CFP: European Literary and Cultural Perspectives – Deadline 28 April 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Pathological Body From the Mid-Nineteenth Century to the Present: European Literary and Cultural Perspectives

A one-day symposium at the Institute of Modern Languages (IMLR), Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, UK

Friday 20 September 2019

Keynote Speaker: Dr Steven Wilson (Queen’s University Belfast)

* With support from the Cassal Endowment Fund *

What is sickness, and how is it represented in literature? In his twenty-volume Rougon-Macquart novel cycle (1871–93), Émile Zola creates pathological bodies living within Napoleon III’s Second Empire (1852–70), a period which is represented as being engulfed by political and social sickness. It is in the last volume, Le Docteur Pascal, that there is hope embodied within Pascal’s newborn son, the potential ‘messiah’ of the French nation. In the aftermath of the disastrous Franco-Prussian War (1870–71), Zola’s cycle may be a literary reaction to the state of a weakened France in exalting the mythicised image of the mother and child, at once a symbol of purity and new beginnings. Reflecting on the multi-dimensional aspect of Zola’s Naturalism, Henri Mitterand writes that these novels are not merely a form of social and historical documentation, but, instead, offer a knowledge that is more intuitive, modern and poetic, and which might be termed an ‘anthropomythic naturalism’ (preface, Émile Zola, Le Docteur Pascal, p. 48). This symposium aims to explore the nexus of fears, anxieties and desires that society projects onto the body within European literature and culture, from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, tracing the birth and development of modern medicine. It will examine the widest meaning of sickness and the power dynamic between the body and society. Is sickness ever ‘just’ sickness, or is there often a covert ideological agenda that drives and constructs it? How can literature help us understand the relationship between the body and society? The symposium will take a transhistorical and transnational approach in order to see whether, and how, cultural anxieties which appropriate the body change and differ across European national boundaries during a time when medicine is establishing and asserting its increasing authority. The symposium will be an opportunity for colleagues to forge connections and to compare different approaches within the growing field of Medical Humanities within the Modern Languages.

Suggested themes include, but are not limited to:

Fin de siècle

Gender

Race

Class

Degeneration

Blood

Hysteria

Social order

Myth

Sacred and the religious

Suffering

Contagion

Evil

Medicine

Illness and cure

Life and death

The other

Purification

Nationhood

Utopia

Politics

Deviancy

Contamination

Infection

Ideology

Rebirth

Healing

Morality

Necropolitics

Biopolitics

Power

Ritual

Abject body

Heredity

Identity

Proposals of c. 250 words for 20-minute papers in English and a 100-word biography should be emailed to the conference organiser, Dr Kit Yee Wong, by Sunday 28 April 2019. Notifications to potential speakers will be sent out by Saturday 25 May 2019.

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CFP: London Nineteenth-Century Studies Graduate Conference – December 14 2018

This year’s London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar Graduate Conference will take place on Saturday 19th January 2019 at Senate House, University of London.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Regenia Gagnier (Exeter): ‘Global Circulation and the Long Nineteenth Century’

We welcome proposals for ten-minute papers on any aspect of literature, culture, art, and history in the long nineteenth century.
Themes may include, but are not limited to:

– Media and technology
– Art, architecture, and aesthetics
– Social and cultural history
– Production of literary cultures
– Gender and sexuality
– Performance and the spectacle
– Religion and ethics
– Representations of Empire

The conference is intended as a cross- and inter-disciplinary forum where postgraduate researchers working on any aspect of the long nineteenth century can present and discuss their research in a supportive and stimulating environment.

Please send abstracts of 200 words, along with a short biography (50 words) to 19thGradSymposium@gmail.com by 14tDecember 2018. The committee will confirm your inclusion in the programme shortly after that date.

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Senate House: Publishing Queer / Queer Publishing 11 October 2018

Following the ‘Queer Between the Covers’ season earlier this year, Senate House Library is hosting a one-day conference on October 11th 2018 entitled ‘Publishing Queer / Queer Publishing’.

Papers will be presented exploring queer publishing from the 19th century onward, encompassing canonical authors, fan fiction and artistic interventions.

