Identity, Culture and Communication

Our research clusters give a focus for research and scholarship at BGU and reflect both existing and developing curriculum areas

The Identity, Culture and Communication cluster is comprised of members of staff from the School of Humanities and elsewhere at BGU. The Cluster brings together the work of a number of researchers from across the subjects in the School, including English Literature, History, Theology, Drama and Sociology.


Cluster welcomes Dr. Giacchino Curiello to Work on a yet un-edited Manuscript of Bishop Robert Grosseteste!

Dr Giacchino Curiello has obtained a British Academy funded three – year scholarship, to begin this September, to work with Dr. Jack Cunningham on the yet unedited work of Grosseteste ‘The Divine Names’.

Dr Curiello obtained a Bachelor in Theology at the Studio Teologico “Collegio Alberoni” and then studied philosophy at the University of Parma in Italy. During those years he published articles on Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas. After a Master of Philosophy in Leuven, he received a joint doctorate from the University of Salerno (Italy) and the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium). The title and topic of his PhD thesis’ was Robert Grosseteste on God as Principle and End of Creation.

During the work at BGU funded by a British Academy Fellowship he will work toward the first critical edition of Robert Grosseteste’s “Translation of and Commentary on The Divine Names.” The edition will provide new and concrete textual material for a complete assessment of Pseudo-Dionysius’s contribution to Grosseteste’s thought and his legacy in Late Medieval and Renaissance philosophy and theology. Particular attention will be paid to the nature of evil and the relationship between Neo-Platonic doctrines and some of the heresies that Grosseteste had to deal with during his episcopacy.


Workshop on ‘The Identity of …….’

Wednesday 11 October 2017

Across the different disciplines of BGU’s School of Humanities, members share an interest in the rise and use of the term ‘identity’ in the later twentieth and early twenty-first century humanities. This inaugural workshop for our Cluster brought together the ongoing research of members of the School of Humanities from the disciplines of Archaeology, History, English, Drama and Theology on the subject. PhD and Master-students from the School of Humanities joined the workshop. Most contributions emphasized the ‘forged’ character of what Archaeology, History and Literature can reconstruct with their source material, and thus of the ensuing ‘identity’ that we can reconstruct as researchers. Several cases documented in detail how hard groups or individuals worked in order to forge an ‘identity’ for their various audiences. The ensuing debate asked not least why the later twentieth and early twentieth century humanities have then chosen the term ‘identity’ rather than the term ‘role’.

However, towards the end of the workshop, the Master students had their own vote to decide which contribution they found most compelling in terms of the use of the concept of ‘identity’. It turned out to be the last one. Dr. Dennis Eluyefa had engaged, during a project with prisoners, inmates with drum playing. He reported how, and why, drumming could constitute another identity than the one the inmates had receive – i.e. that of prisoners. In his contribution, ‘forging’ seemed to play the least role. Rather, we seemed to be given at least a glimpse on that much sought for good that ‘identity’ was meant to catch: In a world of ‘forged’ identities, we crave for ‘authenticity’. We all look forward to see whether and how the next workshop on ‘The Monstrous’ (March 21, 2018), scheduled in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the publication of ‘Frankenstein’, will relate to ‘forged identities’ and to ‘authenticity’.

Program and Schedule

14 30 – 15 30              Dr. Claire Hubbard Hall, Introductory session for Master students

1530 – 1730 Contributions

Dr. Robert v. Friedeburg (History),     Welcome and Introduction

Dr. Duncan Wright (Archaeology),     The Identity of an Anglo Saxon Female Smith

Dr. Jack Rhoden (History),                  The Identity of a Book Collector

Dr. Sibylle Erle (English)                      The Identity of a Poet Laureate

Melanie Jackson (History, Theology), The Identity of Someone who had a Flight Experience, and then wrote about it

Dr. Hazel Kent (History),                     The Identity of Women Conscious Objectors

Dr. Claire Hubbard Hall (History),       The Identity of a Gestapo Officer

Dr. Dennis Eluyefa (Drama),               The Identity of a Drummer

1730-1745                                           Coffee break

1745-1815                   Questions and debate: In which case is the concept of ‘identity’ most vital to the story?

1815-1845                   Responses from the speakers

1845-1915                   Drinks


Women’s voting rights to be celebrated by Vote100 events at BGU in 2017-18

Women’s rights will be celebrated with a number of events in close cooperation with the School of Humanities. Please click here to find out more about Vote 100 at BGU.

PhD student from the University of Bologna visiting BGU to study commentaries of Aristotle

From mid October 2017 to late January 2018, the School of Humanities and the Cluster hosted Irene Iarocci, a PhD student in the History of Political Thought from the University of Bologna, Italy. She was enrolled as a guest staff member of the university and was supervised during that time by Dr. Robert von Friedeburg.

As the main part of her research activity, she worked at a comparison between two commentaries of Aristotle’s Politics: one by Leonardo Bruni (Aristotelis Stagiritae politicorum sive de republica libri octo, Leonardo Aretino interprete, Roma, 1492), the other by Pietro Vettori (Petri Vectorii commentarii in VIII libros Aristotelis De optimo statu civitatis positis ante singulas declarationes graecis verbis auctoris, iisdemque ad verbum latinum expressis, Florentiae, apud Iuntas, 1576).

The main aim of her work with Dr. von Friedeburg was to investigate how and to which extent, between the 15th and the 16th centuries, the different choices to translate key concepts of the Politics from Greek into Latin (such as πόλις, κοινωνία, and πολιτεία) marked a shift in early modern political thought and subsequently an evolution in the meaning and use of the concept of res publica.

In order to pursue her research, she studied at the BGU library, and at the British Library, and made researches at the Lincoln Cathedral libraries (Exchequergate and Wren), working on early modern editions of Aristotle’s Politics.


International Symposium on Climate Change and the Role of Education

12th and 13th April 2019, Bishop Grosseteste University

We are living in the Anthropocene and climate change is the most pressing contemporary environmental challenge globally. Both adapting to and mitigating the far reaching effects of climate change are crucial if we are going to overcome the challenges it poses.  Education is among the most efficient tools we have to effectively deal with the scientific/ technical, economic, cultural and human developmental dimensions of climate change and its politicisation. Education in all its forms plays a crucial role, globally and locally, in engaging and empowering people to act to alleviate the impacts of the climate change. The importance of this role is recognized, at least in spirit if not yet by viable actions, in the 2015 Paris Agreement (via the Paris Committee on Capacity Building), the ongoing UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development Global Action Programme, and in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (especially SDG 13, Climate Action”), as well as in many national and regional climate change and disaster risk management policies and strategies.

Even though education is a key element which can be deployed in fostering climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, there is a paucity of events where a special focus to education is given. In order to fill in this gap, the International Symposium on Climate Change and the Role of Education is being organised by Bishop Grosseteste University (UK), the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and the International Climate Change Information Programme.

This symposium is aimed at those working in, or concerned with, education and climate change. It provides an opportunity to showcase projects, approaches and activities that investigate or utilise education as a means to mitigate or adapt to climate change. It aims to provide a platform for critical perspectives on climate change and the role of education. The conference aims to facilitate networking and the development of partnerships, and promote collaborative efforts for those using education as a tool to overcome the challenges of climate change.

Please click here for more details.


Cluster Workshop ‘Human Monsters’

Monsters are ubiquitous. In the year of the Bi-Centenary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the second interactive and interdisciplinary Cluster Research Workshop aims to generate conversation and discussion about ‘The Monstrous’.

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