2008 awards

2nd Conference: Association of British and Irish Lusitanists

12 January 2008
Organiser: ABIL

Conference webpage

Conference: Religious Identity in the Ancient world: Assessing Recent Approaches

19 January 2008
Organiser: Bella Sandwell

Conference: Staging London’s Cultural Life Herbert and Maud Tree

23 January 2008
Organiser: Dept Drama

Conference: The Reception of British Authors in Continental Europe: fin-de-siecle

22 February 2008
Organiser: IGRCT

9th annual conference: Centre for Visual and Literary Cultures in France: Relating the Senses

23 - 24 February 2008
Organisers: Brad Stephens and Susan Harrow

Conference: The Impact of Eisenstein

28 February 2008
Organisers: Liz Watkins and Mike O'Mahony

Workshop: Stories of the Novel: Ancient and Modern Narrative Fiction

8 March 2008
Organisers: Ika Willis and Henry Powers

Conference: Colloquium on Portugal 1807-1808

10 March 2008
Organiser: D R Brookshaw

13th Joint postgraduate conference: Theology and Religious Studies

5 March 2008
Organiser: Dept Theology

Symposium: Avonmouth-Severn Beach Littoral - performativities of emptiness

17 March 2008
Organiser: Dept Drama

Symposium webpage

Conference: Ave/Eva: Text, Music and Gender in the Middle Ages

26 April 2008
Organiser: Medieval Music Society

Conference: Sexual Ethics

9 May 2008
Organiser: Dept Philosophy

One-day symposium: In honour of Peter Warren

17 May 2008
Organiser: Nico Momigliano

In June 2008, Peter Warren, one of the foremost scholars of the Aegean Bronze Age, celebrated his 70th birthday.  On 17 May 2008 a group of his former MA and PhD students at the University of Bristol provided an early start to the celebrations, as a token of their gratitude and in recognition of his long and distinguished career both as a scholar and teacher.

Conference: Receptions of the Renaissance in Modern Art and Criticism

19 May 2008
Organiser: IGRC

Conference: Screen Forms and Their Reception: Aesthetics: Colour, Sound, Design

5 June 2008
Organiser: Screen Research at Bristol

Conference: Teaching Film in Modern Languages

6 June 2008
Organiser: Dept Italian and Screen Research at Bristol

Conference: AHRC Landscape and Environment Network

6 - 7 June 2008
Organiser: Angela Piccini and Jo Carruthers

Conference: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Professor George Brandt

8 June 2008
Organiser: Dept Drama

One-day workshop: Explanation, reduction, and models of psychopathology

17 June 2008
Organiser: Zoe Drayson

Workshop: Animal Cognition: Philosophical and Empirical Perspectives

18 - 19 June 2008
Organiser: Ulrich Stegmann

Conference: The Schools and Institutes Abroad

20 - 23 June 2008
Organisers: David Shankland, Archaeology and Anthropology and Professor Salmeri, University of Pisa

This conference aims to examine the phenomenon of national schools and institutes abroad engaged in the study of the ancient world, archaeology and related topics, such as the British School at Athens, the French School in Rome, the German overseas Archaeological Institutes, and so on. These institutions, which fully emerged in the nineteenth century (even if in some cases they had illustrious ancestors) continue and flourish until today, and almost all colleagues engaged in arts research overseas have had some contact with them. Nevertheless, they have received negligible scholarly comparative attention. There are erudite works concerning individual schools, often written for official purposes, but the wider social context has been taken into consideration very rarely.

This neglect is in spite of the enormous variety of highly relevant issues that come to mind the moment this phenomenon is considered: amongst these are the relationship between heritage, culture and nationalism; the relevance of the schools and institutes for our understanding of European cultural history; the relationship between international scholarship and local intellectual currents; the role of respective schools as representatives of their particular country; the function of archaeological excavation in the creation of the prestige of a country, and so on. Our proposal, therefore, is to invite and to commission approximately fifteen contributions that will in themselves result in a coherent international gathering over three days, and also result in a useful collection of original published essays.

Over the three days of the conference, we will begin by examining the origins of this phenomenon in early modern France, then move on to the schools’ growth and extent today in comparative terms, with further sessions on their organisation (each nation is slightly different in the way that they run their respective schools); on their interaction with their host communities; on their links with one another; and on the way that the knowledge gleaned through the schools is used is reflected in the wider scholarly community. Through these sessions, to provide an original, comparative scholarly analysis of this phenomenon that will be useful in the future, hopefully establishing a high bench mark by which later work will be valued.

