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Postgraduate Symposium 2012

Wednesday 27th June, Wolfson Research Exchange

09:30 – 09:40


09.40 – 10.20
PANEL 1: Suffering and Laughter (Chair: Daniel Katz)

Chi-Fang Chen, Edmund Burke and the Comic Culture of the 1790s
Alireza Fakhrkonandeh, The Efflorescence of the Third Skin in the Torsions of Pain

10:20 – 10:30 BREAK

10:30 – 11.10
PANEL 2: Universal and Local in Translation (Chair: John Gilmore)

Joanna Rzepa, To be translated or not to be: A dialogue of theology and translation studies
Svetlana Skomorokhova, From ‘Minor’ to ‘Major’: Belarusian Literature in English

11:10 – 11:20 BREAK

11:20 – 12:20
PANEL 3: Politics of Identities in the Long 20th Century (Chair: Graeme Macdonald)

Michael Tsang, On the Periphery of Post/Neocolonialism: The Case of Hong Kong
Roxanne Bibizadeh, Marginalized Voices: The search for identity in Monica Ali’s Brick Lane and Gautam Malkani’s Londonstani
Christopher Davis, Erasing the Bar: The Culture of Post-Settler-Colonialism

12:20 – 13.30 LUNCH

13.30 – 14.10
PANEL 4: Reassessing the Postcolonial Woman and Child (Chair: Cathia Jenainati)

Gurpreet Kaur, Women and Environment: Postcolonial Ecofeminism in Indian Women’s Writing in English
Dominic Dean, The Essential Child and Conrad Criticism: Reading from Amy Foster

14:10 – 14:20 BREAK

14.20 – 15.20
PANEL 5: Cultural Practices of the 19th Century (Chair: Gill Frith)

Mary Addyman, Dislocating objects: The collection of Richard and Henry Cuming
Andrea Selleri, Some remarks on the concept of authorship
Laura Wood, “Reading is Eating on the Sly”: Victorian Metaphors of Reading and Food Adulteration in the Nineteenth Century

15:20 – 15:30 BREAK

15:30 – 16:10
PANEL 6: Origins and Trajectories (Chair: Nick Lawrence)

Vladimir Brljak, Allegory and the Construction of Modernity in the Study of Renaissance Poetics
Christian Smith, The Roots of Critical Theory/Frankfurt School in Shakespeare’s Influence on Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud

16:10 – 16:20 BREAK

16:20 – 17:20
PANEL 7a: Roundtable Discussion: 'Historicism versus Presentism: Dealing with the Past and the Present in Early Modern Studies' (Chair: Stephen Purcell) Participants: Alice Leonard, Christian Smith, Vladimir Brljak, Iman Sheeha, Máté Vince

PANEL 7b: National Allegory?: Writing Nationality in the Postcolonial World (Chair: Malachi McIntosh)
Anna Bogdanova, Spaces beyond the text in Patrick Chamoiseau’s Texaco
Thomas Lampon-Masters, A Punch in the Face? Narratives of Gender Violence and Racial Violence in Achmat Dangor’s Bitter Fruit
Christinna Hobbs, Remembering Postcolonial Trauma: The Importance of the Family in Seamus Deane’s Reading in the Dark

17:20 – 17:30 BREAK

17:30 – 18:30


Emma Francis, Authenticity in your early career
Catherine Bates, Postdoctoral Fellowships
Jon Mee, Locating your research within large research projects
Sherah Wells, Building your early career in an interdisciplinary environment
Q & A Session

18:30 – 18:40

CLOSING REMARKS: Catherine Bates