Friday 4 November 2012 

Colleagues and graduate students were invited to the first FIGS Friday Forum on the theme of ‘Silence’.

The meanings and significance of silence are multiple, both in lived experiences and in critical reflections. On the basis of brief presentations from a range of fields, this interdisciplinary workshop will discuss diverse interpretations of silence and its significance.

10:30 - 11:30 Issues and approaches

Welcome: Stephanie Bird, Mary Fulbrook

Tim Beasley-Murray: The significance of silence: Theoretical issues

Maggie Turp: Psychotherapy and the narrative arts as a ‘raid on the inarticulate’

Ian Philips: The philosophy of silence

11:30-11:45 Coffee break

11:45 - 1:00 Silence and the past

Jenny Bunn: Silences in the archive

Vicky Davis: Silence in memory studies: Secretive, sorrowful or shameful?

Helen Whatmore: Silence and bystanders around concentration camps in western Europe

Benjamin Moeckel: The social construction of silence in post-1945 Germany

Alexandra Hills: Elizabeth Reichart’s Februarschatten: Re-wording the massacre of 1945

1:00 - 2:00 Sandwich lunch (provided by FIGS)

2:00 - 3:00 Silence and practices

Carl Gombrich: Silent music and the soundless sound

Sharon Morris

and Hayley Newman: The visual representation of silence

Neula Kerr-Boyle: Silence and eating disorders in the GDR

Sara Wingate Gray: Silence and libraries

3:00 - 4:00 Silence, space and the avant-garde

Florian Mussgnug: Silence and empty space in post-war avant-garde culture

Ken Cheng: Silence, the avant-garde and the passage to Bolshevism

Sara Vaghefian: Between silence and utterance: Roland Barthes and Yves Bonnefoy

Rebecca Johnson: Silence as a binding, shared and abstract space between subjects / objects

4:00- 4:15 Tea break

4:15 - 5:00 Roundtable discussion

Opening comments: Tim Beasley-Murray, Sharon Morris, Michael Sayeau, Maggie Turp

Chaired by Mary Fulbrook

5:00 - 6:00 Drinks reception

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