News and events
Research and Film Events
Wednesday 5 March 7.30pm Minghella Cinema
The Figures of Transgression film season continues with The Kingdom (Peter Berg, 2007) with a pre-screening talk by Dr Andreas Behnke and post-screening Q&A. Tickets from Reading Film Theatre in advance or on the day (Http://readingfilmtheatre.co.uk/).
Monday 10 March 1.00pm HumSS 126
Acclaimed author Tabish Khair will speak on 'Islamisation and Fiction: A Narrative' and read extracts from his latest book, How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position (2012). All are welcome.
Wednesday 12 March 7.30pm Minghella Cinema
The final film in the Figures of Transgression film season is an Italian film, Il Generale Della Rovere (Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Hannes Messemer, Sandra Mil, 1959), with a pre-talk by Dr Charles Leavitt and post-screening Q&A. Tickets from Reading Film Theatre in advance or on the day (http://readingfilmtheatre.co.uk/).
Monday 17 Masrch 4.00pm HumSS G74
Professor Bryan Cheyette will deliver a research seminar arising from his new book, 'Diasporas of the Mind: Jewish and Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of History'. All are welcom to this rescheduled seminar.
The British Academy Early Careers Regional Event
Friday 11 April 2014 at the Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading
LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY AND CULTURAL IDENTITIES IN EUROPE: ORAL VOICES AND LITERARY LANGUAGES
Organised by Dr Nadia Cannata, Dipartimento di Studi Europei, Americani e Interculturali
Università di Roma La Sapienza.
Hosted by Dr Paola Nasti, Department of Modern Languages and European Studies, University of Reading.
Sponsored by Professor Brian Richardson, FBA, The University of Leeds
For further information: :http://digilab2.let.uniroma1.it/eurotales/
Sotirios Paraschas, in the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies, has been selected as a runner-up in this year's RETF 'best research output by an ECR' competition. The panel, made up of School Directors of Research, were very impressed with his book 'The Realist Author and Sympathetic imagination' (Legenda).
Pier Paolo Pasolini
THE ANXIOUS OBSERVER - FIVE DOCUMENTARIES BY PIER PAOLO PASOLINI
Tuesday 4 March 2014
Sopralluoghi in Palestina (1964)
Tuesday 11 March 2014
Appunti per un film sull'India (1968)
Tuesday 18 March 2014
Appunti per un-orestiade africana (1970)
Original versions with English subtitles
With an introduction by Federico Faloppa, Lecturer in Italian Studies
4.00pm HumSS 285 All welcome.
Study Spanish at Reading - New in 2015
We are delighted to announce that from September 2015 we will be offering BA Spanish - 4 years full-time as well as combined degrees with French, German, Italian, European Studies, English Language, English Literature, History and Management Studies. Further details available shortly.
A degree in Spanish Studies at Reading will lead to an in-depth knowledge of the Spanish language and more broadly of Hispanic culture in the many countries across the globe where Spanish is spoken. You will have the opportunity to study the language in the context of the enormously varied history, literature and cinema in which is is embedded.
A new issue of ReadingItaly is now online (https://readingitaly.wordpress.com)
This number is dedicated to translation. In the opening article, Nicola Gardini (University of Oxford) talks with us about his forthcoming translation of Catullus' Carmina. The 'Academia' section features an interview with Peter Robinson (University of Reading; translator of Sereni, Erba, and other nineteenth-century Italian poets) on his experience of translating poetry. Mila Milani (University of Reading) explores the links between poetry, publishing and translation studies. Carla Mereu Keating (PhD, University of Reading) introduces us to issues of film dubbing and subtitling in film translation.
Figures of Transgression in War and Conflict
A film season presented by experts from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science.
The final film in this season will be shown in the Minghella Building.
This series of films will explore figures who transgress the boundary between allies and enemies in films depicting war and conflict, from World War II to the so-called 'War on Terror'. The films are presented by experts from across the Faculty to open up new views on the subject of war and conflict: Who are these figures that undermine the central categories of 'friend and foe', and what is their function in the representations of violent encounters?
