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SEPTEMBER 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: 10TH GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATUES

Thursday, September 1, 2011
7:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MB 210-01, MLL Conference Room
 
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI - November 4-5, 2011 10TH GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATUES "War- Conflicts, internal conflicts, zones of conflict. Hispanophone, Francophone, Italophone and Lusophone areas." Deadline to submit abstracts: September 1, 2011 Call for papers War often refers to conflicts between different states, nations, or groups. Yet it is necessary to question how war evolves throughout centuries, from hoplite wars to Crusades, from warlords’ conflicts to guerrillas, from war implying millions of soldiers on wide battlefields to acts of terrorisms on pintsize targeted points. How do we differentiate and consider what is just (jus in bello) versus unlawful in war? War is mainly concerned with violence but that violence is experienced and expressed in different ways: how then to tell the violence of war? This conference invites participants to reflect on different types of conflicts in relation to war and its recollection, personal and interpersonal violence and trauma in literary and historic discourses. It welcomes papers on a wide range of interdisciplinary topics including but not limited to the following themes: • Narratives of violence: presented in genres such as, but not limited to personal accounts of war, fictionalizations, diaries, testimonies, autobiographies, epistolary exchanges, documentaries, films and graphic novels. • Zones of conflict: external (geographical, political, religious), internal (trauma, interpersonal, psychological, theological, teleological). • Spaces of memory: theory of memorials, commemoration within the social space, theory of mourning, war as spectacle, national discourses surrounding conflicts, rebuilding peace • Conceptualizations of war: historical changes in the understanding of war, evolution of types of war, relations of war/violence to gender and the body as well as any other ideological and theoretical perspective. We invite proposals of 250-words for 20-minutes presentations that may be given in English, Spanish, French, or Portuguese. Please send abstracts by September 1, 2011 via email to a.gonzenbach@umiami.edu, including name, email address, academic affiliation and a short bio. Registration fee: $40.
 

UM's Italian Film Festival / Ciak! Il film festival italiano di UM
FILM TITLE: "The Last Kiss" ("Il ultimo bacio") dir. Muccino, 2001

Tuesday, September 20, 2011/span>
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Learning Center (LC) 182


All Films in Italian with English Subtitles.
 
 
OCTOBER 2011

UM's Italian Film Festival / Ciak! Il film festival italiano di UM
FILM TITLE: "Kiss Me Again" ("Baciami ancora") dir. Muccino, 2010

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Learning Center (LC) 182


All Films in Italian with English Subtitles.
 

UM's Italian Film Festival / Ciak! Il film festival italiano di UM
FILM TITLE: "Angels of Evil" ("Vallanzasca- Gli angeli del male") dir. Placido, 2010

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Learning Center (LC) 182


All Films in Italian with English Subtitles.
 

Lecture by Barbara Woshinsky: "Forced Enclosure, Erotic Disclosure in Diderot's La Religieuse"
Dr. Barbara Woshinsky, Professor Emerita University of Miami

Thursday, October 20, 2011
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
MB 210-01, MLL Conference Room
 
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI DEPARTMENT OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES Invites you to a Lecture by Dr. Barbara Woshinsky Professor Emerita University of Miami "Forced Enclosure, Erotic Disclosure in Diderot's La Religieuse" Merrick Building 210-01, MLL Conference Room 5202 University Drive, Gables Campus October 20, 2011 5:00 PM Barbara Woshinsky received her Ph.D. in French Literature from Yale in 1968. Her research interests focus on early modern French literature and thought, Francophone literature and women's studies. Her books include La Princesse de Clèves: the Tension of Elegance; La France et la francophonie (with Eloïse Brière and Judith Frommer); and [italic]Signs of Certainty: The Linguistic Imperative in French Classical Literature. An article on Pascal is forthcoming in Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature. She has also published on modern women writers, including Colette and Maryse Condé. Her most recent book is Imagining Women's Conventual Spaces in Early Modern France, 1600-1800 (Ashgate, 2010). She was Director of Women's Studies from 1995-1998 and was named Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques in 1999. -Reception to Follow-
 
 
NOVEMBER 2011

UM's Italian Film Festival / Ciak! Il film festival italiano di UM
FILM TITLE: "Suspiria" dir. Argento, 1977

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Learning Center (LC) 182


All Films in Italian with English Subtitles.
 

