Description and the Art of Response
Friday 3 June 2022

Corpus Christi and Oriel Colleges invite you to a day of description. We will collaborate together on the question of how to describe our experiences, across arts and disciplines ranging from jazz to art history to essays, to poetry, painting and psychoanalysis. The day offers a range of readings and performances, which will be described and redescribed throughout the day. Audience participation will be welcomed. 

All Sessions will take place in the Auditorium at Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Organiser Contact: Dr David Russell:

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9.45am Welcome
10.00am to 11.00am Jeff Dolven: 'Theloniously'; Kathryn Murphy responds
11.15am to 12.15pm Elisa Tamarkin: 'Necessary Angels: Unconcealment in Emerson and Thayer'; Nicholas Gaskill responds
1.30pm to 2.15pm  Mia You - 'Still Lifes / Still Lives'
2.15pm to 3.15pm Jeremy Melius and David Russell - 'Description/Destruction'
4.00pm to 5.30pm Adam Phillips and T. J. Clark - 'Poetry, Painting, Psychoanalysis'
5.50pm to 6.30pm Closing Reception