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Is taste in musical fundamentals learned or innate?

New research from Durham University’s Music & Science Lab suggests that while biology may determine which sounds we perceive as unpleasant, musical preference is culturally acquired.
Kalash dancers - courtesy of George Athanasopoulos

Strengthening our North American partnerships

In April we celebrated our long-standing partnership with the University of Notre Dame in North America.
A group of people standing in they foyer of a large building.

Applications for the Ralph Waggett MA Studentship now open

The Ralph Waggett MA Studentship in History is available thanks to a generous donation from our alumni community. Applications are now open for 2022/23 entry!
Three International Students walking through a building

The Lost Daughter: portraying the darker sides of motherhood on the page and the screen

Dr Katrin Wehling-Giorgi, from our School of Modern Languages and Cultures, explores aspects of motherhood portrayed in a recent adaptation of Elena Ferrante's The Lost Daughter.
Elafonissos Island, Lakonia, Greece

Professor Ita Mac Carthy appears on BBC Radio 4's 'Moving Pictures'

Professor Ita Mac Carthy recently appeared on BBC Radio 4's 'Moving Pictures' to discuss Francesco del Casso's fresco 'April'.
Francesco del Cossa's fresco 'April'

Music brings back positive lifetime memories: New research published

A new study by Dr Kelly Jakubowski and Professor Tuomas Eerola has shown that music evokes fewer, but more emotionally positive, autobiographical memories than other cues.
Music listening

Durham Academics recognised in two of Nation’s most coveted literary awards

Our Department of English Studies is celebrating the phenomenal success of two of its own - Sunjeev Sahota and Kayo Chingonyi - following the recognition their work has received from the Booker Prize and the Forward Prize for Poetry respectively. Sunjeev Sahota’s China Room has been longlisted for the Booker Prize and Kayo Chingonyi’s collection of poetry A Blood Condition has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Poetry for the Best Collection 2021.
Book covers A Blood Connection and China Room

Professor Rosi Song presents her book, A Taste of Barcelona, in Barcelona's iconic La Boqueria

The book A Taste of Barcelona: A History of Catalan Cooking and Eating (Rowman and Littlefield 2019) was presented at the iconic Barcelona fresh food market La Boqueria on June 29, 2021.
Rosi Song presenting her book in Barcelona

World-class music marked by new Steinway partnership

At least 58 new Steinway & Sons pianos are to be installed across our campus as we join the All-Steinway Initiative, with an intention to become an All-Steinway University in 2022. Joining the initiative makes a significant statement about our commitment to excellence in music, with the new pianos set to join our existing collection of nine Steinway instruments.
Steinway and Sons piano keyboard

Explore Durham’s history with new app

Durham is a uniquely beautiful and historic place to live and study. Now you can explore its past with a new interactive app. 

Why some people like ‘sad’ music

Music has amazing potential to inspire, motivate and bring people together across cultures.