Sunday, 16 December 2012
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
This week is the final EAC Research Seminar of the semester. Professor Jeremy Tambling will give a paper entitled 'Hölderlin and Parataxis'. Due to Wednesday also being a day of end-of-term parties, the start time this week is 4pm, and the room is A113.
I'll take this opportunity to apologise for those who suffered from a late room change last week. We moved from A113 to avoid a potential clash, and the sign on the door wasn't clear enough. This week, nothing will unfix us from A113.
Look forward to seeing many of you there and to seeing in the end of this long term.
Thursday, 6 December 2012
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Wednesday, 5 December 2012
A further note to remind you of tonight's research seminar, with our speaker Tom Day from UCLAN. 'Insider Dealings in Geoffrey Hill' is the title: Hill is the current Oxford Professor of Poetry, that significant and perenially controversial post, and is in Manchester tomorrow to give a reading as part of the UoM Literature Live series. 5pm, Samuel Alexander A113: it will be good to see you there!
From 9.30-2 next Wednesday 12 December we will be reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens out loud in aid of the homeless charity Shelter.
It will take place in the Graduate School Common Room, Mansfield Cooper 2.05.
There will be mince pies!
If you want to participate, please email Jerome.email@example.com
You can donate to Shelter here: http://www.justgiving.com/EASXmasCarolOutLoud
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
The EAC Research Seminar is back this Wednesday with a paper from Tom Day (UCLAN) entitled 'Insider Dealings in Geoffrey Hill'. The poet Hill is in Manchester on Thursday to give a reading at the John Rylands, and we have taken the opportunity to complement it with a paper. We will continue for drinks. All are welcome: check @EASSeminar or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Friday, 30 November 2012
Organised by the Max Weber Study Group of the BSA. Supported by the University of Salford & UCU Salford
7 December 2012, Clifford Whitworth Conference Room, University of Salford (Manchester)
A one-day seminar on the situation of the university, part of a seminar series devoted to thinking our current predicament. With the participation of very prominent scholars from home and abroad, this seminar will reflect on the current state of the university and its attendant practices: what is the meaning of scholarly work and teaching when the scholar is faced by a series of sometimes contradictory conditions and imperatives: output targets in research, ‘the student experience’ in teaching coupled with compulsory debt-financing (huge fees) for students, the tension between instrumentalism and knowledge for its own sake, between a public and a market-driven university ethos, between a collegial institution and a hierarchical organisation. What is the meaning of the new regime under which universities are put to work, with its ‘quality’ indicators and debt-incurring devices, in terms of the pedagogy practised, the kinds of reason relied on, as well as the type of human being presupposed by such regime and resulting from its implementation? More generally, what kind of scholar, what kind of student, what type of human being, is being produced by these practices?
Contact: Carlos Frade, University of Salford, email@example.com
Seminar programme available at http://www.britsoc.co.uk/media/45780/Thinking_the_present_with_Max_Weber_wkshp_1.pdf
Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Your idea does not have to be overtly technology based or a commercial idea. The competition seeks as broad a range of entries as possible.
The competition is open to all University of Manchester staff, students, and recent graduates (graduated within the last 12 months).
Deadline for submissions:
Friday 7 December, 5.00pm
All successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday 18 December with a view to starting their projects in early January 2013.
Funding of up to £500, for individuals to try out their ideas. This might mean finding out if their idea is viable, learning more about what is needed and trying the project on a small scale initially.
For more information, go to: http://manchestersteps.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/umi3-social-enterprise-lite-competition-2012-2013/
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
A one-day conference at Chetham’s Library, Manchester, 15 March 2013
Plenary speaker: Dr Lucy Munro (Keele University)
We are looking for several 20 minute papers on any aspect of the way that tobacco was represented, formulated, desired, commodified, traded and investigated in the early modern world.
Papers might consider: tobacco and internationalism; maritime disputes and piracy; destruction and violence; the medicalization of smoking; smoking and gaming; tobacco and gender; physiology, psychology and addiction; pipes and prosthesis; performance; early modern drugs more generally; colonial dominion and the early modern subject; mapping; portraiture; death; tobacco and encounter; sexuality; medical tobacco; youth culture; taxation and legal issues; the development of druggist shops; the abject; smoke as revenant; purgation and disgust. We might also consider that the word ‘tobacco’ does not appear in the works of Shakespeare.
