LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival: Foundations

Monday 23 - Saturday 28 February 2015  

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LSE’s 7th Literary Festival| will explore the foundations of knowledge, society, identity and literature, as well as those of LSE itself in our 120th year. We are reflecting on some of the important anniversaries taking place this year, whilst also celebrating an idea at the heart of LSE, encapsulated in our motto, 'to understand the causes of things'. 

Full details, including ticket information online at

www.lse.ac.uk/spaceforthought| 

The Soul of the Marionette: a short inquiry into human freedom

Wednesday 25 February, 7-8.30pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

John Gray|, Emeritus Professor of European Thought, LSE. His books include False Dawn, Straw Dogs and The Silence of Animals

Chair: Danielle Sands|, Lecturer in Philosophy, Royal Holloway, University of London and Forum for European Philosophy Fellow

In this lecture, John Gray will draw together the religious, philosophic and fantastical traditions that question the very idea of human freedom. The most enormous forces – biological, physical, metaphysical – constrain our every action and yet we flatter ourselves about the nature of free will. Many writers and intellectuals have understood this, but instead of embracing our condition we battle against it, with everyone from world conquerors to modern scientists dreaming of a ‘human dominion’ almost comically at odds with our true state.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSElitfest

Ticket Information

All events in the Festival are free to attend and open to all. E-tickets will be available to book online after 10am on Tuesday 3 February via LSE E-Shop|.

For any queries see LSE Events FAQ| or email events@lse.ac.uk| or call  0207 955 6043

 

The Human Age? Art and Identity in the Anthropocene

Saturday 28 February, 11am – 12.30pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Gaia Vince|, writer and journalist. She is the author of Adventures in the Anthropocene
Sarah Wood|, Senior Lecturer in English and American Literature, University of Kent
Kathryn Yusoff|, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Queen Mary, University of London

Chair: Danielle Sands|, Lecturer in Philosophy, Royal Holloway, University of London and Forum for European Philosophy Fellow

The controversial designation ‘Anthropocene’ names a geological epoch in which the planet has been irrevocably changed by human activity. In this panel, three thinkers will consider the ways in which the Anthropocene requires us to reconsider both human self-identity and the human capacity for creation and destruction. Is art a narcissistic reflection of human concerns and desires or might it provide a model for dynamic and interactive responses to the global challenges which we face? 

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSElitfest

Ticket Information

All events in the Festival are free to attend and open to all. E-tickets will be available to book online after 10am on Tuesday 3 February via LSE E-Shop|.

For any queries see LSE Events FAQ| or email events@lse.ac.uk| or call  0207 955 6043

 

Is there Life in the ‘Novel of Ideas’?

Saturday 28 February, 5-6.30pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Peter Boxall|, Professor of English, University of Sussex
Jennie Erdal|, writer. She is the author of Ghosting and The Missing Shade of Blue: A Philosophical Adventure
Andrew O’Hagan|, novelist and writer. His books include The Missing, Our Fathers, Personality and The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of his friend Marilyn Monroe

Chair: Michael Caines|, writer and an editor on the TLS

Is the ‘novel of ideas’ an outdated genre or are we witnessing its resurgence? What answers can it offer to twenty-first century questions? In this panel, three speakers will discuss examples of the ‘novel of ideas’ and assess the genre’s contemporary relevance.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSElitfest

Ticket Information

All events in the Festival are free to attend and open to all. E-tickets will be available to book online after 10am on Tuesday 3 February via LSE E-Shop|.

For any queries see LSE Events FAQ| or email events@lse.ac.uk| or call  0207 955 6043

 

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