School of Advanced Study * University of London


Transnational and Translingual Urban Writing: WORKSHOP

Monday 25 June 2018: 9.00am-6.00pm. Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Refreshments and lunch provided.


This symposium aims to examine cultural manifestations of the movement and encounter between nations, cultures and languages in urban environments. It will straddle the literary disciplines as well as art history, architecture, visual studies, film studies, cultural geography and theory.




Panel One: Architecture and Urbanisation

Kathleen James-Chakraborty (UCD, School of Art History and Cultural Policy): Modernism at the Margins?

Michael Grass (German Studies, Warwick): The Concrete Utopia – Perceptions of the Transnational Momentum in Post-War Architecture

Hugh Campbell (UCD, School of Architecture): History Images: how photography depicts change in contemporary China


Panel Two: Francophone Perspectives

Douglas Smith (UCD, French Studies): The French Hexagon: Nation-State or Transnational Space?

Anna-Louise Milne (ULIP, French Studies): Managing the Noise of New Encounters: Municipal Libraries in Neighbourhoods of Dense Recent Migration

Mary Gallagher (UCD, Francophone Studies): Life, Death and Culture: Representations of Commonality and Community in the Postcolonial City in Contemporary Francophone Writing from ‘Bleep’ Countries


Panel Three: Fluid Practices

Finola O’Kane Crimmins (UCD, School of Architecture): Fluid Foundations: the Formation of the Town of Darien, Georgia, U.S. and the Surrounding Rice Plantations of the Irishman, Senator Pierce Butler

Naomi Wells, (IMLR, Sociolinguistics): Speaking and Writing in and on the City: Urban Translingual and Transnational Writing as Quotidian Practice

Peter Jones (IHR, History): Over the Water: Transnational Cultural Crossings in the South London Music Hall


Panel Four: Writing the City

Maria Roca Lizarazu (IMLR, German Studies): “Die Stadt, die nie vergessen kann” – The Holocaust as Transnational Memory in Robert Menasse’s Die Hauptstadt (2017)

Catherine Barbour (IMLR, Spanish Studies): Translingual Encounters: Urban Migrant Identities in Spanish-Romanian Writing

Britta Jung (UCD HI Postdoctoral Fellow): Porosity and the City: The Migrant Experience in Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer's La Superba (2013)


This event is part of the Open World Research Initiative ‘Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community’, Translingual Strand.


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School of Advanced Study | University of London
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