Feb 13-17: World and Comparative Literature Conference, "Literary Imaginary and the Poetics of Truth"
Presented by the School of International Letters & Cultures' Romanian language and culture program, the conference will explore different approaches to the specific competences of comparatism (world and comparative literature) today. These lectures continue and extend the exchanges between the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York and its academic partners, the Babes-Bolyai University and Arizona State University. The following organizations have generously supported this conference: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the department of English, Universitatea Babes-Bolyai; the Central European Cultural Collaborative; the Romanian Language Institute; and the Honorary Consultate General of Romania in Arizona. For more information, visit the event web page for each of the following:
Feb 13, 12-2 p.m., LL316
Corin Braga will present, "Ernest Sabato, The Blindness Complex" (event webpage)
Feb 14, 12-1:15 p.m., Discovery 150 Ruxandra Cesereanu will present, "'Saint" Mikhail Afanasyevich Bulgakov and 'the Demons' of his Time: Bulgakov's Diary vis-a-vis the Master and Margarita" (event webpage)
Feb 15, 12-2 p.m., LL316 Stefan Borbely will present, "The Literary Pursuits of a Historian of Religions: The Case of Ioan Petru Culianu" (event webpage)
Feb 16, 12-1:15 p.m., Coor 199 Doru Pop will present, "Reading Literature through Cinematic Devices: Peter Esterhazy's 'She Loves Me'" (event webpage)
Feb 17, 12-2 p.m., LL316 Horea Poenar will present, "The Life of Fiction: Hemingway's Literary Continuity" (event webpage)
Feb 17, 3:30-5 p.m., LL316 Cornel Vilcu will present, "Thomas Mann: Reflections of Time" (event webpage)
Thu, Feb 16: Robert C. Staley Distinguished Visiting Professor in East Asian Studies, "Negotiating the Nimble Leninist State: Vietnam and China's Fragile Nongovernmental Organizations and the Governments They Face"
7:00 pm, Wrigley Hall 101
The School of International Letters and Cultures is proud to again host this year's Robert C. Staley Distinguished Visiting Professor in East Asian Studies lecture featuring Mark Sidel, Doyle-Bascom Professor of law and public policy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sidel's teaching, writing and research interests focus on Asian law, comparative law, law and development, human trafficking and the nonprofit sector, and philanthropy in Asia and in the United States. For more information, visit the event webpage. [download flyer]
Fri-Sat, Feb 17-18: First Annual Hispanic & Luso-Brazilian Linguistics Conference
G. Homer Durham Languages & Literatures Building, 1st floor and lower level
The School of International Letters & Cultures Spanish linguistics faculty and students will host this event, co-sponsored by the Graduate and Professional Student Association, the Center for Jewish Studies, and the Department of English. Keynote speakers are John M. Lipski, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Spanish & Linguistics at Pennsylvania State University, and Robert Blake, Professor of Spanish and Director of the UC Consortium for Language Learning and Teaching at the University of California, Davis. There will also be a series of student presentations. For more information and the program schedule, visit the conference website. [download flyer]
Wed, Feb 15: Portuguese Fado Singer Ana Moura
7:00 pm, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, 480-216-4550
Ana Moura's luxuriant voice and passionate stage presence have won her an international following that includes the Rolling Stones and Prince! The Portuguese superstar and fado singer pours her heart and soul into the beautiful, haunting music that, like North American blues, originally served to help relieve the day-to-day pain of the poor and working class. For more information, including ticket prices and performance videos, visit the MIM website.
SWCOLT/AZLA Conference Scholarships Available for Language Educators
SWCOLT Conference is April 12-14, 2012 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel, Phoenix, AZ
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), in collaboration with the Southwest Council on Language Teaching (SWCOLT), is offering scholarships for two Arizona world language educators to attend the upcoming SWCOLT/AZLA Conference in Phoenix. The awards cover the $150 conference registration fee as well as the $140 fee for an OPI Familiarization Workshop on April 15th. To attend OPI, you must register separately for OPI with ACTFL, and you must register for SWCOLT before March 15th. Candidates for the scholarship must not have attended a SWCOLT conference in the last three years, must be a member of SWCOLT 2012 as well as a current member of his/her state world language association. To be considered for a scholarship, submit a brief letter of application, stating why attending the the conference is an important opportunity for you, to Jocelyn Raught by February 25th, 2012. For more information, visit the conference website or contact Kathleen Backalukas.
Fri, Apr 13, 2012:Call for Participants - Japan in Global Contexts: Writing, Translating and Print Culture in Japan and East Asia
1-5 p.m., Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix, AZ
As part of the three-year project funded by the Japan Foundation, the purpose of this professional-development workshop is to strengthen relationships among the various Phoenix-metro institutions that teach courses or preserve documents or artifacts connected with Japan and the Japan diaspora. Conference organizers seek 20-minute presentations on aspects of writing, translation or publishing connected with Japan in particular and Asia in general. "Translation" may be between languages or media. There is no restriction to time or historical period. ASU faculty are encouraged to participate, in order to strengthen relationships among Asia faculty in the state of Arizona. Please send a short proposal by March 1, 2012 to Sybil Thornton in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at ASU.
