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IASIS - GLORIOUS MUD
Thu 17 March 2016, 17:00 – 20:30 GMT
Civilisation began on the floodplains of the Nile, the Euphrates, and the Indus. The first cities grew up in their fertile mud. The word 'human' derives from 'hum-' meaning earth. Adam is named after 'adamah' the Hebrew word for soil. Our flesh is 'clay'. It is our cradle and, at the same time, it is filth. It sticks. Mud is the epitome of everything unclean. It lies at the margins, just because we cannot build on it.
Hosted by the University of Bristol Institute for Advanced Studies, contributors with a wide range of expertise and experience will provide an evening of talks and discussion on the theme of "Mud", accompanied by a drinks reception. This event coincides with Tana West's exhibition 'Land + Water', being held in Royal Fort House from 14-18 March.
Confirmed speakers are Peter Coates (Professor of American and Environmental History), Tamsin Badcoe (Lecturer in English), Marianna Dudley (Lecturer in Environmental Humanities) and David Richards (Senior Lecturer in Geographical Sciences).