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Current research seminars

2013/14 research seminar programme

Semester 2

3 March 2014
Poetry Forum research seminar
Nuria Scapina, Maria Giulia Franzon
"Leopardi, Pavese, ed il corpo della terra antica"
5.15pm, Buchanan 216

5 March 2014
ICCL Research Seminar
Prof Julia Vaingurt (University of Illinois, Chicago)
"I drink, therefore I am: immoderate meditations and the poetics of intemperance in Venedikt Erofeev's Moscow to the End of the Line."
4.15pm, Quad 31

5 March 2014
Cineclub Juan Pablo Rebella
"La mirada de Icíar Bollain"
Leo (2000), J L Borau
4pm, School 6

6 March 2014
PG research seminar
Danielle Berrow
"Madame de Genlis (1746-1830): Reconstructing Society in post-Revolutionary France"
Abdullah Eissa
"Phraseology in Classic Arabic literature in Al-Andalus"
5pm, Arts seminar room 2

7 March 2014
German Research Seminar – Workshop/Poetry reading
The poet Jan Wagner will be visiting St Andrews as part of his programme of UK events with the DAAD Writer in Residence programme.
Jan Wagner is a contemporary German poet, essayist and translator. His poetry has been often honoured for its precise language, harmonious imagery and effortless play with forms. His volumes include: Probebohrung im Himmel, 2001; Guerickes Sperling, 2004; Achtzehn Pasteten, 2007; Der Wald im Zimmer. Eine Harzreise (in collaboration with Björn Kuhligk), 2007 and Die Eulenhasser in den Hallenhäusern. Drei Verborgene, 2012.  He is also a translator of Anglo-American poetry and has published volumes of poetry by e.g. Charles Simic, Matthew Sweeney, Robin Robertson and Simon Armitage in German.
This event will be held in German.
11am, Castlecliff Lecture Room F2

10 March 2014
Russian Research Seminar
Alyson Tapp
"The Secularity of the Novel and the Embarrassment of Dostoevsky's Idiot"
4pm, Buchanan 216

11 March 2014
Arabic Research Seminar
Dr Katja Vehlow
"History in Transfer -- Abraham ibn Daud and the Writing of Roman History”
Dr. Katja Vehlow is interested in medieval Islamicate historiography, inter-religious polemics, gender, and graphic novels. She is currently completing an analytical edition of the historical writings of the Jewish Iberian philosopher Abraham ibn Daud (d. c. 1180). Dr. Vehlow received her Ph.D. from New York University, after studies in Germany, the UK, and Israel. She was a Weinstein Post-Doctoral Fellow and concurrently an Honorary Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, UW-Madison and has been teaching at the University of South Carolina since 2008. Her first book, Abraham Ibn Daud's Dorot Olam. A critical edition, is published by Brill in April 2013.
5pm, Buchanan 216

12 March 2014
ICCL MLITT Poster Event
4-5pm, Quad 32

13 March 2014
German Research Seminar
Prof Roland Berbig (Humboldt University, Berlin)
"'DDR-Literatur' als Forschungsgegenstand"
5.15pm, Buchanan 216

13 March 2014
The St Andrews Latin America Lecture Series
Professor Richard Burger (Yale University)
“The Machu Picchu Solution:  A New Model for Cultural Patrimony Disputes”
5.15pm, School V

13 March 2014
Cineclub Juan Pablo Rebella
"La mirada de Icíar Bollain"
Mataharis (2007), Icíar Bollaín
4pm, School 6

Friday 14 March 2014
Persian Studies Group, University of St Andrews
'Norouz Get Together'
Norouz, which means ‘The New Day’ in Persian, is the New Year festival celebrated in Iran and its neighboring countries. Occurring on the spring equinox (20th March), it is the most important festival in Iran and is celebrated with special customs that signify our hope for prosperity and happiness. This year the students and the staff of the Persian Group at the School of Modern Languages have prepared a small get together with live music and poetry recitation. You are welcome to join us for this little celebration.
4pm - 7pm, School Room III, St Salvator’s Quad

21 March 2014
IECIS Workshop
Institute of European Cultural Identity Studies
‘Affect and belonging - Galicia and Ireland’
St Salvator’s Quad, Room 31
10.00 – 10.15 Welcome: Gustavo San Román (St Andrews)
10.15 –12.45 First session: Galicia
10.15 – 11.00 Helena Miguélez-Carballeira (Bangor), ‘The enduring uses of Galician sentimentality: Culture, politics and economics’
11.00 – 11.15 Respondent: Catherine Barbour (St Andrews)
11.30 – 12.15 Gustavo San Román, ‘Post-morriña in a Uruguayan novel (Ángel Rama, Tierra sin mapa [Uncharted Territory] (1959))’
12.15 – 12.45 Discussion on Galicia
13.30 – 15.30 Second Session: Ireland
13.30 – 14.15 Willy Maley (Glasgow), ‘Longings, Belongings and Backward Looks in Irish Drama’
14.15 – 14.30 Respondent – Catherine O’Leary (St Andrews) 
14.30 – 15.00 Discussion on Ireland
15.00 – 15.30 Conclusions and potential future directions

