Saturday, November 09, 2013

David Herd, The View from Dover

Tuesday 12 November 2013, 7pm

The Old Cinema, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW

The View from Dover takes its bearings from the site of The Citadel on Dover’s Western Heights. Originally constructed at the time of the Napoleonic Wars, as part of a network of fortifications, The Citadel knew various functions before its present use as an immigration removal centre. Starting at the building itself, with its iconic location, the talk asks what it means to view contemporary culture from such a contested site. Focusing questions of movement and belonging, Dover’s Citadel offers one of the most striking views in modern Britain. What becomes visible from a site held legally and linguistically just outside?

David Herd is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Kent, where he is director of the Centre for Modern Poetry. He is the author of Outwith (Bookthug 2012), All Just (Carcanet 2012), Enthusiast! Essays on Modern American Literature (Manchester 2007), and John Ashbery and American Poetry (Manchester 2001).

Print Screen: Writing and the Moving Image is a new series of public lectures, readings, screenings and performances hosted by the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture at the University of Westminster. The series will focus on innovative work produced in the UK and beyond that is situated at the intersection of writing and the moving image, the visible and the invisible, featuring leading academics and creative practitioners from a wide range of fields including poets, filmmakers, performance and digital artists.

The second event, featuring filmmakers Krieder + O’Leary, will take place on Friday 17th January 2014 at 7pm in The Old Cinema. Please check for updates.