Friday 29 April 2011

SAHC Booklaunch

I would like to invite colleagues in SAHC to celebrate recently published books at the next CIDRA book launch which will take place at Blackwell University Bookshop on Tuesday 24th May at 5.30.
If you have a book you would to launch, please email your details asap to: Carolyn Broomhead and she will pass them on to Ian Carrington at the bookshop who will endeavor to ensure your book is on display and available for purchase at the launch.
Many thanks,
Jackie Stacey

Thursday 28 April 2011

Ethnicity in China talk


Ethnicity in China
Dr Elena Barabantseva (University of Manchester)
Tuesday 03 May 2011, 12.30 -1.30pm, The Kanaris Theatre, The Manchester Museum, Oxford Road
Continuing with The Confucius Institute Public Talks on China at The Manchester Museum,  we are delighted to have Dr Elena Barabantseva speaking on the topic of Ethnicity in China.
Until recently, the People’s Republic of China has been largely perceived and studied as an ethnically homogenous society. With the recent ethnic clashes in Xinjiang in 2009 and in Tibetan areas in 2008, ethnic diversity and ethnic relations in China have been increasingly high on the political agenda of China's leadership and captured the attention of the audiences worldwide. However, popular accounts rarely take notice of China's ethnicities beyond the Tibetans and Uyghurs. If they do, the Uyghur and Tibetan cases often serve as the lenses for perceiving other ethnic minorities' lives in China.

The prevailing popular accounts present ethnic minorities as suppressed and marginalized people who struggle to express their non-mainstream identities beyond the child-like or rebellious portrayals imposed on them by the Chinese state. In contrast, this talk will highlight some of the many complex facets of ethnic relations in China which often remain unaccounted for in the Western public discourse

This talk is for members of the general public as well as students

Lateness and the Modern conference details

All staff and students are welcome - please e-mail if you are planning on joining us.

FRIDAY 6th MAY 2011
Council Chamber, Whitworth Building

A symposium to address the possibilities and limits of notions of 'late style' – as discussed by, for example, Theodor W. Adorno and Edward Said – for literature, culture, politics and the history of ideas.

10:00 - 10:30 Registration and coffee
10:30 - 11:45 Gordon McMullan (King's College London): ‘The Invention of Late Style’
11:50 - 12:50 Robert Spencer (Manchester): ‘Late Yeats: “Beating upon the wall” of the Irish Free State’
12:50 - 2:15 Lunch
2:15 - 3:15 Andrew Frayn (Manchester): ‘“Literary forms do become exhausted, clapped out,
as well”: Late Modernism and Late Style’
3.15 - 3.30 Tea
3.30 - 4.45 Michael Bell (Warwick): ‘Late Styles? Goethe, Nietzsche, Thomas Mann and
D.H. Lawrence’

The conference is free, but please e-mail to confirm attendance

CIDRA public lecture - 'Interiors'

Interiors: Public lecture
Tuesday, 3 May 2011 at 5pm

Ranjana Khanna (Duke University)
In  this lecture Ranjana Khanna will analyze conceptual links among different sites designated by the term asylum. Extending insights concerning one institutional setting (the mental asylum) to asylum's most expansive version (the nation), she will highlight the manner in which asylums are bound not only by borders but also by strict rules. The space of asylum suggests the rights of institutions over living bodies, rather than the rights of citizens emerging into different spaces. Through figures of sovereignty and subjectivity, asylum highlights the ways in which the sovereign intervenes in lives to formulate concepts of the human and the valuable. This feminist analysis of asylum 'related to philosophy, literature, film, art, and architecture' reconceptualizes the boundaries of modernism and its notions of interiors and interiority.

Ranjana Khanna works on Anglo- and Francophone Postcolonial theory and literature, Psychoanalysis, and Feminist theory. She has published articles on transnational feminism and psychoanalysis in journals such as Diacritics, Art History, positions: east asia critique, Screen, Signs, Third Text, The Duke Journal of Law and Gender. She is the author of two books: Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism (Duke University Press, 2003) and Algeria Cuts: Women and Representation 1830 to the present (Stanford University Press, 2008). Her current book project in progress is entitled Asylum: The Concept and the Practice.

