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Institute of Advanced Study

'Afterlives' Postgraduate Conference

Friday, 25 September 2009

The Concert Room, Department of Music

9.00am to 5.30pm


Somewhere in the heaven
Of lost futures
The lives we might have lived
Have found their own fulfilment.

Derek Mahon

A one-day postgraduate conference on science and the arts organised by the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University

Attendance is free but you must register in advance.  To register contact Judith Aird


Conference Programme

9.00 am  Welcome and Registration

9.15 am   Introduction to the Conference


9.30 am   Seminar 1: Afterlives in Fiction and Poetry

Eleanor Spencer, "Thou wast not born for death, immortal Bird!": The Afterlife of Keats in the Poetry of Anne Stevenson.

Eleanor Chatburn, "Echo-prolonging poet": Translations, adaptations and literary afterlives in the poetry of Derek Mahon.

Naomi Banks, "Adequate to our predicament"?: In Search of a Northern Irish Political Elegy.

Alice Bennett, Ethics and Fictional Afterlives

11.00 am   Tea and Coffee


11.30 am   Seminar 2: Scripture, Spiritualism and the Afterlife

Hillarie Higgins, The Humanist Horror of Heaven and Hell: Analysis of an Existentialist Childhood Fear Through Attachment Theory.

David Wilson,The Classrooms of Spirit: Locales in the Afterlife as Both Objective and Subjective Reality.

Sophia Ann Magallanes, Resurrection of the Dead in Job 14.

Erin Evans, Reaching God in 100 Levels or Less: The Super-Terrestrial Realms of the Books of Jeu and the Pistis Sophia

1.00 pm   Lunch


2.00 pm   Seminar 3: Art, Cinema, Music, Culture

Emily Ridge, "SO": Tracing Georges Perec in the Work of Sophie Calle.

Gianpiera Conti, Horror and Doubles: the Psychic Phantoms within the Ego.

Peter Okeno Ong'are, Alternative Life Forms Through Music: Marabi.

Masum Patwary, Mortuary Work in Developing Countries: An Inherited Occupation.

3.30 pm   Tea and Coffee


4.00 pm   Keynote Lecture:  'Contemporary Belief in Life After Death'

                Professor Douglas Davies, Department of Theology and Religion,

                Director, Centre for Death and Life Studies, Durham University

5.00 pm   Closing Comments