[Humanist] 26.75 events: history, film & television; Beckett & brain science

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Sat Jun 9 22:52:43 CEST 2012

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 75.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>          (44)
        Subject: Fwd: Beckett and Brain Science

  [2]   From:    Shawn Day <day.shawn at GMAIL.COM>                           (54)
        Subject: Conference: Reframing History: Film, Television and the

        Date: Fri, 08 Jun 2012 06:42:32 +1000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: Fwd: Beckett and Brain Science

The following does not concern the digital humanities directly, but 
since some of our most interesting work has been done via analysis of 
and reasoning about literary text within a computational frame, some of 
it concerned with neurology and neurophysiology, "Beckett and Brain 
Science" would seem not entirely unrelated.


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**Apologies for cross-posting**

Beckett and Brain Science
One day Symposium
Birkbeck, University of London
Friday 22 June 2012

This AHRC-funded project brings together literary scholars, 
psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, cognitive neuroscientists, 
neuropsychologists, and philosophers to explore the ways in which 
historical and contemporary models of the brain and mind can contribute 
to our understanding of Samuel Beckett’s work. The project also uses 
Beckett’s texts as case studies to investigate the ways in which 
aesthetic representations can offer insights into the experience of 
neurological and psychological disorder, while asking rigorous, 
philosophically robust, questions about the relationship between mind 
and body. By encouraging dialogue between scientific researchers, 
literary scholars, theatre practitioners, and trainee medics, the 
project hopes to extend our understanding of the relationship between 
medical science and literature, while also having a positive impact on 
patient care.

Keynote addresses:

Prof Catherine Malabou (philosopher, Kingston University)
Prof Lois Oppenheim (literary scholar, Montclair University, and Scholar 
Associate Member of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute)
Prof Sophie Scott (cognitive neuroscientist, University College London)

Other contributions from:

Dr Elizabeth Barry (literary scholar, Warwick University)
Dr Matthew Broome (psychiatrist, Warwick University)
Dr Peter Fifield, (literary scholar, Oxford University)
Jonathan Heron (theatre director, Warwick University)
Dr Ulrika Maude (literary scholar, Reading University)
Prof Adam Piette (literary scholar, Sheffield University)
Dr Laura Salisbury (literary scholar, Birkbeck).

This event is free but spaces are limited and booking is essential. To 
reserve a place please contact Laura Salisbury: l.salisbury at bbk.ac.uk

This event is part of the AHRC Science in Culture ‘Beckett and Brain 
Science’ exploratory project, shared between Birkbeck, Reading 
University, and Warwick University.

        Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2012 08:07:16 +0100
        From: Shawn Day <day.shawn at GMAIL.COM>
        Subject: Conference: Reframing History: Film, Television and the Historians



A critical forum to explore how to do ‘public history’as we move into a “decade of anniversaries”. In a divided society like Northern Ireland how will historians, film makers and broadcasters meet the challenge of engaging with our troubled past?

Conference Organisers: Professor Des Bell and Dr Fearghal McGarry

Register at


In a divided society which has experienced long-term political conflict the ‘memorialization of history’ represents a distinctive challenge for historians, programme-makers and educationalists.

Film-makers regularly employ historians to advise on the accuracy of their work, while historians acknowledge the pedagogic value and communicational power of film and television. Indeed the evidence is that the public increasingly get their historical information from broadcast and film sources. But is the historical film a populist form which necessarily involves the ‘dumbing down’ of academic history? On the other hand, can the inclusion of historical film – whether factual or fictive – within the television schedule and on cinema screens extend access to historical understanding to a broader range of people than the specialist texts of academic history? In what ways does the approach of film-makers to the narration of history differ from the orthodox writing of historians? This conference proceeds from the assumption that to maximise the potential of film to facilitate historical understanding we need to forge more effective partnerships between historians, media scholars, film-makers and broadcasters. The conference programme addresses the following:

- public commemoration of history and the role of filmed history in post-conflict reconciliation - notions of authority, objectivity and balance in television history in Ireland

- the engagement of the documentary film with personal testimony, collective memory and communal myth

- the use of archive and found footage in historical documentaries and the differing ways historians and film makers approach this 'data' as both evidential and expressive source



PAT LOUGHREY (Warden, Goldsmith College and former Head of Nations and Regions, BBC):

