Dr. Bridget Conor is Senior Lecturer at King’s College London, in the Culture, Media and Creative Industries Department. She was recently at KU Leuven, and we were very happy to be able to interview her on this occasion.
As a mass medium, television has a great reach and appeal. Many successful quality television series refer to history and contemporary debates, and use a lot of research work to create good stories and compelling, realistic story worlds.
Today, objects are no longer made to last: their vital (sic) mode of existence is that of obsolescence, for throwing away and replacing all that exists is what makes the world and the economy make go round.
In December the British novelist A.S. Byatt will be awarded the Erasmus Prize 2016 for her contribution to life writing. To mark the occasion, the Centre for Gender and Diversity of Maastricht University and the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation are hosting a symposium on alternative forms of life writing.
Axel’s Castle, an essay by Edmund Wilson on the living literature of its time (the book was published in 1931 and never out of print) is a thrilling read. The subject has everything we can imagine to bore us today: we know, or think we know, what the good modern writing of the first decades of the 20th Century was; the literary essay is no longer a genre with great sex-appeal; the authors under scrutiny are literary monuments that frighten us (Yeats, Valéry, Eliot, Proust, Joyce, and Stein) and what to think of a book that aims to construct a canon, something of which we are now afraid?
The contemporary dance department of the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp/AP University College is organizing for the third time an International symposium on Inclusive Dance practices.
Despite all the talk on the end of modernism, our basic cultural regime is still that of the new: what is new is good, the newer is always better and the best is yet to come. The craving for novelty and innovation is definitely worthwhile (after all, it is not easy to find something really new: an original idea is as difficult to find as a good man).