BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:"-//Durham University/Events" METHOD:PUBLISH BEGIN:VEVENT UID:DUEVENT44886 SEQUENCE:0 DTSTAMP:20201215T064351Z DTSTART:20190923T111500Z DTEND:20201220T142000Z STATUS:CONFIRMED TRANSP:OPAQUE LOCATION:The Dojo room, Maiden Castle Sports and Wellness Park, Durham, D H1 3SE SUMMARY:New Fitness Classes at Durham University DESCRIPTION:With the opening of the new sports and wellness facilities - I would like to share the weekly additional classes on offer at Maiden Cast le; including Yoga, Barre and Pilates Monday Pilates 12.15 - 13.15 Wednes days - Yoga 7.15 - 8.00 am Barre 9.30 - 10.30 am Pilates 10.30 - 11. 30 am Thursdays Barre 12.15 - 13.15 Classes are open to all and cost  £5 or free to gym members. END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT UID:DUEVENT48161 SEQUENCE:0 DTSTAMP:20201215T064351Z DTSTART:20210113T160000Z DTEND:20210113T170000Z STATUS:CONFIRMED TRANSP:OPAQUE LOCATION:The Lecture will take place on Zoom. SUMMARY:IAS Public Lecture - Common-lands, practices and local knowledge: an archaeological perspective to the inner social dimension of the landsca pe DESCRIPTION:Public Lecture by Dr Anna Stagno, University of Genoa. To regi ster please go to https://durhamuniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Bfq VQjsxRBiKCuT6rCjWrwDuring the last two centuries, many reforms addressed t he social, economic and environmental organisation of European mountain ar eas with the aim to “rationalise” and, then, to “moderni se” their uses. The impact of those reforms on the environmental res ources management systems, as well as on the local societies of rural area s, was deep. Forbidding multiple uses, modifying the access rules to envir onmental resources, and reducing the extension of collective spaces, those reforms also aimed to delete the jurisdictional dimension of practices an d thus their social and historical dimension. Commons were constantly rede fined through agro-sylvo-pastoral practices (at the same time possession a nd claiming practices). Each practice (e.g. shredding and pollarding techn iques, or the ways to excavate channels at the ground level) is related to particular tools, techniques, as well as precise places, and the access r ights excised there. Thus, practices were grounded on the transmission of empirical, local and localised knowledge. The changes in access rights pro moted, mainly since the second half of the 19th c. and along all the 20th c., deeply influenced the process of transmission of knowledge between gen eration and in many cases resulted in an individualisation of the manageme nt of common resources. Usually, present owners and users of commons (e.g. old shepherds) speak about a frustrating feeling for the uselessness of t heir knowledge as a consequence of the deep changes provoked by / derived from modernisation. This feeling reflects the archaeologically evident pro cess of dematerialisation (and so disappearing) of the practices to approp riate commons and shared resources, that previously were characterised by a highly material dimension. Through some examples from southern European mountains, the seminar aims to reflect on these processes between the 18th and 21st centuries, and in their interconnections with the parallel proce ss of heritagisation, as well as on their effects on the conservation of w hat today is called our European common heritage. END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT UID:DUEVENT48369 SEQUENCE:0 DTSTAMP:20201215T064351Z DTSTART:20210111T170000Z DTEND:20210111T180000Z STATUS:CONFIRMED TRANSP:OPAQUE LOCATION:The Seminar will take place on Zoom. SUMMARY:IAS Fellow's Seminar - Thinking territorially about property DESCRIPTION:IAS Fellow's Seminar by Professor Nicholas Blomley, Simon Fras er University. The territorial dimensions of real property are understudi ed. This reflects both the limited tendency to view territory through the lens of the national state, and an erroneous assumption that a territorial focus reifies property. Viewing both property and territory as relational and mutually recursive, I hope for a conversation in the seminar regardin g the value and challenges of a territorial lens in exploring the practica l work of territory in configuring property relations, the historical mome nt in which capitalist liberal forms of propertied territory was produced, the powerful metaphors that work through it, and the habits and everyday practices it induces. The territory of property, I suggest, has a specific ity, a presence, and a consequentiality, all of which demand our attention . END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT UID:DUEVENT48370 SEQUENCE:0 DTSTAMP:20201215T064351Z DTSTART:20210222T170000Z DTEND:20210222T180000Z STATUS:CONFIRMED TRANSP:OPAQUE LOCATION:The Seminar will take place on Zoom. SUMMARY:IAS Fellow's Seminar - Nomads in Paradise: Berber and Bedouin Al-A ndalus DESCRIPTION:IAS Fellow's Seminar by Dr Sandra Scham, The Catholic Universi ty of America. Although Al-Andalus is often characterized as an urbane an d cosmopolitan society, rural mobile pastoralists, the people of the deser t, figured prominently in its history and made a significant contribution to its cultural and political legacy. From the Middle East, the first Umay yad rulers of Iberia brought Bedouin Arabic poetry, which was greatly appr eciated by Andalusi elites long before Bedouins themselves arrived in the region. These celebrated verses became the inspiration for European Mediev al chivalric romances. From North Africa, the Umayyads drew large numbers of fierce nomadic Berber (Amazigh) combatants to conquer new territory for the Caliphate and eventually reconquer it for themselves when Damascus fa iled to express