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College Christmas cards featuring Savery painting on sale now

Pop over to the Porters' Lodge to purchase this year's Clare Hall Christmas cards. They feature a painting by Roelandt Savery titled Landscape with lions and other animals near a waterfall (1627).

The cards are £5 for a pack of 5.

Roelandt Savery was born in Kortrijk, Flanders in 1576. He was a painter of alpine scenery and fantastical landscapes, often featuring animals. 

If you're keen to learn more, explore Art UK's website for...

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30 November 2021

Clare Hall reveals events programme for festive season

The College is delighted to present its festive events programme for 2021. 

Enjoy a range of festivities with us, including a Christmas Ball, music concerts, formals, quizzes, cocktails and family gatherings. 

Explore what's on via our blog.

The College is continually monitoring the pandemic; please note plans are subject to change in line with government guidelines. 

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29 November 2021

Life Member to defend dissertation on Africanising African History

Clare Hall Life Member Larissa Schulte Nordholt will be defending her dissertation Africanising African History: Decolonisation of knowledge in UNESCO’s General History of Africa (1964-1998) on 1 December.

In her thesis Africanising African History, Larissa researches how and why the UNESCO sponsored General History of Africa (1964-1998) sought to Africanise and decolonise the writing of African history in the wake of the political independence of many West African and East African countries in the early 1960s. Her thesis provides a case study on the practice of...

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26 November 2021

Cambridge researchers awarded Best Long Paper at top AI conference

Fangyu Liu (a student at Clare Hall, pictured) and Nigel Collier, together with collaborators from McGill University and the University of Copenhagen, have been awarded the Best Long Paper Award at the Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP) Conference 2021.  

The award-winning paper, 'Visually grounded reasoning across languages and cultures', aims to address the western-centric biases in existing resources for training and evaluating AI systems and provides a data construction protocol that is driven entirely by native speakers of a diverse range of languages. This...

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24 November 2021

Visiting Fellow to give lecture on LGBTQ+ rights in Tanzania

Professor Stephen Brown, a Visiting Fellow of Clare Hall, will give the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies' Leverhulme Visiting Professorship Lecture on Global frictions on homosexuality: International relations and the case of LGBTQ+ rights in Tanzania this week.

Professor Brown is Professor of Political Science, University of Ottawa, and the UCCGS Leverhulme Visiting Professor for 2021-22. He is also Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH).

Human rights in general and LGBTQ+ rights in...

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22 November 2021

Life Member wins Journal of the International Arthurian Society Essay Prize 2021

Congratulations to Dr Natalia Petrovskaia, a Life Member of Clare Hall, whose article has won the Journal of the International Arthurian Society Essay Prize 2021.

Titled 'Peredur and the Problem of Inappropriate Questions', the article reopens the question of the relationship between the medieval Welsh version of the Grail narrative, the Historia Peredur vab Efrawc, and the French Conte du Graal of Chrétien de Troyes. It explores the seeming inconsistencies in the Welsh tale’s presentation of the Grail procession, and...

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10 November 2021

President invites College community to Tanner Working Group

Professor Alan Short, President of Clare Hall, is inviting our students, postdocs and Fellows to apply to join the College’s Tanner Working Group, which will collaborate with the Tanner Committee of Fellows to stage the Tanner Lecture on 1-2 February 2022. The event will focus on the subject ‘Providing for a nation’s health, in a global context’. 

Through the group, Professor Short aims to build the intellectual depth of the Tanner Lecture and subsequent Ashby Lecture, organising seminars and opportunities for students, postdocs, Official, Research and Visiting...

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10 November 2021

Clare Hall announces Quartet-in-Residence

The College is delighted to share that we now have a Quartet-in-Residence.  

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet (FSQ)'s members have joined us as Fellow Commoners and will present their first concert on 8 January 2022, organised by Clare Hall’s Music Committee.

Alan George, a founding member of the Quartet, comments:
"We are deeply honoured to have been elected Fellow Commoners of Clare Hall. This marks a high point of the FSQ’s 52 years, coming as it does while the...

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09 November 2021

Article by Life Member published in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

A new article by Wesam Al Asali, a Life Member of Clare Hall, has been published in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH).  

The article, drawn from Wesam's PhD, explores how scarcity of materials in Cuba right after the 1959 Revolution takeover led to architectural solutions using local resources to build at mass scale. By tracing previously unknown vaulted buildings across the island, the article highlights that the celebrated National Art Schools in Havana are part of much larger state-sponsored research on using tile vaults for housing, schools ...

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04 November 2021

Research Fellow to speak during COP26 Summit

Dr Carolyn Cobbold, a Research Fellow of Clare Hall, will appear within a film screened in the Green Zone of the UN's Climate Change Conference (COP26) this weekend. The screening event, titled Coast to Coast: Nature-Based Solutions for Climate, Biodiversity and People, will showcase successful examples of habitat restoration in coastal wetlands and illustrate the benefits to climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience, the economy, and the health and wellbeing of local communities. 

Presented by the RSPB and the Environment Agency, the event is taking place on Sunday 7 ...

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01 November 2021