BRAKC presents Michaël Ferrier at Birkbeck: Mémoires d’outre-mer, or Over Seas of Memory – 18th September 2019

Based loosely on the author’s life, Mémoires d’outre-mer recounts the life of Ferrier’s Mauritius-born grandfather, Maxime, who in 1922 abruptly boarded a boat bound for Madagascar and never returned. Maxime’s adventurous and romantic life in Madagascar, which included a stint as a diver, an artist, and an acrobat in a travelling circus, is bound up with the island’s history, including its period as a Vichy-governed territory at the centre of what was called ‘Project Madagascar’, the Nazi plan to relocate Europe’s Jewish population to the island. This story in turn is interwoven with the larger story of colonialism and its lasting and complicated impact on French national and cultural identity today. Join us at Birkbeck on 18th September 2019 for a discussion of this novel and its translation, as well as of Ferrier’s other works.

Michaël Ferrier is professor of French at Chuo University in Tokyo, Japan; he is also an essayist and the award-winning author of several novels. Mémoires d’outre-mer, his most recent work, has been translated into English as Over Seas of Memory by Martin Munro, Winthrop-King professor of French and Francophone Studies at Florida State University.

And here is the link: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/events/remote_event_view?id=6709

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CFP: BRAKC Research Centre 2018-19: Deadline 30 September 2018

Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC) is a research centre based in the School of Arts. We study the artistic representation of human belonging, of the human bond, in literature, film, photography, paintings, and other art forms. How is this bond presented across time and cultures, how is it analysed, deconstructed, reinvented? BRAKC was established ten years ago and since then we have organised many conferences, symposia, seminars, reading groups, exhibitions, interrogating the concepts of “family”, “kinship”, and “community”.

We would like to encourage interested research students in the School of Arts to play a prominent role in the activities of the centre. We invite proposals for research events in 2018-19. Some funding is available if needed for the organisation of these events. Although organisers will not be paid, they will have something to add to their CVs!

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words to Dr Nathalie Wourm, Director of BRAKC, by 30 September 2018. Selected proposals will be announced shortly after that, and the events will be organised in cooperation with BRAKC.

Email: n.wourm@bbk.ac.uk

Website: http://www.brakc.bbk.ac.uk/

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Free Training: Migrating Texts: Innovation and Technology in Subtitling, Translation and Adaptation

Migrating Texts: Innovation and Technology in Subtitling, Translation and Adaptation

Friday 4 May 2018 | IMLR, Room 243, Senate House, London WC1E 7HU

***Free training generously supported by LAHP (London Arts & Humanities Partnership), the European Commission and IMLR (The Institute of Modern Languages Research)***

Please join us for our next Migrating Texts event, aimed specifically at postgraduate students and ECRs researching in the Modern Languages and Arts and Humanities, and to practitioners in these fields. Migrating Texts brings together academic speakers with individuals from the subtitling, translation and cross-media industries, with the aim of fostering communication between the two and promoting opportunities for collaboration between academia and the cultural industries. Our forthcoming event will focus on innovation and technology.

In the last decades, advances in digital communications and innovative technologies have deeply transformed the way texts are created and travel across material, linguistic, spatial and temporal boundaries. This is particularly evident in the everchanging landscape of the audiovisual translation (AVT) sector, but translation practices in publishing and theatre, for example, have also been affected. What tools were available to translation practitioners before the digital revolution? What can we learn from the transition from analogue to digital production? How has online software reformed translators’ access to work and their modus operandi? How has the job market adapted to the demand for a new profile of translator who is at the same time a language-cultural expert and tech-savvy? What new forms of adaptation are available today?

The subtitling session will explore advances in subtitling practice from a diachronic perspective. It will first discuss the origins and nature of written language on screen and the key role played by early, often non-professional, translators in the international circulation of moving images. It will then observe more recent technical developments in both textual and professional practice, underlining issues surrounding quality standards and access to the job market.

The translation and adaptation session will explore changes to reading, writing and publishing occasioned by technological innovation, from the ways we do translation (e.g. computer-aided translation methods) to the ways translations and adaptations are disseminated (e.g. digital storytelling platforms). The session concludes with a practical exercise where attendees will adapt a text for a digital storytelling platform.

