Talks

October 24, 2018
3:00 – 4:30 pm
Buchanan Tower, Rm. #799

FHIS Research Seminar: “The Emotions: a Non-Linear History”
Jo Labanyi, New York University

Abstract – The relatively new field of the history of the emotions has made us aware that feelings, and the way they are conceptualized, are culturally specific. But this is a layered history of overlaps between emotional regimes that belong to different time frames and of returns, in new contexts, to ways of thinking about feeling from the past. The talk will consider how the history of the emotions can help us appreciate the non-linearity of historical processes.

Bio – Dr. Jo Labanyi is Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. She is a specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish literature, cinema and visual culture. She has also worked in gender studies, popular culture, and memory in relation with the Spanish Civil War. Notable among her many publications are Constructing Identity in Contemporary Spain: Theoretical Debates and Cultural Practice (Oxford University Press, 2002), Gender and Modernization in the Spanish Realist Novel (Oxford University Press, 2000 – published in Spanish as Género y modernización en la novela realista espanyola, Cátedra, 2011) and is joint author of Engaging the Emotions in Spanish Culture and History (Vanderbilt University Press, 2016).

Presented by the Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies, in partnership with the Peter Wall Institute and the Institute for European Studies.


January 24, 2019
12:30 – 2:30 pm
Buchanan Tower, Rm. #997

CENES Department’s Ziegler Lecture Series: “The Legacy of Bambule (1970): On the Perils of the Memory Culture of the German ’68 Movement”
Andreas Stuhlmann, University of Alberta

Abstract – The fiftieth anniversary of the events of 1968 and the fortieth anniversary of the crisis of the so-called ‘Deutsche Herbst’ (German Autumn) of 1977/78 have rekindled interest in the history of the TV drama Bambule (Riot). It is the story of rebellion in an institution for girls. It was a joint project of director Eberhard Itzenplitz and journalist Ulrike Meinhof, but it never aired until 1994. The talk will focus the work on a critical edition of Bambule, including the other adaptation of the script.

Bio – Dr. Andreas Stuhlmann joined the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta after teaching Modern German Literature and Media Culture at University College Cork in Ireland and the University of Hamburg. His research interests include critical theory, exile literature and migration, dispositive and genre, literary polemics, German-Jewish cultural history, among his latest publication are articles and book chapters on Jewish Avenger characters, Hannah Arendt, Bert Brecht, Douglas Sirk, and Egon Monk.

Presented by the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies in partnership with the Institute for European Studies. 


February 12, 2019
12:15-1:45 pm
Buchanan Penthouse in Buchanan C

The Peter Wall Institute and the IES Present: “Political Crisis and the Changing Model of French Capitalism”
Bruno Amable, University of Geneva

Abstract – In the 2010s, France was in a situation of systemic crisis, namely, the impossibility for political leadership to find a strategy of institutional change, or more generally a model of capitalism, that could gather sufficient social and political support. Prof. Amable examines the various attempts at reforming the French model since the 1980s, when the left tried briefly to orient the French political economy in a social democratic/socialist direction before changing course and opting for a more
orthodox macroeconomic and structural policy direction.

Bio – Bruno Amable has been a professor at the University of Geneva since August 2016. He was previously professor of economics at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is a recognized specialist in the various forms of capitalism, institutions and their influence on innovation and industry. He has published numerous contributions on the interactions between globalization, industrial policy and technical progress. In recent years, Mr. Amable has been expanding his interests in labour markets, European structural reforms and employment policy.


February 14, 2019
12:15-1:45 pm
Buchanan Penthouse in Buchanan C

The Peter Wall Institute and the IES Present:“The Rise and Impact of Yellow Vests in France
Bruno Amable, University of Geneva

Abstract – After 18 months in office, Emmanuel Macron faces a massive protest movement that he certainly did not anticipate: the so-called Gilets jaunes (yellow vests). There are many apparent paradoxes in this movement, whose duration and intensity contradicts the seemingly unimportant topic that started it: an increase in the petrol tax. In this talk, Prof. Amable will elucidate these paradoxes by considering the particular narrowness of the social base of Emmanuel Macron’s power, contrasting with the radicality of the neoliberal reform program he is implementing. The ambiguity of the movement will also be addressed: does this movement mark the beginning of a French tea party or an anti-neoliberal revolution?

Bio – Bruno Amable has been a professor at the University of Geneva since August 2016. He was previously professor of economics at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is a recognized specialist in the various forms of capitalism, institutions and their influence on innovation and industry. He has published numerous contributions on the interactions between globalization, industrial policy and technical progress. In recent years, Mr. Amable has been expanding his interests in labour markets, European structural reforms and employment policy.


March 14, 2019
12:30 – 2:30 pm
Buchanan Tower, Rm. #997

CENES Department’s Ziegler Lecture Series: “H. G. Wells and Early Soviet Science Fiction”
Galya Diment, University of Washington

Abstract – The talk will be based on the volume Diment is editing for Anthem Press, H.G. Wells and All Things Russian. One of the most fascinating aspects of Wells’s relationship with Russia is his rather outsized influence on Soviet science fiction. The talk will pay particular attention to the impact the English writer had on Alexander Belyaev, a pioneer of sci fi in the USSR, author of Professor Dowell’s Head (1925) and The Amphibian Man (1928). Wells and Belyaev met during Wells’s visit to the Soviet Union in 1934.

Bio – Dr. Galya Diment is a Professor in the Slavic Department, Thomas L. & Margo G. Wyckoff Endowed Faculty Fellow, and Joff Hanauer Distinguished Professor in Western Civilization at the University of Washington. She is known for her work in Russian Jewish Studies and Anglo-Russian connections as well as her expertise on Nabokov and Goncharov. Her current project is a study of H.G. Wells and Russia.

Presented by the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies in partnership with the Institute for European Studies.