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Research seminars: May 2017

Tuesday 2 May 2017
‘Le Moustachu avec les Lunettes 2’
Danced piece by the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance
On songs composed and sung by Jean Ferrat after poems by Louis Aragon, and musics by Engelbert Humperdinck and Vivaldi.
Choreography: Benoît Egloff
Dancers: Sophie Archer, Dylan Boswell, Emilie Christie, Stevie Craib, Sarah Greene, Will Hodson, Rob Jackson, Kaja Jurkowska, Sarah Lyall, Tori Partridge, Jess Scobie, Joy Smith, Jourdan Walker, Tom Wohlfahrt.
LMALL2 is re-visiting a choreographic research previously devised to post-graduates from across Europe in 2010. Rejecting the utilisation of speech, it explores narrative choreography integrating the use of a set, props, body language, musicality, costumes, dancers’ technical and creative skills, without being literal.
The performance is organised within the context of the RSE funded research project on 'Poetry and Performance: Embodied Poetic Experience in Public Spaces', a collaboration between the Centre for Poetic Innovation and a number of partners, including the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance. It will be followed by a discussion with the choreograph and the dancers, whose aim is to explore :
1. how the choreographer and performers have engaged with the textual elements of the performance.
2. how members of the audience react to the danced piece and conceive of the link between choreography, music and words.
3. the way members of the audience and performers engage with each other.
For more information about the project and/or if you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Dr Elodie Laügt (el40) and visit the Centre for Poetic Innovation website:
12-1pm, Byre Theatre Auditorium

Tuesday 2 May 2017
Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and Eastern European Studies (CRSCEES)
Shaun Walker (The Guardian Moscow Correspondent)
‘The Long Hangover: memory and revolution in Ukraine and Russia’
Shaun Walker is Moscow Correspondent for The Guardian. For more than a decade, he has reported extensively from across Russia, Ukraine, and the former Soviet countries. His book, The Long Hangover, a study of memory politics in Russia and Ukraine, will be published by Oxford University Press in autumn 2017.
Shaun spent most of 2014 in Ukraine, witnessing the Maidan Revolution in Kiev, the annexation of Crimea and the uprising in East Ukraine. Since the outbreak of hostilities, he has travelled regularly to the region and provided some of the most authoritative analysis of the conflict. This talk, and his upcoming book, will explore the role of history and memory in these events.
5pm, Byre Theatre Conference room

Wednesday 3 May 2017
Translating Opera
Professional soprano Megan Read will be joined by university staff (Julia Prest, Jane Pettegree) and students of Modern Languages (Elizabeth Galbraith, Teddy Day) to sing a series of arias, recitative passages and choruses from Gluck’s opera, Iphigénie en Aulide in the original French and then in a gently modernized English translation prepared by students on FR4110 Translating French Opera.  Followed by questions and discussion.
1pm, Rehearsal Room, Younger Hall

Wednesday 3 May 2017
Byre World Film Series
Wild Tales (2014) by Damián Szifron
7pm, The Byre Theatre

Thursday 4 May 2017
Professor Alan Knight’s (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
'"Forjar Constitución": The Making and Meaning of the Mexican Constitution of 1917'
5pm, Buchanan room 216

Wednesday 10 May 2017
Byre World Conversation Series
British music duo Joe and Jake come to us for a discussion and a Q&A, about music and their experience of the Eurovision song contest.
Joe and Jake both participated in the fourth series of the talent show The Voice UK, and represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm with the song You're Not Alone.
Join us for this Eurovision-themed evening, and get in the mood for this year’s Eurovision song contest! (This year’s show will be taking place on May 13, in Kiev)
6pm, The Byre Theatre

Wednesday 17 May 2017
PG Seminar Series
Julia Hieske (Deptartment of Spanish)
‘Forms and Functions of the Early Twentieth-Century Travel Guidebook to Mexico and Beyond’
Juan Mosquera Ramallo (Deptartment of Spanish)
‘In-between literary genres: Antonio Muñoz Molina’s Carlota Fainberg
5.15pm, Buchanan Building, room 216

Tuesday 23 May 2017
Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and Eastern European Studies (CRSCEES)
Katya Rogachevskaya (Lead Curator East European Studies at the British Library)
'Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths. Exhibition at the British Library'
Exhibition curator Katya Rogatchevskaia will give a virtual tour of the exhibition, tell insight stories of the most interesting objects and reflect on the process of putting together a major exhibition  to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution in the British national Library.
5pm, Buchanan Building room 216

Thursday-Friday, 25-26 May 2017
An Interdisciplinary Workshop on Cultural Memory: Memory, Nation, Race
With the participation of Prof Alison Landsberg (George Mason University)
St Salvator's Quad, Room 31

Friday 26 May 2017
Public Lecture
The University of St Andrews Cultural Memory Research Group, in association with the Cultural Identity Studies Institute (CISI), presents:
Professor Alison Landsberg
‘Post Post-racial America’
2016 witnessed a seismic shift in the racial landscape of the United States. The prevailing discourse about a ‘post-racial America’, though always, in the words of Catherine Squires, a ‘mystique’, was firmly and finally extinguished with the election of Donald J. Trump. While race, in the form of racial prejudice, was erupting in Trump’s political rhetoric and in the rhetoric of his supporters, race was being spoken in a very different way by social movements such as Black Lives Matter and by a series of new mass cultural texts. Less than two months before election day, the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in Washington DC. The struggle over race, the museum asserts, is the defining narrative of America, the fundamental contradiction that constitutes the nation. Through its strategic use of images, objects and voiceovers, the museum creates what Jacques Rancière calls ‘dissensus’, recasting the ‘distribution of the sensible’. The museum, in its very presence on the National Mall, its provocative display strategies and its narrative, puts into action something like the political. In a somewhat different way, the 2017 horror film Get Out also heralds the post post-racial. Like the museum, the film makes an intervention into the ‘distribution of the sensible’, performing political work by reimagining what can be seen, said, and thought. Alison Landsberg is Professor of History and Cultural Studies at GeorgeMason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She is the author of Engaging the Past: Mass Culture and the Production of Historical Knowledge (Columbia UP, 2015) and Prosthetic Memory: The Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture (New York: Columbia UP, 2004) as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Her research on film, television and museums has focused on the modes of engagement they solicit from individuals and the possibilities therein for the production and acquisition of empathy, memory, and historical knowledge in the public sphere.
5 pm, Parliament Hall, South Street