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Poetics of Anxiety and Security: the problem of speech and action in our time. Homi Bhabha on Auden and Arendt

 

Event Date: 27 and 28 April 2012
Room B35
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7HX

Birkbeck School of Law and the Serpentine Gallery present

Poetics of Anxiety and Security: the problem of speech and action in our time. Homi Bhabha on Auden and Arendt

Birkbeck School of Law and Serpentine Gallery are hosting a two-day conference exploring two key works by poet W.H. Auden and political theorist Hannah Arendt. Led by internationally-renowned Harvard academic Homi Bhabha, participants will investigate Auden’s The Age of Anxiety and Arendt’s prolific oeuvre, in particular the links between the works, the relevance of poetry and the wider issue of security. This multi-disciplinary event will include lectures, discussions, screenings, poetry readings and performances to examine essential questions about the relationship between poetry, politics and art.
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PROGRAMME

Friday 27 April

Welcome by

Julia Peyton-Jones (Serpentine Gallery)

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Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Gallery)
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Introduction by

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (Birkbeck)

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Reading 1:
Eleanor Bron reads excerpts from W. H. Auden’s Age of Anxiety (1948)
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Lecture:
Homi K. BhabhaPoetics of Anxiety and Security: The Problem of Speech and Action in Our Time
[AUDIO HERE]
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Reading 2
Eleanor Bron reads excerpts from W. H. Auden’s Age of Anxiety (1948)

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Open Classroom 1:

W. H. Auden – Open discussion of passages from Audenís work
with Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Maria Aristodemou, Homi Bhabha, Costas Douzinas,Eleanor Bron, William Kentridge and the audience, chaired by Susannah Gottlieb

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Screening:
Andrea GeyerCriminal Case 40/61: Reverb

Trailer:

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Saturday 28 April

Welcome and Introduction by
Julia Peyton-Jones (Serpentine Gallery)

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Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Gallery)
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Open Classroom 2 :

Hannah Arendt – open discussion of passages from Arendt’s work
with Maria Aristodemou, Patricia Tuitt, Homi Bhabha, chaired by Costas Douzinas

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Lecture:
Introduction by Homi Bhabha
Susannah GottliebPoetry in Times of Need
Closing comments by Homi Bhabha
[AUDIO HERE]
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William Kentridge in conversation
introduced by Homi Bhabha
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Lecture:
Costas DouzinasUnhappy Borders: History, Memory, Law
[AUDIO HERE]
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Clive Phillpot reading from Gustav Metzger’s notes ‘Headline: The Anxiety Machine’
[AUDIO HERE]
(images forthcoming)
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Final Panel:

Reading Trauma and Anxiety in Auden and Arendt with Maria Aristodemou, Andrea Geyer, the speakers and the audience, chaired by Patricia Tuitt

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Closing comments .

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