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Archaeology at the ancient port of Rome on BBC television

17 December 2012

University of Southampton Head of Archaeology Professor Simon Keay has been talking about his research at Portus, the ancient port of Rome, in a prime-time BBC television programme. Described as ‘the world expert on Portus’ and one of the ‘best Roman archaeologists in the world’, he joined presenter Dan Snow and US archaeologist Dr Sarah Parcek on Rome’s Lost Empire on BBC2.

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Mexico Week celebrated in style at the University of Southampton

11 December 2012

A week of events from mariachi music to theatre, dance and film combined with the traditional commemoration of the Day of the Dead.

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Philosophy Cafe. Is it rational to be moral?

10 December 2012

The University of Southampton’s popular Philosophy Cafe series has considered the differences between rationality and morality.

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Catalan and Spanish. Literature and bilingualism in Catalonia.

10 December 2012

Leading Catalan writer and diplomat Señor Don Carles Casajuana spoke about his work and his experience of bilingualism at the annual Perez de Ayala lecture at the University of Southampton.

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Southampton Archaeology research on prime-time TV

4 December 2012

University of Southampton Professor and Head of Archaeology, Simon Keay, will feature alongside TV presenter Dan Snow in the prime-time BBC One documentary ‘Rome’s Lost Empire’ on Sunday 9 December at 8-40 pm.

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Humanities AHRC Studentships now available for 2013 entry

22 November 2012

Humanities at Southampton is pleased to offer postgraduate studentships funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through their Block Grant Partnership (BGP) scheme.

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Humanities Wolfson Foundation Scholarships now available for 2013 entry

22 November 2012

Humanities at Southampton is pleased to offer postgraduate scholarships funded by the Wolfson Foundation. For October 2013 entry, we have three Wolfson Scholarships to award for study at doctoral level.

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Philosophy Cafe Podcast. What's so good about free thinking?

19 November 2012

The notion of ‘free thought' is fundamental to many of our deeply cherished liberal ideals. Universities, books, and people are often celebrated (or feared) for their power to encourage it, and many liberal institutions exist to protect it. However, it is surprisingly difficult to say what free thought is, and why it's worth having.

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New insights into the pioneer of the atom bomb

8 November 2012

Ray Monk, Professor of Philosophy, has written a new biography of one of the first atomic scientists. Inside the Centre: The Life of J Robert Oppenheimer is published this week by Jonathan Cape.

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Students excel in vacation placements

7 November 2012

Humanities students have been recognised for their achievements as part of the University of Southampton’s Excel placements scheme during the Easter and/or summer vacations. This is an opportunity to spend between four and 12 weeks with a wide range of external partners or within the University, organised by Career Destinations. Students are paid during their placements.

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Inaugural lecture - Professor Neil Gregor

26 October 2012

In memoriam: Richard Strauss and the Legacies of War
by Professor Neil Gregor

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Archaeologists help decifer world's oldest writing system

26 October 2012

Researchers from the University of Southampton and University of Oxford have developed a system for examining some of the world’s most important historical documents in intricate detail.

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Support for talented Humanities research students

23 October 2012

Humanities has secured £234,000 funding from The Wolfson Foundation for a further three postgraduate scholarships starting in 2013-14. This follows a similar award for the previous academic year.

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Mexico comes to Southampton

23 October 2012

The colourful and vibrant culture of Mexico will brighten Southampton this autumn (29 Oct - 3 Nov).

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Charitable foundation funds £300,000 research project to chronicle life of oil magnate 'Mr Five Percent'

18 October 2012

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has awarded the University of Southampton £300, 000 to research and write the biography of its founder. Calouste Gulbenkian (1869-1955) was a businessman, art collector and philanthropist whose crucial role in the oil industry helped to create such modern industry names as Shell and Total.

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18th century letters from Jamaica posted online give new insights into slavery

18 October 2012

Historian and Senior Lecturer Dr Christer Petley has used digital technology to create an online teaching and research resource about slavery in the British Caribbean in the 18th century.

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New discoveries at Portus, the ancient port of Imperial Rome

17 October 2012

A packed Turner Sims Concert Hall saw Professor Simon Keay describe latest developments in his lengthy excavations at Portus, the ancient port of Rome, which dates back to the Emperor Claudius.

