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.
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
Foraged meal, Noma Restaurant, Copenhagen
This HARI-funded online symposium explores constructs of the inedible, indigestible and unpalatable across historical periods and contemporary cultures, across the School of Humanities and across College. It explores the value judgements, power relations and cultural and economic imperatives that fuel perceptions of what is edible or inedible, palatable or unpalatable, raising questions of sustainability, integration, conflict and competition.
By addressing the objectives of the College’s Sustainable and Thriving Communities catalyst, the symposium acts both as a scoping exercise and as a showcase for current and prospective research, bringing together, celebrating and cross-fertilising intersecting research interests across the Royal Holloway community. Keynote address by Professor Klaus Dodds (Geography), College Lead on the Sustainability and Thriving Communities catalyst.
Participation is welcomed from all RHUL staff and students.
5th Denis Cosgrove Lecture - Visionary Geography: William Blake and the English Landscape
The Centre for the GeoHumanities is delighted to announce that the fifth Denis Cosgrove Lecture will be given by Professor Stephen Daniels (University of Nottingham).
Geography and Vision are key words in the works of Denis Cosgrove, together the title of his Inaugural Lecture at Royal Holloway in 1996 and that of a career framing collection of essays published in 2008. This lecture explores meetings of material and imaginative worlds in the works of painter and poet William Blake (1757-1827), and their implications for landscape as a field of vision. It addresses Blake’s representation of London and its environs in the early nineteenth century as it was transformed into a major imperial city, as well as images of cottages, cornfields and cathedrals. Visionary Geography locates Blake’s work in relation to wider currents of book and image making in his own time, including topography and cartography, and in terms of its long standing influence, for envisioning English landscape and its possible worlds.
The lecture, and the drinks reception after it are free to attend, but please book a place at the Event Brite site.
Mediated Memories of Responsibility
supporting The Institute for Modern Languages Research in London
18th November 2020 - 3PM (virtual event)
10th March 2021 - 3PM (virtual event)
19th May 2021 - 3PM (virtual event)
Each year the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory (part of the Institute for Modern Languages Research) hosts The Cultural Memory Seminar series, taking on a different theme each year. This years seminar series - supported by HARI - sees a number of leading scholars present the latest research in memory studies.
For more information on the seminar series and to book your place on the next seminar click here!
For the list of speakers and seminar dates click here!