protected] or 01225 318149 (evenings).

 

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05 June 2018 BRLSI Belief - The Bible in Africa

Dr Helen John University of Exeter

New Testament accounts of Jesus calming storms and walking on water do not sit easily with scientific worldviews. Did the Gospel authors intend these texts to be understood literally or symbolically? The talk will explore the worldviews of Namibia’s Owambo peoples and demonstrate how African religions may unlock fresh interpretations of ‘problematic’ biblical texts.

 

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06 June 2018 The Will of the People?

A lively round table debate: The Will of the People? Democracy & legitimacy in Modern Britain


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07 June 2018 Bath Geological Society - Subduction Zone Earthquakes and Tsunami: Exploring the Sumatra Subduction Zone using Marine Geology, geophysics and ocean drilling

Begins 19:30

Tickets: £5.00
 

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08 June 2018 BRLSI Philosophy - An Introduction to Hume

The modern period of Western philosophy begins in the 17th century. David Hume (1711-1776) is one of the great figures of this period. This talk is an introduction to some of the key elements in his thought.


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08 June 2018 MEAA - The Art of the Gift: Snuff Bottles at the Qing Court

Snuff entered the Forbidden City in the 17th century as gifts from foreign missionaries and led to the development of the snuff bottle, a tobacco delivery system unique to China. This talk explores the technical and artistic challenges in making these clever miniature treasures in an infinite variety of media and designs, as well as their circulation within the rarefied social and political spaces at the heart of the empire.

 

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12 June 2018 BRLSI Business & Economics - (Re)Organising our Role in Society. Maintaining the Societal Relevance for Business

Current views of society are often based on a strong divide between business, government and civil society. However, this overarching view does not reflect the realities of what is happening ‘out there’. What is the role of business in society, and how it might reshape itself so as to maintain its legitimacy in a complex and dynamic operational environment?

Dr Krista Bondy Deputy Director DPOS - University of Bath

 

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14 June 2018 BRLSI Poetry - Alexander Pushkin - Epitomised in a Single Poem

Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837) is considered to be Russia’s greatest poet and has been called the ‘Father of Russian Literature’. This lecture will summarise and exemplify Pushkin's mastery over poetic form, his major preoccupations and his sense of humour, all in one (translated) 47-line poem that could be called, ‘Winter . . . What shall we do out in the country?’

Professor A D P Briggs
Professor Emeritus, University of Birmingham


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