- Wed, Mar 1, 2017 03:00 PM
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Latitude: 51.7605, Longitude: -1.26174
This book addresses the connection between political themes and literary form in the most recent Argentine poetry. Ben Bollig uses the concepts of “lyric” and “state” as twin coordinates for both an assessment of how Argentinian poets have conceived a political role for their work and how poems come to speak to us about politics. Drawing on concepts from contemporary literary theory, this striking study combines textual analysis with historical research to shed light on the ways in which new modes of circulation help to shape poetry today. The book's author, Professor Ben Bollig (Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford) will explore the issues raised with: Maria del Pilar Blanco (Professor in Spanish American Literature, University of Oxford)Eduardo Posada-Carbo (Professor of History and Politics of Latin America, University of Oxford)Leigh A. Payne (Professor of Sociology, University of Oxford) The session will be chaired by Bart van Es (Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford) Speakers' Biographies Professor Ben BolligBen is Professor of Spanish American Literature, Fellow and Tutor in Spanish at St Catherine's, Associate Lecturer at St John's. Ben works on contemporary literature and film in Latin America, with a particular focus on Argentine poetry. His other recent books include a translation of Cristian Aliaga’s The Foreign Passion (London: Influx, 2016) and, with Alejandra Crosta, a volume of new British poetry in Spanish translation, Antropófagos en las islas, published in Argentina by Espacio Hudson. He is an editor of Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies and a member of the advisory board for the Patagonian cultural supplement El extremo sur – Confines. Professor Maria del Pilar BlancoMaria grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and her undergraduate studies were in Literary & Cultural Studies and History at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia (USA). After receiving her PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University, she held permanent posts in Aberystwyth University and University College London before moving to Trinity College in 2012. Her first monograph, Ghost-Watching American Modernity: Haunting, Landscape, and the Hemispheric Imagination (Fordham University Press, 2012) explored the ways in which different landscapes in the Americas breed different stylizations of ghosts and haunting. Maria has co-edited, with Esther Peeren (University of Amsterdam), two collections on the topic of ghosts: Popular Ghosts: The Haunted Spaces of Everyday Culture (Continuum, 2010), which was awarded the Ray & Pat Browne Award for Best Edited Collection by the PCA/ACA in 2010; and The Spectralities Reader: Ghosts and Haunting in Contemporary Cultural Theory (Bloomsbury, 2013). Her current book project, entitled Modernist Laboratories, explores the growth of science writing in Spanish-American literature from the 1870s to 1910. Maria is co-investigator in the Science in Text and Culture in Latin America research network, which is funded by the AHRC. As part of the networks activities, we will be holding four international symposia in Oxford, San Juan (Puerto Rico), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Cambridge. Professor Eduardo Posada-CarboEduardo trained in law at the Javeriana University in Bogotá, worked at the Asociación Nacional de Industriales (Andi), and edited a newspaper in Barranquilla, Colombia, before embarking upon an academic career as a historian. His educational background and professional experience helps to explain his varied research interests, from the history of cattle and bananas in the Colombian Caribbean – part of his doctoral dissertation – to his most recent work on the history of democracy in Latin America. He completed an MPhil in Latin American Studies at St. Antony’s College and then a DPhil in Modern History, also in Oxford. He held a succession of posts in several British universities, including a Senior Lecturership in History at the Institute of Latin American Studies, in the University of London, where he worked for ten years before joining the Latin American Centre. He has combined his academic career in England with Visiting Professorships at the Universities of Chicago (2003) and Brown (2005), and Visiting Fellowships at the Kellogg Institute, University of Notre Dame, in the United States (2007, 2008 and 2012). Professor Leigh A. PayneLeigh's research on Latin American societies has focused on the legacies of violence. Specifically, it explores how past human rights violations during dictatorships and armed conflict continue to shape societies in the aftermath of abuses. Her work is concentrated in four main research areas. She has recently returned to her doctoral thesis research on Brazilian industrial elites’ responses to union and left-wing mobilization before the 1964 coup, during the authoritarian regime it implanted, and in the long transition to democracy. In a project funded by the British Academy, the ESRC, Open Society, and the Ford Foundation, she is working with NGO and academic partners in Argentina and Colombia to investigate corporate complicity in human rights violations in authoritarian regimes and armed conflict. They are expanding this project to Brazil, Chile and other parts of the region and the world. Professor Bart van EsBart's first area of research was the work of Edmund Spenser, especially in relation to the historical writing of his age. He continues to work on ideas of history in the Renaissance: vernacular history writing, verse history, and the reception of classical historiography in the Early Modern age. At the same time he is doing work on Renaissance drama by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, thinking above all about the material context of the theatre, notably the effect of acting companies on the way drama was written. His current work is concerned with the place of children in Renaissance literary culture, both in drama and in non-dramatic verse. He supervises doctoral work on reception history and the early modern theatre. In addition to research on children, publications in progress include 6 Ways of Thinking in Renaissance Literature and a book of creative non-fiction on the Netherlands during occupation in World War II. Free and all welcome. Lunch will be available from 12.30, with discussion from 13.00-14.00. Please register to book your seat. Part of Book at Lunchtime, a fortnightly series of bite size book discussions, with commentators from a range of disciplines.