A day colloquium on canons, catalogues, and cranks addressing the question of who or what decides what we know.
The Guild Church of St Martin within Ludgate, 10:00-16:15
Schedule: 10:00 Welcome (please bring your own coffee).
10:15-45 The Right Revd Dr Stephen Platten on biblical canons.
10:45-11:15 Professor Francis O’Gorman on misattribution in music.
11:15-11:45 Coffee and discussion.
11:45-12:10 Organ music by J.S. Bach (and by ‘Bach’): Francis O’Gorman (organ).
12:30-13:30 Buffet Lunch.
13:45-14:15 Salley Vickers, former psychoanalyst, literary critic and novelist, on knowing and unknowing in fiction.
14:15-14:45 The Revd Canon Angela Tilby on the value of historically uncertain saints in the Christian calendar.
15:15-15:45 Tour of St Martin’s and Introduction to the Stationers’ Company.
15:45 Wine reception.
16.15 Event ends.
This colloquium asks a simple question: who or what intervenes in that which we think we know? The question can be answered from the highest level (divine guidance) to the lowest (fraud). Across a range of cultural topics, the colloquium investigates a few answers. We move from the formation of the canon of the Christian scriptures in the 4th and 5th centuries; from the difference between a published novel and how it began; to the experience of music when we do not know its composer or have mistaken, or been misled about, its authorship; from the role of saints for whom there is no real evidence to the more general question of the place of others’ decisions about the forces that shape what is, or looks like, knowledge.
Convenors: Stephen Platten and Francis O’Gorman
Tickets are £21 each and £16 for guests under the age of 25 years, to include lunch, tea and coffee and a wine reception. To reserve a place at the colloquium, please complete and return the attached slip to book your place(s) by Monday, 19 February 2018. Alternatively, you can book your tickets online at www.stationers.org/events. If you require further information please contact Lucie McCord at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 246 0982.