IMLR Graduate Forum

IMLR Graduate Forum
26 November 2019, 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Research Training
Room 234, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

The IMLR Graduate Forum is a friendly and informal space to meet other MA, PhD and PostDoc researchers, 
share your ideas and work-in-progress and get constructive feedback from peers across languages and institutions. 

All presentations are followed by a Q&A with free wine and nibbles.

Session 1: Translation of the human

1. Katerina Pavlidi 'Turning the reader into a spectator: Textual bodies in Vladimir Sorokin’s and Dmitrii Prigov's works'

Although the Russian postmodernist author, Vladimir Sorokin, declares that the exploration of the
boundaries between bodiliness (telesnost’) and text is fundamental for his works, the research on
the interplay between these two realms is limited. In this context, is the examination of the
relationship between text and bodiliness a distinctive characteristic of Sorokin’s works, or is it a
manifestation of a broader tendency within Moscow Conceptualism to which Sorokin belonged?
The exploration of the relationship between text and bodiliness is also an exploration of the
relationship between bodiliness and the material that produces the text per se—language.
In this paper, I examine a set of Sorokin’s works, produced during the late Soviet period, alongside
with those of Dmitrii Prigov and I argue that the two writers create a language based in its
materiality by deploying the visuality of the written word. Language ceases to be an abstract system
of signs that communicates meanings and it allows the transformation of letters, words and slogans
into textual bodies. Drawing on Boris Groys’s, Mikhail Epstein’s and Jean-Luc Nancy's theories, I
examine what the stress on the materiality of language meant in the context of the late Soviet
Union. Finally, I show that the transformation of language into a system of self-sufficient signs
based in their materiality constitutes an embryonic stage of what in Sorokin’s later works will be
developed into textual theatricality that goes hand in hand with the amalgamation of bodiliness and

2. Francisca Stutzin 'Drugs don't work in patients who don't take them'

The combination of a large burden of chronic disease and low rates of long-term treatment adherence raises significant problems in terms of morbidity and premature deaths. This presentation contributes to bridging the gap between the potential of highly effective medical treatments and their actual impact on people’s lives. By looking at the particular kind of challenge that adhering to long-term treatment for chronic diseases implies at an individual level and stressing the importance of chronicity as a particular way of long duration of disease for the experience of chronic illness, this presentation will introduce an original conceptual framework of the psycho-emotional impact of chronicity in illness that applies academic literature on the experience of illness to the specific case of chronic diseases. People living with chronic conditions are argued to condense the experiences of struggling to continue belonging to the social world as they fail to recover from illness; of being at a loss regarding how to continue living; and breaking-up with their previous favoured healthy body-self, which describes a particularly difficult subjective position to adjust to the demands of long-term treatment. In this way, this work contributes to understanding the persistent outcomes of poor self-management and adherence to long-term treatment in chronic diseases, which render highly effective treatments significantly less promising. 

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