Event Date: 19 June 2014
Horton Lecture Theatre 1
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX
Keynote Lecture at the 2014 Postgraduate Colloquium
Professor Lynne Segal (Anniversary Professor, Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London) – The Age of Desire, the Desires of Ageing
In this lecture, Professor Segal will explore some of the radical ambiguities in the speech and writing about age and ageing today, whether it serves primarily to lament or to celebrate old age. Pondering the fluctuating ties between younger and older selves, she will venture into the hazards of desire in old age, with its apparent gender contrasts, alongside the contradictory ties and emotions we are likely to call upon as time speeds up in late life. Old age is no longer the condition that dare not speak its name, but it remains an identity we are still encouraged to disavow.
Introduction by Dr Emily Jeremiah (RHUL):