A Series of Black History Month 2012 events
(Department of English Literature)
The weekly series of events aims to explore the literature of the Black Atlantic and the
TransPacific and the various cultural, social, historical and political aspects through film, critical pedagogy and engaging discussions.
The series will feature a lecture by Dr Michelle Keown entitled "The Black Atlantic and the TransPacific: Literature and Mobility", film viewings of "Paris is Burning", introduced by Dr Carole Jones and "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" introduced by Dr Keith Hughes, as well as an intersectionality workshop on Black Feminism in the final week.
Everyone is more than welcome to attend!
Visit here for a complete schedule of events.
Atlantic World Rhetorics
A STAR (Scotland's Transatlantic Relations)/Atlantic World Research Network Joint Colloquium
19 March 2012
IASH, Hope Park Square
An interdisciplinary symposium in collaboration with colleagues from University of North Carolina Greensboro, this event will develop issues raised in the successful IASH / STAR meeting on ‘Voices of Moderation in the Atlantic World,’ held in 2011. Historians, rhetoricians and English scholars will discuss public and private idioms of engagement in the Anglophone Atlantic World between 1750 and the present. Together, we shall consider a range of rhetorics – and disciplinary practices for their assessment – across domains from Literature to Philosophy, Politics and Religion. We shall address historical and contemporary languages of moderation, to ask what kinds of vocabulary, verbal structure and stance are deployed to promote the virtues of moderate thought? The symposium is part of our larger inquiry into how analysis of the rhetorics of moderatism help us better understand literary, cultural and political developments historically and in our own time.
Please download the programme for more information:
Atlantic World Rhetorics Programme
Thirteenth Annual Conference of the Scottish Association for the Study of America
Saturday, 17 March 2012
Hosted by the Andrew Hook Centre for American Studies, University of Glasgow
The Scottish Association for the Study of America (SASA) was formed in 1999 to encourage and facilitate the study of America in Scotland. The annual conference will take place at the University of Glasgow, on 17th March 2012. The conference is designed to provide a forum for Americanist postgraduate students and academic staff to share and discuss their research.
Organized with support from SASA, the Hook Centre for American Studies, the British Association for American Studies, and the Cultural Office of the Embassy of the United States.
IASH Seminar Series, Spring 2012: "English Literature 1762-2012"
Tuesday, 6 March at 5.30 pm
Faculty Room South, David Hume Tower, George Square
A seminar associated with the celebrations to mark the 250th anniversary of the appointment of Hugh Blair as the first Regius Professor of Rhetoric and Belles-Lettres, and 250 years of the study of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh.
Deidre Lynch, Chancellor Jackman Professor of English, University of Toronto: "Daniel Wilson, Scotland and Canada: the export of English"
Exhibition: "Transatlantic Abolition: Nineteenth-Century Yorkshire"
The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds
1-29 October 2011
Abolitionist activity relied on extensive personal networks, relationships and
collaborations. Professor Bridget Bennett of the School of English, University of Leeds
and Yosra Awad, a Level Three Undergraduate Research scholar in the School of
English, have traced and documented the connections between abolitionist activists
on both sides of the Atlantic, focusing in particular on the visits to Leeds of a number
of key figures, some of whom had experienced slavery personally.
The results of this research can be seen in a display entitled Transatlantic Abolition:
Nineteenth-Century Yorkshire at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery at the University
of Leeds. The exhibition and accompanying website reveals the high level of public engagement with abolition in nineteenth-century Leeds, combining lithographs borrowed from the National Portrait Gallery, lectures, photographs, original playbills, archival images and a film to show a crucial part of the city's history, one which has continued impact today. The display's selection of art and rare archival materials provides a glimpse into the fascinating story of Yorkshire
abolitionism presented on a new website.
To learn more about the project, visit their website: www.yorkshireabolition.co.uk and
follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Leeds-University-Transatlantic-
Abolition-Project/202517606467357 and Twitter: @yorks_abolition
Saturday, 1 October, 12 noon- 2.00 pm
Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds
Launch of the exhibition and short talk on the project by Professor Bridget Bennett.
