On Writing and Drawing: Theorizing and Practicing Creativity with Roland Barthes

2000px-Roland_Barthes_signature.svgA one-day Symposium : 12th November 2015, 11.00−18.00, Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University

View videos of the papers here:

Marks of Neutrality. Dr. Sunil Manghani: https://filmfreeway.com/projects/480121

Drawing as Drift: Roland Barthes’s drawings and the pleasure of the margin. Professor Beth Harland — https://filmfreeway.com/projects/480125

Between Line and Sign: Barthes’s Writings on Art. Professor Eric Robertson — https://filmfreeway.com/projects/480126

Drawing to write: Marcel Proust, Roland Barthes, Cy Twombly. Sophie Preston- https://filmfreeway.com/projects/480127

Stupid like a Painter”. Barthes, Derrida and the mutism of art. Professor Charlie Gere — https://filmfreeway.com/projects/480129

This interdisciplinary symposium places Roland Barthes’s theoretical writings on forms of creativity alongside his lesser known, but substantial, archive of drawings. Although, or perhaps precisely because, Barthes did not consider his drawings to be ‘art’, they can be viewed through the lens of his work on the neutral, textual pleasure, and authorship, and may even be seen to throw their own light on these theories. Assessing the role of such alternative texts in the oeuvre of one influential thinker also encourages us to think more broadly about how creative processes can both unfold within and shift across multiple media. Our presentations explore the work of further writers and artists who employ multiple media, as well as considering the theoretical and practical shifts that have occurred in our understanding of the underlying concepts of ‘text’ and ‘author’ since the advent of digital media and platforms.

2015 is the centenary year of Barthes’s birth and this event takes place on the date of his birth. The symposium is a collaboration between Insight, a creative research centre based at the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University and Authors and the World, an AHRC-funded collaboration between researchers in the departments of European Languages & Culture, English & Creative Writing, Linguistics, and Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University.


Charlie Gere (Lancaster University), Delphine Grass (Lancaster University), Beth Harland (Lancaster University), Sunil Manghani (University of Southampton), Eric Robertson (Royal Holloway University). Chair: Rebecca Braun (Lancaster University)

Artworks exhibited by Jean Arp (works from the Peter Scott collection), Sally Morfill (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Ana Čavić

Sponsored by Yves Hervouet Research Fund for Anglo-French Relations.

Programme: On Writing and Drawing schedule and abstractsFINAL