2 April 2014 --> Postponed to 18 April 2014
Persian Symposium - "Change, Challenge and Creativity in post-revolutionary Iranian Cultural Production"
"Change, Challenge and Representation of Love in Contemporary Iranian Cinema"
Dr Maryam Ghorbankarimi (University of St Andrews) – 2.30-3.15 pm
"Change, Challenge and Creativity: Female Performers in Contemporary Iranian Music"
Dr Parmis Mozafari (University of St Andrews) – 3.30-4.15 pm
"Change, Challenge, and Reformulation of Iranian Performing Traditions: Beyzaie's Intellectuals as Sacrificial Heroes"
Dr Saeed Talajooy (University of St Andrews) – 4.30-5.15 pm
"Change, Creativity and Cannon Formation in Contemporary Persian Poetry"
Dr Alireza Abiz (University of Newcastle) –5.30-6.15 pm
Quad 32 (2.30 to 7.00 PM) 

 2 April 2014
Cineclub Juan Pablo Rebella
"La mirada de Icíar Bollain"
El Sur (1983), Victor Erice
4pm, School 6

3 April 2014
IECIS in conjunction with French Research Seminars
Dr Dawn Cornelio (mundus Visiting Scholar)
"Travels in prose and in language(s) in Sensò, la guerre/L’Enfant et le soldat by Marie Etienne and in Le Livre du retour by Silvia Baron Supervielle”
1-2.30pm, Arts Seminar room 3

3 April 2014
PG Research Seminar
Chiara Giuliani
“Là dove c’era…ora c’è…” the Threat of Kebab shops to Italian Culture
Lottie Pearce-Slade
Rabelais' 'Virtue': sixteenth century linguistic possibilities
5pm, Arts seminar room 2

4 April 2014
Hispanic Research Seminar
Eleni Kefala
“Spectacular Modernities: Buenos Aires across the Arts, 1921-1939”
4pm, Quad 36

7 April 2014
Italica Research Seminar
Cristina Ali Farah
'A Lifeline of Pearls - Stories from the Somali diaspora'
Born in Verona to an Italian mother and a Somali father, Cristina Ali Farah moved to Mogadishu, where she spent fifteen years before fleeing at the outbreak of the civil war, in 1991. Until last year she lived in Rome. In Italian Ali Farah published a number of short stories and poems and her first novel, Madre piccola (Little Mother, 2007). In her writings essential themes are the present condition of diaspora, traumas of war and exile, the reflection on the colonial past and its removal from public debate in Italy. Ali Farah intersects the threads of many personal stories in order to crucially weave textures, in which Somali and Italian histories are visible. Her talk will touch upon the recovery of the past in her writings - how personal experiences in Mogadishu emerge and how historical events enter in her narratives - and the drawing of "maps" of relationships in the present of diaspora.
5.15pm, Buchanan 216

8 April 2014
French Research Seminar
Christian Allard (MSP)
"The New Alliance: France and an Independent Scotland"
Christian Allard was born near Dijon in France. Despite his accent he has lived in Scotland for the last 30 years, moving to Glasgow as a young man to set up the Scottish base of a food haulage company before becoming involved in the fishing industry and moving to the North East. He worked in the fishing industry until becoming an MSP last year. His political interests include rural affairs such as farming and fishing; tourism and perhaps unsurprisingly for a Frenchman, food and drink. He has three daughters and two grandchildren and considers himself a New Scot.
5-7pm, Parliament Hall

9 April 2014
French Research Seminars
David McCallam (Sheffield)
'Le pied et le pouls: Libertine Measures in Les Liaisons dangereuses'
4pm, Buchanan 216

9 April 2014
Cineclub Juan Pablo Rebella
"La mirada de Icíar Bollain"
Te doy mis ojos (2003), Icíar Bollaín
4pm, School 6

10 April 2014
German Research Seminar
Dr John Walker (Birkbeck, University of London)
"Wilhelm von Humboldt and Intercultural Communication"
5.15pm, Buchanan 216

14 April 2014
ICCL / Russian Research Seminar
Professor Anne Nesbet (University of California, Berkeley)
"The Baby in the Temple: Cinema, Architecture, and Constraint (Sergei Eisenstein and Abram Room)"
5pm, Quad 31

16 April 2014
ICCL / Russian Research Seminar
Professor Eric Naiman (University of California, Berkeley)
"Tolstoy's Hinges: Penultimate Tensions in Anna Karenina and War and Peace."
5pm, Quad 31