Booking is essential. Book your place.
Development and Empire, 1929-1962
1-2 July 2011, Berrick Saul Building, University of York
A two‐day conference bringing together scholars based in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America to share knowledge and ideas about British aid‐assisted colonial development in the mid twentieth century.
Speakers: Paul Greenough, Jordanna Bailkin, Barbara Bush, David Clover, Billy Frank,
Joseph Hodge, Gerald Hödl, Leigh Gardner, Michael Jennings, Margaret Jones, Gerold
Krozewski, Edward Hampshire, Lucy McCann, Zachary D. Poppel and Uyilawa Usuanlele.
For registration and information visit: http://tinyurl.com/developmentandempire
Beyond Calypso: new perspectives on Sam Selvon
Warwick University - Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies 2nd July 2011
Keynote speaker: Professor Kenneth Ramchand (University of Trinidad and Tobago)
Samuel Selvon is one of the Caribbean's most widely-read, popular and influential novelists, one whose works have, as early as their first publication, been granted classic status. While the author's significance is undeniable, historically Selvon's oeuvre has been read primarily to seek its insight into the lived experience of the Windrush generation, or its replication of the tropes and techniques of calypso. Selvon's work, though, has much more to offer than this. While expressing a strong, Caribbean-centred cultural identity, his writing demonstrates a perceptiveness that extends beyond its immediate context. Beyond Calypso will seek to explore the richness of Selvon's work. In advance of the sixtieth anniversary of Selvon's first novel, A Brighter Sun, this one-day event will draw together new perspectives on the author in order to celebrate his contribution to Caribbean, British and postcolonial literatures.
Postcolonialism, Economies, Crises: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
2nd Biennial Conference of the Postcolonial Studies Association
University of Birmingham 7 & 8 July 2011
At a time when the current global financial crisis is prompting profound reassessments of economic models, practices and transnational relationships, how can postcolonial studies inform our understanding of relations between local cultures and global capital? This interdisciplinary conference aims to explore the relationships between postcolonialism and economic structures, historicising crisis as well as engaging with contemporary concerns. How might we situate present economic relations within longer (post)colonial histories of capitalism, deprivation, debt and dependency? How do moments of crisis interrelate with ongoing economic struggles outside the west? To what extent are economic relations a central feature of postcolonial cultural representation? What are the relationships between economic crisis and the content, marketing and consumption of postcolonial artistic and cultural productions?
Keynote Speakers: Elleke Boehmer, Sarah Brouillette, Suman Gupta
THE 8th BIENNIAL SYMBIOSIS CONFERENCE
The 8th Biennial Symbiosis Conference will be held at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, from Thursday 23–Sunday 26 June, 2011.
We are delighted that the 2011 Symbiosis conference will feature plenary addresses from Professor Michael Schmidt and Professor Caroline Rody
6th International Caribbean Women's Writing Conference: Comparative Critical Conversations
Friday 24 and Saturday 25 June 2011, Centre for Caribbean Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London
Empowerment and the Sacred: an Interdisciplinary Conference
Friday 24 - Sunday 26 June 2011, Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, University of Leeds
35th Annual Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies
Wednesday 29th June - Friday 1st July 2011, International Slavery Museum Albert Dock, Liverpool
Afromodernisms 2: What’s really new? Blackness and Atlantic Modernism, 1907–61
University of Liverpool, UK. 30 June-2 July 2011. Confirmed Keynote Speakers include Tyler Stovall, University of California, Berkeley. Hazel Carby, Yale University
What constitutes a ‘modernist’ response to the experience of the modern? What categories underpin the aesthetic category ‘modernism’? How might emphasis on black diaspora subject positions, representations, and artistic and political interventions, inflect current canonical configurations of modernism? To what extent might black feminist positions revise or even reject the totalizing tendencies of the male voice in canonical works of black modernism, for example, Négritude?