DELC Research Seminar Series 2021-22
A free series of co-created events on the theme of Decolonising Minds and Methods.
The DELC Research Seminar Series (DRSS) encourages collaboration and coproduction between staff and students across European Languages and Cultures and beyond.
Each series is designed on a transversal exploration of a common theme bringing together participants as teamed guest speakers, respondents, workshop and roundtable leaders, Q&A moderators, and event organisers.
The theme we have chosen for this year's Series is Decolonising Minds and Methods. We wanted to celebrate the colleagues who have recently joined us by inviting them to be our series leaders and help us shape the reflection on the challenges and opportunities that come with a radical rethinking of the ways we operate as educators and learners.
How to join
Events are free and open to all. No booking is required.
In the interests of audience and speaker wellbeing during COVID-19, and in line with our sustainability objectives, they will be held online using Microsoft Teams.
Joining links are included in each individual series listing.
Staff and Committee Members
Katie Fleming (French)
Peter Davies (German)
Inma Sanchéz-Garcia (Intermediality)
Isabel Seguí (Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies)
Katie Hawthorne (PhD candidate, German)
Emanuela Patti (Italian)
Ruairidh Tarvet (Scandinavian Studies)
Barbara Tesio-Ryan (Comparative Literature)
Lara Ryazanova-Clarke (Russian Studies)
Angelos Theocharis (PhD candidate, Russian Studies)
DRSS Logo Design
Getting to take part in a workshop where we had to create our own exhibit with some beautiful Italian Art was a brilliant experience. Hearing from Giuliana Pieri about what her line of work is was most interesting. She is so passionate about Italian art and culture, it only inspired us, and so getting to try and create our own exhibition and presentation was incredibly rewarding
I found the Making of Modern Italy: Art and Design in the Early 1960s an unexpected and fascinating experience. I knew from the beginning that the presentation would peak my interests, as fashion is my main (and only) hobby outside of being a student, but the seminar turned out to be much different than I expected. Instead of a two hour talk about Italy, I was excited to learn that Giuliana had just finished an exhibition and that we would be working closely with her material to create our own exhibition of her work.
The task of transferring a pile of images into a cohesive and comprehensive exhibit (with a presentation to the rest of the workshop group) in the space of about an hour was really rewarding. As someone who has curated an exhibition of my own art previously, it was fun to study the content in front of us from an objective point of view and turn it into an exhibit.
For our group we were tasked with creating a display surrounding the artworks of Piero Fornasetti. We specifically focused on his famous plates which featured opera singer Lina Cavalieri in various forms. Inspired by the shape of the plates, we decided to arrange the photographs in an asymmetrical circle around an original photo of Lina Cavalieri. We did this in order to show the importance of the opera singer and to make evident that she was a great muse for Fornasetti.
Are you interested in studying European Languages and Cultures?
Our interdisciplinary environment brings together specialists in nine European languages, and the many cultures worldwide in which they're spoken, with experts in film, literature, theatre, translation and intermediality. Working with colleagues elsewhere in LLC, and across the wider University, we are able to support research which crosses boundaries between disciplines and/or languages.