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The Unspoken and the Unspeakable: 1750 - present

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The Unspoken and the Unspeakable: 1750 - present
Date of Event
22nd April 2017
Last Booking Date for this Event
9th April 2017
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Wittgenstein is frequently and crudely cited as having said that ‘[w]hat we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence’. Yet Derrida warns us that even an archaeology of silence is ‘an organised language […] a sentence, a syntax’. If silence is thus so communicable, then a more complex dissonance is suggested the unspeakable and the unspoken; this conference aims to interrogate these terms, and to explore ways in which each might variously hinder or uncover new, complex, and possibly ambiguous means of expression, negotiating subjects and ideas which themselves resist articulation.

Seeking to engender discussion across national and disciplinary borders, this conference welcomes contributions contemplating literature, art, film, philosophy and other media from 1750 to the present.

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