Liturgy in History

A full-day workshop exploring liturgy in practice in the medieval and early-modern periods.

When: Tuesday 19th November, 9:30 – 17:00 (lunch provided)
Where: Old Library, Garrod Building, Queen Mary Whitechapel Campus

Three speakers – Professor Nils Holger Petersen (University of Copenhagen), Professor Emma Dillon (King’s College London) and Dr Beth Williamson (University of Bristol) – will guide participants through the structure and formulae of liturgical sources. The musical, visual, architectural and performative aspects of the liturgy will all be carefully considered and approaches to liturgy re-interrogated. The presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion with Professor Miri Rubin (QMUL) and Professor Sara Lipton (SUNY). The day will culminate in a trip to a nearby renaissance church to help situate the liturgies explored in context.

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Dr Lars Fischer (UCL): Adorno, the Prohibition of the Image, and Music

Please join us for the second QM Music and Sound seminar for 2013/2014 – it promises to be a fascinating event. All are welcome.

Adorno, the Prohibition of the Image, and Music
Dr Lars Fischer (UCL)
Tuesday November 26, 5–7pm
Francis Bancroft Building, Room 1.02.6
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road E1 4NS

Synthesizing existing scholarship on the specificity (and distinct Jewishness) of Adorno’s understanding of the prohibition of the image in the context of music and revisiting debates on Moses and Aaron and the Survivor from Warsaw, this paper will defend Adorno against prevalent misunderstandings, including the notion that Adorno’s aesthetics are predominantly fixated on the visual.

Lars Fischer was educated at Queen Mary and Westfield College and UCL where he is currently a Teaching Fellow in the Department of History and Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Before returning to UCL in 2013, he was the Academic Director of the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations in Cambridge and previously held lectureships in German History at UCL and Modern European History at King’s College London. He is a Fellow, and serves on the Council, of the Royal Historical Society and was Secretary of the British Association for Jewish Studies (BAJS) from 2010-2012. His research focuses predominantly on non-Jewish perceptions of ‘the Jew’ and antisemitism and he published a monograph on The Socialist Response to Antisemitism in Imperial Germany with Cambridge University Press in 2007 (paperback 2010). Inter alia, he is currently editing a volume on Constructions of Judaism and Jewishness in Baroque Music and recently completed a chapter on the GDR musicologist Georg Knepler.

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