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Majorities and Minorities: Literature and Identities, Text and Context, SOAS University of London

Majorities and Minorities: Literature and Identities, Text and Context, 28th April 2017, SOAS University of London

“Minor literature is not the literature of a minor language but the literature a minority makes in a major language.” Deleuze and Guattari

“The three characteristics of minor literature are the deterritorialization of language, theconnection of the individual to a political immediacy, and the collective assemblage ofenunciation.”  Deleuze and Guattari

What makes individuals or communities belong to the minority or the majority? How do authors’ positions within the minority-majority paradigm influence their fiction? Can we even formulate what minorities are? Do they have to be a minority in regard to a specific majority? Is it possible to define a majority? What does being marginal mean and how is it expressed in a work of art? How does the nation figure in defining minorities and majorities? What is the nation-state’s role in minor-major relations?

This conference will focus on the many different kinds of minority voices emanating from South Asia in the decades since independence. Any South Asian language and any form of minority identity is welcome.  By bringing scholars researching different voices from different languages in South Asia we aim to foster a dialogue that will help develop a South Asian paradigm of Minor Literature and help to identify the role of the state and different parallels across the subcontinent.

We would like to invite all scholars working on Indian or other South Asian literatures to submit an abstract on any of these or related areas.

 Caste and community

 Gender and sexualities

 Religions and traditions

 Marginalised geographies

 Poverty and class

 Minor literature in nationalisms and regionalisms

Paper proposals should include a title, 300-word abstract, institutional affiliation and contact information. Please submit proposals via email by January 15 2017 at the following address: samconference2017@gmail.com

IES SAS Comparative Modernisms, ‘From Avant-Garde to Architecture (and Back)’

Comparative Modernisms Seminar, Institute of English Studies- School of Advanced Study, University of London.

21 November 2016, Room 246, Senate House, Malet St, London, Room 246, 18:00 – 20:00

Professor Tyrus Miller (University of California-Santa Cruz)

From Avant-Garde to Architecture (and Back)

Abstract: This paper considers the complex interactions of the historic avant-gardes with the symbolic idea, theory, and practice of modern architecture. Considering a number of cases including Malevich, Mondrian, Van Doesburg, Lajos Kassák, Moholy-Nagy, and El Lissitzky, I will discuss and assess Reyner Banham’s classic hypothesis that the avant-gardes played a crucial role for modern architecture in providing an “aesthetic discipline,” from outside of the architectural discipline, to make sense of various technical innovations, new materials, and emergent idioms of design. At the same time, for several avant-gardists architecture was invested with the dream of reinventing a totality lost among the multiplicity of incommensurable metropolitan sign-systems and forms: as a kind of utopian meta-art in which the autonomous languages of the various art-media, and even various extra-artistic dialects and functional idiolects, might be subsumed into a new, architectonic metalanguage assuring inter-translatability and social efficacy.

Tyrus Miller is Professor of Literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is author of Late Modernism: Politics, Fiction, and the Arts Between the World Wars (U of California P, 1999); Singular Examples: Artistic Politics and the Neo-Avant-Garde (Northwestern UP, 2009); Time Images: Alternative Temporalities in 20th-Century Theory, History, and Art (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009); and Modernism and the Frankfurt School (Edinburgh UP, 2014). He is the editor of Given World and Time: Temporalities in Context (Central European UP, 2008) and the Cambridge Companion to Wyndham Lewis (Cambridge UP, 2016). He is the translator/editor of György Lukács, The Culture of People’s Democracy: Hungarian Essays on Literature, Art, and Democratic Transition (Brill, 2012) and series co-editor of Brill’s Lukács Library series.

The seminar is  free and open to all.  However, for reasons of room capacity, please register your participation by contacting  the Seminar convenor, Dr Angeliki Spiropoulou, Visiting Research  Fellow at IES/SAS and Assist. Professor at Peloponnese University at  angeliki.spiropoulou@sas.ac.uk

Frank O’Hara, Poet in the City

Poet in the City, ‘Frank O’Hara: In the Heart of Noise’, Wed 9th Nov, 7.30pm, Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG. Duration: 2 hours 20 mins (with 20 min interval), £14.50

Poet in the City, in collaboration with Aurora Orchestra, present a special evening of poetry, music and art in celebration of Frank O’Hara, 50 years since his death.

From curating with Jackson Pollock and de Kooning to creating work inspired by John Cage and Billie Holiday, O’Hara was at the restless heart of the 1960s creative explosion and the ‘New York School’; legions of devoted followers have ensued since his death at 40. Featuring poet and critic Mark Ford, players from Aurora Orchestra and the acclaimed soprano Nina Bennet, join us to explore the great legacy of this ceaseless soul.

Mark Ford is the editor of Frank O’Hara’s Selected Poems, and of two anthologies of the work of the New York School Poets. He teaches in the English Department at University College London.

Will Montgomery is Senior Lecturer in English Literature, and Director of the Poetics Research Centre at Royal Holloway University. His recent publications include the essay collection Frank O’Hara Now. Will also works with audio, making field recordings, sound art and music.

Nina Bennet is a talented soprano, having performed with both the City of London Sinfonia and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Nina is becoming increasingly in demand in contemporary music and is equally at home in both jazz and gospel.

