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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

The Ustinov Seminar on Literature, in Association with the Institute of Advanced Study

8th March 2008, 10:00 to 13:00, Howland's Farm, Ustinov College

10.30 - 11.00 Alistair Brown (Literature), What is Literature? Neuroscience and the Future of Literary Criticism

11.00- 11.30 Professor Zoltán Kövecses (IAS Fellow), Metaphoric Thought Across and Within Cultures

11.30– 11.45 Coffee Break

11.45– 12.15 Simon Robinson (Literature), The Locus of Meaning: Samuel Beckett’s “Literary Geometry”

12. 15-12.45 Abeer Fahim (Literature), “Buzzing Flesh”: Acoustic Technology in Don DeLillo’s Fiction

1pm Lunch available for all participants

The Ustinov Seminar is an inter-disciplinary forum for all postgraduates doing, or intending to do, research - in Ustinov and in all other Colleges. It provides an opportunity for research students to meet together outside the normal departmental or subject-based circles, and to hear something about PhD research going on in other areas. The seminars are both social and academic gatherings, intended to strengthen the sense of a real postgraduate research community in Durham, and provide a unique opportunity for debate and cross-fertilisation between disciplines. We hope that this will apply just as strongly to the training sessions this term, where there should be lots of opportunity to learn from how different disciplines approach research.

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