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Keynote: Dr Rosa Mucignat (KCL) – “Far from Where? Perspectives on Place and Comparative Methods”

Dr Rosa Mucignat, Lecturer in Comparative Literature at King’s College London, will be our keynote speaker on Thursday, June 26th. The abstract of her paper titled “Far from Where? Perspectives on Place and Comparative Methods” is now available:

Abstract: In Western modernity, cognitive models and methods of analysis are often described using the optical metaphor of perspective, which was developed as a technique by the visual arts in the Renaissance. Perspective is a tool that allows a sensorially accurate depiction of objects and their positions and proportions in space. Metaphorically, it is associated with the particular attitude or point of view from which an interpretation of reality is made. Depending on the context, distance from an object can be considered as either furthering or impeding critical assessment. This talk will address the use of emotional, intellectual, and spatial proximity as a means of understanding the past in three narratives of place and memory: Claudio Magris’ Danube (1986), W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn (1995), andOrhan Pamuk’s Istanbul: Memories and the City (2003).

Rosa Mucignat is Lecturer in Comparative Literature at King’s College London. She works on place in literature and on theories of cultural spaces (region, nation, the global). She is the author of Realism and Space in the Novel, 1795-1869 (Ashgate 2013) and has recently edited the volume The Friulian Language: Identity, Migration, Culture (Cambridge Scholars, 2014).

See Dr Rosa Mucignat’s research profile

Unity/Disunity Conference 2013 & Forthcoming Journal

The 2013 Thoughtsforward UCL Graduate Conference took place on the 27th and 28th of June and was, by all accounts, a great success.

All of the Thoughtsforward team and the SELCS Graduate Society would like to thank all of the people who contributed to making this year’s conference such a productive event. Therefore, we would first of all like to thank the speakers for their diverse, challenging, and thought-provoking presentations, which were of an exceptionally high quality and which generated much debate and discussion. It is not only edifying to see delegates put a high level of work into their papers for our conference but, more than that, it is heartening to see the excellent research that is being carried out amongst emerging scholars in the Arts & Humanities and beyond, in UCL and further afield.

Secondly, we would like to thank everybody that attended the conference over the two days and contributed so much to the Q&A’s and the discussions; the conference was well attended over both days and the contributions made by the audience was, of course, vital in making the the conference a stimulating and such an intellectually febrile environment.

We owe our sincerest gratitude also to our exceptional keynote speakers, Prof Charles Lock of the University of Copenhagen and Dr Tim Beasley-Murray of University College London, whose talks framed and explored the central concerns of the conference so well. Prof Lock’s exploration of the Plato’s Parmenides and Dr Beasley-Murray’s aesthetico-political interrogation of the very dynamics of Unity and Disunity complimented the theme and tone of the conference and were themselves further catalysts to the debate and discussion which we hoped to generate throughout the two days.  Their excellent contributions and their support for this endeavour is greatly appreciated.

We also need to extend our gratitude to the various sources of funding, without which no conference would exist. Funding came from the European Institute, The Faculty Institute for Graduate Studies, and the UCL Graduate School and we would like to thank each of these groups for their generous support.

Lastly, we should of course thanks SEESS for very kindly providing us with the Masaryk Room which so ably provided for all our needs.

We hope that everybody who attended the conference will stay abreast of all the events organised by Thoughtsforward and the SELCS Graduate Society in the future. Catch us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/SELCSGradSoc and keep in touch via email at selcsgradsoc@gmail.com.

Now, to other business, and to the future.

The Journal of European Languages, Culture, and Society (JELCS) is a forthcoming peer-reviewed journal set up by the SELCS Graduate Society and will invite submissions on all forms of European cultural study. The inaugural issue, to be published online in the Autumn, will be comprised of the proceedings of this year’s Unity/Disunity. All of our presenters have been invited to submit written versions of their conference presentations for peer-review and this process is now underway.

To join the editorial team or to enquire about submissions, please contact us via the SELCS Graduate Society’ email address.