Weekly Favourites: Our Top SAS Events 22 – 26 March 2021

Congratulations! You have successfully made it to the end of another brilliantly unexpected semester. This year has truly been special as we have been constantly wrestling with our virtual reality. But, hey, COVID-19 didn’t stop us from have virtual quizzes or virtual study sessions. Still, we can now confirm that from April onwards, we will able to hold some study sessions in person, albeit with limited capacity (but better than nothing!) Keep your eyes peeled as we will be posting about that soon. 

So far, we’ve held quizzes, virtual study sessions, our inaugural symposium, and we have written on tips on how to survive postgraduate life. Not only survive it, but have a whale of a time while you are at it! This week for our Weekly Favourites, we recommend looking at women disrupting the patriarchy, digital culture and the field of modern languages, vandalism and art, discussing COVID-19, and mapping the translation, circulation and recognition of women’s writings in the 20th- and 21st century. 

There are, of course, more events taking place within SAS, so we highly advise you to visit SAS’ Events Page to get more of an idea of the extensive events that are available. 

If you’d like to review one of the events, you can! Click here for more information. 

Women in Ancient Cultures 2021: ‘Women Disrupting the Patriarchy’ – ICS
Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 17.00 – 18.30, Book Here

Why not start your Tuesday with a bang? As part of the Women in Ancient Cultures Symposium, Professor Judith P. Hallett (University of Maryland) will be delivering her keynote address titled “Women Disrupting the Patriarchy: What Took Us So Long?” Prof Hallett’s research focuses on women, the family, and sexuality in ancient Greece and Rome, particularly in Latin literature. A fascinating talk for those that are interested in feminism, ancient Greece and Rome! 

Digital Culture and Modern Languages Research – IMLR
Wednesday 24th March 2021, 14.00 – 16.00, Book Here

Have you wondered how digital culture comes together and interacts with Modern Language Research? Dr Naomi Wells (IMLR) who specialises in Italian and Spanish with Digital Humanities will shed some light on the importance of interdisciplinarity and how digital humanities aid and compliment modern languages research. 

The London Aesthetics Forum
– IP
Wednesday 24th March 2021, 19.00 – 21.00, Book Here

The London Aesthetics Forum has been an all-time favourite with our Weekly Favourites and this particular online seminar is bound to make you think in all sort of different ways. Professor Sondra Bacharach (Victoria University of Wellington) asks “Is it ever acceptable to vandalize art?” Prof Bacharach will be exploring different kinds of vandalism, arguing that while mere vandalism is never permissible, other forms of vandalism might be.

End of Term Roundtable: An open conversation about PhD life and COVID-19 with ‘Pandemic Perspectives’ – IHR
Thursday 25th March 2021, 18.00 – 19.00, Book Here

It is safe to say COVID-19 has affected all of us one way or another. IHR has put together an informal session to meet other PhD students in a social environment to talk about all things PhD. This can include (but is not limited to): coping with doing a PhD in a pandemic, teaching and other PhD opportunities, getting involved in a seminar series or conference online, sharing research topics, communication with other PhDs, work environments, and so much more! 

Gender and Transnational Reception. Mapping the Translation, Circulation and Recognition of Women’s Writings in the 20th- and 21st Century
Friday 26th March 2021, 17.00 – 19.00, Book Here

For our last recommendation of the semester, we had to go with IMLR’s Gender and Transnational Reception: Mapping the Translation, Circulation and Recognition of Women’s Writings in the 20th- and 21st Century. This seminar will include Prof Claudia Pazos-Alonso (University of Oxford) to discuss “The Transnational Dissemination and Reception of Portuguese Poetry: from Florbela Espanca to Ana Luisa Amaral,” Prof Tiziana De Rogatis (Università per Stranieri di Siena, Italy) to explore “Transnational Storytelling and the Global Novel: Elena Ferrante, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Margaret Atwood.” The seminar asks questions such as “how are processes of literary reception gendered and transnationalised? How do transnational networks support the circulation of texts by women? What are the processes that intervene in the recognition or misrecognition of their artistic value, in their own country and abroad?” 

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