Workshop: ‘Heritage and Wellbeing’

The Centre for Heritage have organised a ‘Heritage and Wellbeing’ workshop, which will be taking place at The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge in Canterbury, on 7-8 June 2018.

Beginning with the development of art therapy in the 1940s, social prescribing of arts and culture for the enhancement of health and wellbeing has now extended to such contexts as museums and heritage sites. Where health services are pushed to their limits and much of their vital resources being used to address symptoms linked to loneliness, depression, stress and anxiety, the potential benefits to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities from engagement with museums and heritage sites presents a new role for museums and heritage organisations to explore.

This two-day workshop, organised by the Centre for Heritage at Kent and funded by the Eastern ARC of Kent, the University of Essex and the University of East Anglia, has been designed for academics, students and heritage practitioners interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the potential for heritage sites within social prescribing. Bursaries will be available to postgraduate students.

For more information, please see the page here:

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Centre for Heritage organises heritage walk series

Registration is now open for the Postgraduate Heritage Walks Series from the Centre of Heritage.

Thanks to generous funding from the Postgraduate Experience Award Fund, six heritage walks, focusing on the connection between engagement with heritage and wellbeing, will take place during the summer term of 2018. This exciting programme of walks will include visits to some of Kent’s remarkable historic villages and monuments, archaeological sites and places of natural beauty.

The walks are open to all, although transportation or admissions to sites are not covered.

For the full programme of heritage walks, please see here:

To register, please see the page here:


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Leverhulme Fellowship for Axel Stähler

Dr Axel Stähler, Reader in the Department of Comparative Literature, has just been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship for a project entitled ‘Jerusalem Destroyed: Literature, Art, and Music in Nineteenth-Century Europe’.

The project proposes to interrogate representations of the destruction of Jerusalem in 70CE in relation to negotiations of Jewishness in nineteenth-century European cultural production. It encompasses primary material as diverse as drama and historical fiction, paintings, oratorios, operas, and libretti from Germany, Britain, and Italy. Each country produced a specific response to the subject which became manifest in distinctive narrative emphases and in preferences for different media and genres. Situating these developments in their respective cultural-historical, social, and political contexts, the project investigates the individual trajectories of the engagement with the destruction of Jerusalem against cross-cultural and transnational influences and similarities.

For more details about Leverhulme Research Fellowships, please see the page here:




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Simon Elliott interviewed by Dan Snow

Dr Simon Elliott, Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies, featured on the podcast Dan Snow’s History Hit earlier in the week, following the publication of his third book Septimius Severus in Scotland (Greenhill Books, 2018).

‘The reason why he was there was for the last major attempt to conquer Scotland,’ explains Simon in the podcast, ‘to try to achieve what no emperor had done before’.

Approximately 57,000 soldiers were involved in two campaigns in 209AD and 201AD. ‘Even though he took this enormous army – if not the largest army compiled on British soil – he still failed.’ As a response to these failures, Severus allegedly ordered the genocide of the Scots, which had lasting effects on the country. ‘This is one of the great, great untold stories of British history.’

To listen to the episode, please go to the webpage here:

Additionally, we are running a book competition to win Simon’s first book Sea Eagles of Empire (History Press, 2016), which may be found here:

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‘Dust to Dust’ urban design competition

Ideas for the future design and configuration of cities are being sought for a competition promoting greater sustainability in urban environments, as part of Eastern Academic Research Consortium (Eastern ARC) project organised by Dr Benjamin Vis, Research Fellow in the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies .

Dust to Dust: Redesigning Urban Life in Healthy Soils’ is an urban design competition in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals which include zero hunger, clean water and sanitation, responsible consumption and production, and climate action.

Currently 98% of cultivable land on earth is being farmed and two thirds of the world’s soils are suffering degradation. The continued encroachment onto, and transformation of, soils resulting from urban sprawl will significantly impact the sustainability and resilience of urban life. As such, ideas are invited for urban designs, planning approaches, and tangible interventions that could be implemented in real-life cases of urban planning and development with successful designs promoting a close relationship between urban life and soil ecosystem services.

From the ideas received, the best will be invited to a charrette (an intensive design workshop) held at the Prince’s Foundation, London on 16-18 July 2018. Selected teams will be invited to work with the researchers who are organising the competition and the curating team.

The aim is to exhibit the best ideas at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia to inform and inspire greater sustainability in the future development of cities as well as how we lead urban lives.

Benjamin said they look forward to receiving ideas ‘outside the box’.  The competition arises from his work on ancient Maya urban landscapes as a Research Fellow in Digital Humanities and Digital Heritage for the Eastern Academic Research Consortium (Eastern ARC).

To compete for a place, teams should apply by developing and submitting outline ideas by midnight on Wednesday 9 May 2018.

