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Oxford Think Festival Sunday - 1pm Lyndsey Stonebridge & 3pm David Dwan

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Oxford Think Festival
10th – 18th November 2018

Blackwell’s Oxford and Oxford University Press present the Oxford Think Festival.

After three successful years the Oxford Philosophy Festival returns as the Oxford Think Festival. Celebrating the quest for knowledge and seeking to stimulate discussion of some of the big issues and ideas of our time, the festival brings together some of our most inspiring and exciting minds. Join us for a full weekend of debates and discussion, a special event on World Philosophy Day, and an exciting preview event with Martha Nussbaum.

18th November, 1 pm - 2pm - Lyndsey Stonebridge in conversation with Elleke Boehmer
'Placeless People: Writings, Rights, and Refugees'

The twentieth century bore witness to the creation of a new class of person: the placeless people; those who cross frontiers and fall out of nation states; the refugees; the stateless; the rightless. Join Lyndsey Stonebridge and Elleke Boehmer as they discuss how a generation of writers and intellectuals responded to the mass displacements of the last century, and anticipate many of the issues we confront today. Exploring the work of Hannah Arendt, Franz Kafka, W.H. Auden, George Orwell, Samuel Beckett, and Simone Weil, among others, Lyndsey Stonebridge argues that we urgently need to reconnect with the moral and political imagination of these writers to tackle today's refugee 'crisis'.

Lyndsey Stonebridge is Professor of Humanities and Human Rights at University of Birmingham. Her books include: The Judicial Imagination: Writing after Nuremberg (2011/2014), winner of the British Academy Rose Mary Crawshay Prize, The Destructive Element (1998), Reading Melanie Klein (with John Phillips, 1998), The Writing of Anxiety (2007), and British Fiction after Modernism (with Marina MacKay, 2007).

Elleke Boehmer is the Professor of World Literature in English at the University of Oxford, and Director of the Oxford Life Writing Centre at Wolfson College. A founding figure in the field of colonial and postcolonial literary studies, she is the author, editor, or co-editor of over twenty books, including monographs and novels. Her books include Indian Arrivals (winner ESSE 2015-16 prize), and Postcolonial Poetics (2018) among others.


18th November, 3 pm - 4pm - David Dwan in conversation with Lisa Mullen, 'Liberty, Equality, and Humbug'

George Orwell is part of the political vocabulary of our times and yet, partly due to this popularity, what he stands for remains opaque. His writing confirms deep and widely shared intuitions about political justice, but part of its enduring fascination is the fact that these intuitions don’t quite add up. In Liberty, Quality & Humbug, David Dwan explores Orwell’s ambiguous views of key concepts such as liberty, equality, solidarity, truth and happiness and reveals how, through his journalism and fiction, Orwell ultimately puts his own idealism on trial.

David Dwan is Associate Professor in English at Hertford College, Oxford.

Dr Lisa Mullen is the Steven Isenberg Junior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford University. Lisa has been chosen as one of this year's Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) /BBC New Generation Thinkers. She is currently working on a new book called Orwell Unwell: Pathology and the Medical Imaginary in the Fiction and Journalism of George Orwell which takes a fresh look at the novels and journalism of George Orwell, through the lens of his painful and complicated medical history.

This event is free to attend, please register in advance. There will be a limited amount of seating available, allocated on a first come first seated basis, with standing room thereafter. The talk will be taking place within our Philosophy Department located in the Norrington Room. Please note, access to this area is via stairs. For all enquiries, please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or call our Customer Service Department on 01865 333623.

For more information about the other events feature in the festival please click on the links below:

10th November, 1pm – preview event: Martha C. Nussbaum in conversation with Roger Crisp

15th November, 1pm – Timothy Williamson in conversation with Richard Marshall 'Doing Philosophy: From Common Curiosity to Logical Reasoning'

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