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Research seminars: May 2018

Wednesday 2 May 2018
Byre World
The Enthusiasm Project
In 1869, Welsh industrialist John Hughes founded the mining town of Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine, initiating a wave of migration from South Wales to Eastern Europe. 1917 and the approaching Russian Revolution saw the hasty exit of the industrialists who had followed Hughes, fearful of the revolutionary ferment. 100 years later, in the present day, Ukraine and the Donbas are once again at the centre of a violent conflict that has led to the internal displacement of over a million people.
“Enthusiasm” brings to life some of the elements of this fascinating and timely story.
Project leaders Dr Victoria Donovan (Dept of Russian, University of St Andrews) and Stefhan Caddick will be joined by composer Simon Gore to present “Enthusiasm” via music, image and discussion.
7pm, Byre Theatre, Studio

Thursday 3 May 2018
School of Modern Languages Research Seminar Series
Conflict and Change
‘Bertha von Suttner's Peace Activism, or How Leftist Politics Should Respond to Nationalism and Sexism’
Professor Elisabeth Krimmer, University of California, Davis
4-5.30pm, School V, St Salvator's Quadrangle

9 April to 7 May 2018
Byre World
Human Zoos: Putting People on Display
A “human zoo” is a display of a particular group of humans for the purposes of entertainment, education or propaganda. Although particularly prevelant in the later 19th and earlier 20th centuries, human zoos have a long history and were held in a wide variety of national contexts, including Scotland. This exhibition and related events invites audiences to think about the practices of putting people on display.
Byre Theatre

Wednesday 9 May 2018
Byre World
Casanova Undressed: A Sky Arts and Balandi Production (2016)
His very name is synonymous with seduction but what was world famous adventurer and author Giacomo Casanova really like? Although considered a ruthless, insatiable libertine and one of the biggest playboys history has ever known, Casanova was a Venetian who wore many masks, including that of a secret agent, gambler, mathematician and entrepreneur. Narrated by actor and Casanova biographer Ian Kelly (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1), this documentary heads under the covers to reveal just what made Casanova one of the most complex and controversial characters of the 18th century.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the producers, writers, artists, and scholars who created or contributed to this documentary. They will talk about the challenges, surprises, and many delights of working on Casanova, all the better to “undress” him.
7pm, Byre Theatre, Studio

Friday 11th May 2018

Centre for Poetic Innovation Universities of St Andrews & Dundee
A Reading by Catalan Poet Francesc Parcerisas
Followed by a round table with Robert Crawford, Anna Crowe & Peter Mackay.Chaired by Jordi Larios.
For further information, contact the event organiser: Elodie Laügt
5-7pm Gateway Boardroom

Wednesday 16 May 2018
C19c Brown paper-bag research seminar series 2017-18
“Sharing a 19th-Century Object and/or Concept”
Emma Sutton, School of English
Object: A photograph of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson playing his flageolet in Hawaii.
Emma will briefly introduce some aspects of the common but under explored practice of music-making in colonial settings. Stevenson’s example illustrates some of the research questions, pleasures and difficulties in thinking about European music globally in the nineteenth century.
1-2pm, Byre Conference Room