For more information on the speakers, please see the Migrating Texts website:

https://migratingtexts.wordpress.com/about-the-speakers/

Attendance is free. You may register your place through the IMLR website:

https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/14045

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Migrating Texts team: Carla, Katie, Kit

Website: migratingtexts.wordpress.com

Twitter: @MigratingTexts | Facebook: migratingtexts | Email: migratingtexts@gmail.com

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CILAVS – Thinking Ibero-America: Modernity and Indigenism: 23 November 2017

CILAVS warmly invites you to

Thinking Ibero-America: Modernity and Indigenism – Ticio Escobar in conversation with John Kraniauskas

23 November, 2017

6:30-8:30

Clore Management Lecture Theatre, Clore Management Centre

Birkbeck, University of London

London WC1E 7JL

Organised by CILAVS, Instituto Cervantes and Canning House

Under the dominance of European and then Creole elites, the people of Latin America have historically looked to Europe and North America as referents for cultural modernity. Until recently, everything related to indigenous people and culture was associated with the idea of underdevelopment. However, with globalisation, contemporary cultural discourses have begun incorporating notions of diversity, difference, inclusion and cultural rights; this allows for the articulation of new critical visions such as that of Paraguayan Ticio Escobar.

A lawyer, curator, teacher, art critic and cultural promoter, Ticio Escobar was Minister of Culture of Paraguay (2008-2012). Prior to that, he was Director of Culture of the Municipality of Asuncion (1991-1996) and founder of the Museum of Indigenous Art. He is the author of the National Law of Culture of Paraguay and President of the Paraguayan Section of the International Association of Art Critics. He has published numerous books on Paraguayan and Latin American art. He currently directs the Centro de Artes Visuales / Museo del Barro in Asunción.

John Kraniauskas is Professor of Latin American Studies at Birkbeck, Univeristy of London. Expert in literature and cultural studies, he is the author of numerous essays and translations. His latest book is Capitalism and its Discontents: Power and Accumulation in Latin American Culture (University of Wales Press, 2017). He met Ticio Escobar on a trip to Paraguay during the days of Stroessner, as a member of the Parliamentary Group on Human Rights.

Click here to book.

This event opens the International Conference Border Subjects/Global Hispanisms that will take place on 24 and 25 November, 2017.

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CILAVS: International Conference Border Subjects/Global Hispanisms

CILAVS has the pleasure to invite you to the

International Conference

Border Subjects/Global Hispanisms

24-25 November 2017

Clore Management Lecture Theatre, Clore Management Centre

Birkbeck, University of London

London WC1E 7JL

Organised by the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies, CILAVS, and the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, BIH

This conference brings together scholars, curators, filmmakers, writers and post-graduate students from Latin America and the Caribbean, the United States, Europe and the UK to explore the emergence, nature and redefinitions of Border Subjects in the globalized Hispanic world from the Early Modern period to our current situation.

Attendance free but booking essential. Click here for more information and to book.

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Academic Writing Sessions – Autumn Term 2017

Dear all,

You are invited to a new series of academic writing sessions, to be held twice weekly in the School of Arts. Inspired by/in unabashed mimicry of Alice Kelly’s academic writing group at Oxford, the sessions are designed to give researchers at all stages some time, space and peer support for focused work on extended writing projects.

 

 

 

 

 

The three-hour sessions will be held on Mondays and Thursdays from 10am to 1pm, starting on Monday 9th October. They will be structured as follows:

10.00-10.15: arrival, catching up and goal-sharing

10.15-11.30: first writing session

11.30-11.45: break

11.45-13.00: second writing session

There is a cap of 12 people per session due to the room size, so participants should sign up in advance. You don’t have to attend each session: if you think you would like to come at any point, email Sophie at sophie.jones@bbk.ac.uk to be added to the general mailing list. On Friday Sophie will send the email list a sign-up sheet for the next week’s sessions (first come, first served) and details of the room. If you would like to come to the first session next Monday 9th, please indicate that in your initial email.

Sophie is starting these sessions as a new postdoctoral researcher in the Department of English and Humanities and envisage that they will be particularly helpful for postdoctoral and PhD researchers, but they are very much open to all staff engaged in writing projects.

Note: The group isn’t designed as a space for sharing work, though it might well create opportunities for doing so.

Let Sophie know if you have any questions.

Dr Sophie A. Jones

ISSF Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of English and Humanities

Birkbeck, University of London

43 Gordon Square

London WC1H 0PD

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CFP: Institute of Modern Languages Research Graduate Forum, Senate House 2017-18

With the new term approaching, we are glad to invite you to join the 2017-2018 Graduate Forum hosted by the Institute of Modern Languages Research, at Senate House, London.

