Seminar Meeting Wednesday 5th November 5.30 pm

The third meeting this year for our seminar will take place this Wednesday at 5:30pm in the FIGS common room (which is G07 in the German and Scandinavian Department, 16 Gordon Square).

Tina Sørensen will be giving a presentation titled “Just a Dark Place? New Perspectives on Peripheral Denmark in Carsten Ingemann’s Nocturnal Photographs”.

No need to prepare or bring anything, just come along to listen to Tina’s presentation over wine and nibbles, with a discussion afterwards.

The complete calendar is available here. The seminar sessions on 19/11 and 17/12 are still free, if you are interested in presenting let us know at: culturalinquiry.ucl@gmail.com

See you then,

The Society for Comparative Cultural Inquiry

Update: Seminar Meeting Wednesday 22nd Oct

The next meeting of our seminar will take place tomorrow at 5:30 pm in the FIGS common room. Due to a programme change, we will guest two speakers:

  • Alexandra Lee will present a chapter plan from her project “Plague and piety: the Bianchi of 1399 at Lucca and Pistoia”
  • Naomi Fukuzawa will talk about a chapter from her dissertation titled “Self, love and ghosts – narrating modern Japan in the literature of Lafcadio Hearn, Pierre Loti, Mori Ogai and Natsume Soseki”

No need to prepare or bring anything, just come along to listen to Alex’s and Noami’s presentations over wine and nibbles, with a discussion afterwards.

See you then,

The Society for Comparative Cultural Inquiry

Seminar Meeting Wednesday 22nd October at 5:30 pm

The next meeting of our seminar will take place on Wednesday, 22nd October at 5:30 pm in the FIGS common room.

Tina Sørensen will be talking about Beyond Rush Hour, which is an art photographic project attempting to give new perspective on rural Denmark. Inspired by Jacques Rancière’s notion of ‘the distribution of the sensible’ Tina will investigate how the photographs might have a capacity to reconfigure the way peripheral areas in Denmark are made sensibly accessible.

No need to prepare or bring anything, just come along to listen to Tina’s presentation over wine and nibbles, with a discussion afterwards.

See you then,

The Society for Comparative Cultural Inquiry

First Seminar Meeting on this Wednesday (5:30 pm, FIGS Common Room)

The first meeting this year for our seminar will take place this Wednesday at 5:30 pm in the FIGS common room.

Stefano Rossoni will be talking about the influence of Cervantes on J. M. Coetzee. No need to prepare or bring anything, just come along to listen to Stefano’s presentation over wine and nibbles, with a discussion afterwards.

If you’re interested in presenting later in the term, 5/11, 19/11 and 17/12 are still free, let us know at: culturalinquiry.ucl@gmail.com

See you then,

The Society for Comparative Cultural Inquiry

Further Information about the Location

UCL Postgraduate Conference “Distance & Proximity” (26th & 27th June) will be held in room 347, in The School of Eastern European and Slavonic Studies (SEESS), 16 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW.

Since the UCL’s undergraduate open day is taking place on Thursday the 26th of June, we will have one of our organising committee at the door of this building in the morning from about 9am to make sure everybody finds the building, but there will also be signs to the room for those that might arrive later. 

Nonetheless, the organising committee would ask everybody to keep in mind that all buildings will be open to this influx of visitors and not to leave valuables around – especially if you visit the main campus. 

We are looking forward to meeting you!

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?

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, Fabrication and Creation – an exploration of laterality in some works by Georges Perec
17.15 onwards Wine reception