Friday 22 May 2015,18.30 BP Lecture Theatre £5, Members/concessions £3
Acclaimed Australian writer Melissa Lucashenko, of Goorie and European heritage, considers what ‘being Indigenous’ means in contemporary Australia. She writes: ‘Since 1788, Aboriginal people have been pinned relentlessly beneath the microscope of the European gaze. Today, that same gaze asks: our skin too pale, our English too accomplished and our minds too modern, who are we to claim that we are people of the First Nations?’ In association with the Australia & New Zealand Festival in London.
In the summer of 1842, at the age of 28, George Dennis began a series of visits to ancient Etruria, at the time a terra incognita to foreign travellers. The result was a two-volume masterpiece, Cities and Cemeteries of Etruria, described as ‘one of the most astonishing antiquarian books ever written by an Englishman.’
In this lecture, Tom Rasmussen, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Manchester, highlights George Dennis’ role as one of the most illustrious scholar-explorers of the Victoria era, carrying out investigations not only in Etruria but also in Sicily, North Africa and Asia Minor.
This is the inaugural Barker Etruscan lecture, generously funded by Graham Barker, numismatist and British Museum Friend.
Friday 26 June 2015, 18.30 BP Lecture Theatre £5, Members/concessions £3
This discussion will reflect on the rediscovery of classical Greek art in the 18th century and how this influenced both the cultural and political landscape of Western Europe. Features Matthew Bell, King’s College London, Katherine Harloe, University of Reading,Athena Leoussi, University of Reading, and author and historian Dominic Selwood.
Friday 3 July 2015, 18.30 BP Lecture Theatre £5, Members/concessions
Renowned dealer in Australian art Rebecca Hossack chairs a panel discussion considering contemporary Indigenous Australian art and collecting, exploring the position of this work in the broader contemporary art market with its related constraints and possibilities.
Thursday 4 June 2015, 13.30 BP Theatre Free booking essential
Catharine Edwards, Birkbeck College, University of London, looks at Roman admiration for Greek statuary. Although some Romans were highly critical of the seductive effect these works might have on Roman morals, Greek forms served as models for some kinds of Roman portrait, especially the heroic ruler.
Friday 5 June 2015, 18.30 BP Lecture Theatre £5.00, Members/concessions £3.00
Professor Heike Behlmer, University of Göttingen, speaks on a new project to create a complete digital edition of the Sahidic Coptic Old Testament, making use of a virtual research environment to facilitate cooperation with other international projects and scholars.
Various dates, 13.30 BP Lecture Theatre Free, booking essential
Thu 7 May, 13.30 GS Sat 16 May, 13.30 RM Thu 25 Jun, 13.30 GS Thu 16 Jul, 13.30 RM
Exhibition Curators Gaye Sculthorpe (GS) and Rachael Murphy (RM) give a 45-minute illustrated introduction to the exhibition. The event on 16 July will have speech-to-text transcription for deaf and hard of hearing people.
Friday 17 April, 13.30 (IJ) Thursday 23 April, 13.30 (CF) Friday 8 May, 13.30 (IJ) Thursday 18 June, 13.30 (CF) BP Lecture Theatre Free, booking essential
Exhibition Curators Ian Jenkins (IJ) and Celeste Farge (GF) give a 45-minute illustrated introduction to the exhibition Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art.The event on 18 June will have speech-to-text transcription for deaf and hard of hearing people.
Thursday 14 May 2015, 13.30 BP Lecture Theatre Free, booking essential
Herakles is the ultimate Greek hero, the strongman monster slayer par excellence. In modern popular culture this fundamental characterisation is conveyed via the modern medium of a particular body type, exemplified by a succession of bodybuilders cast in the role, from Steve Reeves and Arnold Schwarzenegger to Lou Ferrigno and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. In this lecture, Emma Stafford, University of Leeds, asks if such an image does justice to the ancient Greek hero.
Thursday 21 May 2015, 13.30 BP Lecture Theatre Free, booking essential
Indigenous Australians have had many things to say about the British navigator and explorer Captain Cook. Since his voyage along the east coast of Australia in 1770 and after British occupation in 1788, Cook was woven into their interpretations of the colonial encounter and its legacies. In this lecture, Maria Nugent, Australian National University, will use objects and artworks to examine Australian Indigenous people’s representations of Captain Cook over time.
Friday 5 June 2015, 13.30 BP Lecture Theatre Free, booking essential
It is estimated that in the late 18th century there were about 350 languages spoken on mainland Australia. At the start of the 21st century, fewer than 150 Indigenous languages remain in use, and almost all are highly endangered. Peter K Austin, SOAS, examines whether Indigenous Australian languages have elements in common, and how concepts of ‘country’ and Dreamtime are represented in the languages, songs and oral literature of the continent. Sign interpreted.
Friday 19 June 2015 , 18.30-19.30 BP Lecture Theatre £5, Members/concessions £2
Award-winning historian and writer, Andrew Roberts, talks on Napoleon: military genius, astute leader of men, and one of the world’s greatest soldier-statesmen. Roberts’ Napoleon the Great is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon’s thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation. Roberts shares some of his research for the book that took him to fifty-three of Napoleon’s sixty battle sites and even included the long boat trip to St. Helena, the site of Napoleon’s final exile and death.
Thursday 11 June 2015, 16.00-17.00 BP Lecture Theatre Free, booking essential
James Leslie Starkey was Director of Lachish between 1932 and 1938, when he was murdered on the road to Jerusalem. He left behind a widow and three young sons who had lived with him at Lachish. In this lecture John Starkey offers a personal view of his father, examining his career before and during his time at Lachish.
Friday 29 May 2015, 18.30 BP Lecture Theatre £5.00, Members/concessions £3
Greek ideas of beauty have profoundly influenced Western art and how we think about ourselves today. This panel discussion will consider Greek perceptions of beauty, and how ideas have changed, from Greek sculpture’s impact on art in the 19th century to recent neurological insights into how the brain generates experiences of beauty. Chaired by Charlotte Higgins, Chief Arts Writer at The Guardian, and featuring Michael Squire, King’s College London, Elizabeth Prettejohn, University of York, Jeremy Tanner, UCL, and Semir Zeki, UCL.
Friday 19 June 2015, 18.30 BP Lecture Theatre Free, booking essential
Little more than 70 years after the British settled in Van Diemen’s Land (later Tasmania) in 1803, its Aboriginal population had almost been wiped out. Tom Lawson, Professor of History at Northumbria University and author of The Last Man, explores the history of this destruction and its reverberations up to the present day.
Thursday 11 June 2015, 13.30 BP Lecture Theatre Free booking essential
The Munich Doryphorus is a bronze reconstruction of Polyclitus’ lost ‘Spear-bearer’, made in Munich from Roman copies between 1910 and 1921. Rolf Michael Schneider, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, will explore the bronze’s place in ancient art and its particular reception in Munich’s Ludwig Maximilian University in Germany after the First and Second World Wars.
Saturday 27 June 2015, 13.30 BP Lecture Theatre Free, booking essential
Mark Jones, University of Oxford, will talk about the extraordinary medallic history produced by and for Louis XIV of France – a unique and fascinating self-portrait of the regime that dominated Europe for nearly 60 years.
Friday 26 June 2015, 13.30 BP Lecture Theatre Free, booking essential
Tim Clayton, author of a new account of the Waterloo campaign and co-curator of the exhibition Bonaparte and the British: prints and propaganda in the age of Napoleon, talks about the difficulty of discovering the truth about the Battle of Waterloo, using newly published first-hand accounts.