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Research seminars: November 2016

Wednesday 2 November 2016
Byre World Film Series
The Color of the Pomegranates (1969), by Sergei Parajanov
7pm, The Byre Theatre

Friday 4 November 2016
Centre for Poetic Innovation
Free Performance Event
Sabine Macher (poet, dancer, choreographer and photographer)
The l-notebook carnet  d’a / a-round reading
Jerome Fletcher (Professor of Performance Writing, University of Falmouth)
…Reusement
6-8pm, Studio, Byre Theatre
Booking: http://byretheatre.com/

Tuesday 8 November 2016
Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and Eastern European Studies (CRSCEES) research seminar
Margarita Vaysman (University of St Andrews)
'Men and Steamships: Russian Literary Classics after the Revolution of 1917'
5pm, St Salvator's Quadrangle, room 30

Wednesday 9 November 2016
Byre World Conversation Series
Shaul Bassi (University of Venice)
Shaul Bassi and the Merchant in Venice
2016 saw the 500th anniversary of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice. The official celebrations included the first ever production of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice in the Ghettto itself. Directed by Karin Coonrod, with an international, multilingual cast, the production met with wide acclaim. Shaul Bassi, professor of English at Venice University, and co-founder and director of Beit Venezia, was the driving force behind this potentially controversial initiative. He will talk about the relevance of the play to the Ghetto, and the history and challenges of putting on the Merchant in Venice.
Click here for details of the production
Shaul Bassi is associate professor of English Literature at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice as well as co-founder and director of Beit Venezia: A Home for Jewish Culture. He is the author of Shakespeare’s Italy and Italy’s Shakespeare: Place, “Race,” and Politics (forthcoming) and the co-author of Shakespeare in Venice: Exploring the City with Shylock and Othello.
6pm, The Byre Theatre

Thursday 10 November 2016
Shaul Bassi (University of Venice)
Shylock in the Ghetto: Shakespeare’s Italy reconsidered
Shaul Bassi is associate professor of English Literature at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice as well as co-founder and director of Beit Venezia: A Home for Jewish Culture. He is the author of Shakespeare’s Italy and Italy’s Shakespeare: Place, “Race,” and Politics (forthcoming) and the co-author of Shakespeare in Venice: Exploring the City with Shylock and Othello.
5.15pm, Buchanan room 216

Wednesday 16 November 2016
Byre World Literary Café Series
Sarah Dunant in conversation with Claudia Rossignoli
Sarah Dunant is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and critic. She was a founding vice patron of the Orange prize for fiction, and writes regularly for The Times, The Guardian and The Independent on Sunday. She teaches creative writing in London, the U.S. and is a creative writing fellow at Oxford Brookes university. To date she’s written ten novels, including Sacred Heart (2009) and the international bestseller The Birth of Venus (2003). Most of her work centres on the Italian Renaissance, and on the city of Florence in particular. She undertakes intensive historical research to add depth to her fiction and is especially interested in uncovering hidden women’s stories of the time. Her latest books re-tell the saga of the Borgia family: Blood and Beauty: The Borgias, 2013, and In the Name of the Family, 2017.
Sarah will be in conversation with Dr Claudia Rossignoli, a lecturer in Italian who specialises in Renaissance literature and culture.
8pm, The Byre Theatre

Thursday 17 November 2016
French Department research seminar
Prof Ann Jefferson (University of Oxford)
“A Gaggle of Geese or a Fresh Blast: Why the Novel in 1940s France needs a new Literary History.”
5.15pm, Buchanan Building, room 216

Thursday 17 November 2016
Arabic and Persian Research Seminar
Dr Andreas Ellwardt
"Christian-Arabic Language Consciousness on the Eve of the Nahda”
Dr Andreas Ellwardt is Research Fellow in the ERC Project "Language, Philology, Culture: Arab Cultural Semantics in Transition”
https://arts.st-andrews.ac.uk/arsem/
5pm, Buchanan room 312

Friday 18th November 2016
Centre for Poetic Innovation
Poetry Reading by Dr Oli Hazzard
5.30-7pm, Byre Theatre, Studio
Oli's first collection of poems, Between Two Windows (Carcanet, 2012), won the English Association's Michael Murphy Memorial Prize, an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors, and was a book of the year in the Guardian, Financial Times and Times Literary Supplement. A pamphlet of prose poems, Within Habit, was published by Test Centre in 2014. He teaches creative writing and twentieth-century literature at the University of St Andrews.