Wednesday, 4 May, 10-12                            Ranjana Khanna Masterclass
University Place: 3.212                                   (with Carol Mavor, AHVS and Anastasia Valassopoulos, EAS)
see CIDRA website for further information:

Wednesday 27 April 2011

CFP British Shakespeare Association, Lancaster, Feb 2012

British Shakespeare Association
10th Anniversary Conference
Lancaster University

Shakespeare Inside-out: Depth / Surface / Meaning

Shakespeare’s texts produce meaning by turning insides out. We are drawn into the plays and poems from the outside through surfaces: books, screens, words, objects, costumes, the surfaces of actors' faces and bodies, retellings or adaptations, teaching spaces and theatres, and via our experiences of immediate effects like music, laughter, tears, movement. The texts, meanwhile, turn deep human questions, emotions, subjectivities outwards by projecting them as words and performance. This conference will ask how the relationship between surface and depth operates in Shakespeare's work. How does it function in different types of performance practice from live theatre to film? In the traces of the past that have come down to us? And in our practices as teachers and critics? The conference will explore 'the deep value of surfaces’ (Shusterman), the dynamic relationship between surface and depth across a range of practices: reading, watching, editing, teaching, performing.


The conference programme includes lectures, workshops, seminars and performances of Much Ado About Nothing at Lancaster Castle (and Love's Labours' Lost by Northern Broadsides). Speakers include Barrie Rutter (Northern Broadsides), Professor Jean E. Howard (Columbia University); Professor R. S. White (Centre for Excellence for the Study of History of the Emotions, University of Western Australia), Professor Stuart Sillars (University of Bergen); Professor Andrew Gurr (University of Reading). Proposals for panels, papers, workshops or presentations on any aspect of the topic are welcomed from across the membership of the BSA by 1 October 2011 (


Tuesday 26 April 2011

Brook lecture - reminder

The Annual Brook Lecture in Middle English
University of Manchester, 4 May 2011
Professor Greg Walker (Edinburgh)
‘Witnessing Early English Drama from the York Cycle to Shakespeare: Reviewing the Spectatorial Turn’

A113, Samuel Alexander Buiding, 5pm
Contact for more information

Monday 25 April 2011

Contemporary Arab and Maghrebi Cinema, 10 May to 7 June

Dear all,
This is to let you know that the Cornerhouse will host our film season:
This film season aims to explore filmic representations of some of the many transformations that have taken place in the Arab and Maghrebi world over recent decades. 
The selected films address issues and themes of great concern to the peoples of the Maghreb and Middle East, such as the making and remaking of individual and national identities; migration and exile; the Arab/Israeli conflict; and the position of the contemporary Arab city in a global context. 

This season is organised by Dr. Joseph McGonagle and Dr. Dalia Mostafa from The University of Manchester and funded by CASAW (Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World).
Please visit the following webpage for the full programme of the films:
For any queries, please contact:
Dr Joseph McGonagle (French Studies): ; or
Dr Dalia Mostafa (Middle Eastern Studies):

Tuesday 19 April 2011

Jennifer Egan wins Pulitzer Prize

Jennifer Egan's novel A Visit from the Goon Squad wins the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Read an extract of the novel in the Manchester Review.

Monday 18 April 2011

SRS Conference, July 2012 CFP

Society for Renaissance Studies

5th Biennial Conference
University of Manchester, UK, July 9-11, 2012

The 5th Biennial conference of the Society for Renaissance Studies will be held at the University of Manchester.

Accompanying events are being planned in the Whitworth Gallery, Chetham's Library, the John Rylands Library, the People's History Museum, the Royal Northern College of Music, and other cultural institutions in the city.

In addition to scholarly papers, the conference will offer workshops on publishing, funding applications, teaching, and public engagement, as well as tours of libraries.

Plenary Speakers

Roger Chartier (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris/ Collège de France/ University of Pennsylvania)
Alan Stewart (Columbia University)
Bette Talvacchia (Connecticut University)

Call For Papers
We invite proposals for panels on any aspect of Renaissance history, art, literature or culture, and for individual papers on one of the following themes:

* Materiality, book history and textual culture
* Premodern gender and histories of sexuality
* Emotion and the senses
* Translation and/ or intercultural exchange
* Cities, topographies, urbanisation and visualising the urban
* Athleticism, competition, and the body
* Science and enquiry
* In addition there is an open strand

The 'Renaissance' will be broadly defined from the mid-1300s to the early 1700s (and globally understood), but papers that engage with questions of periodisation, disciplinarity and the later representation of this period are also welcomed (see

Proposals (paper: 400 words, panel: 1000 words) are welcome from postgraduates as well as established scholars and they should be sent by Friday 16 September 2011 to the conference organizer (decisions on papers to be made by the end of October):

Dr Jerome de Groot
English and American Studies
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL
United Kingdom

Further details (including a full programme, registration forms and information about accommodation) will be posted on the conference website as soon as they become available.

