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Art and the Self: “I am my own Muse”

We’ve talked about women in Science, but what about women in Art? PhD student Nicole Maniero (2017) curated a mini exhibition of artists’ self-portraits for International Women’s Day. “I am my own Muse”. Frida Kahlo’s famous quote inspired Nicole to explore the complex relationship between artists and their identities and bodies, and the ways we as viewers engage with self-portraits.  A literature student researching representation of objects in Italian stories,…

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Medieval musical manuscripts

The Easter vacation offers the perfect opportunity for Pembroke students to pop next door and take a stroll around the awe-inspiring galleries at the Fitzwilliam Museum. I love doing Cambridge…

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Cuckoo’s calling

A nine-year-old boy writes excitedly in his diary: ‘Cuckoo calling, first of the summer!’ Today, decades later, he still feels the same thrill when he hears that distinctive ‘wandering voice’. In fact, Professor Nick Davies FRS has spent the last thirty years studying cuckoos and has just published a new book entitled Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature. I first meet him at a book launch for another Pembroke Fellow, where he tells me, ‘I’m always amazed by these kinds of events. I look around at all the fantastic books that my colleagues have managed to produce and think: I’m just a guy who likes looking at birds.’ This is a typical…

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A day in the life: Dr Anna Young

Ever wanted to read a Fellow’s diary? Dr Anna Young, Maudslay-Butler Research Fellow at Pembroke College, works in the Department of Engineering. Here she shares a day in her life: Wednesday…

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File 23-03-2016

From thesis to bookshop shelf

Toby Matthiesen’s latest book, The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent and Sectarianism, received its official UK launch at the Cambridge University Press book shop in late February. The book is based…

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Classics then and now

Past and present come together as PhD student Anna Judson (2007) talks about Classics at Pembroke. John Edwin Clapham Jukes matriculated in 1898 as a Foundation Scholar reading Classics; a…

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