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Research seminars: March 2016

2 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

2 March 2016
Michel Volkovitch
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

Research Seminar
'Confessions of a Literary Translator'
French, Greek, English. Academic translation and literary translation. Prose, poetry, drama. Theory and practice. Creative writing and translation. Language and music. Translating verse. Teaching literary translation. Versification as a key exercise.
5pm, Buchanan Building, room 216

Undergraduate Translation Seminar (on 3 March 2016)
'Why become a translator?’
Topics of discussion: academic translation and literary translation. The translator’s training. What to read and listen to. Translation and personal writing. Literary translation: curse and blessing. Courses in literary translation in French-speaking countries.
1-2pm, 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, School V, St Salvator's Quad

Friday 4th March 2016 (5pm in B215):

Bram Van Leuveren (Department of Comparative Literature):
'Mastering the Art of Hospitality: The Contentious Reception of Different Foreign Embassies at the Court of Henri III of France, January-March 1585.'

Guadalupe Elisa (Department of Spanish)
'Rosa de Castaño (1910) and her Novels of Rural Mexico.'

9 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

9 March 2016
Byre World “A Conversation With...” Series
Ariane Chemin (Journalist, Le Monde), in conversation with Dr Gavin Bowd (University of St Andrews)
Ariane Chemin is grand reporter of Le Monde and co-author of several books about contemporary French politics: Jospin & Cie: Histoire de la gauche plurielle, 1993-2002; Une famille au secret: le président, Anne et Mazarine; La Femme fatale (on Ségolène Royal); La Nuit du Fouquet’s (on Nicolas Sarkozy); and Les Strauss-Kahn. In 2015, Chemin’s series of articles for Le Monde on ‘Les six vies de Michel Houellebecq’  earned her a law-suit and France’s most prestigious award for journalism.
‘Public and Private Life in French Journalism Today’
6pm, The Byre Theatre

9 March 2016
Workshop: New work in Eco-criticism
Featuring a talk by Dr Monica Seger (College of William & Mary) on “Exposure, Embodiment, Narrative: Creative Engagements with Italy’s Dioxin Crisis” and contributions from other members of the School of Modern Languages.
Dr Seger is Assistant Professor of Italian and the author of Landscapes in Between: Environmental Change in Modern Italian Literature and Film (University of Toronto Press, 2015)
4-6pm, Buchanan Building room 216
All welcome!

10 March 2016
School of Modern Languages Research Seminar Series
Dr Nadine Meisner (Russian)
'The past is always in the present'
When Diaghilev launched the Ballets Russes in Paris in 1909, he rocked the foundations of European ballet and produced a renaissance whose impact was still being felt many decades later.  He became the symbol of creative innovation and modernist experimentation, and has been the subject of many books and exhibitions. But the truth is more evolution than revolution.  I propose to describe how new ways of thinking in the theatre arts had emerged in Russia before Diaghilev: in theatre design, in music and specifically ballet music, and in ballet technique.  All of these were mirrored in the late work of Marius Petipa, the French choreographer who worked in Russia for sixty years and who is generally acknowledged as the father of the Ballets Russes and twentieth-century Soviet ballet.  Using the remarkable dancers shaped by Petipa, Diaghilev put all these new-fashioned components together to create the artistic synthesis that was at the heart of his expatriate company.
5pm, Buchanan Building, room 216

14 March 2016
Cultural Memory Research Group, sponsored by the Institute of European Cultural Identity Studies (IECIS) and the School of Modern Languages
Public Lecture
Professor Marianne Hirsch (Columbia University)
‘Small Acts: Mobilizing Memory Across Borders’
‘How can the memory of violent pasts be mobilized for a more progressive and hopeful future? This talk explores how the academic study of memory can respond to the renewed monumentality we find in memory museums, memorials and commemorative rituals that perpetuate nationalism and ethnocentrism. Connecting the memory of the Holocaust with that of other histories of political violence, the talk searches for mobile and mutable artistic practices that can effect little resistances and small acts of repair’.
Professor Marianne Hirsch is William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Director, Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality at Columbia University.
5pm, Parliament Hall, South Street

An Interdisciplinary Workshop on Cultural Memory
The Future of the Past
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome ?and Opening remarks: Dr Catherine O’Leary
Panel 1: Trauma
10:15 - 11:00 - Prof. Leo Spitzer ‘Improbable Images: School Photos in Holocaust Europe’
11:00 - 11:30 - Dr Jeffrey Murer, ‘Fighting over history: the politics of trauma and the difficulties of working through loss in contemporary Hungary’
Panel 2: Life Writing
12:00 - 12:30 - Dr Elise Hugueny-Léger: ‘Writing (against) history: autofiction and the rise of post-mémoires in French literature’
12:30 - 13:00 - Mr Natthanai Prasannam: ‘While I cannot forget what happened in Kanchanaburi’: The Railway Man as a Transnational Memory Text
Panel 3: Material Culture
14:00 - 14:30 - Dr Emily Finer, ‘Imagining a Dickensian Childhood in Soviet & Post-Soviet Russia’
14:30 - 15:00 - Dr Victoria Donovan, ‘Re-branding Russia's 'Front Line': Patriotic Engagement with the Commemorative Landscape in Post-Soviet Pskov’
15:00 - 15:30 - Ms Darya Tsymbalyuk, ‘Draw me a map of a home I lost: stories from Donbass, Ukraine’
15:30 - 16:00 - Roundtable and concluding discussion (Dr Emma Bond, convenor)
Starts at 10am, Arts Lecture Theatre

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
Raymond Calcraft
‘Words and Music’
Celebrations will take place in both England and Spain this year of two of their greatest writers, Shakespeare and Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote, who died within ten days of each other in April 1616. To mark this 400th anniversary, Raymond Calcraft, former head of Spanish at the Universities of Portsmouth, Warwick and Exeter, will give an illustrated talk in St Andrews at School II, St Salvator’s Quad on Wednesday 30 March at 2.30pm.
‘Words and Music’ will discuss aspects of Shakespeare’s and Cervantes’s writings in the light of settings of their words by two twentieth-century composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Joaquín Rodrigo, and will attempt to show how poetry can be enhanced and even given additional meaning when set to remarkable music.
As well as lecturing at several universities in this country and abroad, including at the Sorbonne in Paris and the Real Academia de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Raymond Calcraft is well known as a writer and musician. His publications range from Spanish range from Spanish Golden Age prose and poetry to the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Joaquín Rodrigo, the paintings of Joaquín Sorolla, and the films of Larry Weinstein. He has broadcast many times for the BBC, and has conducted choirs and orchestras in this country and abroad, including the Bournemouth, English Chamber and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. His recording include music by the Spanish Renaissance master Sebastián de Vivanco, the Mass in G minor by Vaughan Williams, and several choral and orchestral works by Joaquín Rodrigo for EMI Classics.
2.30pm, School 2, St Salvator’s Quad

30 March 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

31 March 2016
School of Modern Languages Research Seminar Series
Dr Agathe Lechevalier-Novak (Paris 10)
"Qu'est - ce qu'un auteur "contemporain" ? Michel Houellebecq et le XIXe siècle"
Qu’est-ce qu’être un écrivain contemporain ? Le cas de Michel Houellebecq semble idéal pour réfléchir plus précisément à cette question. Considéré par certains comme « notre contemporain capital » (Emmanuel Carrère), Michel Houellebecq, à n’en pas douter – en France, du moins – fait l’actualité : par les polémiques que déclenchent ses œuvres, par ses discours, par son omniprésence dans la sphère médiatique. Pourtant, l’écrivain, vu par d’autres comme le représentant par excellence des « anti-modernes », voire des « nouveaux-réactionnaires », a toujours dit son aversion pour l’époque « contemporaine » et pour le XXe siècle en général – raison pour laquelle il puise l’essentiel de ses références dans la culture du xixe siècle, de Lamartine à Huysmans, de Chateaubriand à Balzac, Baudelaire ou Mallarmé. L’examen de ces références nous permettra de nous interroger sur la manière dont l’œuvre littéraire peut s’emparer du temps – et sur la possible nécessité, pour l’écrivain contemporain qui entend saisir sur le vif son époque, de rester profondément inactuel.
5pm, Buchanan Building, room 216

Friday 4th March 2016 (5pm in B215):

Bram Van Leuveren (Department of Comparative Literature):
'Mastering the Art of Hospitality: The Contentious Reception of Different Foreign Embassies at the Court of Henri III of France, January-March 1585.'

Guadalupe Elisa (Department of Spanish)
'Rosa de Castaño (1910) and her Novels of Rural Mexico.'