What is a library…

Attic Fantasist

…and where should it be housed?
It is not for nothing that the libraries at Occupy camps and sites raise such questions. Judging from the images of Occupy libraries on Flickr, the housing of books can take many forms, from Toronto’s yurt to the volumes packed into plastic boxes on long trestle tables in New York. Occupy London at St Paul’s deploys Starbucks branding – ‘Starbooks,’ inevitably, though still amusingly – presumably as a two-fingered salute to a media industry intent on exposing the smallest cracks in the edifice of protest when they report on the paradox of protesters holding meetings in a nearby branch of Starbucks.

In a sense it doesn’t matter much where a library is housed. The more unlikely of places the better! Libraries as buildings create a sense of separation of life from knowledge: this is where knowledge is sought, that is where you are meant to stop thinking…

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Arts in the City: Nineteenth-Century French Culture in Sheffield

The following events are open to all. For more information, please contact Maxime Goergen (maxime.goergen@sheffield.ac.uk

MONDAY 22 APRIL 2013, 12:00-16:00

PROFESSOR MARY ORR, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON Jessop West Exhibition Space

Workshop: Science, Art, and Literature in the Nineteenth Century, in conjunction with the Centre for Nineteenth-century Studies, University of Sheffield, seehttp://c19.group.shef.ac.uk)

FRIDAY 17 MAY 2013, 18:00-20:00

RIMBAUD IN THE CITY: POETRY READING AND MUSIC

EAT – THE NICHOLS BUILDING CAFE, SHALESMOOR 

Readings of Rimbaud’s Iluminations in French and English by Dr. Helen Abbott, Dr. Maxime Goergen and final-year French students.

Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson leads discussion

SATURDAY 18 MAY 2013, 19:30

ORCHESTRA CONCERT
HIGH STORRS SCHOOL (note change of venue)

This event is supported by DLA Piper
Benjamin Britten: Les Illuminations (texts by Rimbaud)
David Webb (tenor), Sheffield Chamber Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

Pre-concert talk by Dr. Helen Abbott (19:00)

Baudelaire in the City

The first in our events about nineteenth-century French literature, poetry and music and the city took place on Friday evening.

Baudelaire in the City readings

Baudelaire in the City: poetry, reading and music

Readings of Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal and Petits poèmes en prose in French and English.

Convened by Dr Maxime Goergen and Dr Helen Abbott, with discussion led by Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson, as part of the French Research Seminar Series 2013 ‘The Arts and the City: 19th-century France in Sheffield’.

The event took place at EAT, the Nichols Building Cafe, Shalesmoor, 18.00-20.00 Friday 12 April 2013

Contact: maxime.goergen@sheffield.ac.uk

Some photos, reflections and thoughts on the evening will follow shortly.