Event Date: 20 December 2012
The Swedenborg Hall
20 Bloomsbury Way,
London, WC1A 2TH
Death and the Contemporary: Death and Trauma
‘Death and the Contemporary’ is a series of site-specific events organised by Dr Georgina Colby and Anthony Luvera that will take place across London between October 2012 and September 2013. Panel discussions with keynote philosophers, writers, visual artists, and theorists will provide an exciting interdisciplinary forum in which to consider issues surrounding the representation of death in contemporary culture. Audience members will have the opportunity to engage and contribute to these stimulating conversations with leading figures across the disciplines.
‘Death and Trauma’ is the second in the series of events ‘Death and the Contemporary’, hosted by Dr Georgina Colby and Anthony Luvera . The twenty-first century has witnessed a proliferation of work in the area of trauma, and it is widely acknowledged that our contemporary culture is a post-traumatic culture. How has trauma impacted the philosophical issues surrounding death? A panel discussion with four keynote speakers from across the disciplines of literature, the visual arts, and philosophy will provide an exciting forum in which to explore the issues surrounding death and trauma in contemporary culture. Audience members will have the opportunity to engage with and contribute to these stimulating conversations.
Introductions by Dr Georgina Colby (Westminster) and Anthony Luvera.
Georgina Colby is Lecturer in English at the University of Westminster. Reading across literature and the visual arts, Dr Colby’s work seeks to examine and theorize new modes of literary and cultural recuperation in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She has published widely in the field of contemporary literature and photography. Her interdisciplinary publications on literature and photography have appeared in the peer review journals Comparative
Critical Studies, Women: A Cultural Review and n.paradoxa: International Feminist Art Journal. She has also recently contributedto Photography: The Whole Story (London: Thames and Hudson, 2012). Her literary criticism has appeared in the journals Textual Practice and Contemporary Literature and she is the author of Bret Easton Ellis: Underwriting the Contemporary (New York: Palgrave, 2011). Before joining Westminster in 2012 Dr Colby was a visiting lecturer
in English and Philosophy at Royal Holloway, University of London, and she continues to deliver a series of lectures in photography at Sotheby’s Institute of Art London.
Anthony Luvera is an Australian artist, writer and educator based in London. His photographic work has been exhibited widely in galleries, public spaces and festivals including the British Museum, London Underground’s Art on the Underground, National Portrait Gallery London, Belfast Exposed Photography, Australian Centre for Photography and Les Rencontres D’Arles Photographie. His writing appears regularly in a wide range of periodicals and peer-reviewed journals including Source, Photographies and Hot Shoe. Anthony lectures at institutions including Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London College of Communication and University for the Creative Arts Farnham. He also facilitates workshops and gives lectures for the public education programmes of organisations including the National Portrait Gallery, Barbican Art Gallery and The Photographers’ Gallery.
Professor Margaret Iversen (Essex)
Margaret Iversen is Professor in the School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex. She is author of Beyond Pleasure: Freud, Lacan, Barthes and Alois Riegl: Art History and Theory. Recent publications include Chance and Writing Art History (with Stephen Melville). From 2008-2011, she was Director (with Diarmuid Costello) of AHRC-funded research project, “Aesthetics after Photography.” She is currently writing a book on photography, trace and trauma.
Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway)
Robert Eaglestone is Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought at Royal Holloway, University of London. He works on contemporary literature and literary theory, contemporary philosophy and on Holocaust and Genocide studies. He is the author of five books and editor/co-editor of six more. His work has been translated into five languages. He is the Series Editor of Routledge Critical Thinkers.
Dr Jennifer Pollard (LCC Arts)
Jennifer Pollard is senior lecturer in the history and theory of photojournalism and documentary photography at London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London. She has written and published various articles on the subjects of photography and conflict; history and memory; trauma theory and psychoanalysis; media representations of the War on Terror, and cybercultures. Two books, ‘Mythologizing the Vietnam War: Visual culture and mediated memory,’ (ed.) and ‘Photo-Trauma: Seeing September 11th’ are forthcoming in 2013 and 2014.
Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin are artists living and working in London. Their latest book War Primer 2 is published by MACK (2011). Broomberg and Chanarin teach at the Zurich University of the Arts and are Visiting Fellows at the University of the Arts London. Their work is represented in major public and private collections including Tate Modern, the Stedelijk Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and International Center of Photography.
Panel Discussion and Audience Questions
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