The Sky is Hidden: on the Opening of Language and Borderslecture Thu 7 Mar 2019, 18:00
Streatham Court C
University of Exeter
Exeter EX4 4PU
- Free - Advance booking essential
In her inaugural lecture, Professor Elena Isayev of the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter will discuss the opening of language and borders.
As visionaries have recognised, any place is the story so far. One may ask, how do we tell that story of past and future intersections? How do we find it in the movement and not only in the soil over which it flows? Where found stones, pots, chariots, spindle-whorls, swords, beads, transform into the treasure chests of journeys to unlock: by Plautus’s comic heroes of love, or Homer’s epic antiheroes of war; of homes returned to, abandoned or found.
Elena Isayev discusses the need for a new language: to capture paradoxes, to expose lived impossibilities, to convey intangible imaginaries. A language that can express the urge to rebuild a destroyed ancient city in the same traumatised soil, and to still call the uninhabitable ruins City, or even by its name, Rome. Or conversely, deny the name of City to a lived fabric of streets, walls, buildings and instead insist on its (permanent) temporariness through calling it Camp, or even by its name, Dheisheh.
The languages of politics, economics, human rights, and even solidarity alone are not enough to articulate what underlies such labelling. They are yoked for present and urgent needs that isolate the now from its multiple pasts and make it seem exceptional.
The long view of history exposes how fleeting are the conventions that take shape here and now. It is in the day that The Sky is Hidden.
All are welcome to attend this free lecture. Advance booking is essential.
Please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 01392
This lecture will be followed by a drinks reception from 7.00pm – 8.00pm at Streatham Court.