2006 awards

Conference: European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) Biennial

18 to 21 September 2006

Conference: The British Periodical Text, 1796 - 1832

28 to 29 September 2006

6th BIRTHA Conference: International Centenary - Shostakovich 2006

29 September to 1 October 2006
Organiser: Pauline Fairclough, Department of Music

September 2006 marks the centenary of the birth of Dmitri Shostakovich. During his lifetime (1906-1975), Shostakovich was a paradoxical figure: he was the Soviet Union's most successful composer, yet his public censure during Stalin's regime was reported around the world. Despite the restrictions placed on musicians, scholars and journalists throughout the Soviet period, Shostakovich's popularity in the West flourished, and his reputation as one of the 20th Century's greatest composers has never been stronger.
After the sensation of his alleged memoirs, Testimony, Shostakovich has been widely perceived in the West as a Soviet dissident. While this view has served to distance Shostakovich from the corruption of the Soviet regime under which he worked, it has also distracted us from seeking out a more complete picture of his career and music. In the last ten years, archival research has transformed our understanding of who Shostakovich was. Though there is still much to learn, the patient work of scholars, musicians and archivists is continually throwing up new discoveries. Unfinished or neglected works continue to be found in the Shostakovich Family Archive in Moscow, and two of Russia's most distinguished Shostakovich specialists, Olga Digonskaya and Olga Dombrovskaya, will be giving presentations in Bristol on their recent work. Laurel Fay, the foremost expert on Shostakovich in the West, will be giving the keynote address, together with some of the most distinguished names in American, Russian and British Russian music scholarship.
The Keynote speaker is Laurel Fay. Other speakers include: Inna Barsova (Moscow State University), Leonid Maximenkov, Olga Dombrovskaya (Shostakovich Family archive, Moscow), Olga Digonskaya (Glinka State archive of Literature and Art), Natalia Braginskaya (St Petersburg Conservatoire), Patrick McCreless (Yale University), David Fanning (University of Manchester) and Levon Akopian.
The major conference themes are: Manuscript and archival sources, analysis and aesthetics. There will also be sessions on reception, Shostakovich's contemporaries, song and opera, performance issues, film, theatre and incidental music.
The conference will begin on Friday, 29 September. On Friday evening, the Brodsky Quartet will be concluding their cycle of Shostakovich quartets at St George's, Bristol, with a performance of the Fifteenth Quartet. On Saturday evening, Olga Dombrovskaya will present her illustrated film talk on the newly-discovered Shostakovich film 'Warmongers', never before seen in the West. (Open to conference delegates only.) On Sunday there will be further archival and analysis sessions, together with papers on Shostakovich's contemporaries.
The Victoria Rooms were built in 1840 as a place of assembly and hosted Jenny Lind, Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde among many others in the 19th century. They are situated in the heart of Clifton, Bristol's fashionable Georgian suburb rivalling nearby Bath in historic interest. Accommodation for the conference will be available in a number of hotels within walking distance; a wide variety of restaurants for main meals is equally close at hand, as are Bristol's mediaeval city centre and renovated waterfront.

3rd BIRTHA Conference: The American and British Musical

8 to 11 March 2006
Organiser: Dr Stephen Banfield, Department of Music

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Conference: Future Music and the Classical Past: Wagner and his Legacy

11 March 2006
Organisers: The Bristol Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition and Department of Music

Conference: The Cultural Reception of Prehistoric Monuments, 1600-2000

6 to 7 April 2006
Organiser: Joanne Parker, Department of Historical Studies

What has been the history of prehistory? How have Europe's earthworks and megaliths been interpreted, delineated, used and abused in the four centuries since James I dispatched Inigo Jones to interpret Stonehenge? This two-day interdisciplinary conference will examine the different ways in which prehistoric archaeology has influenced the artistic, scholarly and literary imagination of Europe - and, conversely, the ways in which changing beliefs, aesthetics and lifestyles have impacted upon prehistoric remains. Topics covered might include: the meaning and importance of prehistoric remains in works of art or literature; the development of prehistoric tourism and heritage; the prehistoric researches of individual antiquaries/archaeologists; the use and interpretation of prehistoric remains by specialist groups or organisations; prehistory and national/religious/local identities.

