The Humble

Contrat doctoral, EMMA, Université Montpellier 3 (2015-2018)

EMMA (Etudes Montpelliéraines du Monde Anglophone), Université Montpellier 3, France, propose un contrat doctoral de 3 ans qui débutera le 1er octobre 2015.

 Thématique proposée : « Roman britannique et biopolitique ».

Le projet s’inscrira dans la période couverte par les travaux d’EMMA, le XIX, XX et XXIe siècles. A partir du concept de « biopolitique » de Foucault, il s’agira de voir comment le roman britannique interroge les frontières de l’humain en plaçant la « vie nue » (Agamben) au cœur de son projet éthique, politique et esthétique. L’attention à autrui qui, dans sa concrétude, peut se fonder sur une sollicitude envers l’autre vulnérable, le corps qui, soumis à l’usure, peut être présenté comme garantissant l’interdépendance des sujets sont des pistes à explorer. L’objectif serait de déterminer comment le roman se situe par rapport au mythe moderne de l’autonomie et comment il contribue (ou non) à la réalisation d’une « démocratie narrative » (Le Blanc, Rancière, Rosanvallon), permettant d’articuler une éthique et une politique de la littérature.

Cette thèse sera dirigée par un professeur d’EMMA et s’inscrira dans les travaux collectifs de l’axe « L’invention de l’autre » et plus précisément du projet « Manières d’être autre » consultable sur le site d’EMMA : http://pays-anglophones.upv.univ-montp3.fr/  Le candidat retenu participera aux activités scientifiques du centre de recherche EMMA et bénéficiera pleinement de sa formation à la recherche.

Une maîtrise correcte du français est souhaitable pour que le doctorant puisse bénéficier de son séjour à Montpellier. Il devra également résider sur place. La thèse pourra éventuellement être rédigée en anglais.

Les candidats sont invités à envoyer un CV et un descriptif précis de leur projet de thèse (3000 mots maximum) en anglais ou en français à christine.reynier@univ-montp3.fr et jean-michel.ganteau@univ-montp3.fr avant le 15 juin 2015. Deux lettres de recommandation confidentielles devront être envoyées aux adresses ci-dessus.

Une première sélection des dossiers sera effectuée et les candidats retenus seront auditionnés en français au début du mois de juillet 2015 à Montpellier ou éventuellement par visio-conférence.

Le candidat retenu prendra ses fonctions au 1er octobre 2015 et recevra un salaire mensuel d’environ 1500€ (avec possibilité de passer à 1800€ si monitorat) pour une durée de 3 ans. Ce contrat doctoral est réservé aux étudiants titulaires d’un Master d’une autre université que celle de Montpellier 3.

 

English version
PhD scholarship, EMMA, University Montpellier 3, France (2015-2018)
Applications are invited for this three-year Doctoral Award commencing on 1 October 2015. This PhD studentship will examine the relations between the British novel and biopolitics.

The key research questions are:

  • Can we assume that the British novel of the 19th, 20th or 21st century places “bare life” (Agamben) at the centre of its ethical, political and aesthetic project? And if so, how does this concept (and Foucault’s related concept of biopolitics) help the novel interrogate the frontiers of the human?
  • Care for the other, solicitude, the body, its vulnerable condition and the role it plays in defining contemporary subjects as radically interdependent are questions that will need to be addressed, as well as the novel’s positioning in relation to the modern myth of autonomy.
  • Related issue: how does the novel contribute (if it does) to the practice of a “narrative democracy” (Le Blanc, Rancière, Rosanvallon) that allows for a collaboration between an ethics and a politics of literature?

This PhD studenship will be supervised by a member of EMMA (Montpellier Studies of the English-Speaking World), University Montpellier 3, France. It will help develop the collaborative project on “Ways of being other” within the programme “Inventing the other” (See EMMA’s website: http://pays-anglophones.upv.univ-montp3.fr/ ). As a member of EMMA, the PhD student will take part in the scientific activities of the research centre and benefit from the PhD training it provides.

The PhD candidate must have a sufficiently good knowledge of French to benefit from his or her stay at Montpellier. He or she will be expected to reside in Montpellier. The PhD thesis will be written in French or in English. The funding (1500€ per month) will be for 3 academic years (2015-2018).

How to apply
Candidates should send a CV and a summary of 3000 words maximum of their research project to jean-michel.ganteau@univ-montp3.fr and reynierchristine@gmail.com before June 15th, 2015.