16 April 2014
Cineclub Juan Pablo Rebella
"La mirada de Icíar Bollain"
Flores de otro mundo  (1999), Icíar Bollaín
4pm, School 6

17 April 2014
French Research Seminars
Ian MacLachlan
'"Fuyantes lignes de vie": Louis-René des Forêts and the modes of autobiography'
5pm, Buchanan 216

18 April 2014
Persian Symposium - "Change, Challenge and Creativity in post-revolutionary Iranian Cultural Production"
"Change, Challenge and Representation of Love in Contemporary Iranian Cinema"
Dr Maryam Ghorbankarimi (University of St Andrews) – 2.30-3.15 pm
"Change, Challenge and Creativity: Female Performers in Contemporary Iranian Music"
Dr Parmis Mozafari (University of St Andrews) – 3.30-4.15 pm
"Change, Challenge, and Reformulation of Iranian Performing Traditions: Beyzaie's Intellectuals as Sacrificial Heroes"
Dr Saeed Talajooy (University of St Andrews) – 4.30-5.15 pm
"Change, Creativity and Cannon Formation in Contemporary Persian Poetry"
Dr Alireza Abiz (University of Newcastle) –5.30-6.15 pm
St Marys Lecture room 1 (2.30 to 7.00 PM)

21 April 2014
Italian Research Seminar
Dr Serena Bassi (University of Warwick)
"What Gets Better (and Where)? The Italian Localization of the "It Gets Better" Project, U.S. Definitions of "Homophobia" and their Translations"
The “It Gets Better” project, a YouTube campaign that encourages LGBT adults to address supportive messages to young victims of homophobic bullying, was devised in response to a spate of LGBT teen suicides in the United States. Since then the campaign has been “localized”; i.e. a series of “cultural translations” have been produced in various languages. Like the English language original, the Italian version “Le cose cambiano” (Things change) invites users to upload personal stories that promote the message of the campaign. Commentators on the US version agree that the stories follow one particular script: determined to “make it better” for himself of herself, an individual overcomes the hardship of their teenage years and lives a happy “out” adult life (Puar 2010; Halberstam 2010; Yep, Olzman and Conkle 2012).
Since the goal of the campaign was to wage something of a national war on homophobia, it is hardly surprising that such a narrative should be evoked: the story of redemption and entrepreneurship underwriting these narratives has been described as a quintessentially American story (McAdams 2005). With regards to the localization of this product, what are the consequences of translating a narrative that is so bound to US national discourse? How has a particular narrative of moving beyond homophobia been translated from one national context into another? What personal narratives of “overcoming homophobia” appear in the Italian version of the campaign? How do these compare to the US narratives that have inspired them?
This talk employs the tools of narrative theory to interrogate “Le cose cambiano” as a cultural translation (Baker 2006; Harding 2012). I will argue that a set of narratives of selfhood, oppression and emancipation derived from a specific national archive have been translated and that these, in turn, work to construct a particular narrative of what homophobia is and of how it should be fought.
5pm, Buchanan 402

23 April 2014
ICCL Translation Workshop (restricted places -- now full, sorry)
Helen Chambers, Catherine Cobham, Stephen Halliwell and Celia Hawkesworth
1.30-5.30pm, Arts seminar room 1

23 April 2014
Cineclub Juan Pablo Rebella
"La mirada de Icíar Bollain"
También la lluvia (2010), Icíar Bollaín
4pm, School 6

24 April 2014
Poetry Forum in collaboration with School of Modern Languages, School of English, School of Classics, StAnza & Mosaici
Myra Schneider (London poet)
'Writing the Self' - Poetry and Writing for Wellbeing
5.15pm, Buchanan 216

28 April 2014
Russian Research Seminar
Evgeny Bershtein
"Eisenstein, Sexuality, and Decadence" 
5pm, Buchanan 216

29 April 2014
Arabic Research Seminar
Prof Angelika Neuwirth
“What Biblical text does the Qur’an presuppose? - some new observations”
5pm, School V

30 April 2014
Cineclub Juan Pablo Rebella
"La mirada de Icíar Bollain"
Katmandú (2011), Icíar Bollaín
4pm, School 6

1 May 2014
PG research seminar
Sarah Townshend:
'Disruptive Desire: Marriage and Procreation in Church, State and Comedies of the Seventeenth-Century'
Marissa Munderloh:
'The Academic Side of Hip-Hop: Doing Qualitative Research in the Field'
4pm, Arts seminar room 2

30 May 2014
Latin American Cinema Symposium
Icíar Bollaín in StAndrews
10am – 6pm, School 3

See also

School of Modern Languages current seminar programme

Complete seminar archive



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