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Talking about language on the BBC

15 October 2012

Clare Mar Molinero, Professor of Sociolinguistics in Modern Languages, has appeared on BBC Radio Solent talking about the importance of accents and how people use them to judge others. Clare is a frequent guest when languages are in the news.

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Focusing on the nineteenth century

8 October 2012

From the storming of the Bastille to the start of the First World War ... academics and postgraduate students from across the Humanities who work on the ‘long nineteenth century’ will be sharing and publicising their work under the auspices of a new research centre.

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Moby Dick captures the public imagination

8 October 2012

Creative Writing Fellow Philip Hoare launched Moby Dick Big Read, an international online audio project based on Herman Melville's classic novel.

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Research shows Crystal Palace was a colourful, controversial, virtual world before computers

5 October 2012

Research by University of Southampton archaeologist Professor Stephanie Moser has revealed the 1854 Crystal Palace exhibition in London was controversial and changed the way we view architecture of the ancient world.

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David Owen Norris and Southampton students launch BBC Radio 3 Masterclass series

2 October 2012

This week some of our best student pianists joined David Owen Norris, Southampton's Professor and Head of Keyboard Performance, for a filmed masterclass for BBC Radio 3. The new YouTube Masterclass was made in association with the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and forms part of the autumn 2012 Piano Season on the BBC.

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Oral history features in animated film about child refugees of Spanish Civil War

1 October 2012

Recordings of refugees speaking about their memories of being evacuated to England as children during the Spanish Civil War feature in a new animated film. The recordings made by the University of Southampton’s Dr Alicia Pozo-Gutierrez’s team of volunteers help illustrate the emotions and experiences of 4,000 Basque children who fled to Southampton in 1937.

David Owen Norris and Southampton students launch BBC Radio 3 Masterclass series

26 September 2012

This week some of our best student pianists joined David Owen Norris, Southampton's Professor and Head of Keyboard Performance, for a filmed masterclass for BBC Radio 3.

TEAtime lecture series: sharing excitement in Humanities, 2012-2013

20 September 2012

Building on the success of the STEM TEAtime lecture series, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Humanities TEAtime lecture series in this academic year.

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University archive of influential poet’s work unsealed 100 years after his birth

13 September 2012

An archive of letters, notebooks and journals sealed after the death of influential poet and University of Southampton English Professor F.T. Prince has been opened for the first time.

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Exciting discoveries. The port of ancient Rome gives up its secrets

11 September 2012

Archaeology professor Simon Keay will talk about latest discoveries at the ancient port of Rome – Portus - at a public lecture at Turner Sims on 9 October 2012.

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English Professor awarded £285,000 by the AHRC for new medieval project

29 August 2012

Professor Catherine Clarke (English) has been awarded £285,000 from the AHRC for a new project, ‘City Witness: Place and Perspective in Medieval Swansea’.

Finnissy at the Proms

6 August 2012

This year's BBC Proms season sees the UK premiere of Piano Concerto no. 2 by Southampton's Professor Michael Finnissy. The matinée concert, at London's Cadogan Hall on 11 August 2012, begins at 3:30 and will be broadcast live on Radio 3.

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Professor Mark Stoyle on 'The Great British Story'

6 August 2012

Professor Mark Stoyle has appeared in a series of interviews on the new BBC TV series, ‘The Great British Story: A People’s History’, presented by Michael Wood.

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Prepare for Success wins national praise

20 July 2012

The University of Southampton’s successful Prepare for Success website has been featured in a leading education internet newsletter after notching up half a million visits from prospective students.

Great Expectations

New perspectives on a well-loved Dickens novel

17 July 2012

The stories and global market forces behind one of Charles Dickens’ most popular books will be told by senior lecturer in English Dr Mary Hammond. She has been awarded a Fellowship by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to research and write the ‘biography’ of Great Expectations (1860-61). It will be published by Ashgate in 2014.

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Karten Postdoctoral Outreach Fellow - Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations

12 July 2012

The Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations within the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Southampton is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Outreach Fellow to support expansion of the Parkes Outreach Programme.

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Archaeology and Engineering collaborate to 'virtually' excavate Roman coins

10 July 2012

Archaeologists and engineers from the University of Southampton are collaborating with the British Museum to examine buried Roman coins using the latest X-ray imaging technology.

