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Seminars and research events across the School

School of Languages at Lunchtime Series – SALTS

SALTS is a new interdisciplinary research forum for the entire research community in the School of Modern Languages and beyond. The School strongly promotes interdisciplinary research across several fields including comparative medieval and early modern studies, Film History and Film Aesthetics, Postcolonial and Transnational Studies, Migration Studies, Translation Studies, Renaissance Studies, Memory Studies, Gender Studies and Disability Studies.

Members of our vibrant research community engage in editorial and archival work, sociocultural and political contextualization, philosophical and theoretical interrogation, medical and psychiatric history. Their research addresses the urgent issues of linguistic, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity in Europe, Africa, North America, the Caribbean and Central and South America. By examining the reception and reshaping of philosophical, intellectual and literary traditions, they also contribute to a nuanced understanding of what is involved in transcultural and intercultural encounters and translations.

Designed to facilitate cross-disciplinary dialogue, SALTS adopts a dynamic and informal format. Presenters from a particular discipline will team up with a respondent from a different subject area who is working in a related field. A short paper or position statement will be circulated ahead of each lunchtime talk and form the basis for the response and the ensuing discussion.

So if you want to find out what colleagues are working on in the School of Modern Languages and beyond, come to the SALTS talks which will be launched on 25 November:

Term 1
25 November (1pm, H 1.48): Food and Culture

Presenter: Beat Kümin (Department of History, Warwick University)

Respondent: Cecilia Muratori (Italian; School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Warwick University)

Professor Anne Fuchs, Director of Research

Term 2

Week 4 (3 February) – Eliana Maestri (Italian) and Mary Harrod (French): Women’s Autobiography and Cultural Production - H545
Week 8 (2 March) – Santiago Oyarzabal (Hispanic) and Jenny Burns (Italian) – Politics on Screen - H060

Term 3

Week 2 (4 May) – Ben Clift (Politics & International studies) and David Lees (French) – The Politics of Austerity - H058

If you wish to actively participate in SALTS programme in 2015/16, please contact the co-ordinators Mary Harrod ( and Cecilia Muratori (

French Research Seminar: 2015-16

An exciting team of speakers is lined up for the French Studies Seminar Series 2015-16 in our School of Modern Languages and Cultures. All are welcome. All talks are at 4pm.

Wednesday 21 October

Reception to celebrate publication of Dr. Mary Harrod's monograph, From France with Love: Gender and Identity in French Romantic Comedy (I. B. Tauris 2015), room H4.44 (tbc).

Thursday 19 November

Prof. Adrian Armstrong (QMUL), '"Mon cierge trouvay soufflé’": Masculinity and its tensions in François Villon', R 1.13.

Wednesday 20 January

Elisabeth Wallmann (Warwick), 'Insects, Instincts, and Political Economy: Animal Nature and its Role in Physiocracy', R.0.03/4.

Wednesday 24 February

Dr. Jennifer Oliver (Oxford) - ‘Machines and machinations: mechanisms of war in French Renaissance literature’, H454.


This paper will explore the analogical connections and tensions between war machines and statecraft in the work of Rabelais, Montaigne, and d’Aubigné. While mechanistic analogies were (and remain) commonplace in political thought, such imagery may also test the practical and ethical limits of allegory. What happens when the boundaries between man and machine become blurred? In particular, what can semantically flexible terms such as ‘engin’ and ‘bastiment’ tell us about the exploration of these boundaries in the period?

Wednesday 1 June

Dr. Thomas Baldwin (Kent), 'Roland Barthes: The Proust Variations', H 0.60.

German Interdisciplinary Workshop: 2015-16

All talks are at 4pm in H2.02 unless otherwise indicated.

Wednesday 21 October

The Warwick Workshop for Interdisciplinary German Studies supports the
HRC/Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts Colloquium: Kafka and the human animal

Speakers: Prof. Elizabeth Boa (Nottingham), Dr Caroline Duttlinger (Oxford), Prof. Anne Fuchs (Warwick), Dr. Nick Lawrence (Warwick).

3.00-5.30 pm, MS.04

Wednesday 13 January

Axel Goodbody (University of Bath)

'Telling the Story of Climate Change: Narrative Strategy and the Challenge of the Anthropocene'

Thursday 14 January, 10am-12pm

'Postgraduate Workshop on representations of climate change and climate scepticism' (with Axel Goodbody, University of Bath)

For registration and information please contact Hanna Schumacher,

Wolfson Research Exchange, Millennium Library, Library Road

Wednesday 10 February

Sean Allan (University of Warwick)

'Transnational Stardom. Dean Reed, Socialist Cinema and the Politics of Mass Entertainment'

Wednesday 02 March

Tara Windsor (Trinity College Dublin)

'German-Indian Scholarly Relations in the Twentieth Century'

Wednesday 27 April

Silke Horstkotte (Universität Leipzig / University of Warwick)

'Sacraments and sacramentality in contemporary
German poetry'