Please note that the Society is particularly keen to encourage postgraduates to offer papers, and we will be able to offer some bursaries to cover registration and accommodation expenses. Details on bursaries to follow on the conference website.

Please note that the SRS has agreed with the Renaissance Society of America: RSA members will not have to join the SRS to participate in this conference.

African Reading Group


A reminder that the African Reading Group will be having its first meeting in Krobar across from the Students Union on Wednesday 11 May at 6.30 pm

With the reading group itself meeting 7.30 pm in Room 2.04 Mansfield Cooper

The novel for discussion is Aminatta Forna's THE MEMORY OF LOVE, just shortlisted for the Orange Prize.

The group is open to anyone with an interest in African literature. 

Contact Geoff Ryman at

Tuesday 12 April 2011

Course Unit Selection 2011-12: some important issues (L2 and L3)

This information is general, you should consult the email you received from Simon Cummins which has an in-depth guide and information specific to your degree and level.

·        You are not signing up to courses; you are telling us these are the courses you would like to do.
·         You must give a ranking to all the courses you choose, ‘1’ being the course you most want to take.
·         You are not making separate ranking lists by list, semester, or subject area.  You are producing one ranking list for the whole year irrespective of the number of subject areas you are studying. The ranking is used to determine the allocation of places on courses. There is no first-come, first-served allocation of places for any subject area within the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures.
·         You must choose a reserve course for each ranked course, but do not rank the reserve courses.  If it becomes necessary to give you a reserve choice, you will be contacted beforehand about this.
·         You can view course descriptions for all EAS courses being offered for 2011-12 by going to  The list is currently being updated, but the full list will be available to view from 26 April.  All Schools in the Faculty of Humanities will also have their final list of course offerings on the database by 26 April.
·         Be aware that any timetable information contained in the course descriptions is provisional.  It’s unlikely that lecture times will change, but it may be necessary to change seminar times.
·         My Planner will be available for course selection from 04-09 May.  You may go into My Planner as many times as you wish during that period to select courses, and then make any changes to your selections
·        If you decide you wish to take a free-choice course, you must have the permission of the Programme Director, Dr Rawes.
·         If you make selections before 04 May, and changes to your selections after 09 May, these will not be used in determining the allocation of places on courses.
·         You can check for course unit selection updates from mid-April.
·         You will be able to see which courses you will be taking next year by accessing your Self-Service account from 19 July.

Course Unit Selection 2011-12: Student Guide

Undergraduate Student Guide to The School of Arts, Histories & Cultures
Course Unit Selection 2011 - 12

If you are an Undergraduate student entering your 2nd or 3rd year of study and wish to take a course unit within the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures (SAHC) in academic year 2011/12, then you will need to register your selection of courses following the SAHC Course Unit Selection process. SAHC Course Unit Selection is separate to the University Course Unit Selection process. This document is a step by step guide through the process. SAHC Course Unit Selection opens for reviewing courses on offer from the 26th April to the 2nd May 2011 and selecting courses from the 4th May to the 9th May 2011.


Subject Code
Subject Area
Art History & Visual Studies
American Studies
Religion & Theology
School Wide


1.  What system will I use to complete SAHC Course Unit Selection?
SAHC Course Unit Selection will use the My Planner tool, accessible via Self Service in the Student System.  A Step-by-Step Guide is included on page 4 of this guide.

2. What process do I need to follow when making my selections?
Using your programme regulations and this guide you will make your selections following two rules:
1. When selecting a course unit you wish to take you will also specify a numerical preferred ranking against it.  
2. For each individual ranked course unit selection you make you will provide one un-ranked course unit selection to be used as a reserve.
More information on ranking your course units is included on page 3 of this guide.

