Literary Studies and Sociology in Dialogue - How Imaginaries Shape Social Reality
Hartmut Rosa (Jena/Erfurt) and Elisabeth Herrmann (Warwick)
Moderator: Irina Hron (Copenhagen)
Public Event at Jonsered Manor, Gothenburg
Monday, 27th March, 13:00-16:00 (CET)
How does social reality come into being? Where do social impulses originate and how do they enter the public sphere?
Imaginaries are at least partly constitutive for what societies are, how they develop, how they are modified and continuously negotiated. Fictional stories, whether in the form of literary texts, visual media, or music and lyrics, can be catalysts for social transformation by reflecting the present from alternative viewpoints, including looking back at the past and imagining possible futures. Fictional stories turn imaginings into possibilities, taking them into the world, bringing them to mind and prototyping possible social realities through images and narration, figures and plots. How do social imaginaries emerge? How does fiction contribute to social transformation – and how are social transformations reflected in social imaginaries? What is social energy and how is it set in motion?
We are delighted to invite you to a research seminar jointly organised by the Department of Italianand the Centre for Digital Inquiry.
Monday 20th February, 17:00-19:00
The Digital Frontier? New Approaches to Literary and Translation Studies, History and Music
Giovanni Pietro Villani (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin - Paris Saclay)
in conversation with
Federica Coluzzi (Italian/CDI, Warwick)
While it is difficult to answer the question what are the digital humanities, empirically it becomes easier to show what advantages digital brings to research in the humanities. The aim of this talk is to show the inside of a digital laboratory in order to show what are the reflections, failures and successes of using informatics applied to different fields of the humanities. Examples will be shown of studies carried out in the English-speaking, Italian-speaking Francophone and Spanish-speaking areas relating to procedures typical of literary analysis and studies of translation, (socio)linguistics, history and music.
Publication of a new edited volume of interdisciplinary essays on autonomy co-edited by Oliver Davis
Arising from a Warwick-Monash Alliance collaboration, with Dr Chris Watkin, undertaken during the Covid years, this new edited volume considers whether autonomy is still a useful concept today. Is the Enlightenment understanding of autonomy still relevant in addressing contemporary challenges? How have the limits and possibilities of autonomy been transformed by recent developments in artificial intelligence and big data, political pressures, intersecting oppressions and the climate emergency? The challenges to autonomy today reach across society with unprecedented complexity, and in this book leading scholars from philosophy, economics, linguistics, literature and politics examine the role of autonomy in key areas of contemporary life, forcefully defending a range of different views about the nature and extent of resistance to autonomy today. These essays are essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the predicament and prospects of one of modernity’s foundational concepts and one of our most widely cherished values. Oliver Davis's chapter, on conceptualising the role of patient autonomy in psychedelically assisted psychotherapy, can be viewed Open Access here.
Interested in a PhD in Modern Languages (French, German, Italian, Hispanic or Translation Studies)? Calls for Scholarship Applications Now Open
The School of Modern Languages and Cultures (SMLC) wamly invites applications from outstanding candidates for doctoral study commencing in September/October 2023. The SMLC will support pre-selected candidates for the Chancellor’s International Scholarships and Midlands4Cities scholarships
Interested in applying for a Midlands4Cities scholarship for doctoral study in Modern Languages or Translation Studies at Warwick? Register for the online Application Writing Workshops for M4C scholarship candidates on 19 November 2022, 10 am-1 pm. Registration details and the link to subscribe are on the M4C website.
Call for Presenters: An event to celebrate UN World Cities Day
In anticipation of our ‘Global Challenges, Local Solutions’ event programme starting in December 2022, and building on the innovative and collaborative ‘Getting Creative with Sustainability’ programme launched earlier this year, the Sustainable Cities GRP is hosting a showcase and workshops to highlight and build on the best co-created research between Warwick academics, local government, industry and civil society groups. While this is a call for presenters - attendees can register to attend the event as well.
Find out more and sign up to present your research Sustainable Cities GRP Events (warwick.ac.uk)
Waswasa - A Soul City Arts Production For the Birmingham 2022 Festival, with contributions by Dr James Hodkinson.
Waswasa - A Soul City Arts Production For the Birmingham 2022 Festival, with contributions by Dr James Hodkinson. Running from Aug 25- Sept 3, this is a multi media spectacle, including film, live physical theatre, immersive sound and graphic arts. The project aims to detoxify and demystify the often misunderstood tradition of Islamic prayer, and uses a blend of high-end digital art and the tactile productions of community arts projects to ensure local voices are at the heart of this internationally renowned project
Internal funding call - closes Feb 28th @ 12 noon - Getting creative with Sustainability - all career stages
Amphibious Screens: The Sustainable Cultures of Water Seminar Series hosted by The University of Warwick
Warwick is hosting some global online seminars (Jan-April 2022) exploring how the film and TV industries in Miami, Reykjavik, Cornwall and Venice are connected to a watery sense of place, water pollution, water scarcity and water cultures.
The School for Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Warwick warmly invites expressions of interest in its MPhil/PhD programmes in French Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, Italian, and Translation and Transcultural Studies (including a theoretical/academic and a practice-based route).
