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Research seminars: December 2017

Thursday 7 December 2017
School of Modern Languages Research Seminars Series
Conflict and Change
Dr Jens Hentschke, Newcastle University
'Conflict and Change in Uruguay, 1868-1915: The Transformation of a Notorious Nineteenth-Century Trouble Spot into Latin America's First Welfare State Democracy'
4-5.30pm, Bute Lecture Theatre A

Wednesday 13 December 2017
C19c Brown paper-bag research seminar series 2017-18
“Sharing a 19th-Century Object and/or Concept”
Objects: Photographs & Portraits (& a Musical Score)
Concept: Celebrity
Ricardo Fernández, Will Fowler & Margarita Vaysman, School of Modern Languages
Ricardo will explore the impact on Spanish autobiographical writing of the proliferation of the public image of professional writers thanks to the use and circulation of photography in the newspapers and magazines of the last third of the 19th century. Will will, in turn, analyse how Mexican conservative General Miguel Miramón became a celebrity/pin up of sorts during the Civil War of the Reforma (1857-61) (including having polkas composed in his honour). And Margarita will reflect on two portraits of Alexei Pisemskiiof, one of the Russian writers she is currently working on, in both of which he looks famously anxious, with bulging eyes (he was among those who thought a camera would steal his soul!)
5-6:30pm Quad Room 32

Wednesday 13th December
Byre World
Theeb, Arabic for wolf, is a Jordanian Arabic language film directed by Naji Abu Nowar. The film is about a young Bedouin boy, named Theeb, who must fend for himself and survive in the Wadi Rum desert. Taking place during the first World War and after the Great Arab Revolt against the Ottoman empire, Theeb, a coming of age film, has often been hailed a “Bedouin Western”. It won the Best Director award at the 71st Venice International Film Festival and later went on to be nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.
7pm, Byre Theatre