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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 -
9:00am to 6:00pm
Wolfson College

What do St. Augustine, Kafka, Samuel Johnson, William James, Susan Sontag, Douglas Adams, Hitler, and Hamlet all have in common? Procrastination. If it isn’t ‘the quintessential modern problem’ (New Yorker), it is certainly familiar to all who have picked up a pen, both within and outside academia.

Through papers from a variety of disciplines, we hope to chart the phenomenon of procrastination, and the fraught moral and political claims it provokes. Who procrastinates, how, and why? Is the concept a moral universal, the product of particular contexts, or unique to the anglophone world? What ‘cures’—and what unexpected defences—have various writers proposed?

Keynote Speakers:

Dr Tracey Potts (Nottingham) "Towards a Genealogy of Procrastination"
Professor Avner Offer (Oxford) "When to Stop?"

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Contact name: 
Liz Chatterjee
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