Papers will also be considered that are more methodological in focus (such as those that consider interdisciplinary approaches or arise from the medical humanities, new directions in theory, collaborative research and presentation, impact or knowledge exchange)
The day will also involve some workshop sessions with the magnificent collections held by the library: http://www.chethams.org.uk/
Please send abstracts of 250 words to:
Deadline: 30 January 2013
Monday, 26 November 2012
The next meeting of the Workshop will held on Friday November 30th. 2012 at 2-30 p.m. in Seminar Room 1 on the lower ground floor of the Aldham Robarts Learning Resource Centre at Liverpool John Moores University. The workshop will be led by Professor Colin Fallows, Professor of Sound and Visual Arts at LJMU, and will focus on periodicals from the collection of punk and music material held by the University. There will be an opportunity to see more of the collections if you wish.
The workshop will be followed by refreshments and a glass of wine.
This will be the first outing for the group beyond Salford, but we are sure that you will find the collections interesting. We are keen to welcome as many of you as possible to Liverpool. I hope you will feel able to come.
Please address any enquiries to:
Brian Maidment (on behalf of the NW Periodicals Research Workshop)
Professor of the History of Print Culture
Liverpool John Moores University
Wednesday 28 November
10am-12 in Ellen Wilkinson, Wing B, B2.4Dr Michael Mack (University of Durham)
On Hannah Arendt
The recommended readings are:
- Michael Mack, “The Holocaust and Hannah Arendt’s Philosophical Critique of Philosophy: Eichmann in Jerusalem” in New German Critique 106, Vol. 36, No. 1, Winter 2009.
- Hannah Arendt, “Understanding and Politics “ in Essays in Understanding: 1930-1954: Formation, Exile and Totalitarianism, edited by Jerome Kohn, (New York: Schocken, 1994) pp. 307-327
“On the Nature of Totalitarianism” and “Reply to Eric Voegelin” in Essays in Understanding: 1930-1954: Formation, Exile and Totalitarianism, edited by Jerome Kohn, (New York: Schocken, 1994) pp. 328-360; pp. 401-408
Tuesday 27th November
5-7pm in John Casken Lecture Theatre, Martin Harris Centre
Dr Michael Mack (University of Durham)
Revisiting the Two Cultures Debate: Affect, Economics and Science
Where postmodern art and culture remain aloof or cool, contemporary society seems to have fallen prey to various anxieties and panics which grow out of an growing sense of crisis, of instability and uncertainty. The recent financial crises and their implications for increasing levels of anxiety in everyday life have lead to a change in the structure of feeling.
As part of this change in the structure of feeling, we are becoming increasingly aware of the precarious foundations of life. Judith Butler has turned her attention to what it means to live precariously. Part of this recent preoccupation with the precarious is a re-discovery of care rather than postmodern indifference and aloofness. Lauren Berlant—a leading thinker of contemporary affect theory—has thus argued for a new aesthetics that does justice to what she calls the crisis ordinariness which characterizes life in the early twentieth century. Against this background, this talk establishes the economic and cultural break of contemporary society with the optimistic belief in economic and scientific improvements which has characterized not only modern but also postmodern theory.
Dr. Michael Mack is reader in the Department of English Studies in the University of Durham. His research focuses on the mind-body divide, questions of stereotyping and exclusion (and integrative diversity) in literature, philosophy and medicine. Dr. Mack has taught at the University of Chicago, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Calgary, Syracuse University, the University of Sydney and the University of Nottingham. He has published three books: "Anthropology as Memory. Elias Canetti and Franz Baermann Steiner's Responses to the Shoah" (2001); "German Idealism and the Jew. The Inner Anti-Semitism of Philosophy and German Jewish Responses" (2003), which was shortlisted for the prestigious Koret Jewish Book Award 2004 and has been produced as an audio book (2009); and "Spinoza and the Specters of Modernity: the hidden Enlightenment of Diversity from Spinoza to Freud" (2010).
Dr. Lee Grieveson, Reader in Film Studies at University College London, will be speaking on "The State of Extension: Liberal Media in the Long American Century".
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
As is usual for the seminar, we continue the discussion afterwards in more informal surroundings. This week is a little different, though: from 7pm at The Deaf Institute, there will be a poetry evening featuring JT and Michael Farrell, a visiting Australian poet who has this year published his third book and won the Peter Porter Poetry Prize.
Free entry, all welcome. Come from 5 or turn up for the poetry: it should be a good evening.
Friday, 16 November 2012
Friday, 9 November 2012
The paper starts a few minutes after 5pm in Samuel Alexander A113. David Alderson will be chairing.
The EAC Research Seminar welcomes staff and postgraduates with an interest in the topic from across the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. The paper is followed by a discussion, and then most often by further talk at the pub.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries & follow @EASSeminar for informal updates; besides which, see you next week!
