What’s On: North East Literature and Book Events in January 2020

Happy New Year to all our followers! This month’s North East Book Events listing is notably shorter than usual, as many of our region’s usual event organisers must be taking a hard-earned break after Christmas! We’ll be updating this listing if more events come in so please share with us.

Thu 16
17:30 in Hallgarth House, Hallgarth HouseDurham
Mid-Century Reading Group: Lorine Niedecker
Link to event Join Noreen Masud and Beatriz Lopez to discuss selected poems by 20th-century American poet Lorine Niedecker. Organised by Durham University Department of English Studies.

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Thu 16
18:30 in Old Cinema Launderette, Old Cinema LaunderetteDurham
Pop Up Poetry
with Lisette Auton
Link to event This month’s Third Thursday: Lisette Auton, disabled writer, activist, spoken word artist, theatre maker and creative practitioner
.Come and join us and Lisette, all-round wonderful person and talented grower of creativity, at the Old Cinema Launderette, Belmont, Durham, Thursday 16 January 6.30pm. This is a free event. Sparkles guaranteed… Organised by Pop Up Poetry.

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Thu 23
17:00 in 149 Elvet Riverside 1, 149 Elvet Riverside 1Durham
African Extraction: Then and Now
with Dr Christine Okoth
Link to event This talk discusses four extractive sites across the African continent, demonstrating how extraction generates a set of formal logics that shape the production of culture in the contemporary black Atlantic world. It takes up the challenges posed by what Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilson have called ‘the multiple frontiers of extraction’ through a comparison of mica in Namibia, cocoa in Ghana, coltan in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and oil in Nigeria. Each region and commodity point to the operations that characterise extractive practices at their contemporary frontiers. Through the works of visual artists Otobong Nkanga and Ibrahim Mahama as well as the writings of Dionne Brand and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, this talk suggests that focusing on the logics produced by extraction can offer us ways of understanding historic and contemporary forms of racial subjection. Looking onto what Macarena Gómez-Barris calls ‘the extractive zone’ from the perspective of sub-Saharan Africa, these works consider how extractive logics refigure the relationships between labour, land, and capital circulation. In so doing, they reveal both the contemporary encroachments of extractivism’s disaggregrating impulse and its historic entanglement in processes of racialisation. Organised by Durham University Centre for Culture and Ecology.

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Thu 23
17:30 in Hallgarth House, Hallgarth HouseDurham
Pythagoras, Palmistry and Pulse-Reading: The Centrality of Magic in Late Medieval Prognostic Medicine
with Dr Joanne Edge (John Rylands Library)
Link to event What constituted ‘magic’ in later Middle Ages, and how did it relate to and overlap with ‘science’ and ‘religion’? A key problem with definitions is that modern categories do not easily map onto the context in the Middle Ages; and so what counted as ‘magic’ would depend on who you asked. Condemned since the late Roman Empire, magic was seen as counter to Christian doctrine as it was thought to operate via the agency of demons. But in late medieval medical manuscripts, texts and devices that are decidedly magical or divinatory are often found with orthodox Hippocratic and Galenic material based on humoral theory. This paper will set out the manuscript evidence, and provide some possible explanations for, the non-displacement of the occult in the context of late medieval prognosis. Organised by Inventions of the Text.

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