FASS Public Lecture Series
The Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at UNSW is pleased to offer
So, what? Public Lectures in contemporary humanities and social sciences.
This progressive public lecture series showcases the work of leading UNSW researchers and research collaborators. The series aims to challenge and inform public debate and understanding by pushing the boundaries of academic discourse.
2013 Lecture Series
Professor Steven Connor
Rustications: Animals in the Urban Mix
Wednesday 10 July
Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building
6.00pm - Reception
6.30pm - 7.30pm - Lecture & Q+A
When animals become audible in the city, it is often annoying, sometimes unnerving, but also now and again a kind of annunciation. Animals are an anomaly in the urban soundscape, which seems to be populated and made intelligible to itself exclusively by sounds of human origin. And yet cities have never become free of animals, which are all the time finding ways of recolonising urban space, and insinuating themselves into the syntax of its sounds. I will use this talk to listen out for and amplify the animal signatures in different urban soundscapes. Perhaps the sonic infiltrations of animals are not so much a haunting as a harbinger of a new, more convivial world-city.
Dickens wrote of underground stables ‘where cart-horses, troubled by rats, might be heard on a quiet Sunday rattling their halters, as disturbed spirits in tales of haunted houses are said to clank their chains’. But perhaps the sonic infiltrations of animals are not so much a haunting as a harbinger of a new, more convivial world-city.
Steven Connor is Grace 2 Professor of English in the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Peterhouse. He is the author of books on Dickens, Beckett. Joyce, ventriloquism, skin, flies, and other topics in literary and cultural history. His most recent books are The Matter of Air: Science and Art of the Ethereal (2010), Paraphernalia: The Curious Lives of Magical Things (2011) and A Philosophy of Sport (2011).
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Professor David Armitage
Horizons of History: Space, Time and the Future of the Past
Abstract: Big is back across a wide range of historical fields. More historians are stretching space, to create international, transnational and global histories. Others are expanding time, to pursue Big History, Deep History and the history of the Anthropocene. What explains this broadening of horizons? And what does it mean for the future of history? This lecture will make a case for history as a discipline of social and political transformation amid crises of global governance, rising inequality and anthropogenic climate change.
Biography: David Armitage is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at Harvard University. He is also an Honorary Professor of History at the University of Sydney. A prize-winning teacher and writer, he is the author or editor of over a dozen books, including The Ideological Origins of the British Empire (2000), The Declaration of Independence: A Global History (2007) and Foundations of Modern International Thought (2013).
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