Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 19:00

Clare Hall is pleased to be holding a Drinks Reception for all our Life Members in Milan on Tuesday 31 May at 7pm. Clare Hall Research Fellow Dr Lucia Tantardini would be delighted to meet with as many Life Members and friends as possible in the Milan area.

Dr Tantardini is a Research Fellow in the History of Art Department. Her research centers on the Italian Renaissance with an expertise in Milanese drawings and paintings spanning the period between Leonardo da Vinci's stay in Milan and Caravaggio's apprenticeship in that city.

Prior to coming to Clare Hall as Research Fellow, she worked in the Department of Old Master Paintings and Drawings at Christie's Milan and London, as well as in the Prints and Drawings Department at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Our venue is:

The Cambridge Pub
Piazzale Susa 2
20133 Milan

Dress code is smart casual.

Please book to register interest in attending, to allow for catering purposes.

We look forward to seeing you.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 19:45

Dr. Catalina Taltavull, To Fly or not to fly through a volcanic ash cloud.  

Several encounters of volcanic ash (VA) with aircrafts over the last 30 years have proven that ingestion of these particulates can cause serious damage to jet engines, ranging from blockage of cooling channel to complete inhibition of air passage, becoming a real threat to the aviation safety. During the volcanic eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in 2010 in Iceland, air traffic was severely affected in Europe and globally for several days, causing millions of pounds worth of losses. This event forced aircraft manufacturers to work on the development of regulations on how to proceed when a volcanic eruption occurs and specify limits on how much ash is considered acceptable for a jet engine to ingest without damage. However, all these potential damaging events are strongly related with the actual amount of particulate adhering. In this talk, Catalina will explore the importance of understanding the likelihood of a certain VA adhering into a substrate by taking into consideration both ash properties and environmental conditions. 

Drinks will be served. 

Contact Emilia Wilton-Godberfforde

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 20:15


What does Sraffa mean by ‘classical standpoint’?

Ajit Sinha,
Azim Premji University,
Bangalore, India

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 12:30

The next Life Members lunch is scheduled for Thursday 2 June. We are very pleased that this initiative has taken off as a way of encouraging local Life Members to come into Clare Hall and have lunch with fellow Life Members on the first Thursday of every month.

If you would like to attend please purchase your ticket for £10 from the Porters Lodge and present it to the Servery staff when choosing your meal options.

Any queries please contact

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible and making this a regular monthly chance to talk and share thoughts with fellow Life Members.

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 13:30

Dr. Rosanna Cantavella Title: Transformations in publishing and scholarly communication: new challenges in the evolution from print to digital.

This talk will begin with a brief introduction of the new technical languages for publishing in a digital form, from the simple pdf to ePub and its different varieties for eReaders, tablets and mobile phones. This talk will explore the consequences of the introduction of digital forms in the field of scholarly communication, such as

1) Transformation of the models of scholarly publishing as business, including their handling of author's and publisher's rights. The question of Open Access.

2) New choices for the researcher as author: copyright or creative commons?  And if the latter, which type?

3) New paths for scholarly communication: the GitHub and arXive models. New uses for researchers' social networks. Indexed journals: real open access platforms like Open Journal Systems and Open Library of Humanities. The role of DOAJ+.

Dr. Rosanna Cantavella was originally a medievalist; but as the editor-in-chief of the OJS journal Magnificat CLM ( she has been following this fascinating evolution of the publishing sector for the last four years.

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 17:30

All Clare Hall families welcome.  Craft activities, supper and a film in the meeting room.

Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 19:30

Free admission. For further details please email

Monday, June 6, 2016 - 20:00

'Augustus', the 1972 historical novel by John Williams

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 18:30

Clare Hall is pleased to host a talk by Martina King as part of its Tech Talks series. Martina's talk is entitled 'Taking the short-cut to market: from business concept to the PLC boardroom, and modules that never make it onto an MBA course’.  Her talk will be preceded by drinks and networking at 6:30 until 7pm.

A light buffet supper and drinks will be served during more networking time after the talk.

Places are limited so booking is essential, upon booking you will be emailed a ticket to present at entrance.

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 13:30

Subhankar Banerjee

'Why Polar Bear?' 

Please bring your lunch to the meeting. Fresh water, napkins and fruit are provided. If you feel that you would like to give one of these talks, please contact John Regan,