Conversation with Dr. GHITA EL KHAYAT: Arab Questions from Morocco
Dr. GHITA EL KHAYAT, Cultural Anthropologist

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MB 210-01, MLL Conference Room
 
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI DEPARTMENT OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES Invites you to a conversation with Dr. GHITA EL KHAYAT Cultural Anthropologist ARAB QUESTIONS FROM MOROCCO Merrick Building 210-01, MLL Conference Room 5202 University Drive, Gables Campus November 1, 2011 5:00 PM Considered one of the leading women intellectual and cultural figures in Morocco, Dr. GHITA EL KHAYAT holds a M.D. in Psychiatry from the University of Paris, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology of the Arab World from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. As a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst she has her practice in Casablanca, Morocco. As a cultural anthropologist she has been a Professor at the University of Chieti, Italy, where she founded the chair of Anthropology of the Knowledge, and a Visiting Scholar at the State University of Milan, where she created and directed a seminar at the Law School on Equal Opportunity. As a scholar, intellectual figure, fictional writer, and poet, she has published 36 books and innumerable articles and book chapters. As an engaged journalist and media communicator, she hosts a literary program on Morocco’s national television and regularly writes for several periodicals. She is also a prominent figure in the Moroccan film area, being a member of the Administrative Board of the Marrakesh International Film Festival, and the President of the National Foundation for Cinema (responsible for awarding production grants). Among several awards, Ghita El Khayat was made Chevalier dans Ordre du Trône Alaouite (the highest Moroccan recognition) in 1994, and “Officier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite in 2009, and in 2010 she received the Dante Alighieri International Prize. Her numerous fields of publication and intervention include women and gender studies, anthropo-psychiatry, psychoanalysis, immigration studies, and aesthetics. Among her books: Le Monde Arabe au Féminin (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2001, reedited 4 times); Une Psychiatrie moderne pour le Maghreb (Paris: L’Harmattan, 1994); Questions arabes. Réflexions à Beyrouth (Casablanca: Anaï Bennaï, 2004); Correspondance ouverte avec Abdelkébir Khatibi (Rabat: Marsam, 2005; Italian translation), and most recently La Femme artiste dans le monde arabe (Paris: de Broca, 2011). Refreshments will be served.
 

Concorso "Studio italiano perche..." / Italian Language Contest for Students of Italian

Friday, November 4, 2011
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Oro Art Gallery, 135 S. Lorenzo, suite 130, Coral Gables, FL 33146.


Italian language contest for students of Italian at Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University and University of Miami Join us to congratulate the winners from 7 to 9 pm on Friday, November 4th, 2011 at Ca Oro Art Gallery, 135 S. Lorenzo, suite 130, Coral Gables, FL 33146.
 

10th Annual Graduate Student Conference: WAR

Friday, November 4, 2011
4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
MLL Conference Room, Merrick 210 -01


War: Conflicts, Internal Conflicts, Zones of Conflict Hosted by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, this conference on November 4-5 presents speakers from various universities and backgrounds on the common theme of "War." Keynote Speaker: Dr. Idelber Avelar Professor of Latin American Literatures and Intellectual Histories Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures Tulane University
 

10th Annual Graduate Student Conference: WAR

Saturday, November 5, 2011
7:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MLL Conference Room, Merrick 210 -01


War: Conflicts, Internal Conflicts, Zones of Conflict Hosted by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, this conference on November 4-5 presents speakers from various universities and backgrounds on the common theme of "War." Keynote Speaker: Dr. Idelber Avelar Professor of Latin American Literatures and Intellectual Histories Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures Tulane University
 

UM's Italian Film Festival / Ciak! Il film festival italiano di UM
FILM TITLE: "The Solitude of Prime Numbers" ("La solitudine dei numeri primi") dir. Costanzo, 2010

