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“Distance & Proximity” Conference Schedule

“Distance & Proximity”

University College London – Society for Comparative Cultural Inquiry

Postgraduate Conference – 26th & 27th June


Thursday, June 26th

9.00-10.00 Registration and coffee
10.00-11.00 Keynote: Dr Rosa Mucignat, KCL, Lecturer in Comparative Literature, Far from Where? Perspectives on Place and Comparative Methods
11.00-11.30 Break with refreshments
11.30-13.00 Cultural translation (Chair – Niall Sreenan)

❖      Dominic Davies (University of Oxford), Geography, Topography, Infrastructure: Mapping the Oscillations of the Frontier in John Buchan’s Prester John (1910)

❖      Rebecca Loeb (UCL), Other Stuff: Taxidermy and Intersectionality in Postcolonial Canada

❖      Sophie Stevens (KCL), The thickness of theatre translation in a study of Bailando sola cada noche by Raquel Diana (2008, Uruguay)

13.00-13.45 Lunch
13.45-15.45 Physical Space in Art and Literature (Chair – Stefano Rossoni)

❖      Nicola Thomas (Nottingham), Meridians: the poem as a place of encounter in the work of Paul Celan and J. H. Prynne

❖      Elvan Sayarer (Université de Montréal), Visual Perception and Mobility in Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul. Memories and the City

❖      Saba Ahmed (Goldsmiths), ‘In that Black or Luminous Square’: Windows as sites of imagination in the writings of Proust and Beckett

❖      Rory Mackay Mcginley (Glasgow), Re-imagining Suburbia in Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road

15.45-16.00 Break with refreshments
16.00-17.30 Ethnicity, Identity, and Language (Chair – Dr Hugh Goodacre)

❖      Catherine Gibson (SSEES, UCL), Language or Dialect? The politicisation of language in Central and Eastern Europe

❖      Yi Zhang (University of Hawai’i), Fragile Distance: Nationalism and Disillusionment in City of Glass

❖      Bharath Ganesh (UCL), Listening and the politics of race: distance and proximity in hip-hop

18.00 onwards Conference dinner – at Tas Turkish restaurant in Bloomsbury


Friday, June 27th

9.00-10.00 Coffee
10.00-11.30 Artistic Practice (Chair – Thea Petrou)

❖      Kay Tabernacle (UCL), Distance and Proximity in Hannah Höch’s radical imagination

❖      Patricia Townsend (The Slade), Distance and proximity in the creative process of visual artists

❖      Avril Tynan (Royal Holloway), The illusion of distance and the spectre of proximity in the films of Jorge Semprun

11.30-11.45 Break with refreshments
11.45-13.45 Construction of Space (Chair – ALex Lee)

❖      Alexander Pavey (UCL), ‘I’m there right now. Call me.’ Unstable identities and irregular distances from Raymond Chandler to David Lynch

❖      James Tattington (Portsmouth), “A place between human places”: Mapping literary space in Nicholson Baker’s The Mezzanine and Italo Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller

❖      Anna Andersen (The Bartlett), Windows: close or distant to nature?

❖      Susan Flynn (University College Dublin), Film and Distance

13.45-14.30 Lunch
14.30-15.45 Gender: Heteroflexibility, Feminist Linguistics & the Body (Chair – Gabriella Caminotto)

❖      Christiane Luck (UCL), ‘That’s unscientific!’ Science as the arbitrator of ‘truth’ in feminist linguistic debates?

❖      Magali Burnichon (UCL), Queer Representations and Straight Audiences

15.45-16.15 Break with refreshments
16.15-17.15 Keynote: Prof. Andy Leak, UCL, Professor of French Studies
17.15 onwards Wine reception


“Distance & Proximity” Conference – Registration Now Open

Registration for this Summer’s Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference, taking place on the 26th and 27th of June at UCL is now open. For details and to register, follow this link and sign up.

Attendance is free, however, registration is compulsory as places are limited.

The schedule for the conference, including details of keynotes and panels, will be posted here soon. For further information about the conference, see the Call for Papers here and follow us on Twitter @CultureInqUCL or on #DistanceProximity.