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Forthcoming Conferences and Events

Transgenerational Writing Workshop 

Date: 16 October 2018

Venue: Byre Theatre

Organiser: Dr Elise Hugueny-Leger

This workshop is a joint event, between staff and students on the Honours module 'Creative Writing in French', and members of the St Andrews branch of the Franco-Sottish Society. It aims to bring together participants from different backgrounds and ages to share memories and share the experience of writing in a second language. Texts produced during the event will contribute to the 'Write in French' project, alongside texts written during our first transgenerational workshop (

Reflections on Holistic Approaches to End of Life Care

University of St Andrews, Byre Theatre, Lawrence Levy Studio

17th October 2018, 10am-5pm

The event will host a number of select invited speakers and specialists in palliative care and art therapy, an acting company who work with medical humanities, a film director, a poet and educator, postgraduate students working on poetry and the sick body, and a selection of academics to debate the validity of the project ‘Poetry and Film in Palliative Care’.

The day will open with a presentation by the Investigators, a report on the Literature Review conducted by a research assistant, to outline the genesis of the project, its academic insights and therapeutic effects.

The afternoon will be dedicated to hearing and debating various experiences by artists, educators, and a film director. The day will be accompanied by plenty of group workshopping, pop-up acting and reflection on poetry and film as therapy.

The event will also be completed by a Byre World event, in the same venue, where Amy Hardie’s documentary ‘Seven Songs for a Long Life’ will be projected to the public of St Andrews town, in order to ensure that the project is open to public engagement. The Film Projection will be preceded by a short performance, and followed by a 15-minute inspiring workshop with the audience and a Q+A with the film director, Amy Hardie.

Further information:

This event is sponsored by The Italian Cultural Institute in Edinburgh & The Russell Trust Development Fund

Society for Italian Studies: PG Colloquium 2018 – Body Narratives

Date and time: 16th November 2018 9am to 5pm (Gateway Boardroom)

This year edition of the annual SIS PG Colloquium will take place here in St Andrews and is organised by PhD students in the Department of Italian. The postgraduate conference will take place at the Gateway Building, where students presentations will be held in panel sessions, followed by a poster session. Dr Emma Bond will deliver the first keynote address (title: Writing Migration through the Body). The day will be closed by a public lecture by Dr Gragnolati to take place in School 5 at 6pm.

For more information about abstracts selected, participants and the detailed programme, visit our conference website. To sign up for attendance, register on Eventbrite.

See also: Colloquium event page on Facebook

Organisers: Rebecca Walker, Daniele Lei

SIS PG Colloquium: Public Lecture by Dr Gragnolati

Date and time: 16th November 2018 – 5pm (School 5)

Dr Manuele Gragnolati (Université de Paris Sorbonne; Somerville College Oxford) will be delivering a public lecture to close the SIS Postgraduate Colloquium taking place earlier the same day. Everyone is invited to attend. The title of the lecture is:

Diffracting Dante’s Paradiso with Pier Paolo Pasolini and Elsa Morante: Corporeality, Sexuality, Aesthetics

OWRI Germanic conference

Date: 26-27 April 2019

Venue: Byre Studio and Parliament Hall

Organiser: Dr Dora Osborne

Invented Tradition: Russian Realism as Will and Representation

Annual conference of the 19th-century study group of the British Association for Slavic and Eastern European Studies (BASEES)

Date: 17 June 2019
Venue: Parliament Hall, St Andrews

Keynote speaker: Dr Hilde Hoogenboom, Arizona State University

Organiser: Dr Margarita Vaysman,

Bonaparte: German Culture and Napoleonic Occupation conference

Date: 2-3 May 2019 

Venue: Byre Studio 

Organiser: Prof Sean Allan

China Discovers Europe Symposium

Date: 13-15 June 2019

Venue: Parliament Hall

Organiser: Dr Gavin Bowd

Archive of past events

See also

Modern Languages Writers in Residence Programme

About the programme