Reading Group Special Session- Gardening And Poetry

CIMS PG Reading Group Special Session This special session, co-hosted by the CIMS PG Reading Group and the Gardening Reading Group, (, blossomed into an hour-long journey of discovery and exchange. Held on the 9th of May at 3:00 PM in the Boswell Room of the Old Union Building, the gathering became a vibrant hub … Read more

Reading Group: “Methodologies in the Environmental Humanities”

The CIMS PG Reading Group launched its academic year with an engaging session focused on “Methodologies in the Environmental Humanities.” This meet-up took place on a warm Friday afternoon, at 4 pm, March 15th, in Room 13 of United Colleges, serving as a prelude to a subsequent PG training session in the Environmental Humanities scheduled … Read more

Reading Group: ‘Translation, ecology, and deep time’

27 February, 1pm (Room TBC) : ‘Translation, ecology, and deep time’ by Michael Cronin Our next interdisciplinary reading group will focus on the chapter ‘Translation, ecology, and deep time’ by Michael Cronin, published in 2022 the volume Time, space, matter in translation edited by Pamela Beattie, Simona Bertacco, and Tatjana Soldat-Jaffe. As always, students and … Read more

Reading group: ‘Translation and activism’

Wednesday 16 November, 1-2 pm, HYBRID (Buchanan 216, online on Microsoft Teams) Our next interdisciplinary reading group will focus on translation and activism. We warmly welcome participation from staff, postgraduate students, and Honours students interested in these topics from any disciplinary background. We will be reading the introduction to Maria Tymoczko’s influential edited volume Translation, … Read more

Reading Group: On Svetlana Boym’s Nostalgia and its Discontents

Wednesday 23 March, 5-6.30pm: On Svetlana Boym’s article Nostalgia and its Discontents (from The Hedgehog Review, Summer 2007), a piece that summarises the key points of her book The Future of Nostalgia (New York: Basic Books, 2001)—with a special focus on her distinction between “restorative” and “reflective” nostalgias. The article is available via this link. … Read more

Reading Group: On Astrid Erll’s Memory Worlds in Times of Corona

Thursday 2 December 2021, 12:30 to 2pm (Online via Teams): On Astrid Erll’s Memory Worlds in Times of Corona. Online via Teams. We are delighted to announce that the reading group on this date will be run jointly with the Centre for Memory Studies of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Key reading: Astrid Erll, “Afterword: Memory Worlds in … Read more

Reading Group: Glissant on Identity, Relation and Opacity

Thursday 30 September 2021, 16:00-17:30. Location: United College. Lower College Hall (click to see map). Reading group theme: Glissant on Identity, Relation and Opacity Ten years after his death, the ideas of the Martinique-born poet, novelist and philosopher Édouard Glissant (1928-2011) are gradually acquiring a notable place in anglophone discussions on cultural identity and memory. … Read more

Some readings for our times – on monuments, memory and commemoration:

• Kirk Savage, Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race, War, and Monument in Nineteenth-Century America (Princeton University Press, 2017) [ebook in library] • Katherine Verdery, The Political Lives of Dead Bodies: Reburial and Postsocialist Change, Columbia University Press, 1999 [ebook in library] The following are available via the university library ejournals: Ater, Renée, ‘Slavery and Its … Read more

Reading Group: ‘Brexit, National Identity & the Uses of History’

Next event: Thursday 11 March 2021, 17:00-18:30 (Microsoft Teams) Online link Title: ‘Brexit, National Identity & the Uses of History’ As the transition period ended and the United Kingdom broke its ties to the European Union, 2021 will be a crucial year in determining the UK’s place in the world. Brexit, of course, also affects … Read more

Reading Group: ‘Monuments & the Politics of Memory’

Wednesday, 25 November 2020, 12:00-13:30 (Microsoft Teams) Title: ‘Monuments & the Politics of Memory’ From the statue of Edward Colston in Bristol to those of Confederate generals in the United States, Christopher Columbus in Latin America and King Leopold II in Belgium, countless headlines in 2020 announce that monuments are the battleground where today’s ‘history … Read more