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
The UK Government has announced today (4 August 2021) that the University of Warwick will be awarded £2.6 million for international student mobility, as part of the inaugural Turing Scheme.
Warwick is one of the world’s top 100 universities, and one of the ways it has achieved that position is because it is a globally connected institution. Its staff and students learn, work, and research as part of a highly international community, and more than 1000 Warwick students each year also take the opportunity to study and work abroad at one of the University’s many worldwide partner institutions.
Join teaching colleagues and the Teaching Café team for a summer get together in Gather.town.
Come along to chat with teaching peers in a relaxed online social space, whilst also getting an insight into what Gather.town offers.
Virtual Results Celebration #WarwickGrad.
Here is a video message from the Head of School on behalf of all the staff in the SMLC. As part of Warwick's celebrations today, we'd love it if you could submit an entry in the Faculty Yearbook. The link is below:
We hope you have a great day celebrating with friends and family and hope that we get to see you in person at a special 'catch-up' graduation next year.
Coventry: Lost, Found, Imagined
Where large scale and a smaller trail of black and white photographs are 'added to' with illustrations and my tiny glass pieces specially designed to tell stories about what was there and what could be there.
It's approachable, family friendly and designed to chime with both Coventry Kids young and old, adopted Coventry kids and visitors alike.
If you've never visited Holy Trinity, it's a really beautiful church with plenty of permanent objects of interest including an exceptionally rare medieval Doom Painting.
Coventry: Lost, Found, Imagined is free entry and Full details are here
To book a timed slot please go to the City of Culture website
Whilst not essential, this will help us with social distancing on the trail around the church.
Thank you and hope to see some of you there!
Amanda Glanville, Warwick Arts Centre
We will be holding a fun Balsam Bashing Challenge on 23rd June from 1-4.30pm where teams of volunteers will be competing against each other to pull up Himalayan Balsam plants along the banks of Canley Brook. The team with the biggest pile at the end will win Warwick Volunteers goodie bags including branded t-shirts, water bottles and much more!!
Himalayan Balsam is an invasive plant that grows rapidly in tall dense colonies by brooks and rivers. It has large leaves that block sunlight, causing native plant species to die. When Himalayan Balsam dominates the bankside, biodiversity is reduced. With fewer plant species, the brook supports less wildlife, endangering creatures like the fluffy water vole.
Students interested in joining us can sign up here: https://myadvantage.warwick.ac.uk/students/events/detail/2163213
Warwick Careers Society has re-established in 2020 and aims to support students throughout the journey of career planning which can be overwhelming. Our goal is to bring visibility to not so well-known careers and to help students understand more about the world and themselves when exploring. Over the past year, we have organised one of the biggest career conferences, regular CV and cover letter workshops along with a series of podcasts. While continuing these events, we will also introduce more exciting programmes for the upcoming year and are looking for passionate students to join us and grow with the society.
Please read more to find out about this important survey - and take part. Have your voice heard at this pivotal point in our School's journey!
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.
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
Faculty of Arts at Home video series - Film 22
This month's film is by Dr James Hodkinson on "Building back Empathy: Research and Engagement during Lockdown."
It is available, alongside previously released films, on our Faculty of Arts at Home webpage, Twitter feed (@ArtsWarwick), Facebook page (WarwickFacultyofArts), and YouTube channel (Warwick Arts Faculty).
Oliver Davis and David Lees appointed as Editors of Modern & Contemporary France
The Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France announced today the appointment of its new Editorial Team to lead the future development of the journal Modern & Contemporary France, now in its fifth decade, two of whom are based in French Studies here in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures:
- Executive Editor: Professor Oliver Davis
- Co-Editor: Dr David Lees
Modern & Contemporary France is an internationally prominent peer-reviewed journal, offering a scholarly view of France from 1789 to the present day. It is a multi-disciplinary journal, drawing particularly on the work of scholars in history and in cultural, literary and post-colonial studies, in film and media studies and in the political and social sciences.
Oliver and David are looking forward to taking over from the current team in September.
