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November, 2019

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Date/Time: Thursday, 7 November 2019 - Saturday, 9 November 2019, all day

Location: Hartley Concert Room, Hartley Building, North Terrace

Cost: $90 to $280

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Join keynote speakers Maria Takolander, Peter Arnds and David McCooey to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Freud's The Uncanny.

As part of this symposium, papers, presentations, and performances will explore the uncanny and its contemporary doubles, answering the following questions:

  • What light can The Uncanny shed on the tyranny of sameness, narcissism and other doublings of the ego manifest in contemporary rhetorics of populism and nationalism?
  • How are contemporary artists and writers deploying the double to illuminate contemporary nightmares?

David McCooey is a Professor in Writing and Literature at Deakin University. His poetry has been widely anthologised, and his poetry collections have won or been shortlisted for six major literary awards. McCooey is also a musician and composer. His latest album, The Apartment, was recently released as a digital download.

Professor Peter Arnds has been Head of the German Department and also of the Italian Department and the Director of Comparative Literature at Trinity College Dublin. He is currently working on a research project in the Environmental Humanities, a study of wolves and how their perception in cultural history impacts xenophobia and discourses of migration.

Maria Takolander is a prize-winning fiction writer and the author of The Double (and Other Stories) (Text, 2013). She is an Associate Professor in Writing and Literature at Deakin University. Her poetry books include Ghostly Subjects (Salt, 2009) and The End of the World (Giramondo, 2014).

Contact: Dr Camille Rouliere, Email:, Research Support Officer, J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, Business: 0883131849