3. When do I need to have completed by selections by?
You must make your selections between 4th May and 9th May. You must make your selections using this guide and your programme regulations between these dates for your selections to be counted. Any data inputted prior or after these dates will be disregarded. You can complete and change your selections at any time during these dates.
Course units will NOT be allocated on a first come first served basis; this means there are no benefits for you to complete your selections on the 4th of May and no penalty for completing on the closing day, 9th May.

4. Do I need to select any courses that are listed as compulsory in my programme regulations?
No, you will automatically be enrolled for any compulsory course units stated in your programme regulations. For SAHC Course Unit Selection you only need to select courses listed as optional or free choice in your programme regulations.

5. What are programme regulations and where can I see a copy of mine?
You can find your programme regulations on your School’s webpage. SAHC programme regulations can be found from mid April: 

6. Once I have completed SAHC Course Unit Selection, how will I know what SAHC courses I have been allocated?
You can view the SAHC courses you have been allocated and the course timetable details for next year from Tuesday, 19th July using Self Service via the Student System by selecting My Class Schedule. Further instructions will be sent to your via email nearer the time.

7.What is the University Course Unit Selection process, do I have to complete it as well as SAHC Course Unit Selection?
From Tuesday, 19th July all returning students within the University will be able to select their course units for next academic year using the Student System > Student Center > Enrol (a guide for all students will be distributed nearer the time).

SAHC course units selected using the SAHC Course Unit Selection process will not need to be re-selected using the University Course Unit Selection system.

Any Non-SAHC course units selected using the SAHC Course Unit Selection process will need to be re-selected using the University Course Unit Selection system.


You are a SAHC student:

If you are registered on a programme owned by the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures and your programme regulations permit you to take a free choice and your course choice is:

Within SAHC you can select this course alongside your other SAHC course choices using My Planner.

Outside of SAHC you can select a Non-SAHC course unit using My Planner however this selection will only be used as an indication to the School that you are planning on taking a free choice outside of SAHC. You will need to undertake University Course Unit Selection in July to enrol onto your Non-SAHC free choice course option.

You are a Non-SAHC student:

If you are registered on a programme not owned by the School of Arts, Histories and Culture and your programme regulations permit you to take a free choice from within SAHC you will need to undertake SAHC Course Unit Selection using this guide.


If your programme regulations permit you to select Non-SAHC course units alongside SAHC course units – for example you are joint honours or combined studies student, it is important that you understand that completing SAHC Course Unit Selection will only provide you with allocation onto any SAHC course units that you choose.
You can still select Non-SAHC course units using My Planner however these selections will only be used as an indication to the School of what other course units you are intending to take. We are unable to allocate you places on Non-SAHC course units, you will need to undertake University Course Unit Selection from the 19th July to enrol onto your Non-SAHC course options.

For information about choosing a course unit outside of SAHC as a free choice see above

Although we strive to keep our course units open, in some circumstances we do have to cancel courses due to low recruitment and also cap (limit) the amount of students we can accept due to practical or academic reasons. Due to this, we ask you to rank your course choices and provide one reserve for each course choice you select.   
Providing a ranking against your course selections provides us with an understanding of which courses are most important to you out of all of your selections.
It is important that you follow these two rules in order for your course selections to be properly processed and understood.
1.  When selecting a course unit you wish to take you will also specify a numerical preferred ranking against it
2. For each one ranked course selection you make you will provide one un-ranked course selection to be used as a reserve.
Failure to comply with the ranking and reserve system will deem your selections invalid.
Example choices of Student A
Ranked Course Selection
Ranking Given
Un-Ranked Reserve Selection
Ranking Given

From this example, we can see that Student A’s number 1 choice is AMER20011 followed by ARGY20052 and ARGY20071.
In the event we could not offer this student one of their ranked course selections, for example ARGY20071, we would look to assign a course from their reserve selection – this would be dependent on the student’s timetable, programme regulations and the semester the course is taught in. In these circumstances we would liaise with you on an individual basis by email or by phone*
*Please ensure your University email account is checked regularly in-case one of our Programme Administrators tries to contact you regarding your course choices from mid May – July. In some cases, if we have no response from you we may automatically allocate you a reserve course.


