Conference Programme

Fragile Realities: Intersecting Interpretations of the Real – Friday 6 July

Inaugural SELCS Postgraduate Conference, University College London

09.30-17.45
Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street, London WC1N

 The organisers wish to thank FIGS, SELCS, and the European Institute for their generous support for this event.

 [Schedule subject to revision]

Time

Chandler
House Atrium

Chandler
House G10

Chandler
House 118

9:00

Registration & coffee

 

 

9:30

 

Welcome
address by Dr Stephanie Bird, UCL German Dept.

 

9:45

 

Keynote
Address 1:

Chair: Dr Stephanie Bird

Dr. Matthew Beaumont

(UCL/English)

Aleatory
Realism: The Parable of the Pier-Glass’

 

10.30

 

Panel
1a: Temporeality
Chair:
Nichola Smalley

Alia Soliman
(UCL/SELCS),
‘The Self in Time in Latin American Literature’

Gabriella Addivinola
(Warwick)
‘The Realities of Dante’s Vision’

Alexandra Hills (UCL/SELCS), ‘Marlen
Haushofer’s Die Wand [The Wall]: The Last Woman on Earth Living the Unthinkable.’

PANEL
1b: Real and Imagined Spaces
chair: Pei-Sze Chow

Lisa L. Socrates (UCL/SELCS), ‘“Parallel
Spaces and Undesirable Bodies” in Adonis Florides’s
Kalabush (2002)

Kelvin Knight, ‘Simultaneously
Mythic and Real Spaces: Heterotopia in W.G. Sebald’s
Austerlitz’

Megan Bradshaw (UCL/SELCS), Literary Geography and Cities in Literature

11:30

Coffee/tea + snack

 

 

11:45

 

Panel
2a: Constructing Realities

Chair:
Alicia Spencer-Hall

David Hermann (UCL/SELCS), ‘The
Spectre of Universal Constructionism and the Academic Study of Literature’

Pauline Souleau
(Oxford),
‘Writing History or Writing a Story? The Medieval Reality of truth and
Fiction in the Work of Jean Froissart’

Agnes Broome (UCL/SELCS), ‘Constructing
the Fields of Translated Fiction: Is Foreign Literature Special?

Nicky Smalley (UCL/ SELCS), ‘Rap,
Literature and Authenticity’

Panel
4b: Visual Interpretation & the Real

Chair:
Asmaa Soliman

Jonathan Stafford (Kingston), ‘The
Intersection of European and Colonial Realities: Identity and Representation
in Victorian Maritime Design’

Ken Cheng (UCL/SELCS), ‘Against
“zoological nationalism:” how Jakobson wrote the
politics of Dada’

André Hammelmann (King’s College London), ‘Surfaces of Reality: Multi-layered Perspectives in Thomas Arslan’s A Fine Day

Pei-Sze Chow (UCL/SELCS), ‘The
Landmark on Film: Representations of Place and Identity.’

 

13:05

Lunch

Fragile
Unrealities – lunchtime films and image slideshow

 

14:00

 

Keynote
address 2:

Chair: Dr Claire Thomson, UCL Scandinavian Studies Dept

Assoc. Prof. Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen (Aarhus
University/Dept of Aesthetics and Communication)

‘New kinds of reality, created
within the development of the real-time ‘now’, feedback and interfaces.’

 

14:45

 

Panel
3a: Technology/Reality

Chair:
Nicky Smalley

Essi Viitanen (UCL/SELCS), ‘Reality Through The Len:
Reimagining a Cinematic Tapiola

Sophie Hoyle (Central St
Martins), ‘More Real than Reality: Film and Video Technology in Representing
the “Real”’

Joe Sheehan (Arts University
College Bournemouth), ‘Animating Stillness the Stop-Frame, Temportality and the Process of Observation’

Panel
3b: Socio-political Realities

Chair:
Megan Bradshaw

Asmaa Soliman (UCL/SELCS), ‘Young Muslims in Europe and their public expressions of a European Muslim Identity’

Emily Hogg (QMUL), ‘Reading
the “Girl-Child”.’

Rully Damayanti (Sheffield), ‘Dialectic Reality of Youth in “Urban Kampung” Surabaya, Indonesia’

15:45

Coffee/tea

 

 

16:00

 

Panel
4a: Augmented Realism

Chair:
Pei-sze Chow

Camilla Sutherland (UCL/SELCS), ‘Shifting
Realities: Migration and Surreality in the Work of Remedios Varo’

Octavia Bright (UCL/SELCS), ‘Spanish
Realism? Looking Awry with Luis Bunuel, Pedro Almodovar
and Julio Medem

Alicia Spencer-Hall (UCL/SELCS), ‘Post-mortem
Projections: Blurring the Boundaries between Life and Death’


Panel
4b: Realities of Conflict
Chair: Asmaa
Soliman

Colin Leventhal
(UCL/SELCS), ‘The Realities of War: Death
of An Iraqi Soldier’

Georgina Williams (Winchester School
of Art), ‘Constructing the Real: Art and Philosophy in Propagandist
Aesthetics’

Stephen Krewson (Yale),

‘”Shall we ever get histories of the real things?”: Towards a Whitmanian Historiography of the US Civil War.’

Kinga Bloch (UCL/SELCS),

‘Realistic Television Series:
A threat to the Self-Image of Wester German
Audiences in the 1980s’

 

17:20

 

Closing
Address by Prof. Tim Mathews, UCL French Dept

General discussion

 

17:45

 

Conference
close

 

 

 

From 18:00 – Drinks

From 19:30 – Dinner venue TBC

 

 

 

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