In the ruins of the university: institution in personal & public history (p...
In the ruins of the university: institution in personal & public history
This talk is a repetition of the lecture taking place on Thursday 13 October with performative elements.
Alan Read, writes: ‘The title for my lecture is a conflation of two sources that would appear to mark two ends of a cycle between promise and petrification. The first a bowdlerization of Bill Readings’, now two decade-old work, The University in Ruins published after his untimely death. The second, the title of a course taught by Maurice MerleauPonty at the College de France in 1954-1955 shortly before Bill Readings, and I, were born.
In my talk I would like to put this lecture within a University, and this book about a University, to work to explore the relationship between the very new and the very old aspects of our everevolving institution. I will draw on a recent collaboration between the Performance Foundation (which I direct) and theatre makers Forster & Heighes whose triptych, Three King’s, has just been screening as part of the Arts & Humanities Festival in the Council Room. Three King’s is a project that explores the familiar and less familiar spaces of King’s, encouraging new ways of looking at the (literal and figurative) architecture of institution.’
ALAN READ is a writer and broadcaster and currently Professor of Theatre at King’s and Director of the Performance Foundation.