Past Research Events

 

Centre Launch, 2010

To celebrate the new Centre, a launch event was held on the 5 May 2010 with guest speaker Professor Jan Borm, University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France. 

The launch event was a great success with nearly 40 guests in attendance, including the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Development (Professor Ian Oakes), the Associate Dean of Research (Dr Kevin Magill), representatives from the Centre for Travel Writing Studies (CTWS) and the Centre for Colonial and Post-Colonial Studies (CCPCS) at Nottingham Trent University, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Language and Diversity (InterLanD) at Aston University, the Centre for the Bible and Spirituality at University of Gloucestershire, a member of the Interfaiths Council of Wolverhampton, several postgraduate students, and, of course, the members of the Centre itself.

Dr Glyn Hambrook, co-director of the CTTR, opened the proceedings with a brief history of the inception of the Centre and a summary of aims.  He then introduced the Associate Dean of Research, Dr Kevin Magill, who welcomed the guests and stressed the importance of the Centre's international mission for both the School and the wider academic community. Dr Benjamin Colbert, co-director, then introduced the speaker, Professor Jan Borm, Chair in British Literature at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and Director of the French Institute for Arctic Research and Studies (IFREA), whose topic was 'Arctic Studies: Some Transnational Perspectives'. One guest described the talk as 'a tour d'horizon of Arctic studies in German, English, French, Russian, Danish, East Siberian, Czech and Inuit cultures, taking in Foucault, Rousseau and everything in between, delivered with panache'.

At the reception which followed Professor Borm offered a toast to the success of the Centre and expressed his wish for the continued cooperation between IFREA and CTTR, the Universities of Versailles and Wolverhampton.

Research Seminars, Public Lectures, Conferences

2015-16 Events

EventDateTimeRoomSpeakerTitle
Public Lecture 9 Oct 2015  14:30  MC201 Pauls Bankovskis (Latvian novelist)

Reading from and discussing recent work

Seminar 12 Nov 2015 14:00-15:30 MA112

Dr Jim O’Driscoll (Huddersfield)

 ‘Taboo Speech and Causing Offence: Why They Need to Be Kept Separate’

Seminar 21 Jan 2016 16:00 MC326

Professor Svetlana Atanassova (Veliko-Turnovo, Bulgaria)

Linguistics Re-search Seminar

Public Lecture 2 Feb 2016 18:00 MK045

Professor Thomas Docherty (Warwick)

'On Critical Responsibility and Crimi-nal Irresponsibility: The Managed University'

Seminar

17 Feb 2016

15:00 MC224

Professor Ian Haywood (Roehampton)

‘Pandaemonium: Soundscapes of Radicalism in the Romantic Period’

Public Lecture 14 Mar 2016 18:00 Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Catherine O'Flynn and James Hannah (novelists)

Novelists in Conversation (with Dr Paul McDonald)

Seminar 17 Mar 2016 14:00 MC229

Kathryn Maude, Sita Balani (UCL/Cardiff)

‘Narratives of Anglo-Saxonism in Migration Debates’

Public Lecture 19 Apr 2016 18:00 MK045

Adam Thorpe (Novelist)

Writing out from the Past

Public Lecture 5 May 2016  18:00  MK045

Dr Tracey Hill (Bath Spa)

'Strangers and Aliens in Early Modern London'
Public Lecture 17 May 2016  18:00  MK045

Professor Francis O’Gorman (Leeds)

‘Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History’
Conference 12-15 July 2016       BCLA2016: Salvage

 2014-15 Events

EventDateTimeRoomSpeakerTitle
Conference 11-13 Sep 2014       Borders and Crossings / Seuils et traverses: An International and Multidisciplinary Conference on Travel Writing, organized by CTTR in collaboration with the Department of English and American Studies, University of Veliko-Turnovo, Bulgaria.
Seminar W 17 Sep 4:15-5:45 p.m. MC232 Professor Ludmilla Kostova (University of Veliko-Turnovo, Bulgaria) Imagining the Fascinating Foreigner: Jane Porter's Thaddeus of Warsaw (1803) and Thomas Hope's Anastasius, or Memoirs of a Greek (1819)
Seminar T 25 Nov 3:30-5:00 p.m. MK301 Professor Scott McCracken (University of Keele) 'The Perfect Imbecility of the Stream': Dorothy Richardson and Stream of Consciousness
Public Lecture M 8 Dec 6:30-8:00 p.m. Arena Theatre Professor Niall Griffiths (University of Wolverhampton) Inaugural Professorial Lecture: ‘Paradise is on the end of your nose’
Public Lecture