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Camoes Trust bursary

6 July 2012

Modern Languages at the University of Southampton are pleased to announce that the Camoes Trust has generously renewed our cooperation agreement for a further three years, and once again has made available for a nine month postgraduate bursary commencing 1 September 2012 and valued at 500 euros per month towards maintenance costs (please note, this does not include fees).

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Writers and publishers debate the future of biography

5 July 2012

Leading literary figures and booksellers gathered at the University of Southampton this summer for a two-day conference Can Biography Survive?

It was the final event in the interdisciplinary Challenges to Biography Research Network funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and run by Professor Ray Monk (Philosophy) and Professor Adrian Smith (History).

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Karten Outreach Studentship - Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations

5 July 2012

The Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations within Humanities at the University of Southampton is seeking to award a doctoral outreach studentship to support expansion of the Parkes Outreach Programme.

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Lace-lined racquets and crimson coats: fusion of tennis and fashion is nothing new

4 July 2012

From Serena Williams’ neon purple hot-pants, to Czech player Radek Stepanek’s red and blue shoes, and Andy Murray’s tennis-ball-dropping shorts – fashion has again been causing a stir at Wimbledon.

However, if you think Roger Federer’s iconic ‘RF’ crest means his place is secured as tennis royalty, think again. Research from the University of Southampton has shown ‘real tennis’ royalty was flirting with fashion centuries ago.

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Expertise from Southampton helping archaeologists around the world

25 May 2012

Over the years, Southampton’s archaeologists have developed considerable expertise in a wide range of technologies. Kristian Strutt heads the University’s Archaeological Prospection Services and is in demand around the world to help with a wide range of projects. Non-invasive techniques help archaeologists learn more about underground conditions without the expense and disruption of excavations.

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Southampton research project brings medieval music to life

25 May 2012

A team from the University of Southampton’s Department of Music launches a recording of music not performed for 800 years.

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A galaxy of stars brings the magic of Madagascar to Southampton

22 May 2012

Vibrant music from an island in the Indian Ocean will help to start the weekend in style on Friday 8 June when the Madagascar All Stars play the Turner Sims concert hall in Southampton.

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Be tenacious - careers advice from a top magazine editor

16 May 2012

New Statesman editor Jason Cowley returned to Southampton to talk to final year undergraduates about career opportunities.

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English as a Lingua Franca. How the language is spreading around the world

15 May 2012

Internationalisation has become the dominant trend in many areas of life, not least in higher education, where there is much talk of ‘internationalising the curriculum’. It has prompted debate on how we should teach our students and has led to an increasing trend for universities around the world to offer programmes in English.

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Music appoints new Turner Sims Professors

14 May 2012

Music at Southampton has appointed two leading international artists as the inaugural Turner Sims Professors of Music

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Philosophy Cafe Podcast. Free will: a necessary illusion?

10 May 2012

Subjectively we view ourselves as in control of most of our actions, and we think that other people are largely responsible for theirs. But objectively, we can see that what we do is caused by many events and circumstances stretching back into the past, which has suggested to some people that free will is an illusion. Which view should win out? Or is there no real conflict between them?

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Exhibition to commemorate child refugees of the Spanish civil war

9 May 2012

The University of Southampton is holding a special exhibition to commemorate 75 years since thousands of Basque children were evacuated from Spain to the UK during the country’s civil war.

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All at sea with Charles II

27 April 2012

Professor Maria Hayward is investigating how the first Royal yachts were furnished and equipped, thanks to ship plans and details of fixtures and fittings from the archives.

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Second Human Rights lecture focusses on prisons

27 April 2012

Dame Anne Owers, former HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, has delivered the University of Southampton’s second Human Rights Lecture at Avenue Campus. It was sponsored by the Faculties of Humanities and Business & Law and the Southampton Group of Amnesty International.

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Working together. Students of arts and sciences share experiences

25 April 2012

PhD student in English Briony Bennett and Speech and Language Therapist Sarah Worsfold have been sharing their experiences in the University of Southampton’s innovative Litmus Project. Students of English were paired with scientists and engineers and challenged to work together to produce some poetry or prose, as part of 2012 Multidisciplinary Research Week.

