This lecture series showcased postgraduate research in the faculty of Arts and Humanities. The Late Summer Lecture Series is organised by the Department of English Studies, with lectures given by PhD researchers from all departments within the Arts and Humanities.
The Changing Face of Collection in Folk Music: A Short Lecture in Ethnomusicology, by Elise Gayraud
Elise explores the evolution of collections of folk heritage. Personal collections held by folk musicians themselves were not intended to be published, nor were they always classical transcriptions of tunes. They consisted of basic reminders for musicians who already knew the tunes or for callers who regularly called dances. Personal compositions frequently are included in the collections, most of them composed “in a traditional style.” A modern way of making these collections available to a wider audience is sharing them on the internet. The potential of this new medium as a sharing device has been widely studied and has been used in the case of folk resources.
Mirrors of Madness: Emotional Blindness, Narcissistic Doubling and Paranoia in Nabokov’s Lolita (1955) and Pale Fire (1962), by Sabine Ursula Mercer
This lecture shows how during the 1950s – the heyday of psychoanalytic therapy – the representation of paranoid minds in literature reflected a problem endemic in Western societies. Delusion in fiction questioned the basis of reality, and thus mirrored the cultural obsession that gave rise to Freud and therapy.
Beauty, the Most Moral of All Values, by James Woodward
James suggests that humanity has lost its love of beauty and that this has had a moral impact upon our lives. It is important that we consider reevaluating the notion of beauty by way of aesthetic education, as advocated by Friederich Schiller. By doing so we may create a sound moral basis and indeed, hope for the future of humanity.