For a full list of papers, speakers, and how to book see here https://bit.ly/2N4zC9G

Lunch will be provided.

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Symposium – Liberty, Irreverence and the Place of Women in Early Modern Culture – Friday 11th May 2018

Liberty, Irreverence and the Place of Women in Early Modern Culture

One Day Symposium in Honour of Dr Letizia Panizza

 

Bloomsbury Room, G35, Senate House

Friday 11th May 2018

9.30am – 7pm

For more information please contact: Stefano.Jossa@rhul.ac.uk

Registration free at: https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/15855

This one-day conference considers ideas of liberty, irreverence and womanhood in early modern literature and culture, with 17 speakers from British and European Universities.

Programme

 

9.30 Registration / Coffee
10.00 Giuliana Pieri (RHUL): Introduction
10.15 Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck College): Letizia Panizza’s Contribution to Scholarship
10.45 Coffee
11.15 The Contribution of Women to Early Modern Italian Culture
Chair: Sarah Hutton (University of York)

Abigail Brundin (University of Cambridge): Domestic Devotion in Renaissance Italy

Helena Sanson (University of Cambridge): The Ammaestramenti e ricordi, Difese and Panegirico (1628) by Isabella Sori ‘alessandrina’: A Lost Voice from Seventeenth-Century Italy

Francesca Medioli (Independent scholar): Arcangela Tarabotti and the 1620-1640 Gap Period

Sandra Cavallo (Royal Holloway, London): Gender, Privacy and Space in the Roman Baroque Palace

12.45 Lunch
 

13.45

Poetics and Poetry
Chair: Jane Everson (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Alison Brown (Royal Holloway, London): The Poems of Piero de’ Medici

Amelia Papworth (Cambridge): ‘Do not blame me, but Ariosto’: Laura Terracina’s Discorsi and the Orlando Furioso

Ambra Anelotti (Royal Holloway, London): The Afterlives of Ariosto’s Characters

Poetry – Chair: Jane Everson (Royal Holloway, University of London)

15.15 Tea
15.45 Philosophy – Chair: Martin McLaughlin (University of Oxford)

Unn Irene Aasdalen (Norwegian Humanistic Academy, Norway):  Diotima’s Role in Marsilio Ficino’s De amore

John Sellars (Royal Holloway, London): Philosophical Lives in the Renaissance

Michael J. B. Allen (UCLA): title to be confirmed

17.15 History, Art, Libertinism and Satire – Chair: Dilwyn Knox (University College London)

 

Marta Fattori (Sapienza Università di Roma): ‘1735 Machiavelli all’Indice: Processo contro il marchese Bernardo del Grillo e la sua biblioteca’

Angelo Romano (Università del Salento): Religious Reformed Satire of the Sixteenth Century

Chrysa Damianaki (Università del Salento): Reconsidering the Form and Character of Gian Cristoforo Romano’s Bust of Beatrice d’Este

18.45 Conclusion
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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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CFP: Metropolis 2017 Deadline – Monday 16 January 2017

Metropolis 2017
Monday, 26 – Thursday, 29 June 2017
Venue: IMLR, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

The DAAD Postgraduate Summer School is an opportunity for postgraduate students of German, both from the UK and abroad, to gather together for several days of papers, discussions, and social events. In 2017, this 4-day conference will take place between 26 and 29 June at the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) in London, and will be (appropriately) themed around the concept of ‘metropolis’.

Keynote speakers: Erica Carter (King’s College London); Ruth Dawson (Hawaii/IMLR); Matthew Gandy (Cambridge); Esther Leslie (Birkbeck College, London); Martin Swales (University College London). In addition to the conference panels, the summer school will include a number of other stimulating events, such as a screening of Fritz Lang’s 1927 expressionist epic Metropolis, walking tours exploring the ‘hidden’ sides of London’s history and infrastructure, and an opportunity to respond creatively to the ‘metropolis’ theme.

