2011-2012 Seminar Series

Each academic year, the various research axes with IDEA hold seminars relevant to their interdisciplinary axes. While the themes of these seminars change, they represent the main research thrusts of the team on the whole.

For the academic year 2011-2012, IDEA offered the following lectures/one-day conferences as part of its “Seminar Series.”

 14 November 2011


“Le genre en traduction” 

Jane Elisabeth Wilhelm,
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III

Jane Elisabeth Wilhelm est Marie Curie Fellow rattachée à l’Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III. Elle est lauréate d’une Bourse Marie Curie pour chercheur avancé qui s’inscrit dans le cadre des actions Marie Curie du Septième programme-cadre de recherche (7ePC) de l’Union européenne. De nationalités suisse, canadienne et américaine, elle a enseigné la traduction et la littérature, la langue, la culture et la civilisation françaises, dans plusieurs universités au Canada et en Suisse.Sa thèse de doctorat en littérature comparée de l’Université de Montréal portait sur Mme de Staël, Benjamin Constant et le Groupe de Coppet. Ses domaines de recherche sont les suivants : le genre en traduction, l’histoire et les théories de la traduction, l’herméneutique et l’épistémologie dans ses rapports avec la traduction, la traduction littéraire et la théorie littéraire. Elle a publié plusieurs articles sur Mme de Staël et Nancy Huston, ainsi que sur différents aspects de l’herméneutique en traduction, que ce soit pour la revue META et Palimpsestesou dans des ouvrages collectifs.Parmi ses publications, citons en particulier : « L’intention de l’auteur ou ‘le monde de l’œuvre’ » dans Le sens en traduction, Caen, Lettres modernes Minard, collection « Cahiers Champollion » en 2006, « Pour une herméneutique du traduire », dans Hermeneutic Reflections on Translation, chez Zeta Books à Bucharest (Zeta Series in Translation Studies) en 2009, et « The Paradigm of Translation » publié dans le recueil intitulé Globalization and Aspects of Translation, paru chez Cambridge Scholars Publishing en 2010. Elle prépare actuellement un entretien avec Jean-René Ladmiral pour la revue META.
15 November 2011


“To Achieve Our Country: Reading James Baldwin during the American Civil Rights Movement”

Kathy Roberts Forde,
School of Journalism and Mass Communication,
University of South Carolina

Kathy Roberts Forde will speak about the historical connections between the U.S. publication and reception of James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time(and the original New Yorker essay constituting the heart of the book) and the public policy work of the Kennedy administration that ultimately led to federal civil and voting rights legislation, Southern desegregation, and a partial fulfillment of the goals of the civil rights movement. She will discuss how print culture and its related social, political, and intellectual contexts produced and circulated a particular journalistic text that shaped a national conversation about and reckoning with the black freedom struggle its meanings, realities, and policy demands among ordinary readers and the most powerful political leaders in the United States in 1963. These leaders included President John F. Kennedy, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, and Vice President Lyndon Johnson.Kathy Roberts Forde is a twentieth century American media historian with research interests in the First Amendment, the African American freedom struggle, literary journalism, and the history of the book and print culture. Her book Literary Journalism on Trial: Masson v. New Yorker and the First Amendment, published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2008, won the Frank Luther Mott-KTA book award and the AEJMC History Division book award in 2009. Her dissertation was awarded the AEJMC Nafziger-White dissertation award in 2006. Forde is currently working on a second book, under contract with UMass Press, that attempts to build bridges among three subfields of historical inquiry into the American twentieth century: journalism history, civil rights history, and the history of the book and print culture. A publication and reading history of James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, the book examines the role of black cultural expression in shaping social and political thought and policy across what Nikhil Pal Singh has termed the “long civil rights era.”
24 November 2011


“After Benedict Anderson: Patterns of the Nationalist Imagination in Modern History”