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Learning Center (LC) 182


All Films in Italian with English Subtitles
 

Literary Translation Conference
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures presents the Literary Translation Conference, November 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011
7:00 pm - 5:30 pm
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI DEPARTMENT OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES Invites you to the LITERARY TRANSLATION CONFERENCE PROGRAM 9:00 - 9:30 A.M. On site breakfast 9:30 A.M. Opening Session Chair: Lillian Manzor, University of Miami Opening Remarks Ralph Heyndels, University of Miami " 'On ne s'improvise pas traducteur': Poetics, Ethics, and Esthetics of Translation" 9:45 A.M. Session I Chair: Andrew Lynch, University of Miami 9: 45- 10:15 A.M. Eduardo Negueruela, University of Miami "Translating That Which Is Not There: Metalepsis, Poetry, and the Significance of Tropes" 10:15 - 10:45 A.M. Alyson Waters, Yale University " Translation as Vocation: Profession or Calling" 10:45- 11:15 A.M. Discussion Respondents: Corinne Lhermitte, Ponce de Leon M.S. World Languages Department Maria Kosinski, University of Miami 11:15- 11:30 A.M. Coffee break 11:30 A.M. Session II Chair: Subha Xavier, University of Miami 11:30 - 12:00 A.M. Brice Matthieussent, Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Marseille "Coma sans mot" 12:00 A.M- 12:30 P.M Jean-Christophe Valtat, Universite Paul Valery, Montpellier "Found In Translation" 12:30-12:45 P.M. Discussion Respondents: Sabrina Drai-Wengier, University of Miami Shawn Temple, University of Miami 12:45- 2:30 P.M. On site lunch 2:30 P.M. Session III Chair:Suzanne Braswell, University of Miami 2:30-3:00 P.M. Chloe Deroy, Universite Francois Rabelais, Tours "Makine's French : Writing Through Languages and Time" 3:00-3:30 P.M. Lori Saint-Martin, Universite du Quebec a Montreal "An Experiment in Self-Translation: How Far Can You Go?" 3:30-3:45 P.M. Discussion Respondents: Tracy Divine Guzman, University of Miami Maria Galli-Stampino, University of Miami 3:45-4:00 P.M. Coffee break 4:00 Session IV Chair: Markus Zisselberger, University of Miami 4:00-4:30 P.M. Peter Filkins, Bard College 'Translating H.G.Adler Translating History" 4:30-5:00 P.M. Rene de Ceccatty, Editions du Seuil, Paris "The Translator: The Secret Sharer" 5:00-5:15 P.M Discussion Respondents: Alexandra Gonzenbach, University of Miami Christina Civantos, University of Miami 5:15 P.M. Closing Session Chair: Rachida Primov, University of Miami Closing Remarks: David Ellison, University of Miami *** Conference Organizer: Ralph Heyndels All the conference proceedings will be in English *** UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI THE ROBERT AND JUDI PROKOP NEWMAN ALUMNI CENTER TOLL LIBRARY 6200 San Amaro Drive · Coral Gables, FL 33146 ************* PARKING: Please use the three (3) lots behind the Alumni Center for parking. The entrances to these lots are off of Brescia Ave.
 

Guest Lecture: "The Plena's Dissonant Melodies: Overlapping Diasporas from Ponce to New York"
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures presents a guest lecture by Dr. Jose Amador: "The Plena's Dissonant Melodies: Overlapping Diasporas from Ponce to New York"

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Merrick Building, Room 205


UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI DEPARTMENT OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES Invites you to a guest lecture by Dr. Jose Amador: "The Plena's Dissonant Melodies: Overlapping Diasporas from Ponce to New York” November 22nd, 2-3:15 Merrick Building, 205 Dr. Jose Amador is an Assistant Professor of Latin American, Latina/o Studies and Caribbean Studies at Miami University, Ohio. He is the co-editor of Sociedad, cultura y vida cotidiana en Cuba, 1878-1917. He is currently completing a book on public health campaigns and racial projects in early-twentieth-century Puerto Rico, Cuba and Brazil. Lecture will be presented in Spanish.
 
