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Durham University

Centre for Visual Arts and Culture

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Wednesday 19 October 2016

'Caribbean and Diasporic Culture, Creativity and Research’ Symposium

9:00am to 6:00pm, Tyneside Cinema

'Caribbean and Diasporic Culture, Creativity and Research’ is a one day symposium that considers research in relation to creative practice, initiating dialogue about interaction, fault lines and entanglement between these activities. It will feature four high profile speakers, including prominent black diasporan writers and artists, who have been invited to reflect on the part of ‘research’ in their practice (for example, one will speak about the part of the colonial film archive and conceiving of alternative archives in her work). The event will bring together practitioners, creative writing, film and art students, and also those non-practitioners, researchers and members of the public interested in questions of race and representation.

The symposium is being co-organised by Dr Jennifer Terry (English Studies, Durham) and Dr Laura Fish (Creative Writing, Northumbria), with possible but unconfirmed involvement of filmmakers via Newcastle University’s Culture Lab.


Saturday 22 October 2016

Embodying life and death: The body in Anglo-Saxon England

9:00am to 6:00pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College, Prof Catherine Karkov (University of Leeds)

The Anglo-Saxon period is characterised by significant cultural shifts and transformations. Emerging kingdoms, religious conversion, economic intensification, growing cultural contact and mobility result in increasing social complexity. Situated directly at the centre of these multiple transformations are the understudied Anglo-Saxon bodies, enacting, resisting and adapting to the ever changing world around them. The Anglo-Saxons employed the human form on elite gear and paraphernalia, found humour in the human anatomy as evidenced in their riddles and, in death, left behind their bodies often disposing of them with elaborate treatments, rich goods, and theatrical staging. From the Germanic ‘pagan’ to the Christian periods, the Anglo-Saxons considered and debated the power of the human body in real and metaphysical terms.

Despite immensely varied treatment, representation and conceptualisation of the body, a lacunae remains in scholarship on the Anglo-Saxon body. This represents a challenging field of discourse that can facilitate cross-period and cross-disciplinary study on the changing nature of body portrayal and perception across c. AD 400–1100. This interdisciplinary conference will examine and unfold the multiplicity and vibrancy of the body in the Anglo-Saxon world.

More information here.

Contact tristan.lake@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.