Keynote Speaker: Professor Mark Currie (Queen Mary, University of London)
Oh you lost God! You endless trace!
Only because in the end hate divided you
are we now nature's mouth and listeners.
~ Rilke, The Sonnets to Orpheus, 26
A 'trace' can be that which has existed, and which is now past; or that which has passed, in the case of a track or a footprint; or that which copied or drawn or outlined, such as a map or a word in the sand. It can be used as a noun or a verb: as an object or concept, or an active process of discovery.