Being Human ‘Journeys without End’

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The beginning of a journey, whether sought out or involuntary, is what captures the imagination of narrators, ancient and modern: the excitement or trauma of leaving, the welcome or hostile encounter at the landing place. More difficult to trace historically, materially and in the now, is the end point of a journey, especially for those who are displaced. What endings are imagined at the start, a return, a new home, an exploration? How often does the journey become a perpetual site of wandering – which ancient drama portrayed as a fate worse than death – and today emerges as a state, some call ‘permanent temporariness’. To explore these themes we bring together people on their journeys – writers, historians, archaeologists, practitioners, politicians and those who work directly on the borders cross-cutting the routeways. Through three interactive panels we focus on the beginnings for which journeys are needed; expose the condition of wandering in its modern guise; and address the urgency for a wider spectrum of imagined endings.
Period10 Oct 2018
Event typeOther
LocationRome, ItalyShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational