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Research seminars: April-May 2014

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 - 3.05 pm
"Change, Challenge and Creativity: Female Performers in Contemporary Iranian Music"
Dr Parmis Mozafari (University of St Andrews) 3.10 - 3.45 pm
"Change, Challenge and Creativity in Translating Modern Fiction into Persian"
Mr Mohammad Emami (University of St Andrews) 4.00 - 4.35 pm
"Change, Challenge, and Reformulation of Iranian Performing Traditions: Beyzaie's Intellectuals as Sacrificial Heroes"
Dr Saeed Talajooy (University of St Andrews) 4.45 - 5.30 pm
"Change, Creativity and Canon Formation in Contemporary Persian Poetry"
Mr Alireza Abiz (University of Newcastle) 5.45 - 6.30 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

25 April 2014
Renaissance and Early Modern Network in St Andrews - Research Seminar
'Vice and Virtue in the Early Modern Period'
Dr Matthew Augustine (School of English)
‘Trading Places: Lord Rochester, the Laureate, and the Making of Literary Reputation’
Dr Ulrike Weiss (School of Art History)
‘”The Queen in Breeches” – Caroline Matilda of Denmark on horseback’
Dr Jens Timmermann (Department of Moral Philosophy)
‘Kant on Conscience’
5-7pm, Lawson Room, Kennedy Hall

28 April 2014
Russian Research Seminar
Evgeny Bershtein
"Eisenstein, Sexuality, and Decadence"
Based on extensive archival research, this paper explores the genesis of Sergei Eisenstein's sexual theories, their connections to European Decadence, and their role in his artistic practice.
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

28 May 2014
Italian Research Seminar
Professor David Wallace (University of Pennsylvania)
'Trouble in the Crimea, or: Literary History, 1348-1418, and Where Europe Begins and Ends'
4pm, Quad 31

30 May 2014
"One day Symposium on Spanish-Language Cinema with the films and participation of Iciar Bollain"
Programme:
10.15–10.20: Introduction to the Symposium by Bernard Bentley (University of St Andrews)
10.20–11.10: Professor Núria Triana Toribio (University of Kent, Hispanic Studies) "Spanish “realismo social” and Icíar Bollaín’s Mataharis" (2007)
11.20–12.10: Dr David Archibald (University of Glasgow, Film Studies) "Cinematic representations of anti-fascist women in the Spanish Civil War with close-ups on Tierra y Libertad (1986) "
13.45–15:45: Screening "También la lluvia / Even the Rain" (2010) 103mn introduced by Iciar Bollaín
16.15–18:00: Q&A with Icíar Bollaín (actor/director/producer) led by Bernard Bentley
School 3, St Salvators' Quadrangle
All are welcome and participation is free