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Exams 2018 – Coming soon!

It’s time to start thinking about your exams.

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Please see below up-coming deadlines and dates for your diary.

Religious Observance Requests –            Deadline for submission Tuesday 6 February (17.00). Contact us . See link for more information.

Personal Timetable Release –               Approx 2 weeks before the end of spring term. Follow us on Twitter for the first timetable announcement @UniKent_CSAO 

Complete Inclusive Learning Plan –         Deadline for confirming an Inclusive Learning Plan with Student Support & Wellbeing (if applicable) for arrangements to be in place for the exam period.

Examinations Start –                                       Tuesday 8 May

Examinations End –                                         Friday 15 June

Note Saturdays are included in the examination timetable

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PhD students publish in Biblical Interpretation

Two PhD students for the Department of Religious Studies have just been published in the journal Biblical Interpretation, Volume 25, Issues 4-5 (2017).

Biblical Interpretation publishes articles on various aspects of critical biblical scholarship in a complex global context.

Taylor Weaver, whose PhD project is titled ‘St Paul and Money: A Philosophical / Theological Paulinist Critique of Economy’, under the supervision Dr Ward Blanton, contributed the article ‘Paul and Political Critique: Liberalism, Ontology and the Pauline Community’. This considers how St. Paul’s communal activity and writing allows for thinking through contemporary political philosophical problems inherent in the concept of community, a problem that forms partially around notions of individuality and how communitarian or collectivistic sensibilities arrange the individual. To access the article, please see the page here.

Jenny Matheny, whose PhD project is titled ‘Judges 19-21 and Ruth: Canon as a Voice of Answerability’, under the supervision of Professor Yvonne Sherwood, contributed the article ‘Mute and Mutilated: Understanding Judges 19-21 as a Mashal of Dialogue’. With the assistance of Mikhail Bakhtin’s work with dialogism, this study uncovers theological and political nuances in close readings of the Judges 19-21. Access the article here.

The special double issue has been edited by Yvonne Sherwood, who contributed an article entitled ‘Grammars of Sacrifice: Futures, Subjunctives, and What Would Have/Could Have Happened on Mount Moriah?’, which may be accessed here.

To access the full double issue, please see the page here.

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William Rowlandson on Sartre in Cuba

Dr William Rowlandson, Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies in the Department of Modern Languages, has published a new book titled Sartre in Cuba-Cuba in Sartre (Palgrave, 2017).

In early 1960, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir accepted the invitation to visit Cuba and to report on the revolution. They arrived during the carnival in a land bursting with revolutionary activity. They visited Che Guevara, head of the National Bank. They toured the island with Fidel Castro. They met ministers, journalists, students, writers, artists, dockers and agricultural workers. Sartre spoke at the University of Havana. Sartre later published his Cuba reports in France-Soir.

This book explores Sartre’s engagement with the Cuban Revolution. Sartre endorsed the Cuban Revolution, but his accounts became denounced as ‘unabashed propaganda.’ The  book explores such accusations. Were Sartre’s Cuba texts propaganda? Were they blind praise? Was he naïve? Was Castro deceiving him? Had he deceived his readers? Was he obligated to Castro or to the Revolution?

He later buried the reports, and abandoned a separate Cuba book. His relationship with Castro later turned sour. What is the impact of Cuba on Sartre and of Sartre on Cuba?

Find out more information about this book.

Carol Service volunteers needed

The Chaplaincy are looking for volunteers again to help assist their Carol Service on Monday 11 December 2017 . Volunteers will allocate guests to their seats, assemble candles and collect donations.As volunteers are helping they have a guaranteed ticket to the event!

Volunteers will have to attend one of the following pre-training sessions at Eliot Chapel. Please fill out which one you will attend:

Thursday 7 December 17.15 – 18.00 or Friday 8 December 17.15 – 18.00

Volunteers will also have to attend another training session on Monday 11 December at Canterbury Cathedral at 14.00 – 15.30

Volunteers will then have to be at Canterbury Cathedral on Monday 11 December from 18.30 – 21.15 for the service.

To be a volunteer you have to sign up by Thursday 7 December.

winter concert

Winter Concert

The beautiful Royal Dockyard Church (Chatham Historic Dockyard) provides the stunning seasonal setting for a feast of musical offerings from University of Kent (School of Music and Fine Art, Medway) ensembles, the University choir and band and University chamber orchestra on 13 December.