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Inspiration from Bronze Age treasures

24 April 2012

A major European archaeological project* centred around Bronze Age artefacts and led by the University of Southampton, has inspired contemporary craft students to produce a stunning range of items from jewellery to ceramics.

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Joan of Arc remembered

24 April 2012

Six hundred years since the birth of Joan of Arc, Professor Anne Curry, Dean of Humanities, will speak about English views of the French patriot and religious leader at an event in Rouen in June.

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Film academics provide specialist insight into the Titanic phenomenon

23 April 2012

Southampton Film academics have been approached by the national media and a prominent cultural exhibition to provide expert commentary as part of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

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Bosworth on the BBC

20 April 2012

Professor Anne Curry, Dean of Humanities, will be a guest on the BBC Radio Four programme In Our Time at 9.00am on Thursday 26 April.

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Staff and students from Music on the Road

11 April 2012

Researchers and student volunteers from both the Music Department and the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) are featured in the University of Southampton Research Roadshow, which will go to a range of different venues and festivals throughout 2012. Rachel van Besouw (ISVR) and Ben Oliver (Music) have created the activities for the ‘Hearing Music’ stand as part of the AHRC-funded ‘Compositions for Cochlear Implantees’ project.

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Can biography survive?

4 April 2012

Humanities is hosting a two day international conference on 3-4 July 2012 on the future of biography, which is expected to attract many leading academics and writers.

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Southampton's research into Britain's maritime heritage recognised

4 April 2012

The Curator of Imperial and Maritime History at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich (NMM) has praised the contribution of historians at the University of Southampton for their research into Britain’s maritime heritage.

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Southampton philosopher to feature on BBC Radio 4

29 March 2012

Professor Christopher Janaway is to feature on Radio 4 in a series of programmes called ‘Doubt’ with Richard Holloway, starting on 28th May.

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Southampton historian on Radio 4

26 March 2012

The episode of BBC Radio 4’s thirty-part series 'Sport and the British' broadcast on 29 February focused upon motor racing and included contributions from Dr Adrian Smith, who was one of the series’ historical consultants.

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Philosophy Cafe Podcast. Authenticity: what is it to be oneself?

19 March 2012

The anxiety that we are, in some way, not being ourselves can seem both puzzling and all too familiar. This worry is also an anxiety that has been explored by many of the great philosophers and became in the twentieth century a central theme in existentialism, as the worry that our lives are 'inauthentic'. But what is authenticity? What is to be oneself? And if one isn't oneself, what can one do about it?

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Employing social media to bring a new buzz to archaeological computing

12 March 2012

International delegates at this month’s Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA2012) conference at Southampton (26-29 March) will be encouraged to use a wide range of social media applications to make the most of the event.

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Philosophy Cafe podcast. External world scepticism, or what if you're in the matrix?

1 March 2012

In the film 'The Matrix', the main character discovers that his life is an illusion - all of his experiences have come from a perfect computer simulation fed into his brain. This is a modern version of thought-experiments employed by philosophers for hundreds of years.

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Google funds project investigating the geography of the ancient world

23 February 2012

A University of Southampton led project, exploring how people of antiquity viewed the geography of the ancient world, has been backed by $50,000 of funding from Google, Inc. via its Digital Humanities Awards Program.

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Humanities scholarships available for all new masters students and alumni

8 February 2012

Due to continued research success within Humanities, the Faculty is looking to further invest in tomorrow's researchers by offering a scholarship to all incoming masters students

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Looking east. New language opportunities

2 February 2012

Increasing numbers of students and staff at the University of Southampton are opting to study Chinese.

There are several ways you can join the estimated one billion people across the world who speak and write Chinese. Modern Languages students can choose modules in Chinese; they are also available for students of other disciplines such as engineering. Staff can sign up for daytime taster courses in Chinese and lifelong learning opportunities are offered for the wider community in the evenings.

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Shetland to Southampton and back again

30 January 2012

Professor Linda Ruth Williams and University Visiting Fellow Mark Kermode are involved in a pioneering festival of short films which will link the south coast with the Shetland Islands as part of the London 2012 Festival.

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Using Hollywood technology to unlock the secret of pianist's sounds

20 January 2012

University of Southampton academics are pioneering a new way of using motion capture technology to examine the way pianists play the piano.