News and events

  • Experiential MLLC course aims to inspire social consciousness

    Cassey French is passionate about social advocacy.

    The recent Hispanic and Latin American Studies graduate is turning her desire to help others into both summer employment and a full-time career…. [Read the full story in the Brock News]

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  • New course for fall term 2017 — Moors, New Christians and Renegades

    Fall term 2017

    *MARS 3Q92
    Moors, New Christians, and Renegades

    Contesting identity categories resulting from exchanges and interactions of Christians and Muslims in the early modern Mediterranean world, through the study of historical and fictional primary sources.
    (also offered as SPAN 3Q92 and HIST 3Q92)

    Learn more

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  • Professor Nigel Lezama is co-organizer of Nouveau Reach: Past, Present and Future of Luxury conference

    Professor Nigel Lezama and History Professor Jessica Clark are co-organizers of the Nouveau Reach: Past, Present and Future of Luxury conference being held this week at Ryerson University. Read more about the conference in The Brock News.

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  • German student creates Spanish conversation club

    Read the full story in the Brock News.

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  • Brock radio series airing in Austria to highlight Canadian Culture

    A Brock Radio-produced series is hitting the airwaves overseas and receiving rave reviews for its efforts to highlight Canada’s rich culture.

    Catherine Parayre, Associate Professor in Studies in Arts and Culture as well as Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, has partnered with the University of Innsbruck and the Canadian Embassy in Austria to create “Kanada: Nouvelles littéraires and more.”

    Read the full story in the Brock News

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  • Issue 12.2 (2015) of Voix plurielles now online

    The December issue of Voix plurielles has just been published:

    Learn more

    For a total of 393 pages, it includes:

    • 4 dossiers – “Hommage à Alexandre Amprimoz” (Ed. S. Viselli) ; “Des animaux dans la littérature” (Ed. N. Lezama, J. Papillon, R. Penate) ; “Francophonie post-soviétique” (Ed. I. Toma) ; “La transgression” (Ed. M-N. Cocton, H. Favreau, S. Roch-Veiras)
    • 2 varia
    • 1interview with author Dany Laferrière
    • 1piece of fiction (Mona Mikael)
    • 18 book reviews (mostly Franco-Canadian fiction and criticism)

    Bonne lecture !

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  • Art-iculating the Aesthetic immanent  interdisciplinarity, critical comparativity, polemic praxis

    Saturday, March 15, 2014
    9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Alphies Trough

    Brock University’s Studies in Comparative Literature and Arts MA program presents a graduate student symposium on the art of aesthetic interpretation. The presentations will draw together a variety of theoretical modalities in a generative dialogue with a multitude of artistic mediums: poststructuralism and cultural production, postcolonialism and literature, posthumanism and cinema, psyhcoanalysis and theraputic art, memory studies and photography, and more.

    With special guest speaker: Janelle Blankenship
    A professor at the Theory and Criticism program at Western University, researching the intersections of: literary/critical theory, media histories, phenomenology, theories of temporality, nature and utopia.

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  • Em/bodying Human Rights in Testimony — Studies in Comparative Literatures and the Arts Colloquium 2014

    Thursday, 20 February, 2014
    United Nations designated World Day of Social Justice


    • David Fancy, Interim Director MA in Studies in Comparative Literatures & Arts (podcast)
    • Douglas Kneale, Dean, Faculty of Humanities (podcast)

    Introduction, Em/bodying Human Rights in Testimony; Cristina Santos

    Writing After Political Violence and Trauma (podcast)
    Nora S. Strejilevich is an Argentinean writer whose literary production is a means to “work through” the legacy of State Terrorism on the basis of her own experience as a survivor and exile. After her liberation from the concentration camp “Athletic Club” (1977) she was granted political asylum in Canada, where she completed a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature at the University of British Columbia. Between 1991 and 2006, she taught Latin American literature at several universities in North America, focusing on Human Rights and Literature.
    She has published prose, poems and essays. Her most recent book is El arte de no olvidar: literatura testimonial en Chile, Argentina y Uruguay entre los 80 y los 90 [The art of not forgetting: testimonial literature in Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay between the ’80s and ’90s] (2006). Una sola muerte numerosa (1997, 2006) has given Strejilevich international recognition. This testimonial novel was awarded the Letras de Oro National Award (US, 1996). It was translated into English (A Single Numberless Death, 2002) and was adapted to theatre (US 2002). In Italy, Strejilevich’s story inspired the movie Nora (2005). This text has been incorporated into the curriculum of graduate studies in universities in Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Austria and France.
    Currently she is devoting herself to creative writing and research. Her most recent project is the study of women’s resistance to totalitarian regimes through art.
    — Source:

    Affecting Testimony (podcast)
    Jonathan A. Allan (Gender & Women’s Studies and Dept. of English, Brandon University)

    Testimony as Reflective Transformation (podcast)
    Sharon Abbey (Dept. of Teacher Education, Brock University)

    The Aestheticization of Testimony: Alfredo Jaar, Isabel Allende, and the 1973 Chilean Coup D’etat (podcast)
    Steven Rita Procter (Dept. of English, York University)

    Voices in the Wind: Latina Testimonies from the Prairie (podcast)
    Patricia Harms (Dept. of History and Gender & Women’s Studies, Brandon University)

    The Challenge of Testimony: The Argentinean Case (podcast)
    Hugo De Marinis (Dept. of Languages & Literatures, Wilfrid Laurier University) and Adriana Spahr (Dept. of Humanities, MacEwan University)

