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Science and Literature Seminars: Francis Galton, Karl Pearson and the Biographical Laboratory

This talk will explore Francis Galton's use of biography; it will account for his use of biographical dictionaries as the basis for his early work in eugenics, including his own attempts to institute a so-called 'Golden Book of Thriving Families' as foundational work for early British sociology. More...

Starts: Dec 2, 2014 5:30:00 PM

Losing the Dead: Lecture by Lisa Appignanesi

Publication date: May 21, 2014 10:56:49 AM

Start: Jul 4, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Location: Gustave Tuck LT, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT

Losing the Dead: Hauntings and Revisitings across the Generations

In her acclaimed memoir, Losing the Dead, and again in her novel The Memory Man Lisa Appignanesi excavates the terrain of family memory in Poland during World War 2.  The mists and fetishizings of personal memory through time are counterpointed here with shifting ‘official’ histories and what may sometimes be the virtues of forgetting. She discusses memory and forgetting through family life, reads from her work and shows Ex Memoriam, a prize winning film by director Josh Appignanesi, which forages in the same terrain of family memory.  Lisa Appignanesi

For more information about this event please contact j.wagner@ucl.ac.uk or c.wienand@ucl.ac.uk