Each session requires two speakers, who can be from any subject related to the study of modern languages and cultures. Graduate students from departments other than Modern Languages (e.g. Anthropology, History, History of Art, Film and Media, etc.) and students working on comparative projects involving one or more Germanic or Romance language are particularly welcome to join the group to develop interdisciplinary links.

Each presentation should last roughly 20 minutes followed by a Q&A session with free wine and nibbles. The Graduate Forum is a friendly and informal space for postgraduates to present work-in-progress, or practice for that big upcoming conference, and get constructive feedback from peers across languages and institutions.

The dates for 2017-2018 are as follows (all 6-7:30pm in Senate House):

  • 12 October 2017
  • 16 Nov 2017
  • 7 Dec 2017
  • 11 Jan 2018
  • 8 Feb 2018
  • 8 March 2018
  • 12 April 2018
  • 10 May 2018

Please contact forum.igrs@sas.ac.uk if you are interested in presenting a paper. Please include a working title/brief outline of the subject of your presentation, as well as an institutional affiliation and a short bio. Please also state whether any dates are preferable (we will try to be accommodating but cannot guarantee first choice for everyone).

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best wishes,

 

Guido, Thomas and Yejun

IMLR Grad Forum Co-ordinator

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Birkbeck School of Arts Research Student Collective – 11 October 2017

Looking for a place to discuss your research?

Join our informal researchers’ forum, run by research students.

Meeting monthly, the Collective gives PGR students across the school a friendly space in which to practice, present, explore and question your work in progress.

 

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CILAVS: Cultural Capitals: Globalization and the Role of Culture in the Contemporary City – 5 July 2017

The Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies, CILAVS, cordially invites you to attend:

Cultural Capitals: Globalization and the Role of Culture in the Contemporary City

A conference organised by Mari Paz Balibrea.

Wednesday July 5, 2017

Keynes Library

School of Arts

Birkbeck, University of London

43 Gordon Square

London WC1H 0PD

This half-day conference aims to bring together in conversation scholars and artists working across the boundaries of the humanities and the social sciences exploring the cultural aspects of urban life and the importance of culture nowadays in the make-up of so called post-industrial, creative cities. The occasion for the conference is the launch of the book:

Mari Paz Balibrea. The Global Cultural Capital. Addressing the Citizen and Constructing the City in Barcelona. Basingstoke:Palgrave MacMillan (see promotional flyer attached)

Attendance is free but booking is necessary. Please book here.

PROGRAMME

PANEL 1: 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Fernando Sdrigotti (Birkbeck, U of London). The Politics of Space in New Argentine Cinema 

In this paper, I will discuss the representation of Buenos Aires in Pizza, birra, faso, one of the most pivotal films of New Argentine Cinema. Paying attention to some of the film’s salient aspects vis-a-vis its portrayal of urban space, my analysis will have as its ultimate goal to reveal the ways in which the film engages in a political critique that might seem absent if studied solely from a narrative point of view. In this sense, Pizza, birra, faso is a paradigmatic example of the ways in which many of the films of New Argentine Cinema engaged with their political context differently to films of the post-dictatorship generation. To unearth this political content, I will argue, it is necessary to study these films as films, and not merely as texts

Luis Manuel García (U. of Birmingham). At home, I’m a tourist: Musical migration and affective citizenship in Berlin

This presentation explores the ways in which musical, sonic, and more broadly sensory experiences of Berlin provide the ground for an ambivalent sense of civic belonging for a cadre of migrants affiliated with the city’s local electronic dance music scenes. Drawn from ethnographic fieldwork, the accounts of these ‘techno migrants’ articulate an identification with Berlin’s local music scenes as well as with other emotional/felt aspects of the city. These affective identifications provide a means of sustaining a fantasy of belonging to a place where one remains foreign, relying on immersion in and identification with the city’s atmospheres to hold in abeyance the alienating aspects of migration.

PANEL 2: 4pm – 5:45 pm

Xavier Ribas (U. of Brighton). Photography and Urban Peripheries.

This presentation will discuss three photographic series by Ribas focusing on Barcelona’s peripheries.

Marc Morell (U. of Illes Balears). Urban Labour and the Tourist City. Notes from Ciutat de Mallorca

This talk deals with the production of the tourist city by drawing on the presence and activities of different class fractions that inhabit and visit the capital city of Mallorca and its nearby tourist resorts. By establishing the political and economic appropriations that are made of the representations developed upon these fractions, I look into the labour cooperation that makes tourist cities happen to conclude that the economic success of the competitive tourist city needs wide class gaps in between those fractions that work within a same chain of production value.