T 17 Feb 2015

8:00 p.m. Arena Theatre Eimear McBride Reading from A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing and Q&A
Seminar T 14 Apr 6:00-7:30 p.m. MK045

Dr Natalia Krzyżanowska (Örebro University, Sweden)

Dis/Placing Women in the Public Sphere: Rethinking Citizenship, Critical Art and Motherhood in Light of the Social Theory of Hannah Arendt

Seminar T 21 Apr 5:30-7:00 p.m. MA133 Professor John Hughes (University of Goucestershire)

'The Only Blonde in the World': Pauline Boty and Dylan's First London Visit

Seminar T 12 May 5:00-6:30 p.m. MC225 Dr Anthony Mandal (Cardiff University)

Jekyll 2.0:Embodying Gothic Fiction as Pervasive Media: Literature, Digital Cultures and Posthumanism

2013-14 Events

EventDateTimeRoomSpeakerTitle
IRIS Th 17 Oct 2013 6:00- 8:00 p.m. MC418 Zane Hema (Interpreter Training Network, Australia) International Sign (IS) - A Natural Phenomenon
Seminar Tu 19 Nov 2:00- 4:00 p.m. MK045 Dr Mary-Ann Constantine (University of Wales, Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies) Views from the Edge: Thomas Pennant (1726-1798) and Britain's Dangerous Histories
IRIS W 27 Nov 6:00- 8:00 p.m. MC418 Tariq Mahmood (RSLI) BSL Interpreting with Deaf Muslims
Wolverhampton Cosmopolis (Public Lecture) Mo 2 Dec 7:00- 9:00 p.m. MC001 Professor Jack Zipes (University of Minnesota) Red Riding Hood and the Twists and Turns of the Fairy-tale Film
Seminar Tu 10 Dec 12:00- 2:00 p.m. MC201 Professor Ludmilla Kostova (University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria; Hon. Res. Fellow, CTTR) Writing Across the Native/Foreign Divide: The Case of Kapka Kassabova’s Street Without a Name (2008)
Seminar W 15 Jan 1:00- 3:00 p.m. MD212b Dr Nick Startin (University of Bath) Tipping Point: UK Tabloid Representations of the European Union
Seminar Tu 28 Jan 2014 4:00- 6:00 p.m. MC413 Rhian Jones (Author) Clampdown: Pop Cultural Wars on Class and Gender
Seminar Tu 11 Feb 6:00- 9:00 MC413 Professor Ben Knights (Teeside University) English and the English
IRIS Th 27 Feb 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. MC418 Daniel Roberts (University College, London) Upper Limb Disorders and Sign Language Interpreting
Seminar (RiCH/CTTR) W 30 Apr 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. MA133 Dr Emma L. E. Rees (University of Chester) Vulvanomics: How We Talk About Vaginas

2012-13 Events

DateTimeRoomSpeakerTitleEvent
Th 4 Oct  2012 2:00- 3:30 p.m. MC238 Dr Shakuntala Banaji (LSE) Media, Religion and Democracy: a troubled relationship Seminar
W 24 Oct 2012 6:00- 8:00 p.m. MC418 Jonathan Field (Field Interpreter Training) Medical Interpreting: Challenges and Consequences IRIS
T 30 Oct 2012 2:00- 3:30 p.m. MA221 Prof. Jeanne Dubino (Appalachian State University, USA) The Routes of Man: Highways and the Data Epic in the Age of Globalization Seminar
W 31 Oct 2012 2:00- 3:30 p.m. MB115 Prof. Jeanne Dubino (Appalachian State University, USA) Global Studies in North America Workshop
F 16 Nov 2012 5:00- 7:30 p.m. MC001 Ajay Bhardwaj (Documentary Director) Milange Babey Ratan De Mele Te -- Let’s Meet at Baba Ratan’s Fair

Wolverhampton Cosmopolis

Public Screening / Documenary Film / Q&A with the Director

Th 6 Dec 2012 2:00- 3:30 p.m. MC225 Dr Graeme Hayes (Aston University) Social Movement Activists on Trial: Defence Strategies and the Socialisation of Crime Seminar
Th 7 Feb 2013 1:00- 2:30 p.m. MA224 Dr Anna Horolets (Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland) Adaptation through Leisure: The Case of Polish Migrants in the West Midlands Seminar
Th 5 Mar 2013 6:00- 8:00 p.m. MC418 Barry-Allan Davey (Expert Group - European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters) Deafblind Interpreting: A BSL Interpreter's Perspective IRIS

 