Conference on Postcolonial Italian Cinema
Please join us, in person or online, for the second part of our conference on Postcolonial Italian Cinema which will take place at Warwick on October 1st. You can find the program and any other relevant information here: https://
If you want to see the first part of the conference, which took place in Rome last week, it is available here (in Italian and English): https://www.youtube.
Should you need more information please get in touch with us directly or email postcolonialitaliancinem
SMLC researchers enable Garifuna delegation to retrace their Ancestors' footsteps
Head of School and Professor of French Kate Astbury and her PhD student Abigail Coppins welcomed a delegation of Garifuna people to Portchester Castle on Wednesday 8th September 2021 to show them the fruits of Abigail's research into the prisoners of war from the Caribbean held their during the Revolutionary wars. You can watch the BBC South report of the visit here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=JOVWmfZuDuU
and read the Portsmouth News article about it here: https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/people/descendants-of-banished-caribbeans-visit-portchester-castle-to-find-out-about-revolutionary-heroes-3376145
Teleworkability as a new digital divide – Webinar
July 14th, 11am-12pm
What has the extent of teleworking been in the EU before and during the Covid-19 outbreak? Are we seeing a trend of new teleworkers across occupations and types of workers who weren’t able to work remotely previously?
This webinar, facilitated by Professor Chris Warhurst from the Institute of Employment Research and Dr Enrique Fernández-Macías of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, examines how Covid-19 has changed the profile of the teleworker and what it means for the future of work. Find out more: https://warwick.ac.uk/research/priorities/productivity/webinars/teleworkabilityasanewdigitaldivide/
The City of Culture University Partnership is pleased to announce that Coventry Creates is running again this year. The call invites academics from all disciplines, with researchers to be paired with successful artist applicants to create artistic responses to research. The call now closes on 12pm on Thursday 08 July.
See more: Coventry Creates 2021
It will take place online on 29-30 June, 2021 (next Tuesday and Wednesday) and is open to all in our Warwick academic community.
The conference features the impressive research of our department, through five book panels published with excellent university presses (Oxford, Cambridge and others) on topics from democracy, peacekeeping, security, diasporas and migration and others that could be of interest to the wider Warwick academic community.
Find out more - https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/news/research2021/
Warwick Dinner Party – Call for Place Settings
Warwick Food GRP and the Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts (CRPLA) seek contributions for the WARWICK DINNER PARTY - a creative project to highlight different food cultures, memories, ideas and goals, to be displayed on campus in July 2021. Deadline for brief proposals: 1 June, 5.00 pm.
Sponsored by the Warwick Food GRP and CRPLA.
Award of Rome Prize
Warmest congratulations to Mary Jane Dempsey, current visiting research student at Warwick and also PhD candidate at Cornell, on the award by the American Academy in Rome of the Rome Prize in Modern Italian Studies, 2021-22. Mary Jane's project, which she first developed as a researcher in Italian at Warwick in 2016-17, is 'Remember to Forget: Migration, Gender, and Transnational Identities in Twentieth-Century Italy'.
Global Gallicisms Study Day launches Producing the Post-National Popular French Studies AHRC Network's series of academic events
The first in a series of events for this network Producing the Post-National Popular (warwick.ac.uk) took place this Friday 23rd April online, with 50 registrations and much dialogue generated.
New monograph: "Past Imperfect: Time and African Decolonization, 1945-1960" by Pierre-Philippe Fraiture, published by Liverpool UP (April 2021)
Bicentenary of the death of Napoleon: online afternoon of papers on Les masques de l’Empereur: Napoléon en spectacle (1796-1821) Thursday 23rd April 2021
Ahead of the anniversary of the death of Napoleon, SMLC colleagues Kate Astbury and Paola Perazzolo will be hosting an afternoon of papers exploring theatrical representations of Napoleon via YouTube.
13h00: Accueil et introduction (Katherine Astbury, University of Warwick)
13h15-14h30 – Session 1, Président Katherine Astbury (University of Warwick)
13h15-13h35 : Clare Siviter (University of Bristol), « Bonaparte et la censure du Directoire »
13h35-13h55: Paola Perazzolo (University of Warwick, Università di Verona), « Les « Journée(s) de Saint-Cloud » : les pièces de circonstance autour du 18 Brumaire »
13h55-14h15: Vincenzo De Santis (Università di Salerno) et Pierre Frantz (Université Paris-Sorbonne), « Les ombres de l’Empereur »
14h15-14h30 : Discussion
14h30-14h50 : Pause
14h50-15h45 – Session 2, président Pierre Frantz (Université Paris-Sorbonne)
14h50-15h10 : Maurizio Melai (Docteur des Universités de Pisa et Paris-Sorbonne) « "Otez à Sylla la mèche de Napoléon, et la pièce n'allait pas jusqu'à la fin" : sur un "succès de perruque" de Talma en 1821 »
15h10-15h30 : Laura O'Brien (University of Northumbria), « L’émergence de l’acteur "napoléonien" au XIXe siècle »
15h30-15h45 : Discussion
15h45-16h00 : Pause
16h00-17h00 – Session 3 Président Clare Siviter (University of Bristol)
16h00-16h20: Nicole Cochrane (University of Exeter), « La mise en scène de la défaite : expositions napoléoniennes et culture matérielle de la victoire à Londres au XIXe siècle »
16h20-16h40: Katherine Astbury (University of Warwick) : « Napoléon Harlequin »
16h40-17h00: Discussion et conclusion