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Research seminars: Semester 1, 2018/19

Wednesday 26th September, 1-2pm
C19C research seminar
Speaker: Claire Whitehead (Russian)
Late Imperial Russian Crime Fiction
Building on the topic of my recently completed book,?The Poetics of Early Russian Crime Fiction: Deciphering Stories of Detection?(Legenda, 2018), this talk will reflect on various approaches to the genre as practised in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It will consider early Russian crime fiction’s relationship to (critical) realism from a range of perspectives, including its generic hybridity, its depiction (or not) of violence, and its gestures towards existing institutions of authority, including religion and medicine. One of the principal aims of my work is to examine how early Russian crime fiction earns authority and legitimacy for itself as a new genre in the nineteenth-century literary landscape.
Venue: Buchanan 312

Wednesday 10th October, 1-2pm
?19? postgraduate presentations
Organiser: Emma Sutton (English)
Venue: Byre Conference Room

Wednesday 31st October, 2-4pm
Round table on New Directions in Postcolonial studies
Chair: Dr Emma Bond 
Speakers: Prof. Derek Duncan (University of St Andrews, UK) Prof. Lydie Moudileno (University of Southern California, USA) Prof. Parvati Nair (United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility / Queen Mary, University of London, UK)

Wednesday 31st October, 1-2pm
C19C research seminar
Speaker: Mark Harris (Soc. Anthropology)
The letter from Alter do Chão: how to think about Indigenous politics around the independence of Brazil, 1822. 
This talk will look at a petition to the state governor that was sent by indigenous villagers from a small and remote Amazonian village on the Tapajos River in 1824. The petition asks that the people be respected, be treated as citizens like other Brazilians and not be exploited for their labour. As far as is known the document offers a unique insight into how indigenous people perceived their role in the newly independent Brazil. I will consider the various dimensions of their political stance its wider influence from liberalism and its anchorage in an attachment to the rivers and forests of the region.
Venue: Buchanan 312

Wednesday 31st October, 2-4pm
Modern Languages Research Seminar
Chair: Dr Emma Bond
Speaker: Prof. Lydie Moudileno (University of Southern California, USA)
‘New Directions in Postcolonial Studies: Recycling Barthes’ Mythologies’
Followed by a response by Prof. Derek Duncan (University of St Andrews, UK) and Q&A
Venue: Buchanan 312

Wednesday 14th November, 1-2pm
C19C research seminar
Speaker: Sara Lodge (English)
Losing Gracefully: Edward Lear's Pobble Who Has No Toes and the 1872 Cross-Channel Swim
Edward Lear's delightful nonsense poem, 'The Pobble Who Has No Toes' (begun in 1873) has been read as a nursery warning against masturbation and a rueful lyric of lost love. I want, instead, to link it to the evolution debate and, specifically, to a failed attempt in 1872 by J. B. Johnson to swim the English Channel, which failed when his feet grew numb. Might humans be better off without their toes? And might adults benefit from a kind of involution, which allowed them to return to a simpler, pre-sexual state? This light verse enters some deep emotional water.
Venue: Buchanan 312

Tuesday 20th November, 5-7pm
Round table on New Directions in Literature and Sciences
Chair: Dr Katie Jones
Speakers: Dr Ted Bergman (University of St Andrews) Dr Michael Mack (University of Durham) Dr Manon Mathias (University of Glasgow) Prof. Mary Orr (University of St Andrews)