Confirmed speakers include: Timothy Darvill, Julian Cope, Ronald Hutton, Sam Smiles, Stephen Daniels, Richard Hayman, David Matless, Andrew Causey, Nick Groom, Mary Ann Constantine, Josh Pollard.

Interdisciplinary Conference at the SS Great Britain (part of the Brunel 200 Celebrations) Modern Voyages: Sea Travel since Brunel

20 to 21 April 2006
Organiser: Claire O'Mahony

The Centre for Christianity and Culture, University of Bristol in conjunction with the Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of Bristol holds an annual research conference for all postgraduate students. Postgraduate research students Marcus Pound and Eliana Corbari are co-ordinating this conference with the support of postgraduate students from the participating universities.
This conference allows students to meet other researchers from five participating institutions: Trinity College, Bristol; Exeter University; Bath Spa University; Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education. Further institutions may join the consortium in the future.
The aim of the conference is to provide a day whereby postgraduates can meet and exchange information about their research, their difficulties, and experiences. It also aims to develop a wider network and support group for the students which may be both pastorally and intellectually helpful.

Conference: Archaeology, Anthropology and Heritage in the Balkans and Anatolia: The Life and Works of F.W.Hasluck 1878-1920

6 to 9 May 2006
Organiser: Dr David Shankland, The European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)

4th BIRTHA Conference: Troy and the European Imagination

7 to 9 July 2006
Organisers:  Dr E Archibald, Dr J Clark, Department of English and Historical Studies

The legends of Troy lived long after the end of Antiquity. Not only did they prove to be a source of continuing inspiration to European artists and writers but through their many retellings they also contributed to the shaping of communal and national identities. This international conference presents a programme of speakers drawn from a wide variety of academic disciplines to discuss Troy in its many different incarnations during the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and beyond.

Conference: Romantic Spectacle

7 to 9 July 2006
Organisers: I. Haywood, Centre for Research in Romanticism, Roehampton Univeristy, in association with The Romantic Centre, University of Bristol

Conference: Urban Witness: The Languages of the Medieval Italian Commune

7 to 8 July 2006
Organiser: Dr Stephen Milner, The Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bristol, in conjunction with the World University Network (WUN) 'Multilinguism' project

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Conference: The post-colonial literatures and cultures of the Francophone Indian Ocean: diasporas, migrations and identities

13 to 15 July 2006
Organiser: The Centre for Colonial and Post-Colonial Societies

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5th BIRTHA Conference: War Without Limits: Spain 1936-1939 and Beyond

17 to 19 July 2006
Organiser: M. J. Hurcombe, Group for War and Culture Studies

Profoundly Spanish in origin, yet almost immediately internationalised, the Spanish Civil war had a marked impact on the politics and culture of many nations. Considered by many of its generation as the first ideological war, it has become for many since a precursor of the Second World War sometimes subsumed into, or obscured by, this latter in our memory of the period. Yet, its significance continues to be reflected in a variety of cultural representations of the conflict emanating from many different nations and cultures and in its continual pertinence and interest as a subject of historical research.

The aim of this three-day, international conference is to explore the international social, political, military and cultural history of this conflict from 1936 to the present. The organisers have welcomed proposals for papers on any aspect of the conflict from established scholars or postgraduates working in a range of disciplines including, for example, social, political and cultural history, military history and war studies, intellectual history, cultural memory, literary studies, art history, photography, media studies, film studies.

Conference: Medea: Mutations and Permutations of a Myth

17 to 19 July 2006
Organiser: Dr Anne Simon

Medea, the notorious infanticidal non-Greek wife of Jason, is a figure from Classical mythology who challenges the boundaries of behaviour and understanding and has proved both a creative and an intellectual challenge for writers, artists, composers and performing artists since Euripides and before. The focus will be on the following areas:

4th Marks Conference: Myth and the New Science

27 to 29 July 2006
Organiser: Dr Ellen O'Gorman