Jane Larkin's Confirmation Presentation

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Jane Larkin's Confirmation Presentation

We invite you to attend the Confirmation Presentation of Jane Larkin, a Master of Creative Arts candidate within the School of Communication and Creative Industries, in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law.

Title: It Goes On: Writing simulatenous and multiple realities.

Presenter: Jane Larkin

When: Friday 6th April from 10am-12noon

Where: Building E, 1.04

Abstract: This research project explores parallel universes using the ‘many worlds interpretation’ in both a philosophical and creative literary framework. This thesis will also further elaborate on previous re-search conducted in my Masters of Communication, where I used philosophy as a way to structure the array of short stories within my novella. While I had previously explored the idea of philosophi-cally-driven-narratives and Hegelian philosophy, for this project I was interested in the philosophical concepts behind the ‘many worlds theory’. I contemplated what the structure may look like in a novel-length piece, whilst still adhering to the philosophical concept. I delved into research, with a broad look at philosophers, and the two who captured and kept my attention were John Locke and Martin Heidegger; both focusing on the notion of time. Once I applied these concepts to the many worlds theory, I had my starting point.

As such, this research investigates the ‘many worlds theory’ and the provocation that stems from creatively analysing this scientific theory. As theoretical physicist Brian Greene explains, there are only so many ways matter can arrange itself in an infinite universe before eventually repeating it-self. This ideology suggests, ‘if the Cosmos is infinitely large, it is home to infinitely many parallel worlds – some identical to ours, some differing from ours, many bearing no resemblance to our world at all’ (2011: 12). My artefact plays with this concept through six frames that form my creative artefact, with a foreword that outlines the action of the rolling of a dice and its six possible outcomes. As such, any of the stories are a viable starting point and the order is not predetermined by anyone other than the reader and their own free will. Each frame will follow a different philosopher and their philosophy on the notion of time. As such, each of the characters have differences and similarities between the frames, but are variations of the same self. All of the frames exemplify the eternalist understanding of time, as the past, present and future are all happening simultaneously in these parallel universes. This idea of repetition further played into my early understanding of the cyclic nature of time.

Bio: Between teaching, travelling the world and competing in athletic sprinting events, Jane Larkin manages to spend her spare time thinking, reading and writing. A literature enthusiast, Jane has a diverse interest, from Shakespeare to Kurt Vonnegut. Jane adores philosophy, and believes in engaging and informing the reader on complex ideas in simple ways. She has published a number of short stories online, and will present a paper at this year’s Great Writing Conference in London. In the meantime, she will continue to teach, study her post-graduate work, and contemplate life’s great questions.

Should you have any questions about this event please contact FABHDR@usc.edu.au.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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