BOOK LAUNCH  6pm – 7:30 pm

Mari Paz Balibrea. The Global Cultural Capital. Addressing the Citizen and Constructing the City in Barcelona. Palgrave, 2017.

The author will be in conversation with Monica Degen, Brunel U.

THE PARTICIPANTS

FERNANDO SDRIGOTTI is a writer and cultural critic. His work in English and Spanish has appeared widely online and in print. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the online literary journal Minor Literature[s] and online editor of the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. He holds a PhD in Latin American Studies from Birkbeck, University of London, where he now teaches Spanish.

XAVIER RIBAS is a photographer, lecturer at the University of Brighton, and associate lecturer at the Universitat Politècnica de València. His photographic work investigates contested sites and histories, and geographies of abandonment. Ribas has been involved in many international exhibitions including the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) and the Stedelijk Museum.

MARC MORELL is a social anthropologist, also trained in history and tourism policy, who is mainly working on the class character of the production of space in market society. To date, he has conducted fieldwork in Catalonia, Majorca and Malta and he has been employed as researcher and lecturer at the Universitat de les Illes Balears. His most recent publications in English are: The Making of Heritage (co-editor, Routledge, 2015), «When space draws the line on class» (in Anthropologies of Class, Cambridge University Press, 2015), and «Working class heritage without the working class» (in Heritage, Labour and the Working Classes, Routledge, 2011). Marc can be accessed at marc.morell@uib.cat.

LUIS MANUEL GARCIA is a Lecturer in Ethnomusicology and Popular Music Studies at the University of Birmingham, with previous appointments at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Berlin) and the University of Groningen (Netherlands). His research focuses on urban electronic dance music scenes, with a particular focus on affect, intimacy, stranger-sociability, embodiment, sexuality, creative industries and musical migration. He is currently conducting a research project on ‘techno-tourism’ in Berlin while preparing a book manuscript, Together Somehow: Music, Affect, and Intimacy on the Dancefloor.

MONICA DEGEN is a cultural sociologist working at the Department of Social Sciences, Media and Communications at Brunel University. Drawing mainly on cultural and urban sociology, cultural geography and anthropological approaches, her work is concerned with the role the senses play in framing daily urban life: how do the senses structure and mediate our everyday experience in the city? And, how are sensory experiences being consciously produced and adapted to market and brand urban places? Her publications have examined how urban regeneration is implemented and works through the organisation of sensory experiences in Barcelona and Manchester; how people experience the centre of two very different mid-sized towns in the UK – Bedford, a market town, and Milton Keynes, a modernist town; and more recently, how architect’s visualisation practices and imaginations of places in Doha, Qatar, are being transformed through their use of computer generated images. In addition to numerous articles, she is the author of two monographs, Culture and agency: contemporary culture and urban change.  Plymouth University Press, 2010 and Sensing cities: regenerating public life in Barcelona and Manchester.  Routledge, 2008. She is the co-editor with Marisol García of La metaciudad: Barcelona: transformación de una metrópolis (The meta-city: Barcelona – transformation of a metropolis).  Anthropos, 2008. She is the current recipient of a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, Timescapes of Urban Change, a research which develops the temporal aspects of her work in more detail.

 

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Contemporary German Fiction Reading Group Summer Term 2017

Dear All,

I’d like to invite you to join me for this year’s contemporary German fiction reading group. This is an optional event, open to all. You are very welcome to come along to any one or more of the sessions. All you need to do is to read the novel in advance, either in German or English translation and come prepared to discuss it.

These are the novels we will be reading and discussing this year.

 

Wednesday 24 May Daniel Kehlmann, F (2013) GOR 321
Thursday 1 June Judith Schalansky, Der Hals der Giraffe / The Giraffe’s Neck (2011) GOR 106
Wednesday 14 June Olga Grjasnova, Der Russe ist einer, der Birken liebt / All Russians Love Birch Trees (2012) tbc
Thursday 28 June Lutz Seiler, Kruso (2014) GOR 106
Wednesday 12 July Wolfgang Herrndorf, Sand (2011) GOR 321

All sessions will take place from 6.00-7.20.

If you’d like any further information about the reading group, please contact Joanne Leal: j.leal@bbk.ac.uk.

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