Poetry at Parasol: CODED HISTORIES (part of ‘Islington Exhibits’)
Thursday 26 July, 7pm
John Armstrong – A talk on Entropy, passwords & the history of code / John Seed – A poetry reading investigating historical documents
The spaces of the city are coded and password protected – socially, historically and through contemporary technology. A mathematician who works on coding and a poet who uses poetry to investigate and unlock the documents of the past will consider how coded histories can be unpacked and how we can think more clearly about the ‘code/space’ around us.
John Armstrong is a mathematician and software architect currently lecturing at King’s College London while researching differential geometry. John Seed teaches History at Roehampton University in London. He works on religious dissenters in eighteenth and nineteenth-century England. His book on eighteenth-century historiography, public memory and politics — Dissenting Histories – was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2008.