Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
“…on or about December 1910 human character changed.” – Virginia Woolf
The School of English, Media Studies and Art History
is pleased to invite you to a UQ Centenary Event:
VIRGINIA WOOLF and the NATURE OF THE HUMAN
This event celebrates 100 years of the Humanities at UQ by exploring Woolf’s intriguing pronouncement.
What does her work tell us about what it means to be human? How does the study of the Humanities help us to investigate our own humanity? Please join UQ and international and national experts in exploring these questions.
Date: December 10-11, 2010
Venue: The University of Queensland Club,
Staff House Rd, UQ St Lucia.
Please RSVP for Catering Purposes to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 6 December
Schedule of Events
Friday, 10 December
Eleanor Room, University of Queensland Club
4:00-5:30pm – Keynote Address:
“Mrs Brown’s Body: Virginia Woolf and Human Change”
Prof. Melba Cuddy-Keane (University of Toronto)
5:30-6:30pm - Opening reception
7:00-8:30pm - Staged reading of Virginia Woolf’s The Waves
Adapted by Dr Tony Thwaites and performed by UQ drama alumni and current staff
Saturday, 11 December
Kathleen Room, University of Queensland Club
11:00am-12pm – Keynote Address:
Prof. Gillian Whitlock (UQ)
12:00-1:00pm – Keynote Address:
“Virginia Woolf’s Ordinary Humans”
Dr Lorraine Sim (University of Ballarat)
1:00-2:00pm – Lunch (provided)
2:00-3:00pm – Roundtable discussion on Australian Modernisms
Prof. Carole Ferrier (UQ), Prof. Veronica Kelly (UQ),
A/Prof Rex Butler (UQ) and Prof. David Carter (UQ)
3:00-4:00pm – Plenary discussion of what the future holds for
the next 100 years in the Humanities at UQ
UQ Art Museum
4:30-5:30pm – Floor talk: “Multiplicities:
Self-Portraits from the Collection”
5:30-7:00pm – Closing reception (UQ Art Museum)
Virginia Woolf and the Nature of the Human is proudly presented by the School of English, Media Studies and Art History, in conjunction with the UQ Centenary, the Cultural History project in the Faculty of Arts, and is kindly supported by the Brisbane Writers Festival, and Avid Reader Bookstore.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Oh, our engagement photographs are on the photographers blog! The wonderful Lizzy C took our photographs last month as a sort of pre-wedding-getting-to-know-you shoot. There are some wonderful and embarrassing photographs of us (who actually likes to see photos of themselves?), but I think they are great! Especially considering the conditions - it was pouring through the shoot - if you look carefully you may just see our wet hair matted to our faces! Lizzy was bold and brave and photographed from beneath an umbrella that her beautiful husband was holding aloft for her and only managing to get her wet occasionally. It was a lot of fun, thanks Liz and Dave for a great afternoon and some wonderful photographs!
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
In light of our planned adventure to the Middle East, I have been collecting some related reading materials! The wonderful Gustave Flaubert's Egyptian travel writing collected in Flaubert In Egypt: A Sensibility on Tour, the essential travel guide for the Middle East, the father of history - Herodotous - and his The Histories and finally Ryszard Kapuscinski's Travels with Herodotus, a book of travel writing informed by dear old Herodotus. A little, but I think wonderful, collection thus far.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Last night I went to a "Deepening the Conversation" presentation at the Queensland State Library. The Changing Face of Wartime Correspondence was organised as part of the program supporting the Of Love and War exhibition that is currently on. The conversation included a panel of ex-military personnel and military partners who spoke about their relationships, modes of communication, the effects changes in communication technology have had on correspondence and the archiving of memories.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I have finished reading The Enormous Room by e.e cummings, my copy used to belong to a Martin Reynolds who wrote inside the front cover "Aug 1971. I think I shall have to read more of ee cummings, having enjoyed this book more than somewhat. Partly, because first books have a certain raw charm."
Sunday, November 7, 2010
These great images of writer David Foster Wallace's books taken from the University of Texas website and found via The English Muse. Wallace sadly committed suicide two years ago and the Harry Ransom Center now holds his archives. 34 document boxes, 8 oversized folders and 300 books from his personal library - many of which are annotated. The annotated books look like the site of an intellectual struggle, or a garden of ideas blooming or spider web to pin down thoughts - they are wonderful. I write in the books that are pivotal to my thesis (I own them) and I underline and leave myself notes and reminders, page markers, post it notes etc. I am a visual learner and colours and markers help me remember things. How about you? Do you highlight and underline? Do your books look like Wallace's?
I am reading Phillip Mead's Networked Language, a book that explores Australian poetry through specific examples with a focus on language and context, rather than say sketching a broad history or examining a specific poetic movement etc. etc.
BY W. S. MERWIN
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
10. It doesn't bother me at all that my college roommate is making $80,000 a year on Wall Street.
9. I'd be delighted to proofread your book/chapter/article.
8. My work has a lot of practical importance.
7. I would never date an undergraduate.
6. Your latest article was so inspiring.
5. I turned down a lot of great job offers to come here.
4. I just have one more book to read and then I'll start writing.
3. The department is giving me so much support.
2. My job prospects look really good.
1. No really, I'll be out of here in only two more years.
I also found this wonderful little movie through the Interpolations blog.
Called So you Want to Get a PhD in the Humanities. Witty, pity, biting, acidic and very funny.