FEBRUARY 2012

Cineforum: Italian Film Series of UM - "Benvenuti al sud"
FILM TITLE: "Benvenuti al sud" ("Welcome to the South") dir. Miniero, 2010

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Learning Center (LC) 110
 
Admission is free and all Italian films will have English subtitles. Made possible by funds from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in support of the Italian language and culture.
 

Cineforum: Italian Film Series of UM - "Habemus papam"
FILM TITLE: "Habemus papam" ("We Have a Poper") dir. Moretti, 2011

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Learning Center (LC) 110
 
Admission is free and all Italian films will have English subtitles. Made possible by funds from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in support of the Italian language and culture.
 
 

Cineforum: Italian Film Series of UM - "Una vita tranquilla"
FILM TITLE: "Una vita tranquilla" ("A Quiet Life") dir. Cupellini, 2010

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Learning Center (LC) 110
 
Admission is free and all Italian films will have English subtitles. Made possible by funds from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in support of the Italian language and culture.
 
MARCH 2012

Guest Lecture: Dr. Cesar A. Salgado
"Lezama Lima and Haiti: Locating the Caribbean in La expresian americana."

Monday, March 5, 2012
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Merrick Building, Room 210-01 /span>
 
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI DEPARTMENT OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES Invites you to a Lecture by Cesar A. Salgado Lezama Lima and Haiti: Locating the Caribbean in a expresian americana.Cesar A. Salgado is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Program in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas, Austin. He teaches on colonial and postcolonial New World baroque literatures, the "Orígenes" group and journal in Cuban literary history, James Joyce and Luso-Hispanic modernism, the politics of archival fashioning in Caribbean studies, and contemporary literary theory. His articles on Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Latin American and comparative literary topics have appeared in Revista Iberoamericana, Cuadernos americanos, Inti, Apuntes posmodernos, and Revista Encuentro de la Cultura Cubana, among others. Dr. Salgado is author of From Modernism to Neobaroque: Joyce and Lezama Lima (Bucknell, 2001) and coeditor with Alan West-Duran and Maria Herrera-Sobek of Latino and Latino Writers (Gale/Scribners 2004). He is currently at work on a manuscript tentatively titled "Caribbean Counterfeits: Essays in Critical Archivology."
 

Cineforum: Italian Film Series of UM - "œIl divo"
FILM TITLE: "œIl divo" ("The Deit") dir. Sorrentino, 2008

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Learning Center (LC) 110


Admission is free and all Italian films will have English subtitles. Made possible by funds from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in support of the Italian language and culture
 

Guest Lecture: Dr. Carrie Noland
"Inheriting the Avant-Garde"

Thursday, March 22, 2012
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Merrick Building, Room 210-01 /span>
 
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI DEPARTMENT OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES Invites you to a Lecture by Carrie Noland Inheriting the Avant-Garde. Inheriting the Avant-Gardequestions the claim that the European avant-garde is dead or pass by examining its revival in the work of choreographer Merce Cunningham. The talk focuses on the final performance of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the New York Armory on New Year's Eve, 2011, which recalled the aesthetics of Marcel Duchamp and put them to work for the future. Carrie Noland is the author of Poetry at Stake: Lyric Aesthetics and the Challenge of Technology (Princeton, 1999) and Agency and Embodiment: Performing Gestures/Producing Culture (Harvard, 2009), as well as numerous articles on twentieth-century poetry and art. Collaborative interdisciplinary projects includeDiasporic Avant-Gardes: Experimental Poetics and Cultural Displacement (Palgrave), co-edited with the Language poet Barrett Watten, and [italic]Migrations of Gesture(Minnesota), co-edited with anthropologist Sally Ann Ness. Having just completed a manuscript on Negritude poetry with the generous support of the ACLS, she is now turning her attention to a new book on Cage, Cunningham, and constructivist aesthetics, chapters of which can be found in Dance Research Journaand Leonardo Electric Journal. She teaches French and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine.
 

