Hermes 2007 Symposium, Aarhus (Denmark)

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The research interests and presentations of the assembled PhD students at the Hermes Workshop 2007 (hosted this year by Aarhus Universitet) read like an eclectic catalogue of world-wide intellectual curiosities. It was a conference where papers on Michael Ondaatje vied for the audience’s ears and sharp critique alongside an analysis of Jean-Luc Godard’s literary quotation in film, while the poetics of Michel Houellebecq’s novels were presented on the same panel as the travel writing of V.S. Naipaul and W.G. Sebald. If you suggest that there is little variety here among works of contemporary cultural production, there were papers that deepened the linguistic and temporal reach: the conference started with a reflection on literature as philosophy of history and closed with a medievalist’s presentation on the Greek, Ottoman and Russian reports on the fall of Constantinople.

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Obradovic, D., (2007) “Hermes 2007 Symposium, Aarhus (Denmark)”, Opticon1826 3.

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Dragana Obradovic (UCL)

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