John Reid is Principal Piano of Aurora Orchestra, with whom he has appeared at the major London concert venues, and at the BBC Proms. He is an associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Jane Mitchell is Principal Flute of Aurora Orchestra and plays in ensembles in the UK, France and Germany on both period and modern flutes. A member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, she works regularly with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and L’Orchestre des Champs-Elysées.

More information about the event can be found here.
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BCLA Autumn Graduate Reception: Afterlives

BCLA Autumn Graduate Reception: Afterlives

17.00-19.00, 7th November 2016, Room G24, Foster Court, Malet Place University College London

We are pleased to announce that the British Comparative Literature Association will be hosting a Graduate Reception on the evening of 7 November 2016. BCLA Graduate Receptions are friendly evening seminars which offer postgraduates working in Comparative Literature and related fields the opportunity to present their work to peers and academics, followed by an informal wine reception.

The theme for this year’s Autumn Reception is “Afterlives”. We have three postgraduate speakers: Federica Coluzzi (University of Manchester), Eirini Apanomeritaki (University of Essex), Simone Calabrò (University of Edinburgh). They will each be giving a 20-minute paper on any aspect of their research in Comparative Literature that addresses literature’s multiple afterlives, such as socio-political, ethical, aesthetic, scientific, theoretical, mythical, and so on, or examines the way in which afterlives have come to shape the past, present, and future of comparative literature.

Programme

17.00-17.10 Welcome and Introduction by Professor Elinor Shaffer FBA, School of Advanced Studies, University of London and UCL.

17.10-17.40 Awarding Ceremony for the 2016 BCLA Arthur Terry Postgraduate Essay Prize, presented by Professor Naomi Segal, Birkbeck.

Graduate Papers

17.40-18.00 The Religious Afterlife of Dante’s Divine Comedy in Philip H. Wicksteed’s Six Sermons – Federica Coluzzi (University of Manchester)

18.00 – 18.20 Myths of the Afterlife in E. Fakinou’s The Seventh Garment – Eirini Apanomeritaki (University of Essex)

18.20-18.40 Autofiction as a Political Act: The Afterlives of Writers’ Public Image (Simone Calabrò, University of Edinburgh)

18.40-19.00 Q&A discussion

The talks will be followed by a wine reception and an opportunity for informal discussion

All welcome. Admission is free of charge.

Hosted by: the Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry, University College London.

BCLA Postgraduate Representatives: Niall Sreenan, Stefano Rossoni, and Stanislava Dikova

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IES SAS Comparative Modernisms Seminar, ‘Ghostmodernism’

IES Comparative Modernisms Seminar

Stephen Ross (University of Victoria), Ghostmodernism

Monday 17th October 2016, 16.00 – 18.00, School of Advanced Study, University of London

(Torrington Room, 104, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU)

“[I]t occurs to me that entire libraries of enigmas in literature would yield up their key, were we but to reconsider the ‘supernatural element’ responsible for them: to be precise, the appearance of a Specter” (Nicholas Abraham “The Intermission of ‘Truth’” 188)

Though actual ghosts are in exceedingly short supply in modernist novels, ghostly figures manifest with shocking abundance. It may in fact be one of the most striking features of the modernist novel that almost without regard to who the author is or what the novel is mainly concerned with, a certain rhetoric of spectrality permeates. All of Joseph Conrad’s major novels feature numerous such figures, as do most of the novels of Wyndham Lewis, D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster, Djuna Barnes, Aldous Huxley, and James Joyce – not to mention the less dense but still sizeable representation in the works of Mary Butts, Elizabeth Bowen, Sylvia Townsend-Warner, HD, and May Sinclair. Put simply, the modernist novel is amongst the most haunted sites in all literature. In this paper, I both outline some of the ways in which modernist prose fiction mobilizes this rhetoric of spectrality, and argue that it serves as means by which a wide range of novelists engage with a wide range of issues, from the nature of reality to sex and sexuality, and from history and heritage to being and the body. The spectral provides the common medium of engagement with these issues. Its inherent link to ethics gives that medium its significance: through the rhetoric of spectrality, modernist novelists establish the ethical as the overarching horizon for all these concerns.

Stephen Ross is  Professor of English and Cultural, Social, and Political Thought at the University of Victoria, Canada. He is the General Editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (2016), co-editor of The Modernist World (2015) as well as editions of Dorothy Richardson’s novels Pointed Roofs and The Tunnel (both 2014), editor of Modernism and Theory (2009), and author of Conrad and Empire (2004). He is Director of the Modernist Versions Project and of Linked Modernisms, both digital humanities approaches to the cultural heritage of aesthetic modernism. He is finally at work on a book on ghostmodernism, a work whose topic has haunted him for nearly twenty years now.

The seminar is  free and open to all. However, for reasons of room capacity, please register your participation by contacting  the Seminar convenor, Dr Angeliki Spiropoulou, Visiting Research  Fellow at IES/SAS and Assist. Professor at Peloponnese University.

For information on the Historical Modernisms Symposium, a one-day event as part of the Comparative Modernisms Seminar Series, please click here