The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) sheds new light on Late Period Egypt scholarship and the regeneration of the Lower Swansea Valley as part of Interdisciplinary Research Week (IDRW).

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) has a number of events organised as part of Interdisciplinary Research Week which runs from the 21–25 November 2011.

Designed to celebrate the breadth and excellence of Swansea University research across its many disciplines, and stimulate new collaborations and ideas amongst the University's diverse research community, the week is packed full of lectures, demonstrations, tours, discussions, exhibitions and competitions.

  • On Tuesday 22 November, Professor Huw Bowen, Department of History and Classics, will give a lecture on – Bridging Gaps, Changing Landscapes: The Future of the Lower Swansea Valley’s Industrial Past, from 6pm - 9pm in the Taliesin Arts Centre.

Through his lecture, Professor Bowen will explore the ways in which multi-disciplinary research has shaped the regeneration of the Lower Swansea Valley, the home of Swansea’s once world-leading copper industry. It examines the development and legacy of the Lower Swansea Valley project established fifty years ago; and considers the new lines of enquiry pursued by the ESRC-funded project, ‘History, heritage, and urban regeneration: the local and global worlds of Welsh copper’. Finally, Professor Bowen will look at how academic research is defining Cu@Swansea, a major urban regeneration project being developed by Swansea University and the City and County of Swansea.

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  • At Speaker’s Corner on Wednesday 23 November in ILS Atrium (next to Café Glas) at 11am, some of Swansea’s top interdisciplinary researchers give you an insight into the excitement and dynamics of their research areas.

Professor Chris Williams, Director of RIAH, will be talking about the interdisciplinary challenges involved in editing the diaries of the Welsh actor Richard Burton (1925-1984). The diaries include commentary not only on the world of the international jet-set, the theatre and of film, but also on a wide range of subjects including history, politics, literature and environmental issues. Something of a polymath, Burton read widely, taking an interest in the many countries he visited, languages and cultures he encountered. Understanding and contextualising the diaries has involved engaging with a much wider range of disciplines and bodies of knowledge than might first have been anticipated.


  • On Wednesday 23 November (from 2pm-3pm and 3pm-4pm in Lab C, Keir Hardie Building) there is an opportunity to see a Language Lab Demonstration.

Ever wondered what goes on inside a Language Lab? How podcasts are made, how subtitles appear on screen or how Wikis and blogs can be used for practicing and developing language skills? Come along to the Language Labs in Kier Hardie where you can have some practical, hands-on experience under the guidance of two Swansea University experts (no previous experience necessary).

Choose from either demonstration, or attend both:

• Interpreting at Swansea University: An Insight into Sight Translation (Teaching,  Assessment and Feedback) - Patricia Rodríguez Martínez (2pm – 3pm). 

• Understanding what you see and making others see it: Audio description - Julien Hamilton-Hart (3pm – 4pm). 

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  • On Thursday 24 November, RIAH will welcome Dr Elena Pischikova as part of its public lecture series. Dancers, Donkeys, and Dirt: New Discoveries from the Time of the Black Pharaohs from  South Asasif, Egypt  - 7pm: Faraday Lecture Theatre; refreshments will be served from 6.15pm in the Faraday Foyer.

Karakhamun, the First aq Priest of Amun, lived in the days when Ancient Egypt was ruled by Nubian pharaohs (7th century BCE). Buried in the South Asasif cemetery, on the west bank of the Nile, his tomb is part of a series rediscovered in 2006 by a mission led by Dr Elena Pischikova - Director, South Asasif Conservation Project, Supreme Council of Antiquities, Egypt and Research Scholar, American University Cairo – tonight’s guest speaker.

Though damaged by smoke, people and centuries of misuse, the tombs still stand. Their painted ceilings, stunning reliefs and elegant architecture have not been obliterated, merely hidden beneath layers of soot, veiled by dust and cobwebs and blocked by piles of debris.

Dr Pischikova, together with a cross-disciplinary team from Swansea University which included Dr Kasia Szpakowska, Senior Lecturer in Egyptology (COAH) and Dr Adam Booth, GLIMPSE Research Officer in the Glaciology Group (COS), funded by Bridging the Gaps, used geophysical imaging equipment to examine the site. What the team discovered has brought to light something completely unexpected that will change Late Period Egypt scholarship and our understanding of the past, forever.

For further information on this event, please contact, or 01792 295190.  All welcome.  No need to book in advance.


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