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Responding to Crisis – Workshop and Poetry Reading

Responding to Crisis: Forced Migration & the Humanities in the 21st Century, AHRC-funded project, Keele University, 5th October 2016

  1. Workshop: ‘Contemporary crisis of values and ‘necropolitics’ (12.00-16.00)

This  workshop consists of  5-10 minute presentations from speakers which include academics, practitioners, activists and artists (among which are Neelam Srivastava, Maggie O’Neill, Anthony Good, Roger Bromley, Jerome Phelps, Robert Hampson, Saradha Soobrayen, Carolina Albuerne).

Participants will illustrate the ways in which their current/recent work and activities engage with the deathly context of contemporary migration to Europe, which results in both literal and social deaths. As re-evaluations of humanism and humanitarianism continue, what role can/does the humanities play in discourses of forced migration? What methodologies do different sectors use to approach mass migration and displacement?

The overall aim of the workshop is to explore diverse approaches among activists, practitioners and academics to  the current ‘crisis’; hence, a key part of the workshop includes a roundtable to engage in a discussion on multidisciplinary, multi-agency responses among all participants and attendees. (venue tbc)

2) Poetic Responses to Contemporary Migration (17.00-20.00)

An evening of poetry on the theme of contemporary migration will be hosted at Keele as part of the AHRC-funded international project Responding to Crisis: Forced Migration and the Humanities in the Twenty-First Century. Readings by Saradha Soobrayen, Robert Hampson, David Herd, among others will engage the audience with the challenges of forced displacement. A selection of poems by Keele Creative writing students will also be presented along with an exhibition of photography and placement poetry. This will be hosted in the beautiful setting of Keele Hall. All participants are warmly invited to the wine and canapé reception after the readings. All welcome.

Sign up to both sessions or to one; all events are free, but numbers are limited. So, please make sure you let us know!

Further details can be found here.


The project Responding to Crisis, led by Mariangela Palladino (Keele) and Agnes Woolley (RHUL), aims to develop cultural responses to the current crisis. The arts and humanities have a vital role to play in shaping current debates on forced displacement – this is not only a crisis of geopolitics, but also of values. What role do the arts and humanities play in this critical context? How do we interpret, represent and conceptualise forced migration in the twenty-first century, and how do criticism and the arts play an active role in political transformation?

IES – SAS Comparative Modernisms Seminar

IES Comparative Modernisms Seminar

Monday 27th June 2016, 18.00-20.00, School of Advanced Study, University of London

(Room 243, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU)

Rebecca Beasley (University of Oxford): “The Russian revolution in British fiction, 1919-1928: Walpole, Gerhardie, Tyrkova and Williams, and Maugham”

David Ayers (University of Kent): “”Spirits of Modernist Europe: Eliot, Valéry, Patočka and Derrida”

Rebecca Beasley is University Lecturer in English at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of The Queen’s College. She is the author of Ezra Pound and the Visual Culture of Modernism (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Theorists of Modernist Poetry (Routledge, 2007), and, with Philip Ross Bullock, editor of Russia in Britain: From Melodrama to Modernism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013). She is currently working on a book-length study of the impact of Russian culture on British literary modernism, Russomania.  She co-convenes the Anglo-Russian Research Network at Pushkin House with Matthew Taunton (UEA). From 2014-15, she was Chair of the British Association for Modernist Studies.

David Ayers is Professor of Modernism and Critical Theory in the School of English at the University of Kent. He is the author of monographs on Wyndham Lewis, English Literature of the 1920s, Modernism, and Literary Theory. He is the founding director of the Centre for Modern Poetry at Kent, and has been director of the European Network of Avant-garde and Modernism studies (EAM), and executive member of the Modernist Studies Association (MSA) and the British Association of Modernist Studies (BAMS). He edits the book series of the EAM and is an organiser of the London Modernism Seminar. His current work concerns the cultural impact in Britain of the Russian Revolution and the formation of the League of Nations.

Attendance: free

The IES-Comparative Modernisms Seminar Series is convened by Dr Angeliki Spiropoulou, a Visiting Research Fellow at IEL/SAS and Assist. Professor of European Literature and Theory at Peloponnese University. It is advised that you register your participation in advance.

Registration Open: Multilingual Locals and Significant Geographies before Colonialism

Multilingual Locals and Significant Geographies before Colonialism

16–18 June 2016, SOAS, University of London.

Registration is now open for the workshop “Multilingual Locals and Significant Geographies before Colonialism“, which will run 16–18 June 2016 at SOAS, University of London.

This is the first major event of the 5-year research project “Multilingual Locals and Significant Geographies: For a New Approach to World Literature“, funded by the European Research Council. This workshop seeks to map pre-colonial histories of local and transregional multilingualism in the Maghreb, north India, and Ethiopia. In the Maghreb this will include Berber in the North and the South, classical Arabic, French, Spanish and Judeo-Moroccan; in north India: Persian, Hindavi, Arabic and Sanskrit; in Ethiopia Ge’ez and any traces of oral and written traditions in the other languages present in the region. In the medieval period Ethiopian culture was well connected with religious centres of learning in the Mediterranean and Middle East.

The full programme, list of speakers and paper abstracts are available here. Please note that the deadline for registration is Friday 3 June. Please register at this link (a small fee is payable).

For more information about the workshop, please email the project administrator (temporary). To stay uptodate on the “Multilingual Locals” project, you can follow us on Twitter, or Facebook.

The Great Wall

Film Screening: The Great Wall

The Opening Night in Picturehouse Central, London

The 21st June, 2016

As part of this year’s Open City Documentary Festival, The Great Wall will be screened at the Opening Night in Picturehouse Central on the 21st June. The festival runs from 21-26 June at dynamic venues spanning the capital.

The Great Wall

Ireland/UK/Germany, 2014, 74 min. Screening 21 June. Dir. Tadhg O’Sullivan.

The Great Wall is a film by an Irish director Tadhg O’Sullivan. The film’s voice-over narrative is based on Kafka’s short story ‘The Great Wall of China’, re-imagining the contemporary migration crisis through the words of the 20th-century writer.

The Great Wall offers a new perspective on the widely discussed issues of the migration crisis. Tadhg O’Sullivan takes a step back from terrifying tales of fence-jumpers and the storm-tossed wooden boats that fill the Mediterranean with the desperate of the earth to contemplate what it means for all of us in Europe today to live behind a great wall. In an inspired gesture, alongside O’Sullivan’s troubled images we hear the narrator’s voice from Kafka’s short story, The Great Wall of China, undermining the self-serving narratives we tell ourselves. For more info and booking, please see the event website.

BCLA Summer Graduate Reception

BCLA Summer Graduate Reception: Environments
Wednesday 8 June 2016, University of Essex

We are pleased to announce that the British Comparative Literature Association will be hosting a Graduate Reception on the evening of Wednesday 8 June 2016.

The theme for this year’s Summer Reception is “Environments”.

Our keynote speaker for the evening is Dr Susan Oliver (Reader in Literature at the University of Essex) whose talk is titled “Reading the Environment: Landscaping Violence and Restitution?”

Please see the programme for more information.

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.