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  • SCLA Virtual Hour

    The graduate program Studies in Comparative Literatures and Art invites prospective students to join SCLA’s Virtual Hour on Wednesday November 24, 2021 (2:00-3:00 pm).

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  • The Studies in Comparative Literature and Arts program at Brock University invites proposals for its graduate symposium to be held March 5th, 2022 on the theme of “Pressures.”

    The Studies in Comparative Literature and Arts program at Brock University invites proposals for
    its graduate symposium to be held March 5th, 2022 on the theme of “Pressures.”

    The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has compounded many of the everyday pressures we live with.
    For young people in particular, symptoms of anxiety and depression stemming from uncertainty,
    and insecurity have risen dramatically, even with the partial reopening of the world’s economies.
    In Weariness of the Self Alain Ehrenberg writes about the increasing rates of depression in
    contemporary societies, and attributes thisto the constant pressure to “measure up.” In The Burn
    Out Society, Byung-Chul Han explores the paradox of individual freedom in late capitalist society
    where discipline has been internalized and transformed into a subject’s constant self-pressuring
    to perform and achieve.
    Nevertheless, pressure is often the catalyst for creation. The “need for” can be triggered by a
    variety of pressures from within artists (their drives and psyches) as well as from their lived
    environments. This can vary from trauma and psychological problems to oppression from
    authority that distort and control writers, artists, and other creatives. The literature of
    displacement caused by war offers an example of creation under collective pressure. Can art be
    created in the absence of pressure? What other aesthetic and artistic trends can be traced back
    to times of cultural pressure? How does aesthetic production respond to current global
    pressures? Which artistic responses are being created out of our needs to respond to pressure
    and traumas of the past?
    Socially conscious artists are responding to a growing planetary catastrophe. While society faces
    growing pressure from an existential crisis requiring a global effort to avoid environmental
    destruction, we ask what contributions are being made by artiststo the cause today? Sound artist
    Kevin Curtis Norcross addresses the problematic nature of working within the Anthropocene
    through his “sound works,” for example. How affective is art in increasing and mobilizing public
    awareness? Are there aesthetic responses from the Indigenous cultures of Canada that offer new
    perspectives for settler-colonial society?
    Finally, pressure as a generative source can be into extended to an array of discussions, both
    actual and potential. There are ways in which pressure, as a physical phenomenon, is productive.
    A diamond, for example, only begins to form under 725,000 pounds of pressure per square inch.
    Conceptually, obligation can take the form of the pressure to decide, resulting in action. In both
    cases, pressure is the catalyst for the transformation from one form to another. Pressure, then,
    is not static, but a continuous exertion of force against an object or boundary. There is a spatiotemporal element to pressure, as it moves through time and space in both an actual and/or
    virtual way. The concept of pressure as a hermeneutic object opens questions such as: Is pressure
    ever completely released? Does pressure create something come from nothing? In what
    circumstances does pressure lead to freedom?

    Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
    – Societal vs individual pressure
    – The pressure to perform
    – Depressurizing
    – Tangible and intangible pressure
    – Pressure of productivity / productive pressure
    – Pressures and social media
    – Pressures on/of the environment
    – Geological pressure
    – “Under Pressure”
    – Discipline and pressure
    – Releasing pressure and the carnivalesque

    Please send abstracts of 200-250 words maximum along with a 50-word bio to pressures2022@gmail.com by 15 December 2021

    Categories: Colloquia

  • Display Case Contest

    Contest sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (MLLC): 

    All students are welcome to find the answers to the following questions, which are based on the posters on display both in the library near the Ask Us desk and in the Thistle corridor outside of the library!

    1]  Find a composer and provide his name, as well as the name of one of his compositions.

    2] Find a Surrealist painter and provide his name, as well as the title of one of his paintings.

    3] Find a philosopher who was also a prolific author and provide his name as well as one of his famous quotes.

    4] Find one of the most well-known symbols of an ancient Empire and state what it represents.

    Hint: each image is located in one of the four language groups on the posters respectively.  You may use a search engine as an aid.

    The first correct respondent will receive a cash credit on their Brock card!  Please send your responses to: dbielicki@brocku.ca by Friday, October 15.

     

  • Haiku Contest!

    Submit a “Haiku” in English that expresses how you feel about the language(s) that you are studying in MLLC! Please include your Haiku within the body of your email to dbielicki@brocku.ca by Thursday, Oct. 7. Winners will receive cash credit on their Brock Card!

    Although a Haiku is an unrhymed poetic form consisting of 17 syllables arranged in three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively, we will adhere to a (much) looser structure!  Purists are welcome to follow a stricter format.

    Sample:
       Travelling the Globe
    Exploring, Laughing, Learning,
    Simply to Grow

    K. M-Fotovat

    Please include your permission to post your poem in a public space.

     

  • MLLC Meet and Greet

    Meet and Greet-2021-final

  • Brock grad shares passion for Paris on Foreword podcast

    Brock grad shares passion for Paris on Foreword podcast

     

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  • Brock students provincially recognized for preserving Italian immigrant stories

    The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures is pleased to announce that students Daniella Pace, Elizabeth Colantoni and Sam Caravaggio won the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Youth Achievement and Young Leaders. The archival work was initially conducted in ITAL/CANA 2P98: Italians in Canada and Italy-Canada Relations, with the guidance of their instructor Teresa Russo.

    Brock students provincially recognized for preserving Italian immigrant stories

    More information about their specific projects can be found at:
    https://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/pages/programs/recognition-programs/2020-recipients

    https://www.italianheritage.ca/list-of-projects/immigration-in-the-niagra-peninsula-st-catharines/#:~:text=Archival%20Research%20of%20Italian-Canadian%20Immigration%20and%20Culture%20(founded,Canada,%20Italian%20heritage%20and%20traditions,%20and%20Italian-Canadian%20Contributions

     

     

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  • Brock News: Tennis talk continues webinar series, Dec 2

    Tennis talk continues webinar series

     

  • SCLA Virtual Hour, Tuesday 24 November 2020 (2-3pm)

    SCLA Virtual Hour, Tuesday 24 November 2020 (2-3pm)

    The graduate program Studies in Comparative Literatures and Art invites prospective students to join SCLA’s Virtual Hour on Tuesday 24 November 2020 (2-3 pm).

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  • Watch the panel discussion on soccer in Ontario with Paul Stalteri and Carmelina Moscato

    Panel Discussion on Soccer in Ontario