A New Report from the Field

Check out our latest report from the field by a participant of our CUSO workshop on "The Materialities of American Culture."


CANCELLED: October 25: Medieval and Early Modern Studies Travelling Seminar: Autumn Half-Day Workshop on "Shakespeare Performance and Embodied Spectatorship"

Register by October 18 via the CUSO website.

Place: University of Geneva, Aile Jura, room A210, 4.15 pm

Organisers: Prof. Lukas Erne and Prof. Guillemette Bolens

Invited instructor: Prof. M.J. Kidnie (University of Western Ontario)

Participants at this workshop on "Shakespeare Performance and Embodied Spectatorship" will explore the concept of theatrical presence, partly in relation to disability studies. We will begin by discussing the subjective audience experience and the problems such variability poses for scholarly analysis before briefly considering Philip Auslander's controversial model of mediated "liveness". Building on the way Auslander complicates understandings of live and mediated performance, I would like to turn the discussion to ideas of embodied spectatorship, and the "enabled" body. We will discuss theatrical spaces, the subjective experience of those spaces in live performance, and the means by which spectators adapt to, or otherwise accommodate, theatrical limitations. The goal is to open up a conversation about cameras and HD satellite technology as a form of prosthesis.

The workshop will be preceded by a lecture by Prof. M. J. Kidney on "Walking in Tarquin's Tracks: Narratives of Friendship and Coerced Sex in Heywood's A Woman Killed with Kindness", also in room A210, at 10.15 p.m.



November 4: Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Literature Travelling Seminar: The Secret Politics of the Novel

Register now via the CUSO website and see the programme. The registration deadline is February 17.

Place: University of Geneva

Organisers: Emma Depledge (Unifr), Elizabeth Kukorelly (Unige), Simon Swift (Unige)

Invited instructors: Dr Rachel Willie (Liverpool John Moores University), Prof. Patrick Vincent (Unine)

This doctoral workshop is aimed at students working on all periods of literature, especially those taking a historicist approach. We will contemplate the Stuart and Bourbon Restorations, and the way they were represented in literature of the long eighteenth century, as a means of exploring wider questions concerning historiography and the labels we use to describe the literary-historical periods on which we work.

The workshop will begin with lectures entitled 'The 1660 Stuart Restoration' and 'Romanticism, Restoration, Reaction?' by Dr. Rachel Willie ​ (Liverpool John Moores University) and Prof. Patrick Vincent (Université de Neuchâtel), respectively. The Stuart and Bourbon Restorations will then be addressed in a 2hr seminar in which students will be invited to debate when, how and why period labels (such as 'Renaissance', 'Restoration' and 'Romantic') were coined; the problems facing royal propagandists and royalist ideology after the execution of Charles I in 1649; and why the Bourbon Restoration has been largely ignored in English literary historiography when the French Revolution has been so important.

Students wishing to present an aspect of their doctoral work during the workshop are asked to contact emma.depledge@unifr.ch before October 30th. There will also be an opportunity for students to meet with Dr. Willie on an individual basis in order to discuss their projects or else to ask more general questions about academic careers and differences between the Swiss, UK and US systems. To arrange a meeting, please contact emma.depledge@unifr.ch before October 30th.



Medieval and Early Modern Studies Travelling Seminar: Fortnightly Doctoral Workshops in Geneva in term throughout 2017

Register once for the whole year via the CUSO website and use this reimbursement form for all the regular fortnightly workshops.

Spring Programme 2017

Autumn Programme 2017

Place and time: University of Geneva, Uni Bastions, Aile Jura, Room A210, Wed, 4.15 p.m. – 6.45 p.m.

Organisers: Prof. Guillemette Bolens, Prof. Lukas Erne

The fortnightly workshops will cover: practical topics such as using digital resources in medieval and early modern English studies; focused discussion of key medieval and early modern texts (e.g., Chaucer, Shakespeare) or scholarly issues (e.g., codicology, bibliography); and work-in-progress papers.

To participate in the regular fortnightly workshops, register once for the whole year via the CUSO website and use this reimbursement form. This will allow you to have your travel costs reimbursed by CUSO if you have signed the attendance list.