On April 17-18, St. Petersburg, Russia, gathered over eighty students and young scholars from Bard-affiliated institutions for a two-day assembly across disciplines. With “Science and Technology through the Prism of Humanities” as its “umbrella topic”, the Fourth Smolny Annual International Student Conference was held at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of the St.
The Student Action & Youth Leadership Conference in Istanbul, Turkey brought together people from all over the world to the only city in the world that stretches on two continents – Europe and Asia. Although the busy schedule at the conference left us with little time to go out and explore the city, I had firmly
On April 27 Madalina Rosca, Sarah Junghans and I journeyed to Kyrgyzstan to attend the international student conference on Freedom and Responsibility organized by the American University of Central Asia (AUCA). Although free, responsible and legally aged, we didn’t go alone. Bartholomew Ryan and Bruno Macaes also came, to offer us their support and expertise.
In 1966, Romania’s dictator Nicolae Ceausescu issued the 770 Decree, and with it an entire generation came into being; a generation subsumed under the derisory name of “The Decree Generation”. The general prohibition of abortion, along with the lack of availability of contraception, represented an extension of state power into the intimate realm of the
The end of the Annual Conference 2010 brought us Bruno Macaes’ seminar “The Novel in New Lands,” analyzing the topic of cultural exchange by looking at a particular cultural referent: how national heritage and habits in literary production remain sovereign over the foreign influences they receive. Bruno argued that the History of Literature shouldn’t think
What does it mean to say that the subject of psychoanalysis is the ‘the soul’ rather than ‘the mind’? On Thursday 11th February, students met for the seminar ‘Freud in English: A Case Study of Translation’, as part of ECLA’s Annual Conference 2010. Led by ECLA faculty member Dr. Ewa Atanassow, the group involved discussion
ECLA’s fifth Annual Conference kicked off with a lecture titled “Truthful Mediators, Thieves, or Tricksters? – Translator Figures in Fiction” from guest lecturer Dr. Sabine Strümper-Krobb. The lecture concerned her work on the role of translators in fiction. Dr. Strümper-Krobb raised several provocative questions. What are the ethics of translation? To what degree is the
On Thursday 11th February, the Annual Conference 2010 hosted a new guest: Carl Henrik Fredriksson came from Vienna to speak about the translator’s political and cultural context. Reflecting on the question “how much in common must a community have?” seminar participants embarked on a two-hour discussion of the European public sphere. Fredriksson is Co-Founder and