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The Unconscious: a Concept or a Metaphor?

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Monday, October 26, 2015 -
4:30pm to 7:00pm
Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG
Seminar Room

What is the unconscious? Where is it? How does it affect our conscious experiences? TORCH Network Unconscious Memory is a forum where literary scholars and cognitive neuroscientists can discuss and exchange their research findings on diverse aspects of unconscious memory. The sixth seminar examines the unconscious as both a scientific concept and as a metaphor. Our speakers are:

ANDREW MAYES

THE NEURAL BASES OF THE UNCONSCIOUS

Andrew Mayes, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Manchester University, will discuss whether conscious and unconscious memory have radically different neural bases or whether they, in fact, share a system.

ANGUS NICHOLLS

IS THE UNCONSCIOUS A CONCEPT OR A METAPHOR?

Angus Nicholls, Reader in German and Comparative Literature at Queen Mary University of London, will discuss why the unconscious cannot be rendered conceptually and requires a metaphorical approach.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Chair:  Dr Sowon Park (Corpus Christi, University of Oxford)

Please email cleo.henry@ccc.ox.ac.uk guarantee a seat but we expect that there will be a number of seats available on the day. You are welcome to join the speaker for dinner afterwards but please email ahead.

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