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Research seminars: October 2017

Tuesday 3 October 2017
Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and East European Studies (CRSCEES)
Dina Iordanova (St Andrews)
Film Screening
'I Even Met Happy Gypsies', director Aleksandar Petrovic (1967)
CRSCEES cordially invites colleagues and students to a screening and discussion of Aleksandar Petrovic's film, lead by Professor Dina Iordanova. The event opens the 2017-2018 CRCSEES seminar series "Minor Matters" that would explore the issues of representation of various minority groups in media, art, literature, and culture throughout the semester. The event is open at all.
5pm, St Salvator's Quad, School 6

Wednesday 4 October 2017
Weekly Middle Eastern Film Screenings
Ghadi  (Amin Dora, 2013)
1h 41m, in Arabic with English subtitles
In a small Lebanese costal village, the neighbours’ growing fear of Ghadi, a young special needs boy in their midst, forces his father Leba, the town's only music teacher, to concoct a crazy scheme to convince his fellow townspeople that his son is not the "demon" they fear but rather an angel who holds all the answers to their problems.
3pm, Buchanan Building, room 103

Wednesday 4 October 2017
Byre World is an annual series of cultural events organized by the School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews. It is open to university staff and students and to the general public. Byre World aims to offer a window into other cultures and also to bring new perspectives on our own culture(s) through discussion, reflection and exposure to new materials and ideas.

Casting Race on Stage and Screen with Dr Julia Prest (University of St Andrews) exploring casting in relation to race and ethnicity, the opportunities and challenges through interviews with actor Satya Bhabha and Mezzo Soprano Andrea Baker, who sings a short a cappella excerpt from Sing Sistah Sing!

Andrea Baker: British-American mezzo soprano, Andrea Baker is renowned for her distinctive voice, intense artistry, and passion. She has recently written and conceived Sing Sistah Sing!, a show that is both a celebration of the sound and extraordinary breadth of the African American female voice, and a heartfelt retelling of some of their most incredible life stories. Andrea Baker is herself an artistic trailblazer, she is the first African American to sing in all four operas of Wagner’s great Ring Cycle in its Chinese premiere, the first African American Carmen in Australia, and the first African American to sing the role of Ortrud in the South Korean premier of Wagner’s Lohengrin. Sing Sistah Sing! gives her a chance to both tell her own deeply personal story and to pay musical homage to some of the women who courageously paved the way.

Satya Bhabha: Satya Bhabha is an actor and director living in Los Angeles. He has appeared on stage in New York at The Public Theatre, The Signature Theatre, The New Group, St. Anne’s Warehouse, and Ars Nova, among others others, and is an associated artist of Target Margin Theatre Company. In London he has performed at Shakespeare’s Globe. His film credits include Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Midnight’s Children, Fair Game, and the upcoming films Dude and A Change In The Air. He has been seen on TV in New Girl, Key & Peele, The Good Wife, Sense8, and NCIS, among others. His directing work includes the short films Meteor Night and Cover Up (starring Alison Pill & Jason Ritter) both of which have played to acclaim at multiple festivals. He holds a BA in theatre from Yale University where he was awarded the Sudler Prize for the Arts.

Julia Prest: A graduate in Music and French, Julia Prest is Reader in French at the University of St Andrews. She is a specialist in early-modern drama, ballet and opera in France and its Caribbean colonies. Her first book was on casting and gender across theatrical genres: Theatre under Louis XIV: Cross-casting and the Performance of Gender in Drama, Ballet and Opera (2006, 2013). Her second book was Controversy in French Drama: Molière’s Tartuffe and the Struggle for Influence (2014, 2016). Julia is currently working on a book project entitled Master, Slave and Free: Theatre and Citizenship from Colonial Saint-Domingue to the Founding of Haiti (1764-1804). To complement this, she is putting together a database of all known performances in the public theatres of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti). Julia runs the only university course on translating opera in the UK, for which she was shortlisted for the Times Higher’s Most Innovative Teacher of the Year award 2016.

Byre Theatre, 7pm
The event is free, but ticketed. Please visit the Byre Theatre webpage to get your tickets.

