Cours conférence – Writing History A Feminist Reading of Lavinia

Organisé le jeudi 9 décembre 2021 de 14h00 à 15h30 par le lectorat de Roumain de l’ULB (Alice-Cristina Toma) à la salle Geremek (Campus du Solbosch, bâtiment R42)A suivre également via TEAMS Writing History. A Feminist Reading of Lavinia Braniște’s Novel Sonia ridică mâna (Polirom, 2019) Roxana Marinescu Bucharest University of Economic Studies This presentation aims to analyse from a feminist perspective Lavinia Braniște’s novel Sonia ridică mâna (Sonia raises her hand) (Polirom, 2019), an example of the new wave in contemporary Romanian literature and the recipient of some literary prizes („Nepotu’ lui Thoreau” Prize of Vatra magazine for young authors 2019, Ateneu magazine Prize 2020 and Sofia Nădejde Prize for women writers 2020). Sonia, the heroine of the novel, is trying to recompose the communist history of her country, Romania, aiming to fictionalize it in a film script, and is simultaneously recovering pieces of her personal familial history. The film is supposed to revolve round Elena Ceaușescu’s personal and public relationship with her daughter Zoe, and Sonia finds it hard to recreate it from fragments of historical documents, published diaries and memoirs of the period, plus her ethnographic research, while also exploring her own complex relationship with her mother (and other members of the family, y compris her grandfather, a…

Colloque « Voicing absences/Presences in a Damaged World »

Organisé par Marc Maufort et Jessica MaufortLe 3 décembre 2021 By many accounts, we are now living on a “damaged planet” (Tsing et al), and by the same token we are damaged as well. This “we” encompasses all earthly life forms, from animals and plants, the soil and natural elements, human beings, to various organisms invisible to the human eye. Environmental degradation and toxification, species depletion, dwindling biodiversity, threatened cultural knowledges and languages, and even recent pandemics are but a few examples of the injuries and losses sustained by earthlings. As a result, our damaged world is saturated with uncanny “absences/presences,” or “ghosts,” i.e. “the vestiges and signs of past ways of life still charged in the present” (Gan et al G1).   In this annual conference of the Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education, contributors approach various instances of absences/presences from the disciplines of literary/cultural studies, linguistics, and/or translation studies. They reflect on the possible means of voicing, narrating, and representing them in a wide sense, since, to paraphrase Donna Haraway, we have to live with the damage and the absences/presences it creates. These strategies ultimately aim at affirming endurance against the forces of extinction, as well as…