Dr. AMANULLAH DE SONDY - "Constructions of Islamic Masculinity: from Hedonist to Chaste Representations"
"Constructions of Islamic Masculinity: from Hedonist to Chaste Representations"

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
University Center, Flamingo D
 
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI DEPARTMENT OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES Invites you to a Lecture by Dr. Amanullah De Sondy [italic]Constructions of Islamic Masculinity: from Hedonist to Chaste Representations[/italic] Dr. Amanullah De Sondy (Ph.D., University of Glasgow, 2009; M.Litt., University of Abertay Dundee, 2003), a former Ford Foundation Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow Center for the Study of Islam, has studied Arabicat Zarqa Private University in Amman, Jordan, and Arabic Literature in Damascus, Syria. He is the author of Qur’anic Masculinities (forthcoming) and currently works on a second book project entitled Between Heterodox Passions and Sacred Stately Icons: Robert Burns and Mirza Ghalib. He has contributed to several collective books, including Exploring Islamic Masculinities Through the Qur’anic Adam and British Muslim Men in the 20th Centry. He was recently offered and has accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor in the University of Miami Department of Religious Studies, a “cluster” position developed in conjunction with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Refreshments will be served.
 
 
APRIL 2012

Guest Lecture: Dr. Eric Kligerman
"Reels of Justice: Inglourious Bastards, The Sorrow and the Pity and the Face of Jewish Vengeance"

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Merrick Building, Room 210-01 /span>
 
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI DEPARTMENT OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES Invites you to a Lecture by Dr. Eric Kligerman Reels of Justice Inglourious Bastards, The Sorrow and the Pity and the face of Jewish Vengeance This talk examines two cinematic representations of the Holocaust set in German-occupied France: Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and Marcel Ophuls’ The Sorrow and the Pity. Despite the juxtaposition of Hollywood fantasy next to an acclaimed documentary, I investigate how both Tarantino and Ophuls have similar approaches to using filmic space to probe cinema’s relation to violence, revenge and justice. Both directors transform the medium of film into a place of resistance that relies on their respective re-occupation or Besetzung (the German word for both “military occupation” and Freud’s term for cathexis) of cinematic history to deconstruct specific historical narratives. While Ophuls wishes to break France’s attachment to the dominant narrative of heroic resistance during the war in order to expose an historical erasure of French collaboration, Tarantino’s aim is to break the narrative paradigms that are constitutive of Holocaust cinema. Although many critical responses situate Tarantino outside a “Jewish way” of confronting the Holocaust, I argue that Tarantino’s filmic style is itself consistent with a Jewish hermeneutics that is denied to him. Through his destabilizing of conventional narrative models, dense layering of filmic and historical material along with his rejection of any mimetic approach to history, Tarantino’s brazen counter-narrative challenges us to think in new and dynamic ways about the reified tropes used to represent the work of memory, catastrophic history, Nazi perpetrators and the Jews themselves. Eric Kligerman is an associate professor of German and Jewish studies at the University of Florida. In addition to his ites of the Uncanny: Paul Celan, Specularity and the Visual Arts (2007), he has published on representations of the Red Army Faction in New German Cinema and the paintings of Gerhard Richter. His current research examines French post-colonial ruins in Southeast Asia alongside Walter Benjamin’s theory of modernity and architecture.
 

Cineforum: Italian Film Series of UM - "Draquila"
FILM TITLE: "Draquila" ("Draquila: Italy Trembles") dir. Guzzanti, 2010

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Learning Center (LC) 110


Admission is free and all Italian films will have English subtitles. Made possible by funds from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in support of the Italian language and culture
 

Guest Talk: Dr. Emilio del Valle Escalante
"Poesia maya contemporanea y la cuestian de la modernidad: Xib’alb’a como alegoría de la globalización en Rosa Chávez y Pablo García."

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Merrick Building, Room 210-01 /span>
 
Dr. Emilio del Valle Escalante (UNC-Chapel Hill), "Poesía maya contemporánea y la cuestión de la modernidad: Xib’alb’a como alegoría de la globalización en Rosa Chávez y Pablo García." Wednesday, April 11, from 1:30-2:45 pm. (MLL Conference room, Merrick Building 210-01). This talk is part of the Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum lecture series, co-sponsored by the Miami Consortium for Latin American Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and the Program in American Studies.
 