2011-12 Events

DateTimeRoomSpeakerTitleEvent
Th2 Feb 2012 6:00- 8:00 p.m. MC001 Sebastian Peake Mervyn Peake's Life and Works' RiCH Seminar

M6 Feb 2012

6:15-8:15 p.m. MC 418 Mike Ballinger Vicarious Trauma and Coping Strategies for BSL/English Interpreters IRIS
F17 Feb 2012 2:00-3:30 p.m. MC 229 Professor Frederick Burwick (UCLA) Wordsworth in Goslar Seminar
W14 Mar 2012 1:30-3:00 p.m. MC 238 Professor Richard Cardwell (U Nottingham) Byron's Romantic Adventures in Spain Seminar
Th19 Apr 2012 6:00-8:00 p.m. MC001 Candi Miller (U Wolverhampton) From Black Country to Red Earth

 

Author Candi Miller spins a storytelling thread from the coalfields of the West Midlands to the red dunes of Namibia

Wolverhampton Cosmopolis

Public Lecture (International Festival)

Th21-F22 Jun 2012 09:00-5:00 p.m. See Programme See Programme On the Wane: Decadence and Decline in Literature and Culture Conference
M1 Jul 2012 11:15- 12:45 p.m. Cinema 1(The Lighthouse, Chubb Buildings, Fryer Street) Dr Vladimir Handl (Institute for International Relations, Prague; CTTR Honorary Research Fellow)

 

Dr Ivo Samson (Slovak Foreign Policy Association; CTTR Honorary Research Fellow)

Professor Martin Dangerfield (Chair, CTTR)

Crisis in the Eurozone: the Czech
Perspective

 

 

The On-Going Crisis in the EU and the 'Spectre Haunting Central Europe

Panel Discussion

 

2010-11 Events

DateTimeRoomSpeaker and AffiliationTitle of PaperEvent

F 17 Sept
2010

12:30-2:00 p.m. MC224

Dr Ludmilla Kostova (University of Veliko-Turnova, Bulgaria)

Honorary Research Fellow, CTTR

'Writing across the Native/Foreign Divide: Krystyn Lach-Szyrma's Letters, Literary and Political on Poland (1823) and Kapka Kassabova's Street without a Name (2008)'

Seminar

W 29 Sept
2010

2-3:30 p.m.

MC315

Dr Marta Nadales (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)

British Academy Visiting Scholar, CTTR

'Nineteenth-Century Spanish Travellers and  English Cultural Stereotypes' Seminar

W 2 Feb 2011

2-3:30 p.m. MC326

Dr Natalia Krzyzanowska (Poznań University of Economics, Poland)

'Women in the (Polish) Public Sphere: Renegotiating the Gender Contract' Seminar
M 15 Feb 11:00-1 p.m. MC326

Dr Jemina Napier (Macquarie University, Australia)

'"It's not what they say but the way they say it": A Content Analysis of Interpreter and Consumer Perceptions of Signed Language Interpreting in Australia' IRIS

W 9 Mar 2011

2-3:30 p.m.

MC315

Dr Anna Horolets (Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland)

Leverhulme Visiting Fellow, CTTR

"Niche Tourism from Poland to the Former Soviet Union: Leisure Travel and Social Transformation"

Seminar

W 6 Apr 2011

2-3:30 p.m. MC315

Professor Julia Douthwaite (University of Notre Dame, USA)

'Awful Catharsis: On Criminality and Terror from Robespierre to Dickens' Seminar
M18 Apr 2011 6:00- 8:00 p.m. MC001 Professor Fred D'Aguiar (Virginia Tech, USA) Discussion and reading from his works RiCH Seminar

T 10 May 2011

2-3:30 p.m. MA112

Professor Marina Warner (University of Essex)

President of the British Comparative Literature Association

'The Word & the Talisman: Verbal Magic and Active Goods in the Arabian Nights' Seminar

W 18 May 2011

2-3:30 p.m. MC315

Dr Megan Biesele (University of Texas, USA)

'Voices of the San: Beyond Ethnography to Documentary Fiction' Seminar

 

Conferences & Colloquia

Borders and Crossings/Seuils et Traverses: An International and Multidisciplinary Conference on Travel Writing

University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria, 11-13 September 2014

Organized by:

  • Department of English and American Studies, University of Veliko Turnovo (Bulgaria)
  • Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research, University of Wolverhampton (UK).