Wednesday 5 March 2014 @ 7.30pm
The Kingdom (Peter Berg, 2007) Presented by Dr Andreas Behnke
For further infromation contact Dr Ute Wolfel 0118 378 8422 email@example.com
Another Modern Languages graduate doing well!
Vincenzo (Enzo) Raimo has been appointed the new Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement at the University of Reading.
Enzo Raimo graduated from the University of Reading in 1990, with a BA in Italian and International Relations. He has spent much of his career working in senior administration roles in Higher Education. These include the Head of International Student Recruitment at the University of Nottingham between 2000 and 2007 and since then, as Director of the International Office. He has helped shape Nottingham's highly successful internationalisation strategy - leading on international scholarships, student mobility, support and recruitment.
New book edited by Emeritus Professor of French Mary Bryden Beckett and Animals (Cambridge University Press)
The animals that appear in Samuel Beckett's work are diverse and unpredictable. They serve as victim and persecutor, companion and adversary, disconcerting observers and objects oblivious to the human gaze. Bringing together an international array of Beckett specialists, this is the first full-length study to explore the significance of the animals that populate Beckett's prose, drama and poetry. Essays theorise a broad spectrum of animal manifestations while focusing on the roles that distinct animal forms play within Beckett's work, including horses, sheep, cats, dogs, bees, insects and others. Contributors situate close readings within a larger literary and cultural context, drawing on thinkers ranging from Aristotle to Deleuze, Foucault and Agamben, and on authors such as Flaubert, Kafka and Coetzee. The result is an incisive and provocative collection that traverses disciplinary boundaries, revealing how Beckett's creatures challenge conventional notions of species identity and, ultimately, what it means to be human.
For more information: www.cambridge.org/beckett14
For more information on Professor Bryden's research:
OBE for former Personal Professor in French
The world's leading expert on the Nobel-prize winning novelist and playwright Samuel Beckett has been awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours List.
Emeritus Professor Jim Knowlson was appointed OBE for services to literary scholarship.
He founded Reading's Beckett International Foundation and set up the Beckett Archive - the largest and richest collection of books, manuscripts and materials anywhere on the author - who died in 1989. Professor Knowlson, a close friend of Beckett's is the sole authorised biographer.
A Reading graduate and PhD, Professor Knowlson came to the University of Reading in 1969 to a Lectureship then a Readership in French from the University of Glasgow, where he had lectured mainly on Eighteenth Century French literature and thought.
In Reading he specialised in Modern European Drama and in 1981 became a Personal Professor in French - work which was recognised by the French government who awarded him the prestigious Officier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques in 2011.
Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell said: "Jim Knowlson has had an eminent career, devoted to scholarship of European theatre and the work of his great friend Samuel Beckett. He has been tireless in building the Beckett Archive into the richest collection of material in the world on the literary giant and he has been instrumental in making the Beckett International Foundation into a globally-renowned research body."
We are delighted to announce that three students from the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies have been awarded the Chancellor's Award 2013.
Award recipients are students who achieved the highest results in their subject at the end of their first of second year of study. We are pleased to recognise their outstanding results.
Lucia Crowther - Part 2 BA Italian and History of Art
Nicola D'Alessandro - Part 1 BA Italian
Katharina von Oltersdorff - Part 2 BA German and Management
Many congratulations to all three of them on their wonderful achievement and success. We are very proud of you.
2014 Sunday Times University Guide
According to the 2014 Sunday Times University Guide Italian Studies at Reading University is ranked 4th - www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/University_Guide/.
League table rise for the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies, Reading
All modern languages taught in the department have moved up in the Complete University Guide 2014 league table. Italian is up 6 places in the top 13 nationally (out of 32), while French is up 3 places in the top 30 and German is up 4 places in the top 31.
DAAD Scholarships available
Every year the German Academic Exchange (DAAD) offers scholarships for three- to four-week summer courses at German instituations of higher education. These courses focus on German language, literature, and cultural studies.
The programme is open to students of all disciplines, provided they have a good knowledge of German at the time of application.
For more information and to see where you can undertake these summer schools please visit the DAAD German Summer Schools website.
Please be aware that applications must be made via the Department of Modern Languages, if you are interested please see Gillian Williams, Room 268 HumSS.