Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore unsuitable.
I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds or hugging the old black oak tree. I have my way of praying, as you no doubt have yours.
Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds, until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost unhearable sound of the roses singing.
If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love you very much.Mary Oliver
In Other Tongues
creating metaphysics, embodying language: a conference and creative summit June 7-9, 2017
intimate geographies, ecologies of conversation: a residential short course June 10-14, 2017
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As we grasp for new sureties we should remind ourselves that our understanding of the world around us has always been fluid. For millennia we have called on rational thinking to puzzle, to explain, to solve –– to help us live our lives clearly and logically; where that falters we call on other understandings – myth, ritual and gods – to guide us.
For the past two hundred years or so we have become a little giddy with our power over knowledge as our understanding of the material world has grown with little let or hindrance –– with other older knowledges often dismissed in the process as mere superstition. With all we have learned have we in our confidence perhaps forgotten that knowledge is a fleeting thing, held only through the permissions and presuppositions of the dominant culture.
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We've released the preliminary programme for In Other Tongues. We are still awaiting confirmations on our keynote sessions so that are not yet included. At this relatively early stage of the game there are likely to be quite a few changes before the programme is...read more
If you submitted a proposal for In Other Tongues you should now have heard back from us. We had a tremendous response and had to turn away a lot of good proposals. In response to the depth and richness of the proposals, we've created a preliminary programme and have...read more
Many thanks to all of those who sent in a terrific batch of proposals. We have now finished the initial task of assessing these and are pulling together a preliminary programme. We hope, barring any unexpected hitches, to announce the preliminary programme by Monday...read more
The major plus was definitely the mix of presenters and participants (I really appreciated that it was an international event), which resulted in very lively and friendly encounters with new faces and ideas and the space for conversations. The tone was set by the first afternoon and by Lola’s and Laura’s collaboration. As with similar events, having the programme over several days does more than just allow us to take in more ‘content’, it also means there is time to socialise over food and drink and take the conversations deeper. Part of that is down to what felt like a ‘light touch’ on the programme, mixing plenary with smaller groups, and having sessions in parallel so that we always had choices, the opportunity to move around and sometimes find the spaces in between for a bit of personal reflection.A delegate at 'Feeding the Insatiable' Nov 2016