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The Imagined Mind

Institute of Social Psychology and Department of Anthropology panel discussion

Date: Friday 12 February 2010
Time:  12.30-2pm
Venue:  Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Dr Mukulika Banerjee, William Fiennes, Dr Sandra Jovchelovtich, Susie Orbach
Chair: Professor Charles Stafford

Can there be a space for connecting what is imagined and what is real in the operations of the human mind? Is there an interface between the world as known through the knowledge of science and the world as known through the imagined landscapes of fiction?

This panel will discuss the role of the imagination and memory in the making of mind, exploring how literature and the arts have added depth and breadth to our understanding of minds, cultures and societies.

Dr Mukulika Banerjee is a reader in Social Anthropology at LSE, specialising in the ethnographic study of democracy. William Fiennes is the bestselling author of The Snow Geese| and The Music Room|, and Director of the charity First Story|, which supports creativity and literacy in challenging secondary schools. Dr Sandra Jovchelovitch is Director of the MSc in Social and Cultural Psychology at LSE. Susie Orbach is a psychoanalyst and author of Bodies |and Fat is a Feminist Issue|.

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