Cineforum: Italian Film Series of UM - "La prima cosa bella"
FILM TITLE: "La prima cosa bella" ("The First Beautiful Thing") dir. Virzi, 2010

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Learning Center (LC) 110


Admission is free and all Italian films will have English subtitles. Made possible by funds from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in support of the Italian language and culture
 

Joint Lecture: Sabrina Wengier & Fiorella Cotrina

Thursday, April 19, 2012
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Merrick Building, Room 210-01
 
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI DEPARTMENT OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES INVITES YOU TO A JOINT LECTURE BY Sabrina Wengier & Fiorella Cotrina A Portrait of the Artist as a Mad Man: the Goncourts' Manette Salomon By Sabrina Wengier The Infrapolitical in A hora da estrela: An Interrogation of the Relationship between Death and Ethics By Fiorella Cotrina Sabrina Wengier is a Visiting Assistant Professor of French at the University of Miami. She focuses on the relationship between literature and painting in nineteenth-century novels. Her dissertation, "The Politics and Poetics of Ekphrasis in Nineteenth-Century French Art Novel" examines descriptions of paintings, explores the question of the representation of the female body both on canvas and in the text, and questions the emergence of a discourse on abstract art in predominantly Realist and Naturalist texts. A Portrait of the Artist as a Mad Man: the Goncourts' Manette Salomon," investigates the gradual madness that affects the painter Naz de Coriolis after he falls in love with a Jewish model, Manette Salomon. Eating away at his artistic power, Manette turns the promising Coriolis into painter whose "madness of the eyes" propels his painting in the realm of nonfigurative art. The Goncourts' anti-Semitic prose converges with their art criticism to offer a reflection on artistic madness and genius. Fiorella Cotrina is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Miami. Her areas of specialization are 20th century Latin American literature and cinema. She is interested in interdisciplinary studies of aesthetics, ethics, technology, and consumer and popular culture. Her current project is an examination of how cinema spectatorship affected the definition of Latin American masculine identity in the novels La invención de Morel, A hora da estrela and El beso de la mujer araña. Clarice Lispector’s novella, A hora da estrela (The Hour of the Star) concludes with the death of the subaltern protagonist Macabea. Portrayed as a social victim who migrates from Brazil’s drought-stricken North Eastern region to Rio de Janeiro’s slums, the culminating hit-and-run scene that takes Macabea’s life marks the climax of an ongoing cruel narrative Rodrigo S.M., the fictional male writer in A hora, has weaved throughout the novella in portraying her existence. Macabea’s last moments of life are displayed to an anonymous Rio de Janeiro crowd who gathers around her body, laying flat on the side of a dirty road, and observes her struggle with death. Rodrigo’s disavowal of responsibility at this moment, on a par with the crowd’s silence as they observe her death and the readers’ interpellation into this moment of “perverse watching” provokes the following question: Who is ethically responsible for Macabea’s death? This talk will seek to answer this question by utilizing Alberto Moreiras’ concept of “infrapolitics”, as a moment in which the suspension of ethics is triggered by a crime committed against a fellow human being, and proceed to an analysis of just who the perpetrators, within the logic of Rodrigo’s sadomasochist narrative, ultimately are. Refreshments will be served.
 

Cineforum: Italian Film Series of UM - "La prima cosa bella"
FILM TITLE: "La prima cosa bella" ("The First Beautiful Thing") dir. Virzi, 2010

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Learning Center (LC) 110


Admission is free and all Italian films will have English subtitles. Made possible by funds from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in support of the Italian language and culture
 

Guest Lecture: Dr. Parvati Nair
Travelling Song: Music, Iteration and Translation in La leyenda del tiempo (Isaki Lacuesta, 2006)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Merrick Building, Room 210-01
 