Reframing history? Television and the historians

11.30 - 13.00 SESSION 1: A decade of anniversaries? Film-makers, historians and broadcasters commemorate the past

Chair: Professor KEITH JEFFERY, Queen’s University Belfast
* SUSAN LOVELL, Commissioning Editor, BBC Northern Ireland
* MÍCHEÁL Ó MEALLAIGH Commissioning Editor, TG4
* STEVE CARSON, Head of Programming, RTÉ Television
* ANGELA GRAHAM, Development Producer, ‘The Story of Wales’, BBC Cymru

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch, Bar QFT

14.00 - 15.30 SESSION 2: Documentary film as witness
Chair: Professor FARRELL CORCORAN, Dublin City University and former chair of RTÉ

* ROD STONEMAN, Huston Film School, NUI Galway, author of ‘Chavez: the revolution will not be televised’: History and the documentary moment: the politics of the record

* CAHAL MCLAUGHLIN, University of Ulster, Director of Prisons Memory Archive:

Memory, truth and reconciliation via documentary witness

* JORAM TEN BRINK, Westminster University: Cine provocation and the filmic elicitation of unwanted memories in South East Asia

15.30 - 16.00 Tea/coffee

16.00 - 17.15 SESSION 3: Historians, the visual archive and popular memory Chair: DR DANIEL KOWALSKY, Queen’s University Belfast

* MICHAEL CHANAN, University of Roehampton: The archival image, between family memory, and public history: the case of THE MAN WHO ELECTRIFIED RUSSIA

* CIARA CHAMBERS, University of Ulster: Navigating the moving image archive in Ireland: paths and pitfalls

* DES BELL AND FEARGHAL MCGARRY, Director and historical consultant of ‘The Enigma of Frank Ryan’ (2012), Queen’s University Belfast: Saving Major Ryan: Frank Ryan, the historian’s verdict and the filmic challenge

17.45 Reception: Bar QFT

THE CONTRIBUTORS (in order of appearance):

Pat Loughrey is Warden of Goldsmith College and former Head of Nations and Regions at the BBC.

Keith Jeffery holds the Chair of British History at Queen’s University Belfast. He is the author of Ireland and the Great War (1999) and MI6: The history of the Secret Intelligence Service, 1909- 1949 (2010).

Susan Lovell is Commissioning Editor, BBC Northern Ireland, and responsible for local programming.

Mícheál Ó Meallaigh, is Senior Commissioning Editor at Irish language broadcaster, TG4, and has been responsible for the station’s highly acclaimed documentary output including 1916 Seachtar na Cásca, a docu-drama series profiling the seven signatories of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Steve Carson is Head of Programming at RTÉ Television. He directed the award-winning documentary ‘Bertie’ (2009).

Angela Graham was the Development Producer on ‘The Story of Wales’, BBC Cymru and teaches in the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University.

Farrell Corcoran is Emeritus Professor of Communications at Dublin City University and former Chair of RTÉ. He is the author of RTE and the Globalisation of Irish Television (2004).

Rod Stoneman is Director of the Huston Film School, NUI Galway. He is author of Chavez: the revolution will not be televised (2008) and director of Nolens Volens [Whether Willing or Unwilling](2006).

Daniel Kowalsky is Lecturer in Modern European History at Queens University Belfast and author of Stalin and the Spanish Civil War (2004).

Cahal McLaughlin is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Ulster and author of

Recording Memories from Political Conflict: A Film-maker’s Journey (2010) and director of Unheard Voices: Stories from the Troubles (2009).

Joram ten Brink is Professor of Film at Westminster University. He is author of Building Bridges: The Cinema of Jean Rouch (2007) and director of The Journey (2006).

Michael Chanan is Professor of Media at the University of Roehampton. He is author of The Politics of Documentary (2007) and director of The man who electrified Russia (2009).

Ciara Chambers is Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Ulster and author of Ireland in the Newsreel (2012).

Fearghal McGarry is Senior Lecturer in History, Queen’s University Belfast, and author of Frank Ryan (2010) and Rebels: Voices from the Easter Rising (2011).

Desmond Bell, is Professor in the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s University and the director of The Enigma of Frank Ryan (2012) and of Child of the Dead End (2009).

For further details about the conference please contact Desmond Bell (d.l.bell at qub.ac.uk). Registration http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofHistoryandAnthropology/Events/

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