The Arts & Humanities Research Student seminars provide a platform for research students in the Languages and Cultures and History areas of SSEES to present their research in an informal setting.
Each 20-30 minute research presentation is followed by a Q&A session, which allows presenters to gain feedback from their colleagues and faculty working across the SSEES region and coming from a range of disciplinary backgrounds.
The seminar is customarily followed by more informal discussion over a glass of wine and is open to all to attend.
Day/Time: Fortnightly on Thursdays, 18:00
Venue: Room 347, UCL SSEES, 16 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW
(Unless otherwise specified)
Autumn Term 2016 Programme
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- Spring Term 2016
- Autumn Term 2014
Visions of Agency: Imagining Individual and Collective Action in Nineteenth Century Romania - Andrei Sorescu
8 October 2014, UCL SSEES Room 433
This talk will outline the problems of identifying relevant cultural contexts in which historical actors negotiated their perceptions of each other's capacity to act. The paper will argue that the tension between nationalism and restricted suffrage peculiar to establishment discourse in nineteenth-century Romania provide a case-study with a broader relevance for the given period.
Chronology, Narrative, and Founding Acts: Between a Transcendental Rock and a Decisionist Hard Place - Jack Reilly
15 October 2014, UCL SSEES Room 433
This presentation looks at the concept of a 'quasi-transcendental' act in Ernesto Laclau and Jacques Derrida. The paper will claim that their respective explorations of emancipatory politics can outflank charges of decisionism as well as avoid straightforward transcendentalism.
Shells: Autobiographical Motifs in P. B. Shelley's Hymn to Mercury and Walter Benjamin's Mummerehlen - Mathelinda Nabugodi
22 October 2014, UCL SSEES Room 433
Lyric poetry derives its name from the lyre that the Greek god Hermes fashioned from a tortoise shell. The talk is about the appearance of this allegorical object in the two texts of its title. In both cases, the shell is an important accessory in the presentation of the author's 'lyric I.'
What is 'National' Style in Soviet Poetic Documentary Film? - Raisa Sidenova
12 November 2014, UCL SSEES Room 433
In the 1960s with the rise of film production in the Soviet republics, the question of ‘national’ cinematic style became prominent in both critical press and professional discussions. Through exploring the poetics and politics of the so-called ‘poetic documentary’ movement in the republics of Latvia and Kirghizia, this paper will argue that the terms of the debates about the ‘national’ style are central for our understanding of cinema’s function in the balance of power among national republics within the Soviet Union.
The Veil Lifting Campaign in Yugoslavia - Ivan Simic
3 December 2014, UCL SSEES Room 433
This seminar will explore the consequences of imposing the category of “backwardness” on Muslim women in Yugoslavia, arguing that it provided the communist government and its activists with the tools for radical interventions into Muslim women’s lives, culminating with the veil lifting campaign. The seminar will tackle the positioning of the Muslim community leadership who supported new measures, the fervent attempts of the activists to “modernize” and unveil the Muslim women, and ultimately the severe punishments imposed by the legislators.
Is your language good enough? Tracing the origins of value-laden postures towards language in Europe and Circum-Pannonia - Eszter Tarsoly (UCL SSEES)
10 December 2014, UCL SSEES Room 433
The purpose of this talk is to look at the evolution of ideas about language, in particular, how superiority and correctness came to be associated with certain language varieties (known as standards) in European linguistic thought, and how such ideas were later imported to Central and Easter Europe. The anxiety surrounding an idealized, multi-purpose language variety (often called good language in popular usage) is contrasted with the equally anxious, although less obvious, quest for linguistic anchorage. Evidence from Hungarian, Romance, Greek, and Slavonic languages will be discussed, with special regard to the historically evolving status of languages and language varieties.
- Spring Term 2013
In 'media' stat virtus: The role of television in reshaping and affecting reality in Viktor Pelevin and David Foster Wallace
14 January 2013
Petrifying Gazes: The figure of Medusa in Percy Bysshe Shelley and Walter Benjamin
28 January 2013
Russian Diplomacy and Prize Law
18 February 2013
Viktor Dvorsky and the Space of the Czechoslovak Nation
25 February 2013
Transmission of traumatic experiences in the families of war survivors from the former Yugoslavia
4 March 2013
The nostalgic moment: The proliferation of post-socialist nostalgia in Czech film and television in 1999
11 March 2013
"Heading full steam for ruin": Petr Kropotkin and Degeneration
20 May 2013
A Sacramental Fervour: Dostoevsky's Notes from the House of the Dead in English Translation, 1881-1915
3 June 2013
- Autumn Term 2012
Trees, Trenches and Tombs: An Entropic Perspective of War Memory in Novorossiisk
12 November 2012
In 'media' stat virtus: The Role of Television in Reshaping and Affecting Reality in Viktor Pelevin and David Foster Wallace
3 December 2012 CANCELLED
Invisible Origins: The Political Dimension of Kierkegaard's "Instant"
10 December 2012