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Meet our Professors: QMUL Inaugural Lecture Series

Tuesday 1 March 2016

Professor Janet Harbord - Inaugural Lecture
“Ex-centric cinema: a history of the disallowed”
23 March 2016, 6.30pm
Arts One Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London, E1 4NS
The lecture will be followed by a free drinks reception for all ticket holders.


Lecture Synopsis:
If cinema is widely regarded as a record of a moment of fictional or factual representation, producing an archive to which we may return, it also produces a different history, a reserve of unlived cinema. This lecture explores what cinema has excluded in the wake of its becoming a mainstream entertainment industry, suggesting that what we find in the detail of non-cinema is as revealing and politically significant as the cinema that we have.

Attendance is free of charge but you must book a ticket to attend. Tickets can be obtained from:  
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/professor-janet-harbord-ex-centric-cinema-a-history-of-the-disallowed-tickets-21558533153

 

Professor Geraint Wiggins - Inaugural Lecture
“Cognition, Information and Creativity”
16 March 2016, 6.30pm
Venue: The Octagon, Queens’ Building
The lecture will be followed by a free drinks reception in The SCR, Queens’ Building.


Lecture Synopsis:
Creativity is often proposed as a feature of humanity that sets us apart from other species. In this lecture, I will deconstruct the concept of creativity, suggesting that the view we have inherited from the Romantics is unhelpfully narrow. Working from a more practical definition, I will propose a view of creativity as a property of advanced cognition, including, but not limited to, humans, that can in principle be implemented as a computer program.
The lecture will end with a recorded performance of my piece “from spiraling ecstatically this”, a setting* of E. E. Cummings' poem, itself concerned with creation.

* “from spiraling ecstatically this” is performed by kind permission of the E. E. Cummings Trust.

Attendance is free of charge but you must book a ticket to attend. Tickets can be obtained from:  
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/professor-geraint-wiggins-cognition-information-and-creativity-tickets-21376792562

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