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UCLDH5: The First Susan Hockey Lecture in Digital Humanities

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:11:13 +0000

The UCL Centre for Digital Humanities was founded in 2010, and to celebrate the achievements of the centre over the last five years we are launching a named lecture series, The Susan Hockey Lecture in Digital Humanities. We are especially pleased to announce that Professor Susan Hockey will be giving the inaugural lecture. Digital Humanities: Perspectives […]

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Upcoming talks in the UCLDH Seminar Series

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:30:15 +0000

We have some great talks coming up this term as part of our seminar series.  Please do join us, all welcome! Registration is required. Wednesday 28th January 2015 5.30pm, G31 Foster Court Professor Jane Winters, Institute of Historical Research: Big data for humanities research: from digging into the parliamentary record to exploring the UK Web […]

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Failure Files

Publication date: Apr 26, 2011 12:37 AM

Start: May 24, 2011 05:30 PM
End: May 24, 2011 09:30 PM

Location: House of St Barnabas, Soho

Susan Greenberg

As part of a public event marking the publication of The Failure Files, an edited volume on failure and how it relates to a various aspects of today's society, Susan Greenberg will discuss her chapter on the importance of failure to learning and the creative process.

Susan writes:

All writing that aims for originality and beauty has failure at its core. In true stories as well as fictional ones, creativity is about acting as a shaping consciousness. There is beauty in the story’s shape alone, but even more beauty and pleasure if the story leaves spaces for the imagination, and asks questions about what the writer does and does not know. Perhaps we should abandon the language of policymaking, social constructivism and ‘best practice’, and look instead to the language of poetics, which derives from the Greek root poiein, ‘to make’, giving us permission to attend to the process rather than the finished object. Thus a single word holds within itself a whole world of incompleteness, and hence imagination.

Susan Greenberg teaches creative writing at Roehampton University and works on her PhD thesis at UCL's Department of Information Studies. She also maintains a blog named Oddfish and tweets as @sgediting.

The Failure Files event takes place at House of St. Barnabas, Soho [map].

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