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The Castle at Queen's

We are excited to announce the Bader International Study Centre's very first lecture series at Queen’s University called The Castle at Queen’s 2012 .  Five members of faculty from Herstmonceux Castle will visit the Queen’s main campus during October and November 2012.  Their visits will include a series of lectures about their current research and recent publications, as well as a series of information sessions for students who may be interested in doing a study abroad semester at the Bader International Study Centre. 

The lecture series will feature Art History instructor Daphne Lawson, History instructor and director of the BISC’s Archeology Field School Dr. Scott McLean, Academic Director and Queen’s alumnus Dr. Christian Lloyd, English literature lecturer and Queen’s alumna Dr. Shannon Smith, and English literature lecturer Dr. Peter Lowe.  Students, faculty, and staff from Queen's University as well as members of the Kingston community are welcome at any of the lectures.

For full details about the BISC information sessions and the lecture series, please read on.

Date Title Speaker Time Location


October 24, 2012

How YOU Can Study at Herstmonceux Castle (Spotlight: the Experiential Style of Learning at the BISC) Chantal Valkenborg w/ Ms. Daphne Lawson 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Union Gallery
Lecture: "Locating Impressionism in London and Paris"  (with a reception afterwards in the Union Gallery) Ms. Daphne Lawson 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.


October 30, 2012

How YOU Can Study at Herstmonceux Castle (Spotlight: the BISC's Archeology Summer Field School) Kutay Ulkuer w/ Dr. Scott McLean 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Macdonald Hall Room 001
Lecture: "5,000 years and counting: The Archaeology of the Herstmonceux Castle Estate" Dr. Scott McLean 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.


November 6, 2012

How YOU Can Study at Herstmonceux Castle (including a short, special lecture: "Tricky’s Mixed Race : Internal Culture Shock, Mixed Medium, Notional Anthems") Tom Gallini w/ Dr. Christian Lloyd 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Macdonald Hall Room 001


November 21, 2012

How YOU Can Study at Herstmonceux Castle (Spotlight: the Digital Humanities at the BISC) Tom Gallini w/ Dr. Shannon Smith 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Dunning Hall Room 11
Lecture: "Setting out on an English Journey" Dr. Peter Lowe 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

All inquiries about the lecture series should be sent to  alumni@bisc.queensu.ac.uk.

All inquiries about the student information sessions should be sent to castle@queensu.ca.

“Locating Impressionism in London and Paris”

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Union Gallery, Stauffer Library

Speaker: Ms. Daphne Lawson 

head shot of Ms. Daphne Lawson

This talk will discuss the value of seeing impressionist art as a primary source in the galleries of London and Paris, both to experience the impact of the original work and also to explore how the surrounding city creates a further dialogue with the painted image and contributes to its sense of place.

Please join us after Ms. Lawson's lecture for a small reception in the gallery from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.

***N.B. Space is limited and interest levels in this event are high, so entry will be on a first come/first served basis.***

“5,000 years and counting: The Archaeology of the Herstmonceux Castle Estate”

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Macdonald Hall Room 001

Speaker: Dr. Scott McLean

A headshot of Dr. Scott McLean

During the summer of 2012 the Bader International Study Centre held its first Field School in British Archaeology. As the BISC is located on the grounds of a 15th century castle it would be natural to assume that the archaeology would be predominantly from that era. However, the archaeological story goes back much further and reflects all periods of human activity in Britain over the past 5,000 years. This lecture will provide a tale of archaeological discovery that began in 2007 with the formation of the Herstmonceux Castle Archaeological Group whose mission was to assess the history and archaeology of the Castle’s 600 acre estate. Excavation has brought to light a story covering 5,000 years (and counting), from an RAF Camp constructed during WWII, a Victorian kennels, a medieval moated site and a Romano-British farmstead, to the most recent discovery of what is being interpreted as a Neolithic trackway. The development of an innovative field school has allowed the work to continue while providing students with the opportunity to take part in their own journey of discovery.

“Tricky’s Mixed Race: Internal Culture Shock, Mixed Medium, Notional Anthems”

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

N.B. Dr. Lloyd's lecture is embedded within a "How YOU Can Study at Herstmonceux Castle" information session.

Macdonald Hall Room 001

Speaker:  Dr. Christian Lloyd

A headshot of Dr. Christan Lloyd

In this paper I analyse Tricky’s 2010 album Mixed Race (and its various paratexts: promotional videos, cover art, etc) as a project that dissolves the “official” multicultural imagined community of Britain asserted by recent governments and renewed in the approach to the 2012 Olympics. While Tricky has often been viewed as a solipsistic musician, rejecting even his affiliation to the Bristol trip-hop scene, we see Mixed Race as an engaged sonic investigation of what Les Back calls the “tyranny of national kinship.”  Tricky symbolically attacks this assumption in British society by registering a kind of internal culture shock and by hybridizing his own music in a dazzling array of collaborations, production techniques, and images.  These complex performances mean the old consanguineous national becomes the ‘narcossist notional’, “God Save the Queen” is now “overdubbed” with Tricky’s “notional anthems” for 21st century Britain.

“Setting out on an English Journey”

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Dunning Hall Room 11

Speaker: Dr. Peter Lowe

A headshot of Dr. Peter Lowe

Faced with the threat of a Nazi invasion in the summer months of 1940, propaganda posters urged the population of the UK to fight for “your Britain”, but the actual definition of that country was far from clear.  For most of the preceding decade the country had been depicted as a historic, largely unchanging entity: a land predominantly of rural villages, ancient castles and churches, and unspoilt natural beauty.  For many, though, these images were misleading: the reality of life in 1930s Britain was urban decay, industrial decline, and rising unemployment.  If people were asked to enlist and fight to preserve an idyllic land, many also felt it incumbent upon them to fight to build a better country out of the rubble of wartime.

Looking at a range of travel writing from the pre-war years, this talk assesses how the British people were encouraged to see themselves and their homeland at a time of crisis.  It analyses the conservation movements of the 1930s and the growing awareness of the nation’s rich cultural and historic heritage as both a source of pleasure and well-being.  It then concludes by considering the ways in which these sentiments, so much a part of the discourse of pre-war England, were harnessed to great effect by the wartime government and, later, by those who saw the Second World War not just as a campaign to safeguard the country’s pre-war material and social fabric, but also to build a better, fairer society out of the shared identity and purpose cultivated in the nation’s struggle against Hitler.