Part of the RSHC Conversations and Disputations public seminar series. Solitude is both timeless and historical, a human universal that is understood and experienced differently over time. These seminar meetings examine the changing contours of solitude from antiquity to the present.

Date: Tuesdays, 6pm to 8pm

Where: Queen Mary University of London, Arts 2, room 3.20, London E1 4NS

All welcome.

8 October 2019. Mark Lee (Oxford). ‘Devotional solitude, sociability and insanity in the nineteenth century’  

12 November 2019. Amy Hungerford (Yale). ‘Solitude, Reading Practices and the Humanities’   

10 December 2019. Andrea Brady (QMUL) ‘Hours of Lead: Poetry and Solitude in the Contemporary American Control Prison’  

4 February 2020.  Angus Gowland (UCL); ‘The Solitary Melancholic in European Thought, from Antiquity to 1651’    

10 March 2020. James Morland, ‘The Sadness of Care: Solitude and 18th Century Physician Poets’  

5 May 2020. Claire Preston and Barbara Taylor. ‘The pleasures and perils of solitude: a Restoration debate’  

19 May 2020 [date tbc]: Warren Boutcher: Michel de Montaigne, ‘Of Solitude’. Please Note: This seminar meeting will be a discussion of Montaigne’s essay, led by Warren Boutcher. Attendees should read the essay in advance: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/3600/3600-h/3600-h.htm#link2HCH0038

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