Welcome to the IMLR Graduate Forum. This forum is run by and for graduate students from the Colleges and Institutes in and around London, working on any cultural aspect of those parts of the world where Germanic or Romance languages are spoken (including Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish and many more).

Graduate students from departments other than Modern Languages (e.g. Anthropology, History, History of Art, Film and Media, etc.) and students working on comparative projects involving one or more Germanic or Romance language are particularly welcome to join the group to develop interdisciplinary links.

Forum members meet once a month during term-time to share and discuss their work in an informal setting, and invites students to present their research and host film screenings, reading groups and workshops. As well as stimulating intellectual debate, the Forum is a great social occasion, giving students, from their first year to the writing-up stage, from different departments across Greater London, a rare opportunity to meet and be inspired by each other’s work.


Meetings are held at Senate House, on the following Thursdays, from 18:00 to 19:30. 

Thursday, 12 October 2017, in Room 234
Trans-Epochal and Trans-Cultural Contaminations
Paolo Gattavari (UCL): Lucian and the Tradition of Allegorical Fights in Renaissance Literature
Marco Malvestio (Padua): Nazi imagery and Second World War in the Work of Roberto Bolaño

Thursday, 16 November 2017, in Room 234
Perspectives on Medieval and Renaissance Literature and Culture
Manuel Magán Abollo (Madrid/Warburg Institute): Some Ideas of Geography and Space in the Cantigas of Santa Maria
Vittoria Fallanca (Oxford): The Design of Montaigne's Essais

Thursday, 7 December 2017, in Room G21a
Dismantling Myths: Re-examining the Authorial Voice
Nicole Robertson (UCL): Battle with a Myth: Putting Schnitzler on a London Stage
Luke Warde (Cambridge): 'J’écrit comme je parle’: Céline’s Voice, the Célinean Voice
Charlotte Thevenet (UCL): Deconstruction as a Practice of Parody

Thursday, 11 January 2018, in Room 234
Narratives of Loss, Trauma and Migration
Caterina Scarabicchi (Royal Holloway, London): Re-elaborating the Migrant’s Story: Visions of Mediterranean Mobilities in Terraferma and Eden à l’Ouest
Claire Amanda Ross (Washington/Hamburg) : Ancestral Narratives and Non-dits in Selam Berlin (2003)
Henrietta Lebeter (Royal Holloway, London) : Memorials of Absence: ‘Lost Footage’ in Leïla Sebbar’s La Seine était rouge (1999)

Thursday, 8 February 2018, in Room 234
Literature and its Others: Plural Arts and Mythification
Josh Torabi (UCL): The Pact: Music and Myth in Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus
Nicole Maniero (Cambridge): Difficult Things: The Mythopoetic Power of Objects in Italo Calvino’s Shorter Fiction
Daniela Shalom Vagata (Bologna): In the Name of Hebe: The 'Art of Dance' in Ugo Foscolo’s Le Grazie

Thursday, 8 March 2018, in Room 234
Making Space: Perspectives on Modernity, Gender and Avantgarde
Marta Riccobono (Pisa/Cambridge): Classical Echoes and Gender Identity in the Political Verses of Female Sicilian Writers of the Risorgimento (1840-1870)
Alessandra Rosati (Goldsmiths, London): Gendered Spaces of Modernity: Woman and the City in 1920s' and 1930s' Europe
Emily Fitzell (Cambridge): Nude Descending a (Miniature) Staircase: Duchamp and the Stettheimer Dollhouse
Rossella Maria Bondi (Oxford Brookes): In the Proximity of Futurism: Savinio and Apollinaire Between Rupture and Tradition

Thursday, 12 April 2018, in Room 246
The Quest For Meaning between Science and Religion
Chiara Bechis (Royal Holloway, London): The 'Quest for Meaning': Tasso’s Religious Anxiety and Spiritual Research in the Last Decade of his Life and Production (1585-1595)
Marie C. Chabbert (Oxford): Religion at the Limits of Epistemological Reason: Deconstructing Religious Truth-Claim and the Notion of Belief with Georges Bataille and Jean-Luc Nancy
Sarah Goeth (Hamburg) : Novalis’ Concept of Analogy as Mediation between Science and Aesthetic
Letizia Cristina Margiotta (Salento):  Science and the Mysteries of Existence: Some Literary Examples of Chemists in Pirandello and Balzac

Thursday, 10 May 2018, in Room 243
Questions of Racism and Belonging in a (Post-)Human World
Margaret May (IMLR, London) : Links between Domestic Objects and Identity in Early and Late 20th-century German Jewish Fiction
Sean Matharoo (California, Riverside/Ghent, Belgium) : Eco-Racial Realism in French and American Cosmic Horror
Alexandre Leskanich (Royal Holloway, London) : Human Homelessness in the ‘Anthropocene’

Abstracts / Speaker Biographies


The Team

The Graduate Forum Team includes graduate students from different institutions around London and further afield.

Contact: forum.igrs@sas.ac.uk

Guido Bartolini is a PhD candidate in Italian Studies at Royal Holloway University of London, working on the cultural memory of the Second World War and on the literary representation of the Axis War. His areas of interest include Italian cultural history, literary theories of narrative, Fascism, representations of war and violence.

Thomas Liano is a PhD candidate in French studies at UCL working on Cixous, Genet and Roubaud at a reevaluation of the concept of failure as a way to experiment with artistic creation. He is currently looking at concepts such as boredom or deceptivity and the effects they have on the relationship between writer, narrator and reader. 

Yejun (Erica) Zou is registered as a PhD candidate in German Studies at King’s College London and the Humboldt University of Berlin, working on the articulation of women’s voice and the examination of socialist aesthetics in China and East Germany, in particular in the writings by Ding Ling and Christa Wolf. Her research interests include women’s writing, gendered subjectivity, autobiographical writings and the question of authorial voice in works by women authors.


Get Involved!

Get involved! Come along to one of the sessions to join in our discussions and find out what it’s all about. Drop us a line at forum.igrs@sas.ac.uk to join our mailing list and receive the latest updates.

If you have any questions, and/or are interested in presenting your research at one of our sessions, or in joining the team of organisers, please get in touch.
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