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI DEPARTMENT OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES Invites you to a Lecture by Dr. PARVATI NAIR Professor of Hispanic, Cultural and Migration Studies at the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Migration at Queen Mary College of the University of London. Travelling Song: Music, Iteration and Translation in La leyenda del tiempo (Isaki Lacuesta, 2006) La leyenda del tiempo (Isaki Lacuesta, 2006) is a film that entwines two portraits around the memory of the legendary Camarón de la Isla, whose meteoric rise as a flamenco singer was cut short by his untimely death at the age of 41. The backdrop to the film is the cult of Camarón that has turned his birthplace of La Isla de San Fernando, an islet off the coast of Cádiz, into a shrine for his memory and that has simultaneously rendered his name as synonymous with flamenco for fans from around the globe. A further backdrop to the film is the fact that Camarón himself structured his compilation of songs from his best-selling album La leyenda del tiempo (1979) around the work of another great and globally acknowledged Andalusian, also dead before his time, the murdered poet Federico García Lorca. Furthermore, Camarón's album marked an important milestone in its overt hybridization of flamenco with jazz and rock, thus disrupting traditional notions of authenticity in flamenco. Into this paradoxical picture whereby the memory of Camarón has been turned into semi-religious icon, whilst his music travels to people from across the globe, enter the two protagonists, the gitano boy, Isra, an innate flamenco singer who ceases to sing after losing his father, and Makiko, a young Japanese woman whose own father is dying and who has come to San Fernando in order to learn to sing like Camarón so as to be able to express her feelings. Music, myth and memory combine here to explore flamenco in a setting that is the birthplace of its most celebrated genius. As viewers of this film anxiously await a recovery of the lost Camarón either through the young gitano who, like Camarón, is also a son of San Fernando or else through the determined and diligent Japanese woman, the voice of Camarón, twinned as it is with the very idea of flamenco, becomes ever more elusive and unreachable. Flamenco propagates itself not so much in terms of authenticity, but through iteration, performance and cultural translation. This talk will explore questions of music in terms of the conceptual frames of iteration and performance. Dr. Nair shall argue that the film decenters and uproots ideas of authenticity, origin and rooting through its portrayal of flamenco as a mode of travel, on the road and in ceaseless flow. In this sense, music, myth and memory all offer cultural narratives that trace a shifting global topography of flamenco, whose movement exceeds attempts at freezing, containment or appropriation. Dr. Parvati Nair is a Professor of Hispanic, Cultural and Migration Studies at the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Migration, at Queen Mary College of the University of London. She holds a BA, a MA, and a Ph.D. from the University of London. Her research is in Cultural Studies, with a particular interest in theories and representations of migration, mobility, urban spaces, displacement, ethnicity and gender. She writes mainly on photography, film and music in these contexts and relies on an interdisciplinary approach that includes fieldwork. She is the author of three books, A Different Light: The Photography of Sebastião Salgado (Duke University Press, 2011); Rumbo al norte: inmigración y movimientos culturales entre el Magreb y España (Barcelona, Edicions Bellaterra, 2006); and Configuring Community: Theories, Narratives and Practices of Community Identities in Contemporary Spain (London, Modern Humanities Research Association, 2004). She has also edited two more books, Hispanic and Lusophone Women Filmmakers: Critical Discourses and Cinematic Practices, co-edited with Julian Gutierrez-Albilla (Manchester UP, 2012) and Gender and Spanish Cinema, co-edited with Steven Marsh (Oxford: Berg, 2004). She is the author of dozens of essays published in journals and edited collections. In addition to all this prolific research activity, she is the Principal Editor of Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture and she serves on the editorial board of the Hispanic Research Journal. As Director of the Centre for the Study of Migration, Nair facilitates expressions of interest for interdisciplinary collaboration on migration-related research across faculties and institutions at Queen Mary and beyond. Dr. Nair has published and spoken in the media, in particular in the Guardian and on BBC Radio 4. She also writes a blog on flamenco (http://www.flamencorhythms.com/) that is linked to her research interests in this area. Refreshments will be served.
 
 
MAY 2012

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Awards Ceremony

Thursday, May 10, 2012
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
School of Communication, 3053 Shoma Hall
 
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Awards Ceremony Awards will be presented to student winners of various scholarships and honors. Refreshments will be served.