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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Navigating Memory Conference

13th May 2010, 10:00 to 18:30, Durham Castle (Senate Suite)

The date of this event has been rescheduled from 7 May to 13 May.

'Navigating Memory' is a one-day conference at which a series of papers on literature, cultural studies and psychology will explore the symbolic value and appeal of water.  The fundamental aim of the conference is to explore the relations between mind and world in a range of literary works (from the Middle Ages to the present) that employ symbolic uses of water.

The discussion will be informed by new scientific findings about how minds navigate spaces, watery and otherwise. The conference is expected to stimulate new research, drawing on the most recent critical work on cultural memory and psycho-geography, and to open up dialogue across disciplines. The conference will take the form of two plenary lectures, six seminar papers, a closing forum discussion, and an evening reading by the former poet laureate, Sir Andrew Motion.

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