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Current research seminars

2018/19 Research Seminar Programme

Semester 2

Wednesday 13th February 2019
New Directions in Intermedial studies
Dr Eva Bru Domínguez (Bangor University)
Dr Carolin Duttlinger (University of Oxford)
Prof Giuliana Pieri (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Chair: Dr Tom Smith (University of St Andrews)
2-4pm, Arts Seminar Room 7

Friday 15 February 2019, 4pm
CISI Research Seminar Series in conjuction with the Department of Spanish
Speaker: Prof Luz Horne
'El revés de lo moderno: una temporalidad no occidental en el pensamiento de Lina Bo Bardi (De Bahía a San Pablo, 1959-85)'
Hacia finales de los años cincuenta, en concomitancia con el concretismo, la bossa nova y con la utopía que representaba la construcción de Brasilia, la arquitecta ítalo-brasileña Lina Bo Bardi realiza una acción cultural en Salvador de Bahía con objetos de la cultura afrobasileña e indígena, cuyo impacto produce un cambio en su modo de pensar la historia cultural brasileña. Al atender a un aspecto residual, material y anacrónico de la cultura de ese momento, se deja entrever un lado oscuro en la marcha de la modernidad y se interrumpe un relato progresista, lineal y estetizante de la historia del arte. Se abre paso así, a lo que –propongo- puede pensarse como el revés de lo moderno. A través del análisis de las exhibiciones que Bo Bardi curó entre 1959 y los años ochenta ––en colaboración con, entre otros, el director teatral Martim Gonçalves y el cineasta Glauber Rocha–; y del display que diseñó para exponer la colección permanente de la pinacoteca del MASP (recientemente reinstalada), propongo que su actividad artística, ensayística y curatorial –basada en estrategias de reciclaje y de montaje– puede pensarse como precursora del arte contemporáneo.
Venue: St Salvators Quad, room 31

Events - Resident Writer Programme
Convener: Dr Saeed Talajooy (
In Persian:
Creative Writing Workshops in Persian Fridays 3.30-7.30pm (Venue: Buchanan 402)
Friday 1st February 2019 (3.30-7.30pm): Filmscript Writing Workshop 1
Conflict, character, scene (image) and plot
Friday 8th February 2019 (3.30-7.30pm): Filmscript Writing Workshop 2
Brief plot, determining the sequence of events leading to the climax, fleshing out the characters.
Friday 15th February 2019 (3.30-7.30pm): Filmscript Writing Workshops 3
Scenography, characters through dialogue,
Friday 22nd February 2019 (3.30-7.30pm): Filmscript Writing Workshops 4
Sample scripts presentations and discussions
In English:
Play Reading Workshop and Writer in Residence Perspective
Speaker/Playwright: Dr Naghmeh Samini
Wednesday 20th February 4.15pm- 6.15 pm
Venue: Quad 31
Two volunteer actors will be doing the play reading and Dr Samini will discuss the play which will be still in making at the time. She will also be speaking about her experience as a Writer in Residence in Modern Languages and the potential directions the ending may take.

Tuesday 12th March 2019
New Directions in Theatre Studies
Dr Clare Finburgh (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Dr Sam Haddow (University of St Andrews)
Chair: Dr Jesse Gardiner (University of St Andrews)
5-7pm, Parliament Hall

Tuesday 9 April 2019
Emmanuel Todd
'From Brexit to Frexit?'
Emmanuel Todd, fellow of the National Institute of Demographic Studies, Paris, is one of France's most prominent and controversial intellectuals. His books include The Final Fall: An Essay on the Decomposition of the Soviet Sphere, (1979),  After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order, (2003), and Who is Charlie? Xenophobia and the New Middle Class, (2015).
5pm, Parliament Hall, South Street

Tuesday 9 April and Wednesday 10 April 2019
Russian Department play ‘Squaring the Circle’ by Valentin Kataev which is being performed by students from the Russian Department
Performance in Russian with English subtitles
Tickets on the door or via On the Rocks website: £2 student/£3 general
7:30pm, The Barron Theatre 

Thursday 11 April 2019
Department of Italian
Professor Áine O’Healy (Loyola Marymount University)
Dr Emma Bond (University of St Andrews)
The speakers will be in conversation about their recently published books: Migrant Anxieties: Italian Cinema in a Transnational Frame (Indiana University Press, 2019); Writing Migration through the Body (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
5pm, Senate Room (St Mary’s Quad)

Friday 12 April 2019
German Department Research Activity Day, Parliament Hall
World/Global/Postcolonial/Comparative/Transnational “German” Studies
10.00–11.30am - Emily Spiers (Lancaster), Comparative approaches to German Studies: ‘Worlding’ Literature for a Creative Future
11.45am–12.30pm - Emma Bond (St Andrews), Discussion of pre-circulated reading: Bond, “Transnational”, in Transnational Modern Languages: A Handbook, ed. Derek Duncan (Liverpool University Press, forthcoming)
1.00–3.00pm - Work-in-progress on (partially) transnational/ global/ worlding/ comparative/postcolonial etc. approaches to German studies in St Andrews
1.00-1.20pm - Sam Osborne
1.20-1.50pm - Tom Smith
2.00-2.30pm - Andrew Cusack (reading pre-circulated in hardcopy: "The City and the Globe: On Remaking German Literature" from Birgit Tautz's Translating the World (2018)
2.30-3.00pm - Bettina Bildhauer (short excerpt from the multilingual Seven Sages of Rome tradition to be distributed on the day)

Tuesday 23 April 2019
Department of Russian and CRSCEES
Lost Detectives: Adapting Old Texts for New Media
Dr Claire Whitehead will be in conversation with author-illustrator, Carol Adlam, about their new project of adapting Semyon Panov’s 1876 novel ‘Three Courts, or Murder during the Ball’ into a graphic novel. They’ll discuss the birth of Russian crime fiction and Panov’s work more broadly before moving on to discuss the sorts of questions that need to be considered in adapting an old text into a new medium: issues of historical accuracy, character and characterisation, plotting as well as generic conventions’.
5pm, Parliament Hall

Wednesday 24th April 2019
New Direction in Eco-Criticism: the Anthropocene
Dr David Evans (University of St Andrews)
Dr David Farrier (University of Edinburgh)
Dr Nicola Thomas (University of Oxford)
Chair: Dr Andrew Cusack (University of St Andrews)
2-4pm, School V

Thursday 25 April 2019
French Research Seminar
Violaine Houdard-Merot
Title: 'Les enjeux de l’écriture créative à l’université (en France) : approche historique, pédagogique et théorique'
Talk will be in French
5pm, Buchanan Building, room 312

For the information on past seminars, please visit our Seminar Archive.