The thirteenth Borders and Crossings conference attracted scholars working in all areas of travel writing, including literary studies, book history, geography, art history, translation studies, anthropology, history, and media studies. Approaches included: Representations of travel through South East Europe; Travel and translation/interpretation; Globalization; cosmopolitanism; and transnationalism; Travel writing and ethics; Representations of travel and the new media; Travel illustration and multimedia; Travel writing and autobiography; Travel writing and intertextuality. The conference languages are English and French.

 

International Sikh Research Conference 2014

University of Warwick, 29 June 2014.

Organised by Harjinder Singh Lallie (University of Warwick), Gurinder Singh Mann (Independent Researcher) and Dr Opinderjit Kaur Takhar (CTTR, University of Wolverhampton).

 

On the Wane: Decadence and Decline in Literature and Culture, City Campus, University of Wolverhampton (21-22 June 2012)

An international symposium sponsored by the Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research, University of Wolverhampton; the Department of British Studies, University of Veliko Turnovo (UVT), Bulgaria; the Centre for Arctic Studies, Université de Versailles-St Quentin en Yvelines (UVSQ), France; and the Research Group ‘Contextos literarios de la modernidad’, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain.

The symposium will explore the theme of decline in literature and culture from the eighteenth century to the present day, including: theories of decline, types of decline, change, forgetting rather than remembering, decadence rather than regeneration, pessimism, unpopularity rather than popularity. Concepts considered will include decline, decay, decadence, disappearance, dissolution, dissolving, destitution, defeat, disillusion, fading, forgetting, folding, finality; capitulation.

Website: http://www.wlv.ac.uk/default.aspx?page=30543

 

Xenographies II (8-10 September 2011)

An International Trilingual Conference (English/Spanish/Catalan) sponsored by the Sociedad Española de Literatura General y Comparada (SELGYC), the British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA), and the Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research, University of Wolverhampton, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, 8-10 September 2011.

 

Otherness is a perennial source of interest to comparative literature specialists. In recent times literary theory has acquired a variety of dimensions that engage directly or indirectly with otherness, of which the foreign is one specific and important aspect. A similar development
has taken place in areas cognate or proximate to literary studies, with the emergence of diaspora and migration studies. A preoccupation with representation of the foreign has therefore become a multi-disciplinary enterprise. In keeping with this, this conference focuses on the representation of foreigners in not only literature and travel writing but also other discourses.

'Xenographies II' -the second collaborative venture between the SELGYC and BCLA- aims to broaden the scope of the exploration initiated with 'Xenographies I'. The conference will therefore aim to consider the diversity of forms of representations of foreigners, the concept of the foreign and its related aspects, and the relationship between the representation of foreigners in literature and other discourses as well as in one literature or between several literatures. Proposals for papers from a non-literary discipline or perspective that seek to explore connections with literary discourse or that have a clearly comparative dimension will therefore be most welcome.

Website: http://www.upf.edu/xenografies/en/

 

Xenographies: The Representation of Foreigners in Literature, Travel Writing and Other Discourses (16-18 September 2009)

Joint Bilingual (English/Spanish) Workshop Conference
University of Wolverhampton (City Campus), UK

A workshop conference, sponsored by the British Comparative Literature Association, the Sociedad Española de Literatura General y Comparadaand, the History & Governance Research Institute, University of Wolverhampton

Otherness is a perennial source of interest to comparative literature specialists. In recent times literary theory has acquired a variety of dimensions that engage directly or indirectly with otherness, of which the foreign is one specific and important aspect. A similar development has taken place in areas cognate or proximate to literary studies, with the emergence of diaspora and migration studies. A preoccupation with representation of the foreign has therefore become a multi-disciplinary enterprise. In keeping with this, this conference focuses on the representation of foreigners in not only literature and travel writing but also other discourses.

‘Xenographies’ will therefore aim to consider the diversity of forms of representations of foreigners, the concept of the foreign and its related aspects, and the relationship between the representation of foreigners in literature and other discourses as well as in one literature or between several literatures. 

This conference represents the first collaborative venture between two major European academic associations, the British Comparative Literature Association and the Sociedad Española de Literatura General y Comparada.

