Special event
The kiss: a human history

Friday 6 July 2018,
18.30–20.00
BP Lecture Theatre
Tickets £5
Members/Concessions £3

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Ticket Desk in Great Court

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The image of kissing is a common motif across human creative endeavour, from the 11,000-year-old Ain Sakhri figure to the works of Rodin, Canova and Klimt. However, kissing has not been a universal across human cultures through history, and its representations can be deeply varied in their function and meaning depending on their context.

At this special evening event, a panel of experts examines the act of kissing from a variety of viewpoints – psychological, anthropological and art historical – and discuss what lies at the root of the subject’s power. Chaired by Principal and Chief Executive of the City Lit Mark Malcomson, panellists include mythologist and storyteller Seema Anand, and psychiatrist, philosopher and writer Neel Burton.


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Photo: Seema Anand.