Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Revising the Poster

Great News. We have also been able to invite the Musical Director and Conductor of the SOTA performance of Imoinda which was staged in New York last May.

Our wonderful designer has amended our poster and the updated list of speakers can be seen below:

Dr Joan Anim-Addo (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Dr Giovanna Covi, (University of Trento, Italy)
Dr Raimi Gbadomsi (Artist and Curator, London)
Dr Mina Karavanta (University of Athens, Greece)
Professor Maria Helena Lima (SUNY Geneseo, USA)
Glenn L. McClure (Composer, SUNY Geneseo, USA)
Alan Tirre (Musical Director and Conductor, SOTA, USA)

Monday, 19 October 2009

SLI Award Holders - July 2009


Good morning all.

Today I have subscribed to a number of Jismail lists in order to circulate information about our one day workshop. Lists joined today are as follows:
  • C18-Studies: which provides information and research network for any aspect of eighteenth century culture, literature, history, philosophy;
  • Comparative-literature: provides a forum for all who are interested in the study of literature without confinement to national or linguistic boundaries, and in relation to other disciplines;
  • Cultural-Memory: which explores the construction, manipulation and transmission of memories, also the role played by memory in identity formation. CM explores minority communities, especially work in postcolonial studies. Material studied includes film, literature, art, oral history,anthropology;
  • Lit-Lang-Culture-Events: This list carries announcements of UK calls for conference papers, conferences and other events (meetings, conferences, seminars etc) in English literature, language, linguistics and cultural studies;
  • Music-19thC-Lit: This list aims to encourage discussion and the exchange of ideas about ways in which literature written in English during the period c. 1800 -1918 can be used to enrich understanding of musical meaning and/or music as cultural and social activity.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Collecting Speaker Biogs

Dr Joan Anim-Addo is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and Director of the Centre for Caribbean Studies. She has written, co-authored and edited books about history, poetry and literary criticism. Her most recent publications include Interculturality and Gender (co-edited 2009), Caribbean-Scottish Relations: Colonial & Contemporary Inscriptions in History, Language and Literature (co-authored 2007), Touching the Body: History, Language and African-Caribbean Women’s Writing (2007), I Am Black White Yellow: An Introduction to the Black Body in Europe (co-edited 2007), and the poetry collections: Haunted by History and Janie Cricketing Lady (2006). Her libretto, Imoinda: Or She Who Will Lose Her Name – A Play for Twelve Voices in Three Acts was first published bilingually (English/Italian) and translated by Giovanna Covi, and Carla Pedrotti, 2003.

Dr Giovanna Covi teaches American Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Trento; she is a founding member of the Societa Italiana delle Letterate. She has co-ordinated national and international research projects focused on gender and Caribbean literature. She has published on American and Caribbean literature, translation studies and gender theory among which as editor and contributor: Critical Studies on Feminist Subjects (Universita di Trento, 1998), Vocifemminili caraibache e interculturita (Universita di Trento, 2003), Modernist Women Race Nation (Mango Publising, 2005), Caribbean-Scottish Relations (Mango Publishing, 2007), Interculturality and Gender (Mango Publishing, 2009); and as author, Jamaica Kincaid's Prismatic Subjects: Making Sense of Being in the World (Mango Publishing, 2003).

Dr Raimi Gbadamosi is an artist, writer and curator. He received his Doctorate in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art. He is a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Group 'Afroeuropeans', University of Leon, Spain, and the 'Black Body' group, Goldsmiths College, London. He is on the Editorial board of Third Text.

Recent national and international shows and events include: ARCO Madrid 2009; Tentativa De Agotar Un Lugar Africano, CASM, Barcelona 2008; Human Cargo, Plymouth Museum & Art Gallery, Plymouth 2007; Port City, Arnolfini, Bristol 2007. ARCO 2009, Madrid/. Work media including multiples, music, websites, writing and audience participation. Works creates debate, instead of representing preconceived concerns defined by specific social, cultural and political cant.

Books include: incredulous; ordinary people; extraordinary people; contents; Drink Horizontal; Drink Vertical; The Dreamers' Perambulator; and four word.

The Republic negotiates the meeting of language and social constructions.

Recent essays include: The Not-So New Europeans, Wasafiri UK (current issue), and The Delight of Giant-Slayers: Or Can Artists Commit Their Lives to Paper? ArtMonitor , Sweden.

Dr Mina Karavanta is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of English Studies at the University of Athens. Some of her recent essays have appeared in Journal of Caribbean Studies, Journal of Contemporary Theory, Women in French Studies, mosaic, The Journal of Contemporary Thought, and European Journal of English Studies, and various collections of essays. She has co-edited Edward Said and Jacques Derrida: Reconstellating Humanism and the Global Hybrid (with Nina Morgan) and Gender And Interculturality (with Joan Anim-Addo and Giovanna Covi).

Professor Maria Helena Lima is a Brazilian who is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at SUNY-Geneseo, specializing on the African Diaspora, Contemporary Black British Literature and Culture, and Women’s Studies. She translated and co-edited with Miriam Alves a bilingual anthology of short fiction by Afro-Brazilian Women, Women Righting/ Mulheres Escre-vendo [London: Mango Publishing, 2005]. More recently she published entries on Andrea Levy, Dorothea Smartt, and Meera Syal [Dictionary of Literary Biography special issue on Black British Literature, 2008]. She plans to finish her book of collected interviews, Black Britons Writing, on her sabbatical this spring.

ALAN TIRRE, saxophone, is a frequent performer in a variety of ensembles in the greater Rochester area. He is a core member of Fama Sin Gafas, one of upstate New York’s premier salsa groups. He has collaborated as both musician and educator with artists such as Joe Locke and Chuck Mangione. He is a strong advocate for new music and has premiered numerous works as a performer and conductor. In 2007, he conducted the premiere of Imoinda at School of the Arts in Rochester, NY. He is a member of several professional organizations, serves on the board of ‘Friends of School of the Arts’ and has been the educational chair on The Commission Project, Rochester International Jazz Festival and the Wilson Commencement Park Jazz for the Park committees. Alan is currently the Assistant Principle for Arts Instruction at the Rochester City School of the Arts.

Skype, I hear you say!!

This week has been filled with difficulties. Trying to arrange video conferencing for some of our speakers and at the moment it's looking like we may have to use Skype ....

I'm beginning to worry about quality issues in relation to visual/sound!!

Just hope that the technology will work out for us. At least we will be undertaking a dummy run.

Friday, 9 October 2009

Video Conferencing - What's that?

Our Video Conference training session has now been confirmed. I'm so excited!!!!

Thursday, 8 October 2009

It's Been a Long time .....

Well, the last few months have been really hectic for me. Trying to balance my PhD work and organise this event proved to be much harder than I thought.

My fellow project Team members have been extremely quiet over the summer period but now that the Autumn Term has started we are back on track. It is surprising how quickly things can be done when they have to be .....

Our web site is now up and running and can be found at www.gold.ac.uk/wow

We have a wonderful artist/designer who has been kind enough to design the posters and postcards for our event and for this we are extremely grateful. We have managed to secure speakers from Greece, Italy and New York. and are extremely excited at the way in which our event is shaping up.

Confirmed speakers:

Dr Joan Anim-Addo (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Dr Giovanna Covi, (University of Trento, Italy)
Dr Raimi Gbadomsi (Artist and Curator, London)
Dr Mina Karavanta (University of Athens, Greece)
Professor Maria Helena Lima (SUNY Geneseo, USA)
Professor Glenn L. McClure (Composer, SUNY Geneseo, USA)

Our one-day workshop will truly be an interactive and exciting event.