17th February 2017

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Rupture was the theme of Wadham’s 2017 cross-college symposium attracting Wadham students, Senior Common Room members and staff. 

The fifty participants became an ‘intellectual community without borders’ taking part in three multi-disciplinary sessions; Burst, Disquiet and Crisis.

Organised by Wadham Fellow and Tutor in History, Jane Garnett, participants engaged with rich and thought-provoking presentations from mathematicians, musicians, medics, historians, psychologists, literary scholars, social scientists and fine artists.

Describing the event, Jane Garnett said: “There is a magic to the momentum which builds up across the day, and a real creativity in the way the process of conversation changes everyone present in unexpected ways.”

Animated discussion took place throughout the day, continuing through lunch and dinner.

Previous Wadham symposia have explored themes such as (Dis)Ability and Disorder.

Event programme and speakers

Session 1: Burst
Chair: Jonathan Service
Naomi Mishkin, ‘Setting the mood: constructing an explosive table for a calm conversation’
Ben Walker, ‘The sensitive bubble’
Ursula Martin, ‘Move fast and break things, or take time to think?’
Annabella Massey, ‘Urban rupture and digital renewal: the cityscapes of Jia Zhangke and Yang Yongliang’

Session 2: Disquiet
Chair: Olivia Madin
Grace Roffe, ‘Deafhood and “colonial rupture” in 19th-century India'
Mustak Ayub, ‘The killer ruptures’
Joseph Currie, ‘Once a horse was noisy: a synthetical approach to theories of noise'

Session 3: Crisis
Chair: Matt Myers
Charlie Powell, ‘The Anglo-Saxon Apocalypse’
Peter Morgan, ‘A fault-zone, not a fault-line: Nasser and the multiplicity of rupture in the post-1948 Middle East’
Summer Koo, ‘Teleological Behaviourism: Shattering Introspection & the Self’

Plenary session: introduced and chaired by Judy Stephenson

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