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2015/16 research seminar programme

Semester 2

10 February 2016
Weekly Middle Eastern Film Screenings
Children of Heaven (1997)
By Majid Majidi
Iran – 89 min, In Persian with English subtitles
On Wednesdays at 3pm, Buchanan Building, room 305

10 February 2016
Byre World “A Conversation With...” Series
Screening of the film 'Circles' (Serbia, 2013), followed by a conversation with Prof. Dina Iordanova (University of St Andrews), Dr Milja Radovic (University of Edinburgh), and Catherine Carnie (UNICEF/UNESCO/UNAIDS/Edinburgh Peace Initiative):
‘Representing the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s and Their Legacy’
6pm, The Byre Theatre

10 February 2016
Institute of European and Cultural Identity Studies (IECIS) Research Seminar
María Laura Spoturno (Universidad Nacional de La Plata | CONICET)
'Elegance and Concision. The Translation of Seymour Mayne’s word sonnets'
Standing at the crossroads of disciplines including linguistics, foreign languages, and comparative literature (Bassnett, 1991; Venuti, 1998, 2002), translation is beyond doubt relevant for the creative communication across languages and cultures. More particularly, literary translation stands as an area of study and practice which offers idealroom for reflection, experimentation and creativity. This seminar has two main goals: 1. to introduce a few theoretical terms and issues regarding poetry translation, 2. to explore the poetic work of Jewish Canadian poet Seymour Mayne (b. 1944) and the problems relating to its translation into Spanish and French. Seymour Mayne is regarded as a key pioneer of the word sonnet, a fourteen-line poem with a single word in each line, which often condenses a visual and sudden image or thought.
This seminar addresses a basic though essential question: How is meaning built in a set of word sonnets which seem to define their nature in the combination of multilingual, intercultural, and visual elements? And consequently, how is meaning to be recreated and rendered in the target text and culture? It will be argued that the creative process evident in the source text should be central in the design of relevant translation strategies. The seminar is directed to undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in literary translation.
3-5pm, Arts Building Seminar room 5

19 February 2016
Handel’s Ariosto: Passions and Performance
A Scottish Opera Recital
To help us celebrate the 500th anniversary of the fist publication of Ariosto Orlando Furioso, Scottish Opera is bringing to St Andrews a unique recital based on Handel’s opera trilogy inspired by Ariosto’s poem.
The performance will be introduced by Harry Fehr, director of Scottish Opera 2016 production of Ariodante.
The recital is FREE and open to everyone.
6pm in Younger Hall, St Andrews
To prepare our mind, eyes and hears for this evening of lively discussion, beautiful music, and exceptional performance, during the day we will be discussing Ariosto and the very special relationship his work has with Scotland in an academic workshop starting at 11am in Parliament Hall. A selection of Special Collections volumes, including early illustrated editions of the Orlando Furioso, will be exhibited in Younger Hall’s Conference Room (from 4.30 pm).
This event is part of the interdisciplinary project ‘Furious Metamorphoses’, organised by Dr Shanti Graheli (History), Dr Jane Pettegree (Music) and Dr Claudia Rossignoli (Italian).
For more information, please visit:
https://arts.st-andrews.ac.uk/~metamorphoses/

24 February 2016
Weekly Middle Eastern Film Screenings
A Trip to Chazabeh (1995)
By Rasool Mollagholi Poor
Iran – 98 min, In Persian with English subtitles
On Wednesdays at 3pm, Buchanan Building, room 305

24 February 2016
Byre World Literary Café Series
12 French poets of the Great War. Dr Ian Higgins (Dept of French, retired) presents a representative selection of poems in his own translation
8pm, The Byre Theatre

25 February 2016
School of Modern Languages Research Seminar Series
Dr Sue Harris (Queen Mary University of London)
'Gérard Depardieu: Performing Pariahdom'
5pm, Buchanan Building, room 216

29 February 2016
CRSCEES Research Seminar
Dr Vlad Strukov (Digital Culture, Leeds)
'Russian Spectacle of Patriotism: What Will We See If We Turn off the TV?'
5pm, Buchanan Building, room 216

2 March 2016
Weekly Middle Eastern Film Screenings
The Scent of Josef’s Shirt (1995)
By Ebrahim Hatamikia
Iran – 100 min, In Persian with English subtitles
On Wednesdays at 3pm, Buchanan Building, room 305

2 March 2016
Michel Volkovitch
Title to be confirmed
Michel Volkovitch has been translating professionally for more than 30 years. He taught literary translation at the University of Paris VII (1991--‐2012) and currently teaches at CELT – Centre Europeen de Traduction Litteraire (Brussels). For several years, he taught English in secondary education. Volkovitch has received various translation prizes – most recently, La Bourse de Traducion du Prix Europeen de Licerature (2010). He is also the recipient of the Prix du Traduction Nelly—Sachs (1996), the Prize of the Association of Literary Translators (Greece, 1999), the Prix Laure--‐Bataillon (2004) and the Prix Amedee--‐Pichot (2004). He is a member of the jury for the European Prize for Literature and the Prix de Traduction Nelly--‐Sachs. He is also the author of a number of novels and a book on the French style with the Title: Verbier, herbier verbal
http://www.translicerature.fr/media/arYcle_315.pdf
http://www.volkovitch.com
5pm, Buchanan Building, room 216