Wednesday, 7 November 2012
Everyone is invited to come and listen to stories about home...
Thursday 15th November 2012, 5pm (to last about an hour)
A4, Samuel Alexander Building, Oxford Road, The University of Manchester
Sometimes synonymous with contentment, feeling ‘at home’ is probably a universal human need but what does it depend on – a particular landscape, warm personal relationships, economic stability, the right wardrobe from IKEA? What role does community, place or space play – have industrialisation and modernity erased all chance we have of really being at home? There are other aspects to the idea of home as well, we can think about the way politicians have manipulated the image of home in the past and tied it to the preservation of the nation or homeland security, particularly during wartime. For some, home is a memory: there are poignant examples of migrants or refugees who have left their home for a variety of reasons and seek to recreate it abroad. Alternatively, escape from home might equate to freedom – to come out as gay, for example – or to embrace previously forbidden or inaccessible lifestyles…
To find out more come along to our very informal seminar, five short talks and audience discussion about the many faces of ‘home’. It will last about an hour and afterwards we shall retire to the pub for a drink.
Paula Chorlton – When ‘home’ does not fit with home (social housing and the
home in 20th century Britain)
Jenna Carine Ashton – A Fairytale called ‘House’ (Artists’ images and
conceptions of the house and home
Joe Richardson – A home away from home (Gay communities in 18th century
James Greenhalgh – Young girls’ Blitz stories (Childhood, the home and WW2 in
Rosy Rickett – Wherever you are, that’s home (Interviews with Spanish refugees
[Supported by artsmethods@manchester]
Tuesday, 6 November 2012
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
On Thursday 8th November, Inside Film will be coming to the Department to talk about and show clips from their new film based on Engels' classic text The Condition of the Working Class in England. Writers and performers from the film will be talking to students on the 'Writing Workers/Workers Writing' course. However, there are a few additional places available - please contact Dr Michael Sanders (email@example.com) to reserve a place.
THURSDAY 8th NOVEMBER: ROSCOE 3.3, 2 - 4pm.
For details of the film itself follow the link below:
Monday, 29 October 2012
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Monday, 22 October 2012
As the society becomes larger, our aim is to use university funding to attract guest speakers, writers and publishers to do workshops and talks. Also, we are looking to organize putting out some form of showcase publications, for anyone who is particularly serious, by building links with The Mancunion and Black & Blue along with various other organizations.
Please follow the link below to THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER CREATIVE WRITING SOCIETY facebook page:
BUT... remember that they are students like you, with essay deadlines to meet and exams to revise for, so DO be considerate and DO remember to pass on positive comments as well as complaints or problems.
Here are the details of the reps for 2012-13:
BA 1st year:
Lindsey Walker - firstname.lastname@example.org
James Broadway - email@example.com
Charlotte Evans - firstname.lastname@example.org
Isobel Cecil - email@example.com
BA 2nd year:
Harriet Hill-Payne - firstname.lastname@example.org
Imogen Burgess - email@example.com
Helen McCarthy - firstname.lastname@example.org
BA 3rd year:
Amelia Thornton - email@example.com
Lily Mund - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellie Hughes - email@example.com
Nathan Jeeawock - firstname.lastname@example.org
Marijn Ceelen - email@example.com
Eleanor Savell - firstname.lastname@example.org
Victoria Fitton - email@example.com
Rena Jackson - firstname.lastname@example.org
David Firth - D.H.Firth@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk
And if you have more general queries about student representation, the SSLC meeting, Academic Advising or Peer Mentoring, you are welcome to get in touch with me, at email@example.com
Staff-Student Liaison Officer and Senior Adviser
English Literature, American Studies and Creative Writing
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
The next EAC Research Seminar will feature a paper by Dr Ben Ware, a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow in the SALC at Manchester, who will present work in progress from his current book project, prospectively entitled Modernism and the Ethical Turn.
"Seeing the Everyday Otherwise: Vision, Ethics and Utopia in Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations"
Weds 17 October | Samuel Alexander A113 | 5pm
The paper will focus on Part II, section xi of Philosophical Investigations in which Wittgenstein discusses Jastrow's 'duck-rabbit' figure. The two main questions it will explore are the following: First, to what extent can Wittgenstein's interest in seeing - and, more specifically, what he terms 'seeing-as' or 'the "dawning" of an aspect' - be understood as having an ethical point? And second, how might the ethicality of the Investigations be connected with the work's modernist sensibility, especially with its repeated efforts to bring us to see the everyday otherwise?
Dr Daniela Caselli will chair the seminar. Staff and postgraduates from across the School are very welcome indeed; any enquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.