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MMLL at the 2023 Cambridge Festival

Cambridge Festival

MMLL Events in the Cambridge Festival, March 2023 

We are happy to share details for upcoming MMLL events in the much anticipated 2023 Cambridge Festival. We hope you enjoy them!



Friday 17th March 2023, 17:00-18:30, ONLINE  

Djudeo-espanyol of Thessaloniki: an Endangered Language and Heritage. Prof Ioanna Sitaridou is joined by Dr Željko Jovanović (INALCO, Paris) and Prof Andrés Enrique Arias (Universitat de les Illes Balears) for an interactive recounting of the vanishing language of Djudeo-espanyol, an Ibero-Romance language spoken by Jews in Thessaloniki and diaspora. 


Friday 17th March 2023, 17:00-19:30, Magdalene College 

Cross-Connections: Discovering the Living Space, an exhibition of works by painters Ruth Rix and Helga Michie. The event combines an immersive music experience with a panel discussion on the lived experience of migration and movement in Europe. With Annja Neumann, Silke Mentchen, and Georgina Paul. 


Saturday 18th March 2023, 12:00-13:00, Little Hall, Sidgwick Site  

Bibas and Butler: Two Cambridge Women and the Making of Modern Languages. Prof Emma Gilby’s talk will look at some of the first teachers of modern languages in Cambridge, at the turn of the twentieth century. What kinds of modern lives did these pioneering linguists want to lead? What do they still have to teach us today?  


Saturday 18th March 2023, 14:00-15:00, Little Hall, Sidgwick Site  

Discovering Russia’s Nineteenth-Century Women Writers. In this talk, Dr Anna Berman introduces Russia’s great women writers from the nineteenth century who have dropped out of literary history: Evdokiya Rostopchina, Karolina Pavlovna, Evgeniya Tur, and the “Russian Brontës”—Nadezhda, Sofiya, and Praskoviya Khvoshchinskaya. 


Saturday 18th March 2023, 15:30-16:30, ONLINE  

Word Power: How to Do Things with Poetry, Robert Britten. This online workshop explores the idea that poems, whenever they are written, read, spoken, sung, or memorised, are speech acts with the power to impact on the ways in which we perceive the world, think about and interact with it. 


Saturday 18th March 2023, 15:00-16:00, St Catherine’s College, Ramsden Room (organised by Cambridge Alliance Française) 

What Makes a Perfect Garden? On a Fictional Quest to Save the Botanical Garden in Algiers, Dr Sura Qadiri. 


Saturday 25th March 2023, 11:00-13:00, Raised Faculty Building, 106 & 107, Sidgwick Site  

Green ArchiteXture, Daniela Dora. In this activity, participants will build the ‘architectural structure of a text’ by producing physical models based on literary texts. The selected texts all deal with environmental/ecological aspects (green literature). 


Saturday 25th March 2023, 14:00-15:00, Little Hall, Sidgwick Site  

Writing in the Garden of the Forking Paths: Mathematics and Literature. In this event, Andrew Sackin-Poll will be talking about some exciting encounters between literature and mathematics, and what this makes possible for the stories we will tell about our ordinary lives.  


Saturday 25th March 2023, 15:30-17:00, Little Hall, Sidgwick Site  

The Politics of Storytelling, Miriam Schwarz and Melina Mandelbaum. Aimed at all ages, this workshop offers an opportunity to playfully experience how stories shape our lives as citizens. How are stories used to include some people in communities, and to exclude others? Could we learn from literature to improve our political interactions?