2 March 2016
Byre World Film Series
'The Square' (2013), Jehane Noujaim (Egypt-US)
Arabic with English subtitles
7pm, The Byre Theatre

4 March 2016
Institute of European and Cultural Identity Studies (IECIS) Research Seminar
In collaboration with the School of Classics
Antii Lampinen (St Andrews)
'Stay who you were. Keeping the Roman provinces and provincials 'ethnic''
4pm, venue to be confirmed

9 March 2016
Weekly Middle Eastern Film Screenings
Nargess (1992)
By Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
Iran – 100 min, In Persian with English subtitles
On Wednesdays at 3pm, Buchanan Building, room 305

9 March 2016
Byre World “A Conversation With...” Series
Ariane Chemin (Journalist, Le Monde), in conversation with Dr Gavin Bowd (University of St Andrews)
‘Public and Private Life in French Journalism Today’
6pm, The Byre Theatre

10 March 2016
School of Modern Languages Research Seminar Series
Dr Nadine Meisner (Russian)
Title to be confirmed
5pm, Buchanan Building, room 216

14 March 2016
Cultural Memory Research Group
Prof Marianne Hirsch (Columbia University)
Workshop, 9.30am-5pm, Arts Lecture Theatre
Inaugural Cultural Memory Lecture, 5pm, Parliament Hall
http://www.columbia.edu/~mh2349/

28 March 2016
CRSCEES Research Seminar
Dr Amy Bryzgel (Art History, Aberdeen)
'Out-performing the Society of the Spectacle: Strategies of Resistance in Post-communist Performance Art in Central and Eastern Europe'
5pm, Buchanan Building, room 216

30 March 2016
Weekly Middle Eastern Film Screenings
Sara (1993)
By Dariush Mehrjui
Iran – 102 min, In Persian with English subtitles
On Wednesdays at 3pm, Buchanan Building, room 305

31 March 2016
School of Modern Languages Research Seminar Series
Dr Agathe Lechevalier-Novak (Paris 10)
Title to be confirmed
5pm, Buchanan Building, room 216

6 April 2016
Weekly Middle Eastern Film Screenings
The Lizard (2004)
By Kamal Tabrizi
Iran – 115 min, In Persian with English subtitles
On Wednesdays at 3pm, Buchanan Building, room 305

6 April 2016
Institute of European and Cultural Identity Studies (IECIS) Research Seminar
In collaboration with the School of Art History
Dr Alixe Bovey (Courtauld Institute of Art)
'Miniature Giants: Paradoxical Scale in the material history of London's Gogmagog and Corineus'
4pm, St Salvator's Quadrangle, School 1

6 April 2016
Byre World Film Series
'Stalker' (1979), Andrei Tarkovski (Soviet Union)
Russian with English subtitles
2:30pm, The Byre Theatre

7 April 2016
School of Modern Languages Research Seminar Series
Prof Jeremy Robbins (Edinburgh)
Title to be confirmed
5pm, Buchanan Building, room 216

11 April 2016
CRSCEES Research Seminar
Prof Dina Iordanova (Film Studies, St Andrews)
'Breaking Through Walls and Discourses: History for Losers'
5pm, Buchanan Building, room 216

13 April 2016
Weekly Middle Eastern Film Screenings
Facing Mirrors (2011)
By Negar Azarbayjani
Iran – 102 min, In Persian with English subtitles
On Wednesdays at 3pm, Buchanan Building, room 305

13 April 2016
Byre World“A Conversation With...” Series
Pablo Guimón de Ros (Journalist, El país), in conversation with Dr Catherine O’Leary (University of St Andrews)
Title tbc
6pm, The Byre Theatre

14 April 2016
School of Modern Languages Research Seminar Series
Dr Tom O’Connor (Maynooth)
Title to be confirmed
5pm, Buchanan Building, room 216

20 April 2016
Weekly Middle Eastern Film Screenings
A Separation (2011)
By Asghar Farhadi
Iran – 97 min, In Persian with English subtitles
On Wednesdays at 3pm, Buchanan Building, room 305

20 April 2016
Byre World Literary Café Series
‘The (useless) craft of poetry’, with Prof. Jordi Larios (University of St Andrews)
8pm, The Byre Theatre

21 April 2016
School of Modern Languages Research Seminar Series
Dr Kate Tunstall (Oxford)
Title to be confirmed
5pm, Buchanan Building, room 216

27 April 2016
Weekly Middle Eastern Film Screenings
Don't Be Tired (2014) By Mohsen Gharaie, Afshin Hashemi
Iran – 93 min, In Persian with English subtitles
On Wednesdays at 3pm, Buchanan Building, room 305

4 May 2016
Byre World Film Series
'Wolf' (2013), Jim Taihuttu (The Netherlands)
Dutch with English subtitles
7pm, The Byre Theatre

5 May 2016
CRSCEES Research Seminar
Prof Mitja Velikonja (Cultural and Religious Studies, University of Ljubljana)
"Rock n' Retro": Yugoslav and Partisan Motifs in Contemporary Slovenian Music'
5pm, Buchanan Building, room 216

12 May 2016
Prof Barbara Havercroft (Toronto)
‘«Unspeakable Wounds»: Personal Trauma in Contemporary French Women’s Autobiographical Writing’
5pm, St Salvator's Quadrangle, School V

18 May 2016
Byre World Literary Café Series
Dr Boris Dralyuk (University of St Andrews), reading his translations of Russian literature
8pm, The Byre Theatre