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Into the Woods


Program for 'Into The Woods'


Forests, and the stories we tell about them, often belong to our earliest memories, regardless of the amount of time we have ourselves spent in the woods. As Robert Pogue Harrison has suggested, the destruction of the the forest can be considered tantamount to the obliteration of cultural memories. This day-long symposium will consider representations of the forest in music, art, literature and history, from the Medieval period to the present day. Speakers are invited to consider the emotions associated with, and evoked by, the forest while also addressing the role of woodland and the imaginary.

Keynote speakers:
Professor Stephen Knight (The University of Melbourne)
Associate Professor Linda Williams (RMIT)

Watch the lectures

CHE aims to make valuable intellectual work publicly accessible. In that spirit, please enjoy recordings of the papers presented at Into the Woods. Many thanks to the participants, who have graciously shared their work.

Streaming live video by UstreamKeynote: Associate Professor Linda Williams (RMIT) John Evelyn and ‘the memorie of that delicious place’: the role of nostalgia in early modern concepts of nature.

Streaming live video by Ustream

Keynote: Professor Stephen Knight, ‘Robin Hood and the Forest Laws'

The Centre for the History of Emotions is grateful to the Romantic Studies Association of Australasia for partnering with us for this event. The RSAA conference, Re-reading Romanticism: Imagination, Emotion, Nature and Things, will take place between July 23-25, 2015.

Image: Alphonse Adolphe Bichard, ‘Baron Munchausen Flogs a Fox Out of His Skin’, c.1886, © The UIG/The British Library Board (902_05_1856420)