For more information about the competition, and to submit outline ideas, please visit the Dust to Dust website:

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Kent to host 2018 BAAP colloquium

The Department of English Language & Linguistics is delighted to be hosting the 2018 colloquium of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians (BAAP), taking place at our Canterbury campus on 12-14 April 2018.

BAAP is the professional organisation for phoneticians. Its members are involved in research, in teaching in higher education, and in the application of phonetic knowledge in areas such as speech and language therapy, speech technology and forensic science.

The association holds a colloquium every two years. This provides an opportunity for members and invited participants to meet, present their research, and discuss issues of concern to the academic community

The 2018 colloquium at Kent has attracted 116 attendees from all over the UK, as well as BAAP members and affiliates from abroad. The conference has three full days of programme, with 39 oral and 59 poster presentations.

Several members of the Department will be presenting.  Professor Amalia Arvaniti will be co-presenting a talk on ‘Politeness- and Tune-Induced Variation in the Realization of Prosody’ on Thursday 12 April; PhD student Ishrat Rehman will be presenting ‘Phonetic Investigation of Six Diphthongs in Punjabi-Urdu‘ on Friday 13 April; Dr Angelos Lengeris will present ‘The Hyperspace Effect in Standard Modern Greek and two Greek Dialects’ on Saturday 14 April and Dr Tamara Rathcke will be chairing the session on Intonation also on Saturday.

For full details, please see the page here:

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Postgraduate students at the Royal Archaeological Institute

A mix of past and present postgraduate students from the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies are presenting their research at the Royal Archaeological Institute (RAI) in London today, 11 April 2018.

Each year, the RAI aims to highlight the work of Early Career Research Archaeologists from a chosen university: the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies was chosen for this distinction this year.

Andrew Bates, who is a PhD student researching a project entitled ‘Iron Age Hill Forts of Kent’ under the supervision of Dr Steve Willis, will be presenting a talk entitled ‘New Survey and Investigations at Bigbury hillfort, Kent’.

Caroline Farquhar, who completed an MA in Archaeology in the Department, will be presenting a talk entitled ‘Religious and Ritual Aspects of the Communities at the Head of the Darent Valley, Kent, in the Roman Period: The Value of New Investigative Techniques’.

Philip Smither, a PhD student who is researching a project entitled ‘Army Communities at Roman Richborough: An Analysis of the Roman Military Assemblage’ under the supervision of Dr Ellen Swift, will be presenting a talk entitled ‘Reassessing Richborough’.

For abstracts of all three talks, and details further Royal Archaeological Institute events, please see the page here:


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Competition: Sea Eagles of the Empire

Following on from our Writing History and Getting Published panel held on 15 March, in which Amanda Thomas and Dr Simon Elliott, two authors who are both alumni from the School of European Culture and Languages, talked about the process of research, writing, submitting and getting published, we have one signed copy of Simon’s Sea Eagles of Empire: The Classis Britannica and the Battles for Britain (History Press, 2016) to give away.

Sea Eagles of Empire was Simon’s first book and won Military History Monthly’s Book of the Year Award. It tells the story of the Classis Britannica, the British Roman Navy. Simon is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies.

To win, just answer the following question:

  • Which Roman Governor of Britain fought the battle of Mons Graupius in AD 83?

Send your answers to with ‘SECL book competition’ as the subject of the email. The competition is open until midnight on Friday 25 May 2018.

Photos of the event have been added to the new Classical & Archaeological Studies at Kent Facebook page.


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April edition of The Reasoner now available

The Reasoner is our monthly digest highlighting exciting new research on reasoning, inference and method in the broadest meaning of the terms. The latest issue, April 2018, is now available.

The April contents include:

  • Editorial – Hykel Hosni
  • An Interview with Richard Zach – Hykel Hosni
  • Formal Argumentation Theory – Sanjay Modgil
  • Medieval Reasoning – Graziana Ciola
  • Uncertain Reasoning – Seamus Bradley
  • Mathematical Philosophy – Harry Waterstone
  • Evidence-Based Medicine – Daniel Auker-Howlet

The issue can be downloaded in pdf format here:

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Congratulations to our Summer Schools winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of Kent’s Summer School Scholarships.

The scholarships were open to second- and final-year undergraduate students across all subject areas to spend two weeks in Summer Schools at one of University of Kent’s centres in either Brussels or Paris. They will cover tuition, accommodation, lunches, travel around the city, group excursions as part of the programme, and a final dinner. The scholarships were awarded of the basis of academic excellence.

The successful students from within SECL to win scholarships are:

Ben Harris, who is studying on the BA (Hons) Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature; and Gretta Walsh, who is studying on the BA (Hons) Italian and Business Administration.

Ben will be studying on the Brussels Summer School on ‘Europe and the World’, to be held 17-30 June 2018; and Gretta will be studying on the Paris Summer School on ‘Revolutions’, to be held 15-28 July 2018.

Congratulations to both Ben and Gretta.

The University is still taking applications for the main Summer School programmes. For more information, including how to apply, please see:

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