New flagship programme which brings you a wide range of cross-departmental undergraduate modules with a multi-focal and interdisciplinary approach and study alongside students based in other leading international universities.
new article on philosopher Peter Sloterdijk by Oliver Davis
Oliver Davis has published a new article on the work of philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, as part of a special issue of Angelaki on Sloterdijk, edited by Patrick Roney and Andrea Rossi. 'Anthropotechnical Practising in the Foam-World' can be accessed here. Abstract: I begin by acknowledging the profusion of Peter Sloterdijk’s published work, the suggestion by Bruno Latour that it may be on the side of design, and Sloterdijk’s pugnacious aversion to professorial critique. I focus on what I consider to be the crucial and vexed relationship between the general immunology of the Spheres trilogy [1998–2004] and the general ascetology of You Must Change Your Life . I present an analytical reconstruction of Sloterdijk’s account of originary spheric being-with in the trilogy, focused on its culmination in the foam-world; I suggest this account is too ambiguous on key matters of basic ontological structure and I question whether the foam metaphor is adequate as a description of intersubjectivity today. Against the backdrop of this discussion I consider whether the general ascetology of Sloterdijk’s second anthropotechnics involves practising in, or practising on, the shells of symbolic immunity and conclude the latter. Setting this alongside the trilogy’s insistence that cells in the foam are “co-fragile,” I argue that anthropotechnical practising in the foam-world is suffused with a violence which Sloterdijk is reluctant to theorize. Registering one significant undeclared context of his discussion of self-enhancement, in postmodern management theory, I suggest that successful anthropotechnical practising in the foam-world requires the capacity to ignore other people and their interests. I note that Sloterdijk’s one-eyed embrace of competitive self-enhancement in You Must Change Your Life has since been qualified in brief remarks in What Happened in the 20th Century?  but not substantively reconsidered. In conclusion, I pay tribute to the anthropotechnical lesson of Sloterdijk’s theoretical project, notwithstanding its design flaws and continuity errors.
"Explore...": an SMLC seminar series slanted towards professionalising skills and career development
Explore… is a series of seminars run by and destined for postgraduates, visiting researchers and early-career researchers in the School in Modern Languages and Cultures. The seminars are slanted towards professionalising skills and career development. The first event of the series will take place on 28 January 2021 at 4-5 PM, Digital Humanities, Digital Cultures. With Stefano Milonia (WIRL-Cofund Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, Warwick) and Steve Ranford (Senior Academic Technologist, IT Services, Warwick). Chair: Mary Jane Dempsey (Romance Studies, Warwick/Cornell)
With the student voice being so important to the educational experience, we wanted to regularly highlight some of the great work that is happening in SSLCs across the University. This is why we launched the Transforming Education Spotlight - a termly celebration of the people who are dedicated to the student voice at Warwick.
Dr James Hodkinson and Dr Silke Horstkotte publish a special edition of 'Poetics Today' on 'Postsecularisms.'
"In extending the discussion about postsecularities to hitherto neglected media, the increasingly self-reflexive nature of what we are calling postsecular art becomes apparent—and this is of particular interest to us in this volume. Working in the early twenty-first century, the writers, jazz musicians, TV directors, producers, and performance artists whose work we discuss appear to be thinking quite explicitly about not only how religion has returned to inflect and complicate their artistic visions but also how their art can comment upon and shape renewed perceptions of religion and religious experience. They show how aesthetic practice itself can constitute a postsecular stance, thus inviting a corresponding stance on the part of researchers."
The edition also carries an article by Reader in French at Warwick, Dr Douglas Morrey.
Raquel Navas wins the ASELE 2020 Research Prize
Raquel Navas, Teaching Fellow in Hispanic Studies, has been awarded with the 𝗔𝗦𝗘𝗟𝗘 (Asociación para la enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera) 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗠𝗔 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗶𝘀 for her work on Linguist Landscapes as a tool to promote connections with the target language and culture. This award recognizes the best dissertation of the year and will publish Raquel's work in 2021.
For more information: Asele research prizes