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To commemorate the centenary of World War One, and as part of the college's 60th anniversary celebrations, Murray Edwards College is holding a day-long symposium on Women and War on Thursday 13th November. The speakers include:
- Paola Filippucci, a fellow in archaeology and anthropology at Murray Edwards College, whose research focuses particularly on World War One and war commemoration, will speak on commemoration and memory
- Leo Mellor, English fellow at Murray Edwards College, is speaking on war poetry
- Angela Hobbs, Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, whose current research centres on heroism, courage and fame, will speak on women and heroism
- Eleanor O’Gorman, Director of Policy and Practice with Conciliation Resources, London, an NGO that works on peacebuilding with conflict-affected communities and influencing peace processes around the world, is speaking on women in conflict
- Christine Lindey, an art historian based at Birckbeck College, London, will speak on women artists in the Cold War
- Barbara Stocking, Former Chief Executive of Oxfam GB and also President of Murray Edwards College, is speaking on women as peacemakers
- Gill Hedley, curator & Lynn MacRitchie, artist, will introduce and show 'Towers of Ilium', a recent short film by Lynn, which looks at Homer's Iliad and questions why people go to war, and present a Q&A
- Lee Stow, documentary photographer, whose exhibition on women and war will be showing at Murray Edwards College throughout the month of November.
We will begin the day hearing about women in World War One, and build from there to explore women's involvement in other wars at other times, looking at how we can learn, develop and grow towards peace as we remember the First World War.
The symposium runs alongside an exhibition of the latest work by documentary photographer Lee Stow, entitled 'Poppies (Women and War)', which explores women's relationships with war through recent history, from the First World War to the Iraq War, with photo portraits of women and stunning images of poppies, a symbol by which we remember the soldiers who died in World War One.
Lunch will be available to purchase in the college servery.
Where is the event taking place?
The symposium will take place in the Vivien Stewart Room at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Murray Edwards College is situated on Huntingdon Road, to the West of the City Centre.
If travelling by car visitors should park in the Storey’s Way Car Park, off Storey’s Way. If using sat-nav, please use the post code CB3 0DR/number 61, which will take you straight to our main car park.
If you are arriving by bicycle, we have parking by the tennis courts off Storey’s Way and close to the Porters’ Lodge off Huntingdon Road.
Once in college, there will be signs to help you find the symposium, or you can go to the Porters' Lodge for directions.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Please edit the information on your ticket through the Eventbrite website. You may edit your registration information right up until the day of the symposium.
When & Where
New Hall Art Collection
The New Hall Art Collection, consisting solely of work by women artists, has evolved through gifts and loans from artists and alumnae since 1986. It is a growing body of approximately 400 works and is the most significant collection of its kind in Europe. The works are displayed in the Grade II* surroundings of Murray Edwards College (Chamberlain, Powell & Bon, 1960). The Collection is of international, national and regional interest as a base for the study of works by women, enabling viewers to trace movements in art in a variety of media over more than 50 years, a period during which women have achieved unprecedented prominence in the visual arts. Prestigious artists such as Maggi Hambling CBE, Dame Paula Rego and Judy Chicago have donated works but this is not a closed Collection.
Murray Edwards College's role as a women's college and its sympathetic setting for contemporary art were determining factors in the establishment of a collection of work by women, a decision not based on assumptions that art is a gendered activity. The calibre of works received, the support of the artists, public and media interest and rich cultural content - in short, unexpected success and dynamism despite very limited resources - have prompted recognition of its growing heritage and cultural significance in its own right.