Conf.: Romance Languages in a Global Context, June 26, 2019, London

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The Journal of Romance Studies Annual Symposium: 'Romance Languages in a Global Context'
Date:26 June 2019, 2.00pm - 6.30pm
Venue: Gordon Room, G34, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

The Journal of Romance Studies annual symposium celebrates excellence in modern languages research with a specific focus on the romance languages. Co-ordinated by the editors of the IMLR’s in-house journal published by LUP, the symposium presents cutting-edge research from researchers in Romance Studies and Modern Languages from across the UK and beyond. 

The keynote speaker, Ruth Bush (University of Bristol), revisits the archives of two translators who worked extensively on 'classic' texts of francophone African literature – John Reed and Dorothy Blair – in order to consider contemporary translation imperatives in multilingual Senegal and Cameroon.

The event is open to all and will be followed by a wine reception.


Romance Languages in a Global Context

14:00     Romance Languages and Literatures in Africa

Chair: Hilary Owen, University of Manchester

Emanuelle Santos, University of Birmingham: ‘New words, old worlds: World(-)literature and Portuguese-speaking Africa’
Eleanor K. Jones, University of Southampton: ‘Race and the “disabled mind” in Portuguese and British colonial southern Africa’
Benita Sampedro Vizcaya, Hofstra University (New York): ‘The valences of Spanish in contemporary African literary production’

15:30     Coffee/tea break

15:45     Keynote session: Ruth Bush, University of Bristol: ‘Decolonizing Romance Languages: on the translation imperative in African literary production’

17:00     Wine reception

All are welcome to attend this free event. Places are limited so please register in advance (see website).

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