The audio file of this presentation is available online.

What does the mind of a writer have in common with an ancient shipwreck? We will find out when philosopher Ian Ravenscroft and maritime archaeologist Wendy van Duivenvoorde present the outcome of their 2015 Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities (FIRtH) fellowships.

Wendy’s research concerns the information recovered from a Mediterranean merchant ship which sank off Kyrenia, Cyprus in the time of Alexander the Great. The shipwreck was excavated in the late 1960s, and Wendy is part of an international research team studying the wreck. Her particular focus is on the ship's assembly and its anchoring and waterproofing.

Ian, who works in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, will introduce the idea of dynamic feedback loops between writer and page and writer and audience. Ian suggests that these feedback loops are sometimes literally part of the writer’s mind: the mind is natural but not entirely neurological. 

Presented by Flinders University Library and Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities.

3.30pm, Friday 20 November 2015

Noel Stockdale Room

Central Library

Flinders University

All welcome - free admission

Light refreshments served.

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This was the last event for 2015.

With the opening of exciting new Plaza and Hub spaces on campus in 2016 there is a revamping of the events presented by Flinders. As part of this process, Fridays at the Library will no longer exist as a separate series and instead these sorts of events will be presented as part of a broader programme of Flinders’ events.

Fridays at the Library was presented by Flinders University Library with the assistance of Unibooks