Thursday 5 October 2017
School of Modern Languages Research Seminar Series
Conflict and Change
Writer in Residence Christian Lehnert
‘Atomoi. Gedanken zu einer poetischen und religionslinguistischen Teilchenlehre’
4-5.30pm, School V, St Salvator's Quadrangle

Monday 9 October 2017
Department of German / Guest Lecture
Clara Pauly (Erasmus Teaching Mobility/Bonn)
"Die Funktion ist das Dasein, in Tätigkeit gedacht." Zur Aktualität des Funktionsbegriffs in den Literaturwissenschaften.
5pm, Buchanan room 216

Wednesday 11 October 2017
Weekly Middle Eastern Film Screenings
The Colour Purple (Ebrahim Hatamikia, 2004)
1h 35min, in Persian with English subtitles
'The Color Purple' is an action-packed film about Arghavan, a peaceful university student who is also the daughter of a politically radical couple being followed [or ‘watched’?] by the police. Under constant surveillance by a shadowy undercover police officer known to his superiors as Shahab-8, Arghavan’s life begins to change when Shahab-8 is ordered to shadow her and become involved in her everyday activities. But as he does so, the two begin to share a genuine bond, leading to the most unexpected of climaxes.
3pm, Buchanan Building, room 103

Wednesday 11 October 2017
C19c Brown paper-bag research seminar series 2017-18
“Sharing a 19th-Century Object and/or Concept”
Frank Muller, School of History
Concept: Towards a Regime of 'Functionalised Rulers': Constitutional Monarchy in 19th-Century Europe
Frankwill invite colleagues to consider why a particular dog did not bark in the nineteenth century - i.e. why the age of revolution did not produce an age of republics, why the profound social, political, cultural and technological changes Europe experienced between the French Revolution and the First World War never led to a monarchical mass extinction event. His answer is that the concept of constitutional monarchy (not just in its British parliamentary manifestation, but also in the Continental one that took its cue from the French "Chartre" of 1814) managed to adapt to and largely succeed at a set of monarchical functions that made changing forms of monarchical rule appear efficacious and acceptable to the majority of the relevant political forces. Monarchs communicated convincingly (and not entirely wrongly) that they continued to play a necessary role. And they put on a good show, too.
1-2pm, Byre Conference Room

Thursday 12 October 2017
School of Modern Languages Research Seminars Series
Conflict and Change
Dr Emile Chabal, University of Edinburgh
‘Conflict and change: what France can tell us about the future of European political debate’
4-5.30pm, School V, St Salvator's Quadrangle

Friday 13 October 2017
Centre for Poetic Innovation
Poetry Reading
Spanish poets in the UK: Nothing is Lost, by Jordi Doce
Jordi Doce, born in 1967, is a poet and literary critic. He has translated the work of W. H. Auden, Ted Hughes and Charles Tomlinson, among others. He currently lives in Madrid, where he works as freelance editor.
Selected Poems, by Eduardo Moga
Eduardo Moga, born in Barcelona in 1962, is a poet, translator and literary critic. He has produced Spanish versions of Frank O'Hara, Richard Aldington, Walt Whitman and William Faulkner, as well as Rimbaud and Ramon Llull, among others. He currently lives in Mérida, where he works as director of the Editora Regional de Extremadura.
5.15pm, Byre Theatre, Studio

Wednesday 18 October 2017
Weekly Middle Eastern Film Screenings
Sand Storm (Elite Zexer, 2016)
1h 27min, in Arabic with English subtitles
When their entire lives are shattered, two Bedouin women struggle to change the unchangeable rules, each in her own individual way.
3pm, Buchanan Building, room 103

Wednesday 18 October 2017
Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and East European Studies (CRSCEES)
Vladimir Averin (Russian State Television and Radio Rossia)
'Representation of Minorities in Russian State Media'
5pm, St Salvator's Quad, room 31

Thursday 19 October 2017
School of Modern Languages Research Seminars Series
Conflict and Change
Professor Wen-chin Ouyang, SOAS
‘Places, people and things: traces of cultural encounters on the Silk Road in pre-modern writings’
4-5.30pm, School V, St Salvator's Quadrangle

Wednesday 25 October 2017
Brexit means?
…for Peace and Security
A roundtable conversation, moderated by a member of the Cultural Identity Studies Institute, with:
Ryan K Beasley
Jasmine Gani
David McCollum
Kieran McConaghy
from the Schools of Geography and International Relations of the University
Topics will include Immigration and Britain, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Northern Ireland and the Border, and Scotland and Indyref.
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
The event is free, but ticketed. Please visit the Byre Theatre webpage to get your tickets.

Wednesday 25 October 2017
Byre World
‘Burns and Hafez’
A cultural dialogue between the Scottish Bard and 14th-century Iranian poet Hafez with live music, singing and poetry
Separated by four centuries and over 4000 miles, by culture, by history, by religion, by language. Burns and Hafez can’t really have anything in common – can they?
The key poems and songs of the two Bards are sung, recited and acted, accompanied by Santoor, Guitar, and Bass, together with a bit of context and discussion. For those who don’t understand Persian – or 18th century Scots – we have English subtitles.
Are Burns and Hafez Bards apart or have they got far more inc ommon than that which divides? You – the audience – will decide!
A Talking Sheep production with Mark Meiklejohn, Mark Percival, Valerie Sim, Parmis Mozafari, Lucy Deacon and Manijeh Zargar.
7pm, Byre Theatre