“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


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