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Research seminars: November 2017

Wednesday 1 November 2017
Weekly Middle Eastern Film Screenings
Resident of Middle Floor (Shahab Hosseini, 2015)
1h 31min, in Persian with English subtitles
'Resident of Middle Floor' tells the quirky tale of a depressive writer (Shahab Hosseini) struggling for inspiration. He immerses himself into each new idea, playing the roles of his characters before our eyes. Slowly, these fantasies begin to intersect with his own life, blurring the line between his stories' worlds and his own failing existence. Will he ever be able to figure out the story he wants to tell? A thoroughly entertaining character study that is reminiscent of Walter Mitty's world.
3pm, Buchanan Building, room 103

Wednesday 1 November 2017
Byre World’s Poetry Pop-Up with StAnza and the Poetry Forum
An evening of (language-)barrier crossing poetry! Four performers from the University of St Andrews School of Modern LanguagesStAnza and the Poetry Forum come together to showcase their work. The event will mainly be in English but come ready to be enthralled and entertained by some language-crossing and culture-clashing rhymes. After each poet performs their work, they will take part in an audience discussion to delve deeper into the process of writing poetry across different languages.
Christine De Luca: Journeys Edinburgh-based Christine De Luca writes in English and Shetlandic, her mother tongue.  She was Edinburgh’s Makar for 2014-2017.  Besides children’s stories and a novel, she has had seven poetry collections and four bi-lingual volumes published (French, Italian, Icelandic and Norwegian) and participated in festivals e.g. in Canada, India, France, Norway, Iceland … and St Andrews!
www.christinedeluca.co.uk
Harry Giles / Aurélia Lassaque
Harry Giles
 is from Orkney and lives in Edinburgh. Harry’s latest publication is the collection Tonguit from Freight Books, shortlisted for the 2016 Forward Prize for Best First Collection. They were the 2009 BBC Scotland slam champion, co-direct the live art platform ANATOMY, and have toured participatory theatre across Europe and Leith.
Harry will be performing versions and translations into Orcadian from various different poets, including Aurélia Lassaque, StAnza’s 2017 poet-in-residence, who writes in French and Occitan.
www.harrygiles.org
Nsah Mala
Nsah Mala
is a Cameroon-born poet and writer, author of three poetry collections: Chaining Freedom (2012), Bites of Insanity (2015), and If You Must Fall Bush (2016). His short story “Christmas Disappointment” won a prize from the Cameroonian Ministry of Arts and Culture in 2016. His poems and other writings have appeared (are forthcoming) in anthologies and magazines in Cameroon, Nigeria, Canada, USA, India, and France. His two new poetry collections (in English and French) are forthcoming.
Annie Rutherford / Nora Gomringer
Nora Gomringer is one of Germany’s best known and loved contemporary poets. Her writing blurs the boundaries between performance and page poetry, as well as intersecting with other art forms. Hydra’s Heads, the first collection of her work translated into English, is due out in July 2018. The collection’s title nods to a quote by Gomringer: that translation is like an attempt to tie the heads of the Hydra back into a single ponytail. In this session, translator and StAnza programme co-ordinator Annie Rutherford offers a deconstructed translation of Gomringer’s work, showcasing the fluidity and precarity of translation decisions.
7pm, Byre Theatre

Thursday 2 November 2017
School of Modern Languages Research Seminars Series
Conflict and Change
Dr Steffan Davies, University of Bristol
‘Disengaged Engagement: German Literature and the French Revolution in the 1790s’
4-5.30pm, School V, St Salvator's Quadrangle

Wednesday 8 November 2017
Weekly Middle Eastern Film Screenings
The Idol (Hany Abu-Assad, 2015)
1h 40min, in Arabic with English subtitles
Gaza, synonymous to so many with conflict, destruction and despair, is to Mohammed Assaf, and his sister Nour, Gaza is their home and their playground. It's where they, along with their best friends Ahmad and Omar, play music and football and dare to dream big. For Mohammed and Nour, nothing less than playing the world famous Cairo Opera House will do.
3pm, Buchanan Building, room 103

Wednesday 8 November 2017
This event is jointly organised by the Centre for Poetic Innovation, Universities of Dundee and St Andrews, and the Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy, University of Dundee
Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei, Professor of Philosophy (Fordham University)
"On Poetry and Truth"
4pm, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, Old Hawkhill, Dundee, room 1G05

