Friday 4th November 2012

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

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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