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The Wasp and the Orchid: Tales of Metamorphic Sublimity

Date/Time: Tuesday, 19 February 2019, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Location: G04 Napier Building, North Terrace campus.

Cost: Free

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Join the J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice for a public lecture by world-renowned anthropologist Professor Michael Taussig, chaired by acclaimed Professor Stephen Muecke.

In this lecture, Professor Michael Taussig will attempt to figure out the mastery of non-mastery. He will pause on Marcel Proust's alignment of the mimesis between wasp and orchid as consonant with that of the sexual encounter between a baron and a tailor--prelude to his thoughts on inter-species sex, shamanism, and paramilitary massacres as copies chasing copies. Through these pauses, Michael will speculate on the fate of the mimetic faculty in relation to global meltdown and metamorphic sublimity.

Michael's visit to Australia is possible thanks to a collaboration with Melbourne and Deakin Universities.

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