Full Calendar of Postgraduate Research Seminars Michaelmas Term 2020

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A series of reading groups, discussions and academic papers organised by postgraduate students of American Literature. All welcome.

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Drama and Performance

The Drama & Performance seminar series aims to explore questions of performance within theatrical contexts both contemporary and historical, with a special emphasis on ideas of the dramatic and performance in practice.

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18th Century and Romatic Literature

The Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Seminar is a research forum for those interested in the literature and culture of the period 1660 to 1830. It welcomes postgraduate students and teaching and research staff both from around Cambridge University (be that the English Faculty or other departments) and from beyond. Students and academics of all kinds, from postdoctoral researchers to professors, present papers for round-table discussion over drinks.

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The History of Material Texts

The seminar in the history of material texts is a forum for research across disciplines and across periods, for all those interested in the history of the book, bibliography, histories and theories of reading, and the intersections between intellectual history and material culture, including the creation, production, publication, distribution, reception, transmission, editing and subsequent history of texts as material objects in manuscript, print, digital media or other forms.

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Twentieth Century and Contemporary Literature

The Twentieth Century and Contemporary Postgraduate Seminar is a forum for scholars to present research on aspects of literature and culture in this century and last. While the seminar serves as a testing ground for new ideas that push against the expectations of period and discipline, it is also home to our lively community of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers, providing a valuable resource within the Faculty.

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Cambridge Society for Neo-Latin Studies Seminar

The seminar brings together scholars and students interested in any aspect of Latin in the postclassical world, whether this is imaginative literature in Latin, or Latin as the primary language of intellectual exchange in premodern periods, and its sundry interactions with the vernaculars. In its new home under the English Faculty’s sponsorship, the seminar aims to offer a space for thinking in particular about English writing and cultural practice against the broader multilingual canvas of culture within, across, and beyond premodern Europe.

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Queer Cultures

Broadly historicist in approach, the Queer Cultures Research Seminar is intended to complement the recently established Cambridge Queer Theory Reading Group, providing an interdisciplinary forum for discussion between visiting academics, faculty members and postgraduate students across the arts and humanities. The seminar is dedicated to broadening the remit of contemporary queer studies, aiming to attract those interested in sexuality and gender studies, but also those with a particular interest in deviant, covert and criminal cultures, in the aesthetics of transgression, in illicit discourses, and, more broadly, in what Christopher Isherwood once termed ‘the market value of the Odd.’

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Song Seminar

Our regular lunchtime seminar fosters cross-disciplinary conversations about songs – their forms, functions, relations, histories – and about the poets, composers, songwriters, and performers who make them. We consider songs of all periods and traditions, and try to feature live performances when we can.

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