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Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Light in Darkness: The mystical philosophy of Jacob Böhme
Chapel of Christ the Servan, Coventry Cathedral

Runs from Tuesday, April 30 to Friday, July 05.

Light in Darkness: The mystical philosophy of Jacob Böhme

Free special guided tours of the exhibition.

Graduate Studies Committee
Dante Reading Group
History Department Staff Meeting
A0.23, Social Sciences
Seminar Series - Speaker: David Soloman (Blueprint)
R2.41, Ramphal Building
Current research in French studies at Warwick: Creolization in Haiti (Matthew Allen) and Materiality and Corporeality in 13th-Century Translation (Jane Sinnett-Smith)
Humanities 4.44

This postgraduate session will include two short papers, followed by a discussion:

Matthew Allen: 'Haiti and the counter-tradition of creole linguistics'

The concept of creolization has proved enormously productive in theorizing the cultural, social and epistemological plurality of the Caribbean, offering the possibility of a non-essentialist ‘poetics of Relation’. Yet as a result of its conceptual origin in the nineteenth-century evolutionary master narrative, creolization theories have often masked an underlying essentialism. Research on creolization has historically focused on the linguistic or physiological ‘markers’ of difference; creole languages have been treated as deviations from the linear model of descent. This presentation will sketch the course that debates on creole took in early twentieth-century Haiti, focusing on the work of the country’s first female anthropologist, Suzanne Comhaire-Sylvain. Comhaire-Sylvain’s study of Kreyòl dispensed with the linguistic family tree, offering a new ‘universalizing’ basis for the study of creole languages. As such her work represents a unique synthesis of an ongoing debate in Haitian intellectual circles between universalism and particularism, while at the same time suggesting comparison with critical currents in linguistics which arose in other countries.

Jane Sinnett-Smith: 'Translating Faith: textual, material, and bodily translations in the thirteenth-century Vie de seinte Foye'

In this paper I consider the ways in which medieval literature interweaves notions of textual translation with a broader sense of translation as a material, spatial, and bodily process. I take as my focus the medieval cult of Saint Foye, or Faith, and in particular the thirteenth-century version of her life produced by Simon of Walsingham in Anglo-Norman French. Translation in the Middle Ages takes on a specifically sacred significance, describing the movement of saintly relics. The translations undergone by Foye’s corpse after her death are central to both cult and text. I explore how the spatial and corporeal translations of the corpse generate intertwined creative responses in text, but also in architecture and objects. I argue that these artistic productions in turn provoke more sacred activity, and ultimately facilitate mediated forms of access to the saintly body.

French Research Seminar


‘Current research in French studies at Warwick: Posgraduate session’


History Department Research Seminar: Sir John Elliott (Oxford), 'Scots and Catalans'
OC0.01 (Oculus Building)
[CANCELLED] Classical Connections - IAS VF Public Lecture: Dr Dan-el Padilla Peralta (Princeton) "The Etruscan Negro: from Coin to Memory to Racial Politics"
OC 0.04

Dr Dan-el Padilla Peralta is Assistant Professor of Classics at Princeton University, where he is affiliated with the university's Center for Human Values and Program in Latino Studies. His work situates the religious and cultural history of the Roman Republic in dialogue with anthropology, sociology, economics, and comparative and global histories of slavery. In this public lecture, he will focus on the complicity of modern histories of Roman republican culture in the (re)production of colonial and postcolonial configurations of race.

The lecture is generously funded by the IAS.

14th Annual Edward Said Lecture: Harry Harootunian

Harry Harootunian, Professor Emeritus of East Asian Studies, New York University, and Max Palevsky Professor of History and Civilizations, Emeritus, University of Chicago, will give the 14th annual Edward Said Lecture. His talk is titled, “‘In the Zone of Occult Instability’: Some Reflections on Unevenness, Discordant Temporalities, and the Logic of History.” Harootunian is a world-renowned historian of early modern and modern Japan, as well as a major theorist of Marxism and the philosophy of history. He is the author of eleven books, including Overcome by Modernity: History, Culture, and Community in Interwar Japan (Princeton, 2000), History’s Disquiet: Modernity, Cultural Practice and the Question of the Everyday Life (Columbia, 2000), and, most recently, Marx after Marx: History and Time in the Expansion of Capitalism (Columbia, 2015)

WWIGS Seminar

Kate Rigby (Bath Spa): Rereading Herder in the Horizon of the Environmental Humanities