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Research seminars: March 2015

Monday 2 March 2015

Professor Lionel Ruffel, University Paris 8

Leverhulme Seminar 2: ‘Ecosystems of Contemporary Literature. Towards an Imaginary of Publication’

Buchanan 216, 5.15pm

Wednesday 4 March 2015

Middle Eastern Film Screenings 

The Scent of Josef’s Shirt (1995) by Ebrahim Hatamikia
Iran – 100 min, In Persian with English subtitles 

3pm, School B305

Wednesday 4 March 2015

REMNet Research Seminar:


Dr Jan Alessandrini (School of History): ‘‘Companions and Carousers: Conviviality in German Early Modern Tales (1555-1565)’
Dr Flavia Bruni (School of History): ‘Books beyond Boundaries: the Roman Ban on Basel’
Ms Ann Gunn (School of Art History): ‘"The Fire of Faction": Paul Sandby, William Hogarth and the Treaty of Paris 1763’

5-7pm, Buchanan Building 216

Thursday 5 March 2015

School of Modern Languages Research Seminar
French Research Seminar

Professor Rosalind Brown-Grant, University of Leeds: ‘Lessons in law, lessons in chivalry: the Roman de Gérard de Nevers illuminated by the Wavrin Master and Loyset Liédet’ 

Abstract: Art historians specialising in works produced in the European Middle Ages have recently begun to draw our attention to the important part played by illustrated manuscripts of Roman, canon and customary law texts in the dissemination and teaching of legal precepts among scholars and law practitioners of the period. What has received far less attention from modern commentators is the way in which illumination cycles accompanying works of courtly literature also contributed to the familiarisation with the law of aristocratic lay readers who, as kings, dukes, counts and lords would have been responsible for the exercise of justice in their own lands. This paper will focus on the visualisation of the law and the respective positions of men and women in the legal processes of the day in medieval romance narratives whose plots are dominated by themes of crime and punishment. In particular, it will examine the interaction of text and image in two manuscripts of the mid-fifteenth-century Roman de Gérard de Nevers, a text belonging to the ‘wager cycle’ where judicial proceedings are placed centre-stage, which were illustrated by the artist known as the Wavrin Master and Loyset Liédet, respectively. Whilst Liédet is concerned with evoking a sense of the splendour and ceremony of the chivalric spectacles that the tale recounts, the Wavrin Master both borrows from the iconographical conventions of works of canon and customary law and devises his own means of visual expressions in order to bring out the moral, political and legal implications of the narrative for his courtly audience. 

5.15–6.45pm, Buchanan Room 216

Saturday 7 March 2015

Stanza 2015

Dr Carlo Pirozzi, research fellow in Italian, will present a new collection by Scottish poets inspired by the work of Giuseppe Ungaretti

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Wednesday 11 March 2015

Professor Lionel Ruffel, University Paris 8

Leverhulme Lecture 3: ‘Historicities of the Contemporary’

School 5, 1–2pm

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Middle Eastern Film Screenings

Nargess (1992) by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
Iran – 100 min, In Persian with English subtitles

3pm, School B305

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

PG Seminar

Isabelle Gribomont
‘Representations of the Autonomous Subaltern in the Zapatista Discourse: Issues of Democracy and Identity’

Salour Evaz Malayeri
‘Ideology; From a Critical Concept to a Multidisciplinary approach in Literary theory’

Coffee and tea will be provided

5:00pm-6:00pm Buchanan Building 216


Thursday, 12 March 2015

Italian Seminar

Professor Judith Bryce (University of Bristol)
‘Alessandra Macinghi Strozzi’s Letters to Her Sons, 1447-1470’

Seventy-three letters survive out of an unknown number written by the Florentine widow, Alessandra Strozzi, to her merchant sons in Naples and Bruges over a period of more than twenty years. They have been well known to scholars since their first publication by Cesare Guasti back in 1877, however the North American series, The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe, has now provided the opportunity for a first complete English translation which is due for publication at the end of this year. The talk will be in three parts: first an introduction to Alessandra, describing the circumstances underlying the correspondence, not least the harsh realities of her sons’ political exile between 1458 and 1466; second, an exploration of the mother-son relationship revealed by the letters, and finally some brief remarks on issues arising from translating and editing the collection.  

5.15pm, Buchanan Building 216