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CHARLES MELVILLE

Interview with a Fellow: Illustrating History

Professor Charles Melville has been a Fellow at Pembroke since 1985, and is currently Professor of Persian history. In a two-part series he discusses his work with illustrated manuscripts, in which he explores the ways that history is written, visualised, and transmitted through time. The illustration of Persian manuscripts is the subject of the Shahnama Project, a comprehensive collection of the manuscripts of the Shahnama, the Persian epic ‘Book of…

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Around the World in 365 Days, or: A Tale of Twelve Cities

Heather Lane (1998) has just returned to the UK from Bolivia, the final stop in a twelve month remote working adventure. World travel is usually something one might think of as a holiday, disrupting the flow of work rather than enhancing it.  Digital nomads, remote working, communal work spaces; these concepts one might associate with gap year students, or people whose work requires only a computer. Heather thought so, until she encountered Remote Year, and spent twelve months working in twelve different cities across the world. Go travelling in South America for a month or two and Google’s algorithms will soon work out that you’ve been bitten by the travel…

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Poetry and Place in Pembroke and Beyond

For the last few years poetry tours, led by Cambridge poet Michael Brown, have been part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. They reveal the strong connection between poetry and…

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