Postgraduates working on any aspect of German Studies (literature, cinema, cultural studies, history, politics, philosophy, visual arts, architecture and planning) are invited to submit abstracts (maximum 200 words) on the theme of ‘metropolis’ for 20-minute papers (in English or German) via the submission form to metropolis2017@sas.ac.uk by Monday, 16 January 2017.
CALL FOR PAPERS / SUBMISSION FORM http://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/node/413

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Migrating Texts: Multilingualism in Subtitling, Translation and Adaptation, 11 November 2016

Migrating Texts: Multilingualism in Subtitling, Translation and Adaptation

Friday 11 November 2016, Senate House, London

We are delighted to announce that Migrating Texts will return on Friday 11 November 2016, with a day of workshops on multilingualism in subtitling, translation and adaptation, generously supported by the European Commission in the UK, by the AHRC funded London Arts & Humanities Partnership LAHP (King’s College London, School of Advanced Study, University College London) and by the School of Arts at Birkbeck.

Multilingualism is the phenomenon of the use of many languages in a given society which affects a vast number of communities, thousands of languages and millions of language users in the UK and all over the world. Multilingualism and multilingual texts are a reality in our contemporary multicultural societies. Does multilingualism have an impact on our academic teaching and research? Do the creative industries in the UK embrace multilingualism? What kinds of relationships can we track between multilingualism and the migration of texts between different disciplines? The Migrating Texts 2016 workshops would like to bring these matters to the fore and further our understanding of multilingualism through the lens of subtitling, translation and adaptation.

By bringing together leading academics with representatives of the creative and cultural industries, these workshops provide participants with a unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and explore the opportunities for collaboration between these two, often falsely separated, worlds. The events will showcase the possibilities open to researchers with both language skills and knowledge of texts, whether you want to increase your impact and public engagement, or are looking for alternatives to an academic career.

The workshops will consist of a morning and an afternoon session. Each session will feature short presentations from a mixture of academic and industry speakers, hands-on activities and Q&A time with participants.

The subtitling session (10:00-13:00) will discuss the growing presence on our screens of multilingual audiovisual content, and observe what types of skills are needed and what strategies can be put forward by subtitlers to make multilingual texts accessible to diverse audiences. The subtitling session will include a short skills training activity to give students and researchers the opportunity to practice in small groups. Activities will include the subtitling of multilingual screen content, experimenting with translation subtitles, subtitling for the deaf and hard of hearing and online subtitles.

The translation and adaptation session (14:00-17:00) will explore how texts involving more than one language are translated and/or adapted, and how texts can be translated/adapted for multilingual audiences. We will address how such processes can be an aid to social cohesion and mutual understanding in multilingual areas such as London. After presentations and discussions from both academics and practitioners, including theatre groups which specialise in plays for multilingual communities, the session will culminate in a practical exercise in which participants will work in groups under the guidance of the speakers to consider how to adapt extracts of texts from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds for a multilingual London audience.

Please see attached programme and visit our website for further details: migratingtexts.wordpress.com. Please note that speakers are subject to change.

To register for free please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/migrating-texts-3-multilingualism-in-subtitling-translation-adaptation-tickets-28329114143

You can register for either the morning, or the afternoon, or both.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Migrating Texts team (Katie, Carla and Kit)

Contact us

Email: migratingtexts[at]gmail[dot]com to join our mailing list.
Tweet: @MigratingTexts
Facebook: www.facebook.com/migratingtexts

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London Nineteenth-Century Postgraduate Colloquium 10 Sept 2016

Please find attached call for papers and poster for this year’s London Nineteenth-Century Postgraduate Colloquium, hosted by the Institute of English Studies.

This year’s colloquium will be held on the 10th September at Senate House

The conference blog is available here: https://londonc19conference.wordpress.com/.

This is a multi- and interdisciplinary conference and proposals are welcomed for papers on a wide range of topics.

The deadline for proposals is 31 July.

 

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History Open Day: Senate House Library 27th November 2015 – American Studies

It is the third edition of the History Open Day at Senate House on 27th November. This year we have an American Trail showcasing libraries, archives and organisations from around London with collections relevant to American studies. Librarians and archivists will be available to offer advice about resources, one-to-one clinics and training sessions.

More detailed information about the day and participating organisations is available at

http://historycollections.blogs.sas.ac.uk/next-history-day/

and on Tweeter at #histday15.

The event is free but we ask people to register using the Eventbrite link on the web page.

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