Journal of Romance Studies Annual Symposium 2019: Romance Languages in a Global Context

The Journal of Romance Studies Annual Symposium 2019: Romance Languages in a Global Context will be taking place on Wednesday 26 June 2019 in Room G34, IMLR, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London and all staff are invited to attend this free event.

The symposium celebrates excellence in modern languages research with a specific focus on the romance languages. Co-ordinated by the editors of the IMLR’s in-house journal published by LUP, the symposium presents cutting-edge research from researchers in Romance Studies and Modern Languages from across the UK and beyond. The keynote speaker, Ruth Bush (University of Bristol), revisits the archives of two translators who worked extensively on 'classic' texts of francophone African literature – John Reed and Dorothy Blair – in order to consider contemporary translation imperatives in multilingual Senegal and Cameroon.

Programme

  • 14:00 Romance Languages and Literatures in Africa
    • Emanuelle Santos, University of Birmingham: ‘New words, old worlds: World(-)literature and Portuguese-speaking Africa’
    • Eleanor K. Jones, University of Southampton: ‘Race and the “disabled mind” in Portuguese and British colonial southern Africa’
    • Benita Sampedro Vizcaya, Hofstra University (New York): ‘The valences of Spanish in contemporary African literary production’
  • 15:30 Coffee/tea break
  • 15:45 Keynote Ruth Bush, University of Bristol: ‘Decolonizing Romance Languages: on the translation imperative in African literary production’
  • 17:00 Wine reception

More information:  https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/19604