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Modesty blaze


My old friend Jules Lubbock, of Essex University and Prince of Wales fame, has been hard at work organising a conference to be held at the Tate Modern next month. It is called 'Self and the City', themed on what is described as 'selfhood in post-war architecture'. As you probably know, selfhood is defined as the state of having a distinct identity, the fully developed self, or selfcentredness - the 'cult of selfhood that became fashionable in the 1960s'. Could this possibly refer to any of the contributors to the event, apart from Jules, of course?

Two speakers on the first day, Leon Krier and Charles Jencks, could, I suppose, be described as having a distinct sense of their own personality, while I note on the second day the presence of Richard Sennett and Denise Scott Brown. Veteran conferencetype Peter Buchanan chairs a session on phenomenology (natch) before a final session on the 'future of selfhood'. Not for shy, retiring types.

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