Wednesday 11 May

Hanna Schumacher (PhD candidate, University of Warwick)
'"Hinterrücks packen die-Toten die Lebenden, werfen sie nieder."– On the Interrelation between Past, Present and the U/Dystopian Moment in the Works of Dietmar Dath and Reinhard Jirgl'

Maria Roca Lizarazu (PhD candidate, University of Warwick)
'Nach dem Familienroman? Reconfiguring Holocaust Remembrance in Eva Menasse's Quasikristalle (2013)'



Unless otherwise indicated, all sessions will be on Wednesday afternoon,

4-6pm, in H2.02 (2nd floor Humanities Building)

Hispanic Studies Events: 2015-16


14 October

Brazilian music featuring Clelia Irazun including wine reception, 5.30-7pm, Warwick Arts Centre

20 October

La isla mínima (Marshland), 8:45pm, Warwick Arts Centre cinema

Undergraduate social event organised by the Hispanic Society, 7:15pm, room S0.28 - contact:

29 October

Research seminar with Helena Miguélez Carballera (Bangor University/ British Academy Mid-Career Fellow): 'Notes on the Postcolonial Spain Project: Ramifications for Contemporary Hispanism', 5:15 pm, IAS seminar room, Millburn House

5 November

Iluminados por el fuego, film screening and Q&A with Embassy Minister Gustavo Bobrik, Embassy Secretary Pedro López Godoy and Dr Santiago Oyarzabal (University of Warwick), 6-8:20pm, Warwick Arts Centre cinema

This event is kindly supported by the Embassy of Argentina

To reserve a FREE ticket, email:

13-14 November

WISPS XVI Annual Conference, Keynotes: Rosa Montero and Ana Luísa Amaral

17 November

Cinema workshop with director ‘in residence’ Andrés Di Tella, supported by Santander Universities, chair: Dr José Arroyo (University of Warwick), 4pm, room A0.28 See Poster


Thursday 28 January

Prof Dominic Keown (University of Cambridge) Catalan Cinema (FULL TITLE TBC), 3-4:30PM, room F.25A Millburn House

Thursday 25 February

Jaime Luis Huenún (Chilean Mapuche writer and poet), Workshop on South American Indigenous poetry (some knowledge of Spanish needed), 3-4:30, room F.25A Millburn House

Tuesday 15 March

Belén Gopegui (Spanish writer), Literature and social activism, 4:30-6pm, room H0.01 Humanities Building

Thursday 17 March

Luciana Zorzoli (CONICET, Argentina), Reassessing State – Union relationship during the Dictatorship in Argentina (1976-1983), 1-3pm, room H2.02 Humanities Building


Wednesday 11 May

Mercedes Cebrián (Spanish writer), Writing workshop, 3:30-5pm, room H3.56 Humanities Building - Open to all Humanities and Social Sciences PG students

Italian Research Seminar: 2015-16

Tuesday 17 November, 4-6 pm

Digital Tools for Humanities Research: A Workshop

with Bryan Brazeau, Tomi Oladepo, Gioia Panzarella

Room H4.50 (Renaissance Centre) poster

Wednesday 27 January, 5-7pm

Federico Faloppa (University of Reading) presents his book Sbiancare un etiope (Aracne, 2013)

Respondent Naomi Wells (University of Warwick)

IAS Seminar Room (Millburn House)

Monday 1 February, 4-6 pm

Bryan Brazeau (University of Warwick) on A Good Offense: Poetics and Society in Sixteenth-Century Italy.

Respondent Alessio Cotugno (University of Warwick)

Room H4.50 (Renaissance Centre)

Thursday 11 February, 5-7pm

Mila Milani (University of Warwick) on Translation and Post-hegemony in post-WWII Italy: Left-wing Publishers and the Italian Communist Party.

Respondent Chantal Wright (University of Warwick)

Room H4.03

Tuesday 23 February, 4-6pm

Alessandra Aloisi (University of Warwick) will present her research project Distraction as a Philosophical Concept and a Stylistic Device in France and Italy. 17th-19th Centuries.

Respondent Cecilia Muratori (University of Warwick)

Room H4.03

Friday 4 March, 2-8pm

Identities in Motion

Legacies and Representations of Mobility in Contemporary Italy

Organizers: Gianmarco Mancosu (University of Warwick) and Gioia Panzarella (University of Warwick)

Wolfson Research Exchange, University Library

Wednesday 9 March, 5-7pm

Presentation of Ten steps. Critical enquiries on Leopardi (Peter Lang, 2015), with Fabio Camilletti (University of Warwick) and Paola Cori (University of Birmingham).

Respondent Alessio Cotungo (University of Warwick)

Room H4.03

Thursday 5 May, 11-13

Lunch-Workshop with translator Richard Dixon flyer

Room R1.13

Wednesday 11 May , 4-6 pm

Angelo Maria Mangini (University of Bologna) on A Tale of Two Sirens: Ozick, Tomasi di Lampedusa and the Gender of the Uncanny.

Respondent: Fabio Camilletti (University of Warwick)

Room H4.03