HARI operates as both an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary Institute. Established over a decade ago, its explicit aim is to foster intellectual exchange between scholars of different disciplines.
It now supports a wide range of collaborative projects, hosting and/or promoting events in central London locations, on Royal Holloway’s campus at Egham and online.
This section offers pointers to some recently-funded research topics, with links to individual project pages where apt.
Heidegger Reading Group
Heidegger and Classical Thought: The Beginning of Western Philosophy: Interpretation of Anaximander and Parmenides
Weekly reading group (7th Oct 2021-May 2022)
- Every Thursday in Room 0-03, 11 Bedford Square, London at 4-6pm.
- The meeting will also be accessible online for international participants.
The Humanities & Arts Research Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London is organising a weekly reading group to study Martin Heidegger’s lecture course, delivered in 1932 (five years after the publication of Being and Time), and published in English translation as The Beginning of Western Philosophy: Interpretation of Anaximander and Parmenides. The reading group will take place over the Autumn and Spring terms of 2021/22.
Heidegger’s thought is often divided into ‘early Heidegger’ and ‘later Heidegger’. The transitional phase between these two periods that takes place in the 1930s is questionably defined as a Kehre (‘turn’ or ‘reversal’) in his thinking. Heidegger himself conceived of this Kehre as an Ergänzung (‘fulfilment’) of the schema he announced (but did not complete) in the pages of Being and Time. The reading group will examine some little-understood aspects of the underpinnings of Being and Time, especially Heidegger’s reading of Parmenides, the sources of Greek philosophy, and Heidegger's radical redescriptions of history and historicality to show how the Kehre unfolds in Heidegger’s thought. This will illustrate, too, the extent to which Heidegger’s work was, from the outset, driven by a reading of Aristotle and Plato that relied on examining them in the light of these earlier philosophers. This reading group will be of interest not only to readers of Heidegger, but also classicists interested in Plato, Aristotle, and the Presocratics, and Heidegger’s understanding of truth in its relation with being.
Online details: by request to Aaron.Turner@rhul.ac.uk
AWW-STRUCK: Creative and Critical Approaches to Cuteness
Supporting Caroline Harris (RHUL)
The AWW-STRUCK virtual day seminar on 21 May 2021 focused on Cute Studies in the Arts and Humanities, aiming to develop interdisciplinary and intercollegiate discussions and establish the collaborating institutions (Royal Holloway and the University of Birmingham) as a hub for this growing field. The seminar hosted three panels and a film screening, with papers from international professors, ECRs and PGR students based in the UK, Japan, Nigeria, Sweden, Canada and the USA, including four from Royal Holloway.
The event was co-organised by Caroline Harris (RHUL) and Dr Isabel Galleymore (University of Birmingham), with a linked online exhibition curated by RHUL graduate Astra Papachristodoulou. The day was introduced by Professor Redell Olsen (Poetics Research Centre, RHUL) and Dr Megan Cavell (Animal Studies Reading Group, University of Birmingham) and began with papers from Professor Joshua Paul Dale, co-editor of The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness, and Professor Lesley Millar, who introduced her exhibition ‘Kawaii: Curating the Japanese Culture of Cute’. A recording of the second panel is available on the AWW-STRUCK website.
The online exhibition features work by 20 visual poets and includes pieces by three Royal Holloway PGRs. The exhibition is available to view on Poem Atlas, while these poetic pieces, alongside critical and creative texts by the seminar contributors, are collected in the AWW-STRUCK book.
The event was enthusiastically received, with highly positive feedback on its breadth and importance for attendees’ research. One commented: ‘I loved hearing from both academics and poets/artists. The cross-conversation was very stimulating.’ Another said: ‘‘The atmosphere was really brilliant; participants were genuinely excited to be there, engage, and get into conversation, and the speakers were so passionate about each other’s work as well as their own…’
For more information see the AWW-STRUCT website:
Unpalatable, Inedible and Indigestible: Exploring Boundaries, Constructs and Communities in Human Food Practices (supporting colleagues in the departments of Classics, English, History, and Languages, Literatures & Cultures)
Organisers: Ruth Cruickshank (LLC), Judith Hawley (English), Andrew Jotischky (History), Stella Moss (History), Erica Rowan (Classics)
Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th May 2021 on MS Teams