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Research seminars: March 2017

Wednesday 1 March 2017
Byre World Film Series
The Tin Drum/Die Blechtrommel (1979) - Volker Schlöndorff
Against the backdrop of Nazi Germany, three-year old Oskar looks with skepticism on the adult world he sees around him. In response, he withdraws from time and from history by refusing to grow up. Based on Günter Grass’s novel of the same name, this Academy Award winner offers a seminal representation of German and European identities in the second half of the twentieth century. 
Introduced by Professor Seán Allan (School of Modern Languages, Department of German)
7pm, The Byre Theatre

Monday 6 & Tuesday 7 March 2017
Centre for Poetic Innovation
Universities of St Andrews & Dundee
Poetry and Performance: Embodied Poetic Experience Workshop
10am - 5pm, Gateway Boardroom, Gateway Building, St Andrews
Evening Performance - Buchanan Theatre (Union Street), Tuesday 7 March, 6-8pm:
Scott Rettberg - 'Three Rails Live’ and ‘Toxi*City'
'The Listeners' - John Cayley performs with the UK version of his 'skill' (or app) for the Amazon Echo and Alexa.
To register for this free event, go to the Poetry & Performance Workshop Doodle poll at

6 March 2017
Dr Anna Kemp (QMUL)
“Georges Perec's oulipian life writing.”
This paper will present a part of my current work-in-progress, Oulipography: Life as creative constraint. This study of oulipian life writing will argue that for 'oulipographers' oulipian games are not just cunning techniques for unclogging writers' imaginations, but a means of self-examination, self-invention, and relating to the world and to others - a mode d’emploi for life. In this paper I will sketch the broad brushstrokes of this project, before homing in on the role of games and play in what is perhaps the best known autobiography by an oulipian writer: George Perec's W ou le souvenir d'enfance.
5.15, Buchanan room 216

Tuesday 7 March 2017
Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and Eastern European Studies (CRSCEES)
Victoria Donovan (University of St Andrews) and Susan Edwards (Glamorgan Archives)
‘Revolutionary rumblings in the letters of Welsh migrants to the Donbass: The Hughesovka story’
This event will showcase an ongoing impact project examining the forms of transnational exchange between South Wales and the Donbass region of Ukraine. Susan Edwards, founder of the Hughesovka Research Archive at the Glamorgan Archives in Cardiff, will speak about the history of Welsh migration to the Donbass at the end of the nineteenth century. Victoria Donovan will present the network of cultural institutions and individuals who have come together to re-examine this history and to re-animate creative links between the two regions in 2017. Russian and Ukrainian snacks will be served.
5pm, Buchanan Building room 216

Wednesday 8 March 2017
Byre World Conversation Series
A conversation with… Ruth Ellen Gruber
Author of Virtually Jewish: Reinventing Jewish Culture in Europe, appears in conversation with Dr Emily Finer from the School of Modern Languages.
Ruth Ellen Gruber is an American author and journalist who has chronicled Jewish developments in Europe for more than 25 years and writes frequently on Jewish heritage, revival and tourism in post-communist Europe. A former correspondent for UPI in Poland and elsewhere in communist Europe, Ruth is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and Poland’s Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit. She coordinates the web site, a project of the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe. The year 2017 marks the 15th anniversary of the publication of Virtually Jewish: Reinventing Jewish Culture in Europe - an exploration of non-Jewish interest in Jewish heritage and culture and of the development of Jewish culture in post-Holocaust, post-Communist Europe. It also marks the 25th anniversary of Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to Eastern Europe, which put hundreds of long-neglected synagogues, Jewish cemeteries and other Jewish heritage sites on the map and drew attention to a rich patrimony that was largely destroyed, forgotten, ruined, or ignored.
6pm, The Byre Theatre

Wednesday 15 March 2017
PG Seminar Series
'María Luisa Ocampo and a New National Identity in Post-Revolutionary Mexican Theatre’ by María Guadalupe Elías (Dept. of Spanish)
‘Un café con Perón’ and other stories: material historicity in the Argentine television series Lo que el tiempo nos dejó (2010) by Brigid Cruzado (Dept. of Spanish)
5.15pm, Buchanan Building room 216

Tuesday 28 March 2017
German Research Seminar
Dr Regine Straetling (University of Bonn)
The Bland and the Pale. Failures and Variants of Far Eastern Exoticism
Barthes’ notebooks from a three-week trip to Maoist China in 1974 document on nearly every page his boredom and frustration: besides its dogmatic political positions, China seems bland and indistinct to him. After Barthes’ return, his readers await in vain a book similar to L’Empire des signes, his celebrated essay on Japan. Was the trip then entirely void of any productive input for Barthes’ work? In a reading of some of his posthumously published writings, this paper seeks – via a detour to the reflections of the German poet Max Dauthendey on Japanese aesthetics – to identify the theoretical values of this seemingly failed trip for Barthes’ later work.
4pm, Buchanan room 216

Thursday 30 March 2017
Italian Research Seminar and screening
Marco D'Agostini (film director)

Film director Marco D'Agostini will be brainstorming with final year students in Italian on the relevance of the genre documusical in film making, and on the theme of film documenting the reality of minority languages and dialects.
2-3pm, St Salvator's Quad room 30

'All Roads Lead to Udine. SunsEurope: The Cultural Festival and its DocuMusical'. (Talk 5-5.40pm)
Film director Marco D'Agostini will talk on the experience of script writing and directing his documusical SunsEurope (2016) as a capturing poetic composition of SunsEurope, European Festival of Performing Arts in Minority Languages that took place in Udine in 2016.
Followed by discussion and projection of SunsEurope (55mins - English Subtitles).
5pm, Buchanan Building room 216

31 March-8 April 2017
St Andrews Festival of Translation

31 March-1 April, Byre Theatre
Two days of performances and workshops, plus an intermedial exhibition to last till 8 April

Monday 3 April, 8 pm, Byre Theatre.
The Flowerings of Evil
An evening of music and art inspired by the poetry of Charles Baudelaire

Wednesday 5 April, 2pm, Conference Room, Younger Hall
Translating for Singing: what, how and why?

Thursday 6 April, 7pm, School 6
Jennifer O’Meara (Film Studies) presents Lost in Translation
Read our Film Studies expert’s recommendations of films about translation

Friday 7 April, Gateway Boardroom
Scotland in Translation
A day of talks and readings, from Burns in French to Baudelaire in Scots to Chinese Makars

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