REGISTER AT OUR WEBSITE: www.cmrsconference2015.nl
We are very happy to invite you to the CMRS Conference on 4 June 2015, hosted by students of the Research Master Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Students from the fields of Classical, Medieval and Pre-modern history and literature will provide a multidisciplinary perspective on ‘Dealing with Novelty’.
The day will be concluded by a lecture of the intriguing Oxford Classicist, Dr Armand D'Angour, expert in the field of novelty, former businessman and cellist (follow this link for his inspiring TEDx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uE_xX_4JBAE). Please find an abstract of his lecture below.
Novelty: why bother?
Novelty is trendy. It is omnipresent and inevitable . The taste for the new and the manner in which individuals conceive and rethink their surroundings is the driving force behind science, arts, international business and educational systems. The dealing with novelty evokes different emotions, both positive and negative. Potential ‘novelties’ can stimulate our imagination and make our lives significantly easier, and yet it also unearths designation and despair, since it involves new developments, demolition of old habits, and change. Change presents us unfamiliar situations and challenges, whose scenarios are undetermined and whose outcomes are yet to be discovered. Novelty is an inevitable, intriguing phenomenon, sometimes desirable, but sometimes also threatening. What exactly is ‘novelty’ and how should we deal with it? And how were people dealing with novelty in the Antiquity, Middle Ages and Pre-modern times?
We will shed a light on these questions during the CMRS Conference. The conference takes place in the Senaatszaal of the Academy Building of the University of Groningen, 9.30 - 17.00. The conference is open to all visitors.
More info coming soon on: http://www.cmrsconference2015.nl/. If you have any questions, feel free to send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking forward to seeing you at our conference on 4 June 2015!