But you may ask, how do ideas come? How is the imagination spurred to put all the images and facts together, to make images relevant and lend meaning to facts? All I can do is talk about the general conditions and a few simple techniques which seemed to increase my chances to come out with something.
C. Wright Mills The Sociological Imagination
You are warmly invited to the launch of
Death and the Migrant: Bodies, Borders and Care
Thursday 28 November, 5.15pm
Goldsmiths College, New Academic Building
(Nearest stations: New Cross and New Cross Gate)
Speakers: Yasmin Gunaratnam, Margareta Kern, Mariam Motamedi-Fraser and Gerry Prince, chaired by Nirmal Puwar
St Christopher’s Hospice Community Choir will perform and there will be an exhibition of artwork by St Christopher’s Hospice patients, entitled Dying creatively: Canvassing death, dying and bereavement (the exhibition runs from the 18 Nov - 2 Dec, Atrium, New Academic Building)
RSVP (please note that the start time is 5.15pm)
For more information on the project click here,
This event is kindly supported by the Methods Lab at Goldsmiths.
SPACE & GAZE: Conversations with Jean Mohr & Edward Said in Palestine
(Kingsway Corridor, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, Nov 2013 – June 2014)
Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW
Weds 27th Nov, 6-8pm, Goldsmiths, RHB 144 Witnessing the Occupation
Human rights observers will present visual materials to discuss how they witnessed the occupation in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Speakers: Sophie Wickham, Dominika Blachnicka – Ciacek & Sahdya Saduf Kaiser Darr.
Plus drinks reception.
In 1983 Jean Mohr was commissioned by the UN, on Edward Said’s recommendation, to take photos of some of the key sites in which Palestinians lived their lives. Because the UN allowed only minimal text (the names of places) to accompany the photographs, Said and Mohr decided to work together on an 'interplay', as Said put it, of Said's personal account of Palestinian suffering and exile and Mohr's photographs – 'an unconventional, hybrid, and fragmentary [form] of expression' - which they called After the Last Sky (1986).
For the first time Mohr’s images and Said’s text are brought together in the form of an exhibition. Borders, migrations, labour, displacement, diaspora and memory percolate through the words and images in After the Last Sky. So too does the symbolic violence of the intimate, close-up view. The place of the observer – photographer, researcher or journalist – becoming a source of debate. Mohr’s photographs are an invitation to look again, with a critical eye.
Amidst the shifting lines and technologies of dispossession and occupation, landscapes have been transformed and places have been erased and re-named since Mohr took his photographs. Both the text and images in Space & Gaze prompt a dialogue with voluminous images of Palestinian lives that circulate internationally. Inviting reflections on the changes and continuities that have taken place over time not only with respect to how Palestinians have been seen, but also how they have chosen to see and show themselves. The exhibition includes contemporary photographers from Palestine – Ahmad Daghlas, Arine Rinawi, Fadi Arouri, Hatem Moussa and Muthanna Al-QadiOn.
Our aim is to extend and develop engagement with this installation through a series of workshops and events. We also welcome autonomously organised events and responses to the exhibition.
This exhibition has been financed by the Sociology Department, the Enterprise Office and Goldsmiths’ inter-disciplinary development.
Credits: Photographs by Jean Mohr
Excerpts from AFTER THE LAST SKY by Edward Said. Copyright ©1999 by Edward W. Said and Jean Mohr, used by permission of The Wylie Agency LCC.
About the Methods Lab
The danger that every researcher faces is that the process of analysis and investigation can inadvertently execute that which is vibrant in his or her object. Here the sociologist becomes like a coroner who presides over social life as if it is a lifeless corpse fit only for autopsy. We are arguing for a vital sociology that both connects to the social world, yet at the same time aspires to forms of sociological representation that are in themselves alive. This is the challenge of putting images and facts together, a compound of imagination and craft that will contribute to the development of social theory while opening out to an engagement with society at large.
The Lab is intended to provide a space for us to question and develop our own methods of sociological reasoning, to be open to the possibilities of practicing a sociological imagination in a world in which the fundamental co-ordinates of social life are held to be undergoing change.
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