Two confidential references (in English or in French) from persons with a direct knowledge of the candidate should be sent to the same electronic address by the closing date. Candidates may be called for interview in Montpellier or via videoconference facilities in early July. Applications from candidates with a Master’s degree from Montpellier3 University will not be accepted.

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The Humble in 19th-, 20th– and 21st-Century British Literature and Arts
International Conference
Convened by Isabelle Brasme, Jean-Michel Ganteau and Christine Reynier, EMMA
Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier
Site Saint Charles, salle des colloques 2
March 27-28, 2015

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Friday, March 27th
9h Registration
9h15 Opening of the conference

Humble Art Forms
Chair: Christine Reynier
9h30 Laurence Roussillon-Constanty, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse 3 :
Assertive Humility, a Victorian Ideal?

10h Sophie Aymes, Université de Bourgogne:
Autographic Wood-engraving: Modernist D. I. Y.

10h30 Claudia Tobin, University of Bristol, UK:
‘The humbleness of all his objects’: Cézanne, ‘still life’, and Modern Writers

11h Coffee Break

Aestheticizing Religious Humility
Chair: Pascale Tollance
11h30 Shirley Bricout, Université Paul-Valéry-Montpellier-EMMA:
The Humble Touch of the Good Samaritan in D.H. Lawrence’s Aaron’s Rod

12h00 José Mari Yebra, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain:
The Humble Side of Motherhood in Colm Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary

12h30 Lunch

Poetic Humilities
Chair: Laurent Mellet
14h 00 Stéphane Sitayeb, Université d’Évry:
From Liturgy to Pathology: Humbleness and Humiliation in The Hill of Dreams, by Arthur Machen
14h30 Dominique Delmaire, Université Lumière-Lyon 2:
The ‘Unemphatic Marvels ‘ of Modern Scottish Poetry

15h00 Coffee Break

Gendering the Humble
Chair: Angela Locatelli
15h30 Silvia Pellicer-Ortín, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain:
Writing and Loving: Strategies to Overcome Humbleness in Lynne Reid Banks’ Children at the Gate

16h Barbara Puschmann-Nalenz, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany:
The Humble, Gender and the Local in Recent British and Irish Narratives

16h30 Susana Onega, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain:
Lesbian Invisibility and the Politics of Representation of the Lady and the Humble Servant in Sarah Waters’ Affinity

20h Dinner in town

Saturday, March 28th

Precariousness
Chair: Michael Basseler
9h30 Angela Locatelli, University of Bergamo, Italy (guest speaker)
‘The Humble/d’ in Literature and Philosophy: Precariousness, Vulnerability, and the Pragmatics of Social Visibility

10h30 Coffee Break

Chair: Jean-Michel Ganteau
11h00 Roberto Del Valle Alcalá, Uppsala University, Sweden:
Humble Life: Worklessness and Resistance in Irvine Welsh’s Skagboys (2012)

11h30 Corina Stan, Duke University, USA:
A Ship of Fools: Precarious Lives in 1660s / 1980s England

12h00 Michael BASSELER, Justus-Liebig Universität Gießen, Germany:
‘Now the horror can speak the Queen’s English’: Critiquing Forms of Life in Chris Cleave’s The Other Hand

12h30 Lunch

(Self-)effacement
Chair : Susana Onega
14h00 Pascale Tollance, Université Lyon 2:
From Humiliation to Humility: Swift’s Aesth/et(h)ics of Self-Effacement in The Light of Day

14h30 Aude Haffen, EMMA:
“In a tactful, impersonal way, we have become quite intimate”: Christopher Isherwood’s Humble Persona and Inoperative Narratives in Goodbye to Berlin (1939)

15h Adeline Arniac, EMMA:
‘We can’t start again. We can end again.’ Humble Inchoation in a Selection from Harold Pinter’s Memory Plays

15h30 Coffee Break

The British Humble Abroad
Chair : Isabelle Brasme
16h. Leila Haghshenas, EMMA:
The Aesthetics of Humility in Leonard Woolf’s The Village in the Jungle

16h30 Laurent Mellet, Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès:
The British Humble Abroad: Humanism in Practice in E. M. Forster’s First Novel (Where Angels Fear to Tread) and Jonathan Coe’s Latest (Expo 58)

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Registration is now open

Registration fees : 45 euros (free for all members of the University Paul-Valéry Montpellier)

If you want to attend the conference and register, please contact, reynierchristine@gmail.com

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« Humble Woolf »

Two-day PHD seminar EMMA / SEW (Société d’Etudes Woolfiennes)