Wednesday 8 November 2017
Brexit means?
…for the Identity
A roundtable conversation, moderated by a member of the Cultural Identity Studies Institute, with:
Robert Crawford, School of English
Will Fowler, School of Modern Languages
Alice Konig, School of Classics
Ken Mavor, School of Psychology and Neuroscience
Topics will include whether Brexit illustrates an existential or identity crisis; the relationship between Britain and Europe, and what a European identity might encompass; whether there is a special connection between Scotland and Europe; and what Brexit might do to British identity in future.
Questions will also be taken from the audience.
The event is free, but ticketed.
Please visit the Byre webpage to get your tickets
4.00 - 5.30 pm, Byre Theatre

Thursday 9 November 2017
School of Modern Languages Research Seminars Series
Conflict and Change
Professor Lino Pertile, Harvard University
‘Dante, Primo Levi, and the Holocaust’
4-5.30pm, School V, St Salvator's Quadrangle

Wednesday 15 November 2017
C19c Brown paper-bag research seminar series 2017-18
“Sharing a 19th-Century Object and/or Concept”
Aileen Fyfe & James Inglis, School of History
Object: A 1913 Remington typewriter
Aileen and James will consider how looking closely at the physical features (and sounds!) of typewriters will help shape their new project on technology, gender and consumer choice.
1pm, 0.02 in St Katharine’s Lodge (ground floor)

Wednesday 15 November 2017
Weekly Middle Eastern Film Screenings
Gold and Copper  (Homayoun Asadian, 2011)
1h 37min, in Persian with English subtitles
A mullah in training struggles to take care of his ailing wife Zahra and their children in this moving melodrama. The film gives a human face to Iran's Muslim clergy with its unusual tale of a man forced to become a better husband and father. Seyed has just moved with his family to Tehran to study and he relies on his wife to look after everything else. Their lives change dramatically when Zahra is diagnosed with a progressive disease that results in her paralysis.
3pm, Buchanan Building, room 103

Wednesday 15 November 2017
Byre World
‘Representations of the Holocaust in Eastern Bloc cinema’
Film screening of Jacob the Liar (dir. Frank Beyer, 1974)) with introduction by Prof Seán Allen (University of St Andrews) and post-screening discussion.
http://byretheatre.com/events/byre-world-representations-of-the-holocaust-in-eastern-bloc-cinema/
7pm, Byre Theatre

Thursday 16 November 2017
School of Modern Languages Research Seminars Series
Conflict and Change
Professor Nancy Condee, University of Pittsburgh
‘Russian Cine-Politics (2017): Memory, Amnesia, and Risk’
4-5.30pm, School V, St Salvator's Quadrangle

Wednesday 22 November 2017
Weekly Middle Eastern Film Screenings
Where do we go now? (Nadine Labaki, 2011)
1h 50min, in Arabic with English subtitles
When a series of incidents incites violence between Muslims and Christians in a little Lebanese village, the women of the village conspire together to keep their men from fighting.
3pm, Buchanan Building, room 103

Wednesday 22 November 2017
Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and Eastern European Studies (CRSCEES)
Jesse Gardiner (St Andrews)
‘Scapegoats and Masks: Stalin’s Anti-Cosmopolitan Campaign’
5pm, Buchanan room 216

Thursday 23 November 2017
School of Modern Languages Research Seminars Series
Conflict and Change
Dr Louise Johnson, University of Sheffield
‘Guillem Viladot and a Tradition of Trans’
4-5.30pm, School V, St Salvator's Quadrangle

Wednesday 29 November 2017
Weekly Middle Eastern Film Screenings
Under the Shadow (Babak Anvari, 2016)
1h 24min, in Persian with English subtitles
After Shideh's building is hit by a missile during the Iran-Iraq War, a superstitious neighbour suggests that the missile was cursed and might be carrying malevolent Middle Eastern spirits. She becomes convinced a supernatural force within the building is attempting to possess her daughter Dorsa, and she has no choice but to confront these forces if she is to save her daughter and herself.
3pm, Buchanan Building, room 103

Wednesday 29 November 2017
Byre World with the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum London
An Evening with Austrian Author Erwin Urhmann
Ich bin die Zukunft / I Am the Future – An Evening with Austrian author Erwin Uhrmann (in German and in English) with translation by Rachel Hildebrandt.
Austrian author Erwin Uhrmann will read from his book Ich bin die Zukunft (published in 2014) and Andrew Cusack will read from the English translation, I am the Future. The readings will be followed by a conversation in English about the translation and content of Erwin’s book with Andrew Cusack and Kirsten Mericka from the Department of German, University of St Andrews.
Erwin Uhrmann is a writer based in Vienna. His dystopic novel Ich bin die Zukunft was called the discovery of the year by literature blogger Kerstin Pistorius.
With the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum London.
Free and open to all (ticketed).
http://byretheatre.com/events/byre-world-an-evening-with-austrian-author-erwin-uhrmann/
7pm, Byre Theatre