    Invitational Roundtable
    Tracy Crowe Morey, moderator
    • Presenters: Claire Masswohl, CEO of Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre (podcast); Deyanira Benavides, Community Legal Worker, Hamilton Community Legal Clinic (podcast)

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  • The Novels of Umberto Eco as Historiographic Metafiction — Studies in Comparative Literatures and the Arts Colloquium 2013

    April 2, 2013

    Introductory Remarks (podcast – part1) (podcast – part2)

    • Cristina Santos, SCLA Graduate Program Coordinator
    • Douglas Kneale, Dean of Humanities

    Umberto Eco’s Semiotic Imagination and the Writing of the Historical Novel (podcast)
    Norma Bouchard is associate professor of Italian Studies and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Connecticut. Among her most recent booklength publications are: Risorgimento in Modern Italian Culture: Revisiting the 19th century Past in History, Narrative, and Cinema (Farleigh Dickinson UP, 2005), Reading and Writing the Mediterranean: Essays by Consolo (Toronto UP, 2006), Italian Cultural Studies: Negotiating Regional, National and Global Identities, Annali d’Italianistica 24 (2006), Southern Thought and Other Essays on the Mediterranean (Fordham UP, 2011, Race and Ethnic Studies series) as well as critical essays and translations. She is Vice-President-elect of the American Association of Italian Studies and has served as associate editor of Italica. She is currently book review editor for Italian Culture and associate editor of Annali d’Italianistica.

    Revisiting History: Conspiracies in Eco’s The Prague Cemetery (podcast)
    Rocco Capozzi is professor emeritus of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto where he teaches contemporary Italian novel and modern literary theories. He is author of Carlo Bernari: Tra fantasia e realtà (1984), Scrittori e industria culturale (1992) and Commento, interpretazione e intertestualità ne Il Nome della Rosa di Eco (2001). He has edited Homage to Moravia (1993) and Reading Eco: an Anthology (1997), Italo Calvino: Lightness and Multiplicity (2007), and co-edited, with Massimo Ciavolella, Scrittori, tendenze letterarie e conflitto delle poetiche in Italia 1960-1990 and, with Maria Calvo Montomero, Borges Y Eco (1999). He has also co-edited Eco e Calvino. Due autori a confronto to appear in spring 2013. He is the author of several articles on Bernari, Berto, Ottieri, Volponi, Gramigna, Eco, Morante, Malerba, Nori, Calvino, Covito and Tabucchi.

    Between Story and History: Umberto Eco in Text and Context (podcast)
    Jonathan Hart teaches at the University of Alberta and is the author of 15 academic books on theory, history, literature and criticism and five books of poetry. His work has been translated into Estonian, Slovenian, Chinese, French, Italian, Polish and other languages. He has been Northrop Frye professor at the University of Toronto and has held visiting appointments at Harvard, Cambridge, Princeton, the Sorbonne Nouvelle and elsewhere.

    Looking Back: Umberto Eco and Narrative Memory (podcast)
    Annarita Primier teaches English and French at Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto. She has a background in languages and literature, having completed an MA at the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. She is completing work on her PhD thesis on “The Concept of a Self-Reflexive Intertextuality in the Works of Umberto Eco.” Primier also has a background in editing, having founded Transverse: a Comparative Studies Journal, where she served as chief editor and designer. She has contributed her time as Vice-President and social representative of the Comparative Literature Student Union, and has developed chaired and lectured at various conferences.

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  • Music, Image and Silence — Studies in Comparative Literatures and the Arts Colloquium 2012

    March 2, 2012

    ’Stirring’ Rests: Musico-Philosophical Silence in Henry and William James and Elizabeth Bishop (podcast)
    May Peckham is a Ph. D. candidate in English at Washington University in St. Louis, working in the field of transatlantic modernism. She is interested in the ways music of the modernist era encourages productive techniques of auditory attunement, and locates similar sonic insistences in the texts of William and Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and a constellation of Harlem Renaissance authors.

    How to Write Silence (podcast)
    David Griffin is an Instructor at the Ontario College of Art and Design where his areas of expertise are Painting, Drawing and Sound. He received his Ph. D. at The Glasgow School of Art, his MFA at The Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, NY and his BFA at the Parsons School of Design in NYC. He has also received numerous awards: First Prize, Archives of the Government of Ontario (2003); Celebration of Ontario Artists, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto ON.

    Introducing the Painter/Composer M.K Ciurlionis (podcast)
    Greta Berman was a Chester Dale Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y.C., from 1979-80. Author of The Lost Years: Mural Painting in New York City Under the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project, 1935-1943 (1978), she has co-organized exhibitions of American Realist art in West Berlin, 1980-81. She is a specialist in 19th- and 20th-century American and European paintings and in interrelationship between music and the visual arts. She taught art history at SUNY-Stony Brook from 1970-79 and has been a faculty member at the Juilliard School since 1979.

    Painted Sounds: Charles E. Burchfield’s Synesthetic Sensibilities (podcast)
    Nancy Weekly is Head of Collections for the Burchfield Penney Art Centre at Buffalo State College, where she is also the Charles Carey Rumsey Curator. Three of her publications include: Charles E. Burchfield: The Sacred Woods (2010); Sensory Crossovers: Synesthesia in American Art Sharyn R. Udall (Author), Nancy Weekly (Contributor) (2010); Anne Currier: Sculptures. Nancy Weekly, Mary McInnes and Helen W. Drutt English (2006).

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