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Katia Pizzi

‘Memories of the Future’, an International Conference, 2-3 May 2014, IMLR (SAS) and Chelsea College of Arts (UAL)

‘Moving Memories. Remembering and Reviving Confl ict, Protest and Social Unrest in Connected Times’, a one-day seminar and roundtable discussion, 27 November 2014, IMLR, Liverpool, Glasgow, Munich and Berlin

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Experimental Narratives: From the Novel to Digital Storytelling

Emanuela Patti

'Memories of Future Cities', an International Workshop, 6 July 2015, IMLR (School of Advanced Study, University of London), Birkbeck College (University of London) and Chelsea College of Arts (University of the Arts London)

Katia Pizzi

What is Modern Languages Research? IMLR/AHRC 'Translating Cultures' Workshop

Catherine Davies

What is Modern Languages Research? Words and Literature. Saying, Acting, Doing, Making the World

Catherine Boyle

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Dominic Glynn, Katia Pizzi and Deborah Madden

Reading across the channel: The French literature reading group at the U.K. Institut français

Dominic Glynn

Updating Gramsci: Recent publications in English, 2012–2015, an international workshop (IMLR, May 2016)

Katia Pizzi

Shakespeare in French, IMLR and Senate House Library (June 2016)

Dominic Glynn

The Spanish Civil War and World Literatures, an international conference (IMLR, July 2016)

Deborah Madden

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Dominic Glynn

In September 2016, the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) played host to a major international conference, ‘Oulipo and the Second World War’, which shed new light on the work of the ‘Ouvroir de littérature potentielle’ (Oulipo for short), a famous French experimental literature group. Sponsored by the Cassal Trust Foundation and the University of London, the conference was the last event to be held under the aegis of the prestigious ANR Difdepo research programme. It came to fruition as the result of a new fertile cross-channel collaboration between U.K. and French higher education institutions, including IMLR, Maison française d’Oxford (MFO) and the universities of Poitiers, Paris III and Paris IV. Dominic Glynn, Dominique Moncond’huy, Philippe Roussin and Alain Schaffner were the event organizers.

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Ann Miller, Patricia Mainardi, Karin Kukkonen, Viviane Alary, Jaqueline Berndt, Tony Venezia and Jennifer Anderson Bliss

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Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women – Communities of Experience? One-day symposium, JW3, Jewish Community Centre for London, 12 November 2014

BOOK REVIEWS

Thierry Smolderen, The Origins of Comics: From William Hogarth to Winsor McCay, trans. Bart Beaty and Nick Nguyen

Julia Round, Gothic in Comics and Graphic Novels: A Critical Approach

François-Emmanuel Boucher, Sylvain David and Maxime Prévost, eds, Mythologies du superhéros: Histoire, physiologie, géographie, intermédialités

Dan Mazur and Alexander Danner, Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present

Annessa Ann Babic, ed., Comics as History, Comics as Literature: Roles of the Comic Book in Scholarship, Society, and Entertainment

Jane Tolmie, ed., Drawing from Life: Memory and Subjectivity in Comic Art

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Clare Tufts, Joe Sutliff Sanders, Mark McKinney, Leroy Fabrice, Murray Pratt, Benoît Mitaine, Catherine Labio, Jan Baetens and Anne Magnussen

FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE REVIEWS

Angoulême 2013, Festival International de la Bande Dessinée (FIBD), 31 January–3 February

The 2013 Joint International Comics and Bande Dessinée Conference, Scotland, 24–28 June

2012 American Bande Dessinée Society Conference, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2–3 November

BOOK REVIEWS

Groupe ACME, L'Association: Une utopie éditoriale et esthétique [L'Association: An Editorial and Aesthetic Utopia]

Thierry Groensteen, Entretiens avec Joann Sfar [Conversations with Joann Sfar]

Jean-Marc Pontier, Lectures de David B. [Reading David B.] and Nicolas de Crécy: Périodes graphiques [Nicolas de Crealcy: Graphic Periods]

Vicent Sanchis, Tebeos mutilados: La Censura franquista contra Editorial Bruguera [Mutilated Comics: The Franquist Censorship of Editorial Bruguera]

Elisabeth El Refaie, Autobiographical Comics: Life Writing in Pictures

Jean-Noël Lafargue, Entre la plèbe et l'élite: Les Ambitions contraires de la bande dessinée [Between Plebs and the Elite: The Contradictory Ambitions of Comics]

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David Kunzle, Paul M. Malone, Marco Pellitteri, Anne Cirella-Urrutia, Maaheen Ahmed, Catriona MacLeod and Carolin Kirchhoff

BOOK REVIEWS

Thierry Groensteen, M. Töpffer invente la bande dessinée

Ole Frahm, Die Sprache des Comics [The Language of the Comic]

Daniela Petrini, ed., Die Sprache(n) der Comics: Kollokium in Heidelberg, 16.–17. Juni 2009 [The Language(s) of Comics: A Symposium Held in Heidelberg, 16–17 June 2009]

Hannah Miodrag, Comics and Language: Reimagining Critical Discourse on the Form

Ian Hague, Comics and the Senses: A Multisensory Approach to Comics and Graphic Novels

EXHIBITION REVIEW

Albums: Bande dessinée et immigration, 1913–2013, Musée de l'histoire de l'immigration, Paris, 16 October 2013 to 27 April 2014 Catriona MacLeod

CONFERENCE REVIEW

Graphisches Erzählen: Neue Perspektiven auf Literaturcomics Graphic Storytelling: New Perspectives on Literature and Comics], University of Düsseldorf, Germany, 5–7 March 2014 Carolin Kirchhoff

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Veronika Groke

When the participants of this year’s postgraduate reading group at St Andrews University were asked to give an informal group presentation at the ‘Ways of Knowing’ conference held in January 2005 to talk about our own experiences and perceptions of ‘knowledge’ and how they had changed since coming to St Andrews, we decided to divide our papers up and present them in the form of a conversation rather than read them out one at a time. This worked very well, despite us all coming from considerably different backgrounds: there were always points in each one’s personal account the others could somehow relate to and then expand on by contributing their own experiences. What we ended up with was thus a polyphonic (if necessarily incomplete) account of the St Andrews postgraduate experience of knowledge acquisition, whereby the stress on the personal paradoxically functioned both to separate our different voices and as a common denominator on which we could base our conversation.