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Time Machines: Talks Programme

19th June 2017, 18:00 to 20:00, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library

Professor Simon James - Storytelling as Time Travel

Dr. Jennifer Terry - ‘Out of time’: Counter Futures in Contemporary Black Fiction and Art

To complement the exhibition, Time Machines, a series of talks and events has been scheduled. Over the course of the exhibition there will be a number of lunchtime and evening events with speakers covering a broad range of themes to complement the exhibition content. Please do keep an eye on our website for more details.

In this double event, Prof. Simon James, Head of Department of the Department of English Studies, Durham University, will first present a talk entitled 'Storytelling as Time Travel':

"Time travel is not only a theme of modern-day science fiction stories such as Dr Who, but has been a property of storytelling for as long as stories have existed. Professor Simon J. James, Head of Department of English Studies at Durham University, discusses how narrative itself is a kind of time travel and how Victorian authors like Charles Dickens, Alfred Tennyson and H.G. Wells, and present-day science-fiction, utopian and dystopian writers use the freedom to travel in time not only to tell wonderful stories, but to look to reshape the world in the present and the future."

Following this, Dr. Jennifer Terry, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Studies, Durham University, will present a talk entitled '‘Out of time’: Counter Futures in Contemporary Black Fiction and Art'':

"Being ahead of one’s time or being out of one’s time are of interest to both artist Ellen Gallagher and novelist Octavia Butler. Often labelled Afrofuturist, a term Kodwo Eshun links to a critical ‘intervention within the dimension of the predictive,’ their work offers speculative visions that challenge conventional ideas of temporal order, of progress, and of who gets to define and belong in the narrative of the future. Jennifer Terry from Durham University’s English Studies department explores time lapse, time travel and forms of historical archive or time capsule within Butler’s fiction and Gallagher’s art. She asks how, in worlds where time has run out, play with time through story and the recovery of counter futures, open up understandings of power and time, and the possibility of change."

There will be a charge of £12.50 for this special event, which includes a visit to the exhibition and a glass of wine. The exhibition will be open for viewing before 6pm and throughout the event. Booking is essential via Event Durham. To book, click here.

Enquiries regarding talks should be made to Palace Green Library on 0191 334 2976.

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