10 November 2011

Professor Luiz Costa Lima, of Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro, will present a public lecture and feature in a one-day symposium at UQ this week.

Professor Lima's public lecture entitled "On Mimesis & the Control of the Imaginary: A personal introduction" will be held at the St Lucia campus from 5pm–6.30pm on Thursday, November 10.

On Friday, November 11, a one-day symposium "On Mimesis and Culture" will feature Professor Lima's work and focus on the relationship between mimesis and culture across the disciplines of philosophy, history, and literature.

The symposium papers will explore Professor Lima's notion of the Control of the Imaginary.

A Brazilian intellectual and academic, Professor Lima has spent the past 30 years tracing the contours of what he calls the Control of the Imaginary, a process of constructing theoretical hierarchies and intellectual hegemonies that shape individual responses to the world.

Against this, he has also developed theories around how new imaginary spaces for thought can emerge.

His work has implications for the way the humanities operate in the contemporary society.

Speakers at the symposium include: Professor Lima (State Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Brazil), Assistant Professor Marilia Librandi Rocha (Stanford University), Assistant Professor Costica Bradatan (Texas Tech University, Professor Max Deutscher (UQ), Professor John Frow (Melbourne), Professor Simon During (UQ), Dr James Phillips (NSW), Matthew Lamb (UQ), Dr Michelle Boulous Walker (UQ) and Dr Marguerite La Caze (UQ).

Professor Lima holds the position of Professor of Comparative Literature, at Pontifícia Universidade Católica, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has also been a Research Fellow at the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (Berlin) and is a multiple recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Fellowship.

His books include História. Ficção: Literatura (2006) and O controle do imaginário & a afirmação do romance (2009) have won awards for best works in the humanities in Latin America.

The European Philosophy Research Group (EPRG) in the School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics will proudly host Professor Lima's public lecture and symposium at the Don Carruthers eXchange Zone at The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus.

Media: Dr Marguerite La Caze on (07) 3365 2616 or email mbw@uq.edu.au or Dania Lawrence on 07 3365 9163 or email d.lawrence@uq.edu.au.