Guide to VIEWING courses available – open between 26th April and 2nd May: You can view all courses available from the subject areas below between Tuesday, 26th April and Monday, 2nd May using the Faculty Course Unit Database. This includes courses offered by:
-        Arts, Histories and Cultures
-        Education
-        Environment and Development
-        Social Sciences
-        Law
-        Languages, Linguistics and Cultures
-        The Manchester Business School
-        The Careers Service
-        The Centre for History of Science, Technology and Medicine
-        The Manchester Leadership programme

Course information will also include timetable information which you will need to consider before making your selections to ensure that you have no timetable clashes. When reviewing available course units, it is important that you use your programme regulations to check which courses are available to you as optional choices.
Faculty Course Unit Database:
1.    Obtain a copy of your Programme Regulations so that you know which courses are available to you to select from
3.    Using the hyperlink you can select the owning School of a course to show you all the subject areas and levels within the School you have selected.  
4. Using the hyperlink Select the subject and year of the course you wish to read about or select full list.   

If you experience any difficulties completing SAHC Course Unit Selection, please attend one of our drop in sessions in the Samuel Alexander building computer cluster, room W2.19 at one of the following dates and times. Members of our admin team will be there to help you: Please ensure you bring your programme regulations with you!
4th May
2.30 – 4.30 pm
5th May
10 am – 12 noon & 2.30 – 4.30 pm
6th May
2.30 pm – 4.30 pm
9th May
10 am – 12 noon & 2.30 – 4.30 pm

You can also contact your Programme Administrator:

Subject Code
Subject Area

Programme Administrator

Art History & Visual Studies
0161 275 53311
American Studies
0161 275 3055
0161 275 3106
0161 275 3148
0161 275 4982
0161 275 3055
0161 275 4375
0161 275 8964
Religion & Theology
0161 275 3151
School Wide
(Leading subject as above)


Thursday 7 April 2011

EAS Key Contacts

EAS Key Contacts

Programme Administrator:
Undergraduate Programme Director:
AS Undergraduate Programme Director: 
Assessment administrator:
Student Support office:



Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Queen’s University Belfast

The Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, is holding an international symposium entitled ‘New Global Connections: India and Europe in the Long Eighteenth Century’ on 5 and 6 May 2011.

The opening lecture of the symposium (part of the long-running India Lecture Series at QUB) will be by Professor Seema Alavi of Delhi University on ‘Mughal Decline and the Emergence of New Global Connections’. The programme comprises 11 papers which seek to evoke the pan-European dimensions of the eighteenth-century encounter with India through interdisciplinary engagement.

For details of the programme please contact: Dr. Gabriel Sánchez Espinosa,

Gender and Punishment CFP

Gender and Punishment, University of Manchester, 11-13 January 2012

With keynote speakers Professor Karen Pratt (King’s College London) and Professor Dawn Hadley (University of Sheffield)

The organisers welcome scholars from a range of disciplines, including history, literature, art history and archaeology. A travel fund is available for postgraduate students who would otherwise be unable to attend.

Proposals are now being accepted for 20-minute papers. Please e-mail proposals of no more than 300 words to organiser Daisy Black at the email address: by 1 September 2011.

All queries should be directed to this address. Please also include biographical information, detailing your name, research area, institution and level of study if applicable.

Further details are available on the conference website:

Punishment is intrinsically related to the way in which authorities (such as the church, monarchy and state) seek to control, enforce and legislate the behaviour of individuals, communities and nations, and accordingly it plays an integral role in regulating bodies, spaces, spirituality and rela-tionships. Representations of punishment - whether threatened, enacted, depicted or performed - are regularly encountered by medievalists working across the disciplines of literature, history, art and archaeology. This conference seeks to explore functions and manifestations of punish-ment in the Middle Ages and to consider to what extent these are determined by, or aim to de-termine, gender identity. How is punishment gendered? How does gender intersect with punish-ment?

Topics to consider may include but are not limited to: Punishment in the beginning; the medieval understanding of the Fall. Punishment, pedagogy and gender: the use of punishment in teaching. Christianity, gender and punishment; treatment of the sinful body. Punishment of Jewish, Saracen and heretical men and women. Personal identity and self-inflicted acts of punishment. The (gendered) use of space as punishment. Regal punishments; punishments enacted upon or by medieval rulers. Punishment and the regulation of perceived sexual deviance. Punishment and spectacle; performance of punishment on and off the stage. Gender relations in specific acts of punishment. Confession and penance (as punishment): gendered role of confessor; issues relating to differences between female and male confession and penance. Hell, the diabolic, and representations of gender