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IV International Conference Translating Voices, Translating Regions, Conference Series

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Published: Jul 15, 2014 1:24:16 PM


Humanity and Animality in 20th and 21st Century Culture: Narratives, theories, histories

This interdisciplinary conference takes up an important debate in a field of growing importance in the humanities, where animal studies, post-humanism, and eco-criticism have surged in recent years. The definition of mankind seems necessarily to pass through an understanding of what constitutes the animal. Philosophically, what distinguishes, or indeed brings together humanity and animality has been the subject of debate from Aristotle’s understanding of man as ‘zôon logon echon’ and from Kant’s view of man’s treatment of animals as an insight into the true nature of humankind, Derrida’s seminars on ‘the beast and the sovereign’, up to Agamben’s recent theory of ‘bare life’ as the breakdown of the barrier between man and animal. More...

Starts: Sep 15, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Current Research Projects in CMII

A selection of projects by current research students in CMII:

Comparative Literature

Stefano Bellin - The Shame of Being a Man: A Deconstructive Reading of Primo Levi

Naomi Charlotte Fukuzawa - Self, ghosts and love - literary imaginations around modern Japan in the writings of  Lafcadio Hearn, Pierre Loti, Mori Ogai and Natsume Soseki

Aysun Kiran - ‘Rewriting’ the Past Through Cinema: A Comparative Analysis of Conflicting Narratives on Violence in 1990s Turkey

Christiane Luck - 'Can literature convince where theory has failed?' A comparative study of English and German literary texts thematising gendered language

Ayala Prager - "On Their Own Terms": The Challenge of Culture in Literary Depictions of Mass Violence

Stefano Rossoni - Textual Erotics: Reading and Writing in Contemporary Novels

Ayesha Siddiqi - The Representation of Trauma in the Contemporary Pakistani Novel

Film Studies

Özde Çeliktemel-Thomen - Cinema Contested: Regulation of Cinema in the Late Ottoman Empire and the Early Turkish Republic

Rebecca Harrison - Admission for All: How Cinema and the Railways Shaped British Culture, 1895-1948

Gender Studies

Magali Burnichon - The Portrayal of Queer Identities on Mainstream Television: How Visual Literacy Redefines Representations of Gender Politics

Marco Venturi - Out of Soho, Back into the Closet: Re-Thinking the London Gay Community

Cultural Studies

Comparative and Cultural Studies

Marco Benoît Carbone - The myth of Scylla and Charybdis: cultural geography, reception, identity

Alia Soliman - The Doppelgänger in Our Time: The New Faces of the Double in Contemporary Literature and Culture

Political Studies, Sociology and Cultural Studies

Asmaa Soliman - Muslims and Islam in Europe - Young Muslims' Public Engagement in Germany in the context of German Muslim identity

Translation Studies

Translation Studies and Cultural Studies

Diana Bianchi - The Politics of Translating Science Fiction. An analysis of translated British and American Science Fiction in Italy in the 1970s

Centre for Translation Studies