Part One

Kumpo: World Percussion Ensemble

Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 3 (D.200): University Chamber Orchestra (Medway)

Pop, Rock and Soul Choir

Seasons of Love: Jonathan Larson

Merry Christmas Everybody: Slade

Part Two

Otono Porteno: Astor Piazzolla – Chamber Music Forum

Phase Study – Guitar Ensemble

Saxophone Ensemble

Aligato – Andy Scott

Charm or Smarm – Will Gregory

Improvisation Group

Nothing Personal – Don Grolnick

Go Daddy-O: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy –  Little Big Band

University Choir and Band (Medway)

The Lamb: John Tavener

Selection from ‘A Night at the Opera‘: Queen

FREE to attend but booking via the Gulbenkian.


CPP launches the Advanced Journal of Professional Practice

The Centre for Professional Practice is delighted to announce the launch of the Advanced Journal of Professional Practice (AJPP). The AJPP is an online open-access, work-related journal dedicated to sharing of experiences and gold standard practices from anyone working in a professional role, as well as academics and students.

You can access the journal here.

The AJPP has been established as a portal for new knowledge created for the advancement of professional practice. AJPP hosts new creative work and welcome submissions of traditional or untraditional nature, but which demonstrate translational work-related professional practice application “, said Dr Claire Parkin, the Editor-In-Chief of the AJPP.

John Wightman, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, said: We welcome the appearance and creation of the Advanced Journal of Professional Practice (AJPP). The founding of the AJPP at the University of Kent will allow for the publication of new knowledge and innovations of a work-related professional practice nature or practical advancements. It will encourage its readers to apply new knowledge and skills or to unearth new found inspiration to develop innovative practices within their workplace.

If you are interested in publishing your work, please send email enquiries to and submissions via the website.

Kent’s Centre for Professional Practice programmes and short courses give you the opportunity to gain academic recognitions for the skills, knowledge and experience you have developed in your workplace.

Christina Kim in Linguistics and Philosophy

Dr Christina Kim, Lecturer in the Department of English Language & Linguistics, has just published an article in the journal Linguistics and Philosophy, entitled ‘The Division of Labor in Explanations of Verb Phrase Ellipsis’, co authored with Jeffrey T Runner (University of Rochester, USA).

Linguistics and Philosophy is a quarterly journal that focuses on issues related to structure and meaning in natural language, as addressed in the semantics, philosophy of language, pragmatics and related disciplines. The journal began 1977.
The article examines the phenomenon of Verb Phrase Ellipsis (VPE), a syntactic construction where the main verb is omitted from a sentence, as in the second sentence in: ‘Christina emailed Mike. Jeff will, too.’

Ellipsis, or the omission of a word, has been a central topic in theoretical syntax and semantics for decades, in part because theories of ellipsis must explain how a sentence containing ellipsis is nevertheless interpreted as though missing elements in the sentence are still present (the above sentence is understood as Jeff will email Mike, too’). Much of the debate has centred around the nature of the relationship between the ellipsis site (‘Jeff will, too’) and the antecedent clause (‘Christina emailed Mike’), which the meaning of the ellipsis seems to depend on. The article presents an empirical study of acceptability in Verb Phrase Ellipsis, and argues for a particular division of labour between grammatical requirements and discourse constraints.

To access the full article, please see the webpage.

Amy Li

Xiaofan Amy Li on literary borders

Dr Xiaofan Amy Li, Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Literature, has contributed an essay to the newly published edited volume Minding Borders: Resilient Divisions in Literature, the Body and the Academy (Legenda, 2017).

The essay, entitled ‘When Do Different Literatures Become Comparable? The Vague Borders of Comparability and Incomparability’, explores the state of the discipline of Comparative Literature as a matter of crossing borders, and considers how far discussions, in the philosophy of comparison can revise critical thinking and methods in comparative literature.

The edited book Minding Borders, where the essay is published, traces the troubling and yet generative resilience of borders. It explores how borders define as well as exclude, protect as well as violate, and nurture some identities while negating others. A book launch event was held on the 27 November 2017 at St Anne’s College, Oxford, where Amy joined the discussion with the editors Matthew Reynolds, Adriana X. Jacobs, Ben Morgan, Mohamed-Salah Omri, and Nicola Gardini.

Find more information about the book and discussion event.