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Current research seminars

2018/19 Research Seminar Programme

Semester 1

Wednesday 26th September, 1-2pm

C19C research seminar

Venue: Buchanan 312

Speaker: Claire Whitehead (Russian)

Late Imperial Russian Crime Fiction 

Building on the topic of my recently completed book, The Poetics of Early Russian Crime Fiction: Deciphering Stories of Detection (Legenda, 2018), this talk will reflect on various approaches to the genre as practised in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It will consider early Russian crime fiction’s relationship to (critical) realism from a range of perspectives, including its generic hybridity, its depiction (or not) of violence, and its gestures towards existing institutions of authority, including religion and medicine. One of the principal aims of my work is to examine how early Russian crime fiction earns authority and legitimacy for itself as a new genre in the nineteenth-century literary landscape.

Wednesday 10th October, 1-2pm

С19С postgraduate presentations

Venue: Byre Conference Room

Organiser: Emma Sutton (English)

Wednesday 31st October, 1-2pm

C19C research seminar

Venue: Buchanan 312

Speaker: Mark Harris (Soc. Anthropology)

The letter from Alter do Chão: how to think about Indigenous politics around the independence of Brazil, 1822. 

This talk will look at a petition to the state governor that was sent by indigenous villagers from a small and remote Amazonian village on the Tapajos River in 1824. The petition asks that the people be respected, be treated as citizens like other Brazilians and not be exploited for their labour. As far as is known the document offers a unique insight into how indigenous people perceived their role in the newly independent Brazil. I will consider the various dimensions of their political stance its wider influence from liberalism and its anchorage in an attachment to the rivers and forests of the region. 

Wednesday 31st October, 2-4pm

Modern Languages Research Seminar

Venue: School V

Speaker: Prof. Lydie Moudileno (University of Southern California, USA)

‘New Directions in Postcolonial Studies: Recycling Barthes’ Mythologies’

Followed by a response by Prof. Derek Duncan (University of St Andrews, UK). and Q&A

Chaired by Dr Emma Bond

Wednesday 14th November, 1-2pm

C19C research seminar

Venue: Buchanan 312

Speaker: Sara Lodge (English)

Losing Gracefully: Edward Lear's Pobble Who Has No Toes and the 1872 Cross-Channel Swim

Edward Lear's delightful nonsense poem, 'The Pobble Who Has No Toes' (begun in 1873) has been read as a nursery warning against masturbation and a rueful lyric of lost love. I want, instead, to link it to the evolution debate and, specifically, to a failed attempt in 1872 by J. B. Johnson to swim the English Channel, which failed when his feet grew numb. Might humans be better off without their toes? And might adults benefit from a kind of involution, which allowed them to return to a simpler, pre-sexual state? This light verse enters some deep emotional water.

Tuesday 20th November, 5-7pm

Round table on New Directions in Literature and Sciences

Chair: Dr Katie Jones

Speakers: Dr Ted Bergman (University of St Andrews) Dr Michael Mack (University of Durham) Dr Manon Mathias (University of Glasgow) Prof. Mary Orr (University of St Andrews)

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