Oliver Zimmer, Oxford University

If we still know rather little about how ordinary men and women related to nationalism and the modern nation-state, this is in part because the communal embeddedness of people’s national imagination has received scant attention in a field in which many works are pitched at a highly abstract level. In the terminology of Benedicat Anderson, the most influential theorist of recent decades, nations are imagined communities; what had enabled people to imagine a large and abstract community like the nation was print capitalism: a language-based revolution in the means of communication that started with the Reformation and reached its apogee in the mass-produced newspapers and novels of the nineteenth century.The downside of Anderson’s brillant account is that it leaves little room for the creative ideological energies that nationalism engendered outside the confines of high and official culture. Yet it is precisely these creative energies, one could argue, that deserve our attention. For what they reveal, among other things, is that the nineteenth century, often referred to as the classic era of nationalism, produced a plurality of often sharply contrasting national(ist) visions.So it might be time for a new perspective, one that starts from the following assumptions: that the national community of people’s imagination was often not abstract but concrete, more akin to the communities people knew from their everyday experience than to the large, territorially bounded communities they encountered in newspapers, novels, and in the first national museums that sprang up in the late nineteenth century; and that, consequently, imagining the nation often involved a projection that took as its benchmark a familiar community of limited size and complexity; that nationalism depended in important ways on the immediate social worlds people inhabited in their capacity as citizens, producers, consumers, members of particular professions and associations, and so on; that these contexts influenced how individuals experienced the process of nation-formation, and how they related to, and constructed, particular nationalist ideologies; that they shaped the cognitive lenses and emotional states through which nationhood was experienced, imagined and defined.
7 February 2012


“Where Next? The Ever-Changing ‘Scottish Question'”

Michael Rosie,
Deputy Director of the Institute of Governance,
Sociology, School of Social and Political Science,
University of Edinburgh, Scotland

In May 2011 the pro-independence Scottish National Party retained control of the Scottish Government with a thumping – and unpredicted – election victory. At the heart of their manifesto had been a commitment to hold a referendum on Scotland’s independence from the rest of the United Kingdom – now scheduled for Autumn 2014. The election fundamentally changed the “Scottish Question”. Where once that question revolved around whether or not Scotland constituted a “nation”, it has now emphatically shifted to whether that nation (now devoid of a question mark) should be a separate sovereign state. In this paper I will outline the evolution of “the” Scottish Question, consider the contemporary evidence with regard both to the constitutional preference and Scotland’s national identities, speculate of “where next” for Scotland, and outline why a break-up of the United Kingdom might have profound implications for other multi-national member states of the European Union.
 8 March 2012


“War, Literary Journalism, and the Aesthetics of Experience”

John Hartsock, SUNY, USA

Author John Hartsock

Few would dispute that the violence of war is one of the most horrific experiences to which the human community is exposed. Yet, in modern journalism discourse, we have tended to objectify war to a safe, sublimated distance. This is why some journalists turn to a literary journalism to account for war, and why the genre is so necessary, even critical, because it helps us to perceive through the aesthetics of experience the monster of war we humans have created. Professor Hartsock will examine this phenomenon, exploring American, German, and Soviet examples, among others.John C. Hartsock is Professor of Communication Studies at the State University of New York at Cortland. A former newspaper and wire service reporter, he is the author of two books, the critically acclaimed study, A History of American Literary Journalism: The Emergence of a Modern Narrative Form (U Massachusetts P, 2000), and a work of narrative journalism, Seasons of a Finger Lakes Winery (Cornell UP, 2010). He has lectured widely on the subject of narrative/literary journalism, and his articles have appeared in such journals as Prose StudiesGenrePoints of EntryJournal of Communication Inquiryand Critical Studies in Mass Communication. He is the editor in chief of Literary Journalism Studies.
29 March 2012


“Secrecy Wars: New New Journalisms and the Cultures of Anonymity”

Soenke  Zehle,  Academy of Fine Arts Saar

Soenke Zehle is Lecturer in Media Art & Design and has a longtime involvement in the collaborative conceptualization and implementation of transnational net.cultural art and research projects, including an international journalism education and software development workshop series (“J-Hub”). He has published on documentary aesthetics in
literature and visual media. A holder of various graduate degrees (Translation Certificate, Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies, MA Philosophy, PhD Comparative Literature), he is currently Director of XMLab – Experimental Media Lab at the Academy of Fine Arts Saar, Saarbruecken, Germany. For projects and publications see xmlab.org.