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Recycling the Past: Narratives, Objects, Emotions

A symposium at The University of Melbourne.

Date: Friday 9 November 2018
Time: 11.30am–5.15pm
Venue: Arts West Building, North Wing-156 (Lectorial Room I), The University of Melbourne
Bookings: This is a free event, but bookings are required for catering purposes. RSVP & dietary requirements by Monday 5 November 2018 to che-melb-admin@unimelb.edu.au

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One of the most common instruments for understanding, shaping, changing or controlling the lives of individuals and communities has been the past. Rulers, writers and artists conjure up figures from the past, retell ancient stories, re-enact traditions, re-cast objects and images, in order to model and shape contemporary thoughts, emotions and action. This symposium aims to explore some of the multifarious ways the past was used in pre-modern Europe, especially through visual media, to speak to contemporary realities and anxieties. It will also focus on the role of emotion in such processes, whether in providing authenticity or credibility for such re-imaginings or in promoting particular forms of engagement or behaviour.

Image: Rembrandt, Lucretia, 1666, oil on canvas, Minneapolis Institute of Art. Wikimedia Commons.