New Book at Lunchtime Events Announced

Book at Lunchtime title and TORCH logo against a backdrop of books

Book at Lunchtime is back for Hilary term, featuring wide-ranging publications and researchers from a variety of disciplines. Book at Lunchtime is TORCH’s flagship event series, taking the form of fortnightly bite-sized book discussions bringing together interdisciplinary commentators for discussion.

Join us on your lunch break for a refreshing dive into a new subject. Tickets can be booked over Eventbrite and the events are open to attendees from all over the world.

Royals and Rebels -The Rise and Fall of the Sikh Empire by Dr Priya Atwal

[currently fully booked]

Wednesday 20 January, 1pm – 2pm (GMT)

Dr Priya Atwal explores her book on this self-made ruling family with commentary from Professor Faisal Devji and Professor Polly O’Hanlon.

Royals and Rebels is a fascinating tale of family, royalty and the fluidity of power, set in a dramatic global era when new stars rose and upstart empires clashed.

 The Political Life of an Epidemic - Cholera, Crisis and Citizenship in Zimbabwe by Professor Simukai Chigudu

Wednesday 3 February, 1pm – 2pm (GMT)

Professor Simukai Chigudu examines Zimbabwe’s 2008-9 cholera outbreak with Professor Sloan Mahone and Dr Jon Schubert.

The Political Life of an Epidemic traces the historical origins of the outbreak, examines the social pattern of its unfolding and impact, analyses the institutional and communal responses to the disease, and marks the effects of its aftermath.

Watch our previous event with Johny Pitts and Professor Simukai Chigudu, Talking Afropean, by clicking the link to visit our YouTube page here.

Sophocles: Antigone and other Tragedies by Professor Oliver Taplin

Wednesday 17 February, 1pm – 2pm (GMT)

Professor Oliver Taplin discusses Sophocles, translation and performance with Professor Karen Leeder and Dr Lucy Jackson.

Sophocles: Antigone and other Tragedies is an original and distinctive verse translation of Antigone, Deianeira and Electra conveying the vitality of Sophocles' poetry and the vigour of the plays in performance.

Watch our previous event with Professor Oliver Taplin and Fiona Shaw, Tragedy and Plague, by clicking the link to visit our YouTube page here.

Charles Dickens and the Properties of Fiction - The Lodger World by Dr Ushashi Dasgupta

Wednesday 3 March, 1pm – 2pm (GMT)

Dr Ushashi Dasgupta will discuss her book on Charles Dickens and the many lodgers and tenants that appear in his work, panellists TBC.

Charles Dickens and the Properties of Fiction demonstrates that a cosy, secluded home life was beyond the reach of most Victorian Londoners, and considers Dickens's nuanced conception of domesticity.