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At the University of St Andrews. Supported by the OWRI/IMLR Regional Conference Scheme. Co-organisers: Dr Dora Osborne (St Andrews), Dr Katya Krylova (Aberdeen), Dr Frauke Matthes (Edinburgh) This conference seeks to understand how the contemporary cultural landscape in Germany and Austria is being shaped by current political concerns and to consider, through dialogue between academics and practitioners, how this affects German Studies as a discipline and a practice. Five themed panels will focus on political or politicized aspects of contemporary life…Find out more »
Living with/on the Border: writers, language and identity in north-east Italy from the end of World War II to the present.
This conference examines writing and identity in north-east Italy. We will explore the experiences, reflected in writers from the 1940s to the present, of the migrations of peoples between ex-Yugoslavia and Italy as a result of the end of WWII and its on-going aftermath. These experiences were often traumatic and are reflected in culture, language and concepts of identity and belonging (or not). Organisers, chairs and presenters: Jane Everson; Katia Pizzi Confirmed plenary speaker: Claudio Magris (Trieste) Other confirmed speakers:…Find out more »
Languages travel and adapt to the new circumstances faced by their speakers. The growth of the Spanish language has always been transnational in nature, insofar as any expansion has been grounded in cultural and economic exchange. Therefore, at this conference, we wish to bring together those with scholarly interests in the situation of the Spanish language in the contemporary world. Almost twenty years into the new millennium, we want to reflect on how Spanish speakers, be they in their countries…Find out more »
Proletkult refers to the Proletarian Cultural-Enlightenment Organization (Proletarskie kul'turno-prosvetitel'nye organizatsii). The institution was autonomous from the Bolshevik party, but is regarded by many as the cultural arm of the revolution. Founded in 1917, it was tasked with developing radical avant-garde aesthetics tailored to the working classes and their emergent role in modern industrial culture. Proletkult peaked in 1920, when it spread like wildfire before its imminent demise. Despite its short lifespan, it was widely influential. This workshop aims to explore…Find out more »