An international, interdisciplinary workshop bringing together scholars from a variety of disciplines will get underway at the University tomorrow (Wednesday).
As the 340th anniversary of John Milton's death approaches, Fall Narratives will examine the concept of 'the fall' across a range of disciplines and languages, extending from antiquity to contemporary times. From the serpent who tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden, through Milton’s poetic exploration in Paradise Lost of the warring angel’s banishment from Heaven, to the experience and description of the physical act of falling over in modern literature and in dance, this event will examine many different kinds of ‘fall’.
The two-day workshop has been organised by Dr Zohar Hadromi-Allouche from the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, and Dr Áine Larkin from the School of Language and Literature, and will feature panels of scholars of modern languages, religious studies, English Literature, philosophy, dance, and film.
Participants will briefly present their work, and the presentations will be followed by open discussions involving all those present.
Professor Michael Stone, from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a scholar of world renown for his work in religious studies and theology, will be keynote speaker at the event.
Dr Larkin said: “I am absolutely delighted that we are hosting this event at the University of Aberdeen. It is an honour to welcome Professor Stone as our keynote speaker and I am sure everyone who comes along will enjoy the workshops immensely.”