Seminar series Semester 2, 2022-23

***CANCELLED*** 7 March, 4:15pm: Professor Alison Landsberg (George Mason University) & Professor Timotheus Vermeulen (University of Oslo) ‘Metamodern Memory: On Blade Runner, Then and Now’ ***CANCELLED***

Alison Landsberg is Professor of History and Cultural Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and will be visiting St Andrews on 5-10 March as part of a Global Fellowship. She is the author of Engaging the Past: Mass Culture and the Production of Historical Knowledge (Columbia UP, 2015) and Prosthetic Memory: The Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture (New York: Columbia UP, 2004) as well as numerous articles and book chapters. She is currently working on a project called “Post-Postracial America,” which examines the contemporary eruption of discourse about race on both the political left and the right, in the mass-mediated public sphere. Taken together, her body of research on museums, film, and television has focused on the modes of engagement they solicit from individuals and the possibilities therein for the production and acquisition of memory, historical knowledge and political subjectivity in the public sphere.

Professor Landsberg will be joined for her lecture by collaborator Professor Timotheus Vermeulen, (Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo) who will participate remotely.

The two films that will be discussed, Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, Director’s Cut) and Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve), will be available from 6 to 12 March through the library – simply click on the name of the film to access them. You will need your St Andrews login details.





8 March, 4pm-5:30pm, UCO School 1 & ONLINE – Professor Michael Cronin : The ‘terrestrial’ university – why our universities are no longer fit for purpose in the age of the Anthropocene and how they might change

Michael Cronin is 1776 Professor of French and Director of the Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation in Trinity College Dublin. He is the author of 13 monographs, the co-editor of seven edited collections and the author of over 150 refereed articles and book chapters. His work has been translated into 16 languages including Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Korean and Modern Greek. Among his published works are Across the Lines: travel, language, translation (Cork University Press, 2000), Translation and Globalization (Routledge, 2006), Translation and Identity (Routledge, 2006), The Expanding World: towards a politics of microspection (Zero Books, 2012), Translation in the Digital Age (Routledge, 2013), Eco-Translation: translation and ecology in the Age of the Anthropocene (Routledge, 2017) and Eco-Travel: journeying in the Anthropocene (Cambridge University Press, 2022). His research interests are in the areas of eco-criticism, travel writing, translation theory and history, Franco-Irish cultural relationships and Quebec and Acadian Studies.




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