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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Experiencing the Future Workshop

6th November 2010, 11:00 to 18:00, PG 20, Pemberton Building, Palace Green

This workshop will see research by literary critics, psychologists and philosophers address the ways in which the future is 'experienced' in the present and our future experiences are shaped by the memory of our past. Past experience shapes behaviour and future expectations, and anticipation and imagining of the future are governed by memory.   The creation of narrative selves and memory as an act of volition are a shared research interest; also shared is a concern with memory, especially childhood memory, and its relationship to the future in psychological, philosophical and literary discourses; as well as episodic memory, bodily memory, emotional memory, writing as memory, life history, and nostalgia. The predication of a future self is reliant on memory; to imagine the future is to place one's self in time.  This workshop seeks to map a path from memory and experience to the future and future possibility.

Speakers at the workshop include:

  • Professor Dan Hutto (University of Hertfordshire);
  • Professor Jonathan Lowe (Durham University);
  • Professor Patricia Waugh (Durham University).

The workshop will conclude with a reading from prize-winning poet and writer Ruth Padel.

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