Oct 4-6, 2012: Ventura Pons - The Unconventional Gaze of Catalan Cinema"
University of Colorado, Denver
The University of Colorado is now accepting abstracts in English, Catalan or Spanish for the upcoming international conference on Catalan film director Ventura Pons. Papers are welcome from any theoretical perspective and may examine any aspect of Ventura Pons' films. In addition to the distinguished presence of Pons himself, the conference will include the participation of Esteve Riambau, director of Catalonian film archives, and Joan Roman Resina, director of the Stanford Iberian Studies program. Deadline for submission of abstracts is April 15, 2012. Email your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit the conference website. [Download Call for Papers]
Mon, Feb 20: Film screening: Nur noch ein Gott kann uns retten (Only a God can Save Us)
6:30-9:30 pm, LL 02
Martin Heidegger is considered to be one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century, yet much of his philosophy is shrouded in confusion and controversy. His appalling and enthusiastic support for National Socialism poses some serious quesions about Heidegger's thought in particular and philosophy in general. We he, as many believe, the most profound thinker of the 20th century? Or, was he a petty bourgeois from the province whose thought sprung from the Blut und Boden (blood and soil) of the humble origins of his conservative Catholic youth? Or both? For more information, see the event webpage. [Download flyer]
Wed, Feb 22: Italian Reception
2:30-4:00 pm, LL 165
Would you like to become proficient in Italian? Live in Italy? Study or work in Italy? Then join the School of International Letters & Cultures Italian program for a good cup of espresso, dolci (sweets) and information about SILC's Italian language and culture program, ASU's summer Study Abroad program in Florence, Italy, the Italian Club and Cineclub activities, and much more! [event webpage] [download flyer]
Thu, Feb 23: School of International Letters & Cultures Language Fair
9:00 am-3:00 pm, Memorial Union, second floor
That buzz coming from the Memorial Union will undoubtedly be the 2,000 Arizona high school foreign language students attending the School of International Letters & Cultures' Annual High School Language Fair! The fair offers high school students an opportunity to visit the ASU campus for a lively day of language competitions, readings, games, dances, films, exhibits, entertainment and even a cross-cultural scavenger hunt. For complete information about the day's activities, visit the Language Fair website.
Fri-Sat, Feb 24-25: 2012 Women in French Conference, "Crossing Boundaries - French and Francophone Women in Literature & Science, Culture & the Arts
8 a.m.-6 p.m., Memorial Union, 2nd floor
The School of International Letters & Cultures French language program is hosting the 2012 Women in French conference. The conference theme is intended to showcase the influence, representation, presence and achievement of French and Francophone women from the Middle Ages through the 21st Century. The keynote speaker will be Martine Reid, Professor of French at the Université de Lille 3. For complete conference information, please visit the 2012 Women in French conference website.
Wed, Feb 29: Blaxploitation Italian Style: Exhuming and Consuming the Colonial Black Venus in 1970s Cinema in Italy
3 p.m., WGHL 201
Guest speaker Rosetta Giuliani Caponetto will discuss how director Luigi Scattini's 1970s Blaxploitation trilogy - which established model Zeudi Araya as an erotic icon in Italian culture - taps into the social and political crises of 1970s Italy. Caponetto will also explore how the notion of cannibalism applies to the movie trilogy in terms of the associations between black femininity and anthropophagy, as well as the scopophilic relationship between Italian male spectators and the female black body. Caponetto is an assistant professor of Italian at Auburn University. This talk is sponsored by the School of International Letters & Cultures Italian language program, African and African American Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Film and Media Studies.
[event webpage] [download flyer]
Culture and Text in Contemporary León, Spain
June 24-July 21, 2012; Application deadline is March 1, 2012
Summer is around the corner, so it's time to start planning your 2012 Study Abroad program! The León, Spain program is four-weeks, focusing on Spanish language, literature and culture. The four weeks are spent in the city of León, with a weekend field trip to Barcelona to discover some of the city's most admired architecture, painting, and cultural achievements by figures such as Gaudi and Picasso. For more information, including eligibility requirements and deadline for applying to the program, visit the Study Abroad website. [download flyer]
ASU Critical Languages Institute offers funding for summer courses and study-abroad programs
ASU offers funding for undergraduate and graduate students to study selected languages in intensive summer courses and study-abroad programs organized by the ASU Critical Languages Institute (CLI). Undergraduates may apply for Melikian Scholar Awards, which cover tuition, academic fees, and up to $3,000 toward CLI study-abroad programs. Melikian Scholars Awards are available for students of Armenian, Tajik, Tatar, or Uzbek, or advanced Russian. Graduate students may apply for Title VIII Fellowships, which cover tuition, academic fees and stipends ranging from $325 to $2775. Title VIII Fellowships are available to students of Tatar, Tajik, Armenian, Macedonian, Uzbek, Albanian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, and advanced levels of Russian. For eligibility information, competition guidelines, and application forms, visit the Critical Languages Institute website.