 

‘Foreign Correspondence' (25-26 September 2008)

University of Vilnius, Lithuania

Filologjos Fakultetas, Vilniaus Universitetas, Lithuania

History & Governance Research Institute, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Laboratoire Suds d’Amériques, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France

This interdisciplinary colloquium will consider the special status of correspondence as a medium of cross-cultural exchange and identity in post-Enlightenment Europe. From the eighteenth century, letter-writing was often considered a polished art, informing literary genres such as the epistolary novel, the verse epistle, the political essay, and travel writing, while at the same time forging and enforcing international relations and relationships through trans-European social networks. After 1750, Travel writers frequently authorise their views of society at home and abroad with reference to their own international credentials as corresponding members of political, proselytising, scientific or literary bodies, such as the Linnean Society, the Patriotic Society at Milan, the British and Foreign Bible Society, and the French Academy of Sciences, to name but a few. From the 1790s, political corresponding societies internationalised revolutionary doctrine, while, in the nineteenth and twentieth century, foreign correspondence – the internationalisation of news and reportage – became a feature of national self-reflection in major newspapers and periodicals (often cementing the symbiosis between journalism and travel writing). By exploring such links between personal observation and institutional contexts, this colloquium will investigate the senses of internationalism, cosmopolitanism, and transnational identity that emerge from networks of correspondence, including travel writing, international journalism, corresponding societies, and diplomatic dispatch bags, not to mention personal letters of authors, traders, émigrés, residents abroad, and vacationers.

Website and Programme: http://www.vu.lt/site_files/MoS/Reng/foreign_corr.pdf

 

Jean Monnet Symposium

 

7th Annual Jean Monnet Symposium

(Monday 8 March 2010, 2pm – 4pm)

PROGRAMME:

2.00     Dr Ola Galasinska (University of Wolverhampton)

           "Poles in the UK: The Grand Narrative versus Small Stories".

2.35     Dr Elena A. Korosteleva-Polglase, Department of International Politics, University of
           Aberystwyth)

           “The EU and its Eastern Neighbours: Opportunities and Challenges”

3.10     Break

3.20     Dr Ivo Samson (Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Bratislava)

           Security in Central and Eastern Europe: The Case of the Visegrad Group and Ukraine.

The symposium is organised as part of the University of Wolverhampton level 2 undergraduate module EuropeUnited? which is subsidised  by the Jean Monnet Project (European Module 03/0084).

 

6th Annual Jean Monnet Symposium

(Monday 9 March 2009, 2pm – 4.15pm)

PROGRAMME:

2.00 Dr Ola Galasinska (History and Governance Institute, University of Wolverhampton)

"Poles in the UK: The Grand Narrative versus Small Stories".

2.40 Dr Ivo Samson (Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Bratislava/History and
Governance Institute, University of Wolverhampton

Central Europe in the Global Political Game ( Anti-missile Defence and Waiting
for Barack Obama).

3.20 Tea

3.30 Ann Kennard (University of the West of England)

"Kaliningrad - Europe's Forgotten Region"

The symposium is organised as part of the University of Wolverhampton level 2 undergraduate module EuropeUnited? which is subsidised by the Jean Monnet Project (European Module 03/0084).

 

5th Annual Jean Monnet Symposium

(Monday 10 March 2008, 3pm – 5pm)

PROGRAMME:

3.00 His Excellency Mr Vygaudas Usackas (Lithuanian Ambassador to UK):

The Impact of EU membership on Lithuanian - Russian Relations

3.50 Tea

4.10 Dr Jelena Minic (European Movement of Serbia, Belgrade):

Serbia and the European Union

The symposium is organised as part of the University of Wolverhampton level 2 undergraduate module EuropeUnited? which is subsidised by the Jean Monnet Project (European Module 03/0084).

 

4th Annual Jean Monnet Symposium

(Monday 12 March 2007, 2pm – 5pm)

PROGRAMME:

2.00 Mr Högni Kristjánsson (Icelandic Mission to the EU, Brussels):

‘Iceland and the EU – Staying on the outside?’

2.45 Dr Roman Wolczuk (University of Wolverhampton):

‘Ukraine and the EU – Looking to get inside?’

3.30 Tea

4.00 Dr Ivo Samson (Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Bratislava):

‘The Social Democratic Experiment in Slovakia’

The symposium is organised as part of the University of Wolverhampton level 2 undergraduate module EuropeUnited? which is subsidised by the Jean Monnet Project (European Module 03/0084).

 

2nd Annual Jean Monnet Symposium

(Monday 14 March 2005, 2pm – 5pm)

PROGRAMME:

2.00 Dr Visnja Samardzija, Institute for International Relations, Zagreb

South Eastern Europe en route to the EU: Process and problems

2.45 Dr Urban Rusnak, Ambassador to Ukraine of Republic of Slovakia

'An EU membership perspective for Ukraine? The view from Central Europe'

3.30 Tea

4.00 Dr Robert Ladrech, University of Keele, UK

Political Debates and the European Constitution: Perspectives from Left and Right

The symposium is organised as part of the University of Wolverhampton level 2 undergraduate module Europe United? which is subsidised by the Jean Monnet Project (European Module 03/0084).