Forms of Time
The arts need time. They need time in order to be experienced and appreciated; to unfold their creative and transformative power; and to allow us to absorb and evaluate their meanings. Forms of Time is concerned not only with the time it takes to engage with the arts, but also with the ways in which the arts construct, absorb and dispose time.
In a series of public lectures, we will look at how the arts inflect time as rhythm and expanse; how they cope with it as challenge and burden; how they engage with our perception of time as animate or inanimate, as ‘dead’ time or as something that we feel the need to ‘kill’ through ‘pastimes’ or ‘pursuits’; and, finally, how the arts take up our time in the investments of reading, listening and viewing, and then return it to us transformed.
The aim of this lecture series is to investigate the role of imaginative and creative practices in transforming us and our experience of time. We propose to explore the experiential dimension of time, its mediation and articulation through a range of cultural practices, filtered through poetry and the arts, including film. At the heart of the series lies the question of how we live time and live in time, and of how time itself may have a ‘living’ quality. Through attention to the experiential, to questions of acceleration and deceleration, of anachronism, restlessness and temporal destabilisation, the lectures will alert us to qualitative differences in our perception and experience of time, and to the implications of such differences.
The schedule of lectures is as follows. For further details, including abstracts and speaker biographies, please click on the links below.
1. Monday 11 February 2013, Elvet Riverside ER140, 6.15 pm
Professor André Tavares, Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil
2. Tuesday 19 February 2013, Kenworthy Hall, St Mary’s College, 5.15pm
Professor Bradley Epps, Harvard University (IAS Fellow)
3. Monday 25 February 2013, Elvet Riverside ER140, 6.15 pm
Professor Michael O’Neill, School of English, Durham
4. Monday 04 March 2013, Elvet Riverside ER140, 6.15 pm
Dr Claudia Nitschke, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham
5. CANCELLED - Monday 11 march 2013, Elvet Riverside ER140, 6.15 pm
Dr Costanza Caraffa, Director of the Photothek, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence
6. Monday 22 april 2013, Elvet Riverside ER140, 6.15 pm
Dr Michael Niblett, Research Fellow, Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies, Warwick
7. Monday 29 april 2013, Elvet Riverside ER140, 6.15 pm
Professor Felice Cimatti, Professor of Philosophy, University of Calabria, Italy (IAS Fellow)
- Forms of Time Lecture List (last modified: 30 January 2013)