proper gratitude. Al-Andalus, thus, went through several p hases of Islamic acculturation, all of them stimulated by culturally disti nct nomadic peoples. The first of these phases was the Arabization of Iber ia with the founding of Al-Andalus only made possible with the aid of noma dic Berbers. The Berberization of Al-Andalus began with the Almoravids, pi ous desert nomads who gained control over the independent taifas of Spain and created a consolidated Iberian and North AfricanBerber Caliphate. Fina lly, there was the more lasting and widespread Arabization of North Africa that can be attributed, in great part, to the waves of Bedouin tribes who settled there beginning with the Banu Hilal and the Banu Sulaym in the 11 th century. This seminar will examine nomadic and urban interactions in Al -Andalus using historical and archaeological records. The goal of this exp loration will be to elucidate the ways in which Muslim nomads reshaped Eur opean and North African culture. This will form a background for a deeper discussion on memories Al-Andalus in the Muslim world and in the Muslim di aspora today. END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT UID:DUEVENT48458 SEQUENCE:0 DTSTAMP:20201215T064351Z DTSTART:20210201T170000Z DTEND:20210201T180000Z STATUS:CONFIRMED TRANSP:OPAQUE LOCATION:The Seminar will take place on Zoom. SUMMARY:IAS Fellows' Seminar - Culture, Communities & Land Reform DESCRIPTION:IAS Seminar by Dr Chris Dalglish, Inherit: the Institute for H eritage & Sustainable Human Development. In this seminar, we will talk abo ut the case for land reform in the UK. Much of the land is controlled by a relatively small number of private landowners. According to the Scottish Land Commission, “concentrated land ownership is an impediment to e conomic development and is causing significant and long-term harm to the c ommunities affected”[1], and this justifies reform. Actual land ref orm has progressed furthest in Scotland, where it has been linked with the fulfilment of human rights, with addressing injustices and inequalities, and with delivering tangible benefits for people and for nature. There is also concern in other parts of the UK about the inequalities of power and wealth embedded in the current pattern of ownership, and about the consequ ences for people’s lives and the environment. The case for reform is, in some senses, a well-developed one (which is not to say that it is u niversally known or accepted). But this is a topic that needs to be addres sed from many different angles. In this seminar, we will explore a less di scussed issue, which is the place of culture in land reform (and particula rly in relation to community empowerment in land decisions). Do people in the UK have cultural rights to the land? What are those rights and where do they come from? Are people currently able to enjoy their cultural land rights? Do people live and practice different ‘cultures of the land ’ within the UK? In what sense, and which examples might we give? C ultural understandings, relationships and practices are always dynamic and diverse. Have we inherited any particular traditions relating to the land that are beneficial for people and for nature? How might these traditions stay vital in the future? What can people in the UK learn from internati onal evidence and experiences relating to culture, community land governan ce and human rights, justice and sustainability? [1] www.landcommission.g ov.scot/our-work/ownership/scale-and-concentration-of-land-ownership END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT UID:DUEVENT48459 SEQUENCE:0 DTSTAMP:20201215T064351Z DTSTART:20210208T080000Z DTEND:20210208T090000Z STATUS:CONFIRMED TRANSP:OPAQUE LOCATION:The Seminar will take place on Zoom. https://durhamuniversity.zoo m.us/meeting/register/tJEsdeurpzkpE9UqkGfxRTmuNOfvwKseuavB%20 SUMMARY:IAS Fellows' Seminar - Sydney’s drinking water catchment: a broken lawscape of water and coal DESCRIPTION:IAS Seminar by Dr Nicole Graham, University of Sydney. The Gr eater Sydney drinking water catchment is located within the Sydney Basin b ioregion on the east coast of Australia. The historical development of Syd ney’s drinking water catchment was premised on a conceptualisation of its landscape as a ‘resource frontier’ (Tsing, 2003). From the earliest days of British colonisation, the catchment was viewed almos t entirely as an abstract set of separable resources, rather than as a mat erial whole comprised of intimately connected cycles and systems. The colo nial landscape, imagined to be unowned, was thought to be ‘ready to be dismembered and packaged for export’ (Tsing 2003). An extension of a terra nullius, Sydney’s drinking water catchment was founded o n the dispossession of the Gundungurra, Darug and Tharawal nations and the rejection of their place-based laws underpinned by long-standing knowledg e and experience of local geomorphological, hydrological and climate condi tions. Today, the Sydney drinking water catchment comprises the catchments of 4 rivers, draining into 21 storage dams and reservoirs (which also cap ture rainfall across the catchment). There are several historic and active coal mines beneath it. Thus, the Greater Sydney drinking water catchment does not fit neatly into the categories of ‘natural’ nor â ˜cultural’ places. It may be more helpfully understood as a lawsc ape, a place created, in part, by laws and which has created, in part, the local laws. Lawscapes defy conventional categories of natural and cultura l places, because they disrupt the human/nature binary and there reveal th e ‘mutual constitution and embeddedness’ (Head and Gibson, 20 12, p702) of human laws in the world (Graham, 2011). END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR