Wednesday, 18 November • 7:30-9:30 PM (GMT) 

A meandering conversation with Emily Thomas, David Lorimer and Charlotte Lorimer 


How can we think more deeply about our travels? 

Join Emily Thomas for a fascinating and intriguing journey into the meaning of travel at a paradoxical time of travel restrictions!  

For us, travel is basically an encounter with the unfamiliar, with otherness, in which we also discover new parts of ourselves. Part philosophical  ramble, part travelogue, The Meaning of Travel traverses the places  where philosophy and travel intersect. Among other themes, the book investigates Michel de  Montaigne on otherness, Edmund Burke on the sublime, John Locke on cannibals (he had 200 books on travel), Henry Thoreau  on solitude and wilderness, and Thomas Cook’s initiation of modern tourism in 1841. We discover the origins and adventures of the Grand Tour, the dark side of maps, and how Henry More’s philosophy  of space fuelled mountain tourism; and we question the ethics of ‘doom tourism’: ‘amazing places to visit before they vanish.’

Dr Emily Thomas

Dr Emily Thomas is an Associate Professor in Philosophy at Durham  University. Prior to this she obtained a PhD from the University  of Cambridge, and held a NWO grant at the University of  Groningen. She has published widely on the history of  metaphysics, especially space and time. Her most recent book is  The Meaning of Travel: Philosophers Abroad (Oxford  University Press, 2020).

Charlotte Lorimer

Charlotte Lorimer is a writer, curator and podcaster. She has a First in English Literature and History of Art from Durham University and now works in Edinburgh. The books she’s reading and the art she loves often feature on her podcast The Figure. She is also curating an exhibition of the paintings of her great great uncle John Henry Lorimer set for November 2021. She has written extensively about her travels on her website and here is one such link: https://charlottelorimer.com/sri-lanka/ 

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