Workshop: Themes in the Metaphysics of Chemistry and Biology

23 - 25 June 2008
Organisers: Alexander Bird and Emma Tobin

workshop webpage

Conference: Cultures of Translation: Adaptation in Film and Performance

26 - 28 June 2008
Organiser: Katja Krebs

International seminar: Trade-offs in Female Life Histories: Raising New Questions in an Integrative Framework

2 - 25 July 2008
Organiser: Mhairi Gibson, Archaeology and Anthropology

Seminar webpage

Conference: Second HISON Summer School

2 - 13 August 2008
Organiser: SML

12th BIRTHA conference: Sublimely Visual: The Art of the Text

5 - 7 September 2008
Organiser: Susan Harrow, French

In The Mottled Screen (1997) Mieke Bal complemented her rhetorical reading of painting (Reading ‘Rembrandt’, 1991) with a visual reading of verbal matter (Proust’s A la recherche). Bal’s adventurous study of the visual properties and processes of the literary text urges us to move beyond the traditional ut pictura poesis approach in order to develop a properly generative reading of the visuality of writing.

The aim of this conference is to take forward new approaches in visual reading. Among the questions to be addressed are: how does writing receive or resist the textures and figures of visual media? How do writers write colour and light? How are visual analogies translated, transfigured or anticipated by the writer and by readers? Which new directions in critical thought (in literature studies, art history, film studies, and theory) can enhance our understanding of the interrelations between visual art and writing? How does the art essay resist its aesthetic object, and become a subject in and for itself? How do literary texts enrich – or obstruct – our reading of art, and vice versa?

In broader terms, this conference will reflect on reciprocities, actual and speculative, between visual culture and French, Francophone and related literatures of the broad modern period. Our interpretation of ‘visual culture’ is capacious, and will include art and art theory, film, sculpture, photography, photojournalism, installation and performance art, documentary, the art book, and the specific engagement of writers with art and aesthetics.

Conference: Conflict, Image, Culture

10 September 2008
Organiser: Martin Hurcombe

Conference: An Enigma Explored: Medieval Art and Architecture at Bristol Cathedral

19 - 21 September 2008
Organisers: Jon Cannon, Pamela King and Beth Williamson, History of Art and English

Conference: Romanticism and Place

24 September 2008
Organisers: Ralph Pite and John Halliwell

Conference: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

13 October 2008
Organiser: Friends of the Theatre Collection

Conference: XIth Bristol Colloquium on Hispanic Books and Manuscripts

24 October 2008
Organiser: David Hook

Bristol cathedral, formerly the abbey of St Augustine, is a remarkable building. To medievalists it is an enigmatic and compelling place, filled with important work of various periods – work that raises a range of important questions about style, patronage and the intentions behind medieval architecture. These questions become most urgent with regard to the extraordinary east end, the date and significance of which is hotly debated: for some, a building of international significance; for others, more of a ‘regional eccentric’, albeit one with remarkable iconographic qualities.

To the wider public, by turn, the cathedral is simply not well-known enough: this spectacular building tends to hide its light under a bushel in comparison to the more celebrated glories of St Mary Redcliffe or the great Bristol structures of the industrial age.

This major conference systematically addresses the main outstanding questions concerning St Augustine’s, drawing together a group of speakers international stature. Architecture, decorations, fittings and the wider historical context of the building’s medieval and sixteenth century history will all be addressed. Attendance will be essential for all with a serious interest in medieval history, art and architecture.

The lecture by Joseph Bettey on the conversion of St Augustine's to a cathedral will be open to the public free of charge. Evensong just beforehand will be sung in plainchant, reflecting the kind of music that would have been sung in the medieval abbey.

Public Lecture: Traces of Conflict

6 November 2008
Speaker: Professor Joanna Bourke

Workshop: War Within War

12 November 2008

BIRTHA Research Programmes Scheme: Traces of Conflict

Conference: The Reception of the Bible

18 November 2008
Organiser: Carolyn Muessig

Conference: XIIth Bristol Colloquium on Hispanic Books and Manuscripts

19 November 2008
Organiser: David Hook

Conference: The Sounds of Stonehenge

28 November 2008
Organiser: CHOMBEC

Conference webpage

One-day symposium: Figures of Translation

3 December 2008
Organisers: David Hopkins and Charles Martindale

The practice and discussion of translation have sometimes been limited by the dormant metaphor (‘carrying across’) that the word ‘translation’ contains. Meaning, sense, character, or spirit – it is sometimes thought – can be taken out of one text and put into another. But this way of seeing the matter is both limited and misleading. Throughout literary history, translators have reached for other metaphors to describe what they are up to: archaeology, travel, conquest, interpretation, friendship, desire, loss, re-birth, trans-gendering, or metamorphosis. These metaphors might possibly offer a more nuanced description of the work that translation does and may open the way to a better understanding of the faithful creativity that is the translator’s paradoxical talent. This symposium will explore what it means to translate – and to read translations – in that light.

Conference: Screen Conversations World Cinemas: In Theory / On Screen

5 December 2008
Organisers: J. Mainguard and N. Rees Roberts

Conference: Tudorism, Historical Imagination and the Appropriation of the Sixteenth Century

5 - 7 December 2008
Organiser: Colston Research Society