With Rossana Bonadei (Pr invité d’EMMA, University of Bergamo, Italy) and David Bradshaw (Pr invité d’EMMA, Oxford University, UK)

Responsables: Christine Reynier & Christine Reynier (EMMA) et Nicolas Boileau (AMU – SEW Société d’Etudes Woolfiennes),avec la collaboration des doctorants d’EMMA

27 & 28 November 2014, St-Charles, room 126

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Thursday 27 November

2 p.m.• opening of the PhD seminar by M. Ganteau, Head of the Doctoral School 58
Humility in Woolf’s Fiction
Chair: David Bradshaw
2.15 p.m. • Nicolas Pierre Boileau (Aix-Marseille University-LERMA)
Knowledge and the Humility of the Subject in Mrs Dalloway

3 p.m. • Xavier Le Brun (University Paul-Valéry Montpellier- EMMA/ENS Lyon)
Leaving Jacob Room: Narratorial Humility in Jacob’s Room

3.45 : coffee-break

4.15 p.m. • Victoria Levêque (University Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle)
What’s in the Shadow of a Doubt? Woolf, Joyce and Ontological Humility

5 p.m. Christine Reynier (University Paul-Valéry-Montpellier-EMMA)
Woolf, Property, Illegitimacy and Poverty

Dinner in town

Friday 28 November

Humble Genres, Humble Influences
Chair: Christine Reynier
9 a.m. • Lingxiang Ke (University Paul-Valéry Montpellier-University of Bergamo)
Virginia Woolf’s Humble Art of Letter Writing

9.45 a.m. • Wassila MOURO, University of Tlemcen, Algeria
Humble Woolf, the Victorian Heritage and Metafiction

10.30 a.m. • Julie Chevaux (University Paris III-ENS Lyon)
The Voyage Out and A Room with a View: E. M. Forster, early Woolf and the Comedy of Manners

11.15 : coffee-break

Crafts(wo)manship
Chair: Nicolas Pierre Boileau

11.45 a.m. • Rossana Bonadei (University of Bergamo, Italy)
In Wireless Conversation. Virginia Woolf and the BBC

12.30 am. • Adèle Cassigneul (Université Toulouse Jean-Jaurès)
Betwixt and Between: Virginia Woolf and the Art of Craftsmanship

Buffet lunch in Saint-Charles

Humble Bloomsbury
Chair: Rossana Bonadei

2 p.m. • David Bradshaw (Oxford University, UK)
A Very Sympathetic Spectator: Woolf, Coarseness and the Contours of Obscurity

2.45 p.m. • Leila Haghshenas (University Paul-Valéry Montpellier- EMMA)
Leonard Woolf: Between Elitism and Humbleness

3.30 p.m. • networking: SEW (Société d’Études Woolfiennes), etc.

Farewell drinks

Programme & Abstracts Humble Woolf Seminar

 

PhD seminar :  « Humble Woolf »
Organised jointly by EMMA (Etudes Montpelliéraines du Monde Anglophone) and SEW (Société d’Etudes Woolfiennes)

Université Montpellier 3, Site Saint Charles, November 27-28, 2014

The University of Montpellier 3 will host a PhD seminar sponsored by the Société d’Etudes Woolfiennes and EMMA.

This two-day seminar will involve PhD students and scholars working on Virginia Woolf (among them, Pr. Rossana Bonadei, University of Bergamo, and Pr. David Bradshaw, University of Oxford, UK).

The aim of the seminar will be to raise the following question, connected with EMMA’s forthcoming events and the work the SEW has done over the years on Virginia Woolf:
Can Woolf be regarded as a humble writer?
Woolf has long been described, along with many other modernists, as an elitist writer. But a full portrayal of the writer and her work should take into account her many paradoxes and contradictions, among them, the possible coexistence of elitism and humbleness.

Suggested lines of investigation:
– humble figures in Woolf’s fiction and non-fiction
– Woolf’s humble writing
– humble literary genres in Woolf’s work
– humble art forms and Woolf’s fiction and non-fiction
– various forms of humbleness that may be at work in Woolf’s fiction and non fiction
The list is far from exhaustive and other ways of dealing with “humble Woolf” will be most welcome.
The seminar is first of all meant to help doctoral students in their research on Woolf. The topic itself is not binding. All proposals, including PhD presentations, will be considered.

Proposals of about 300 words to be sent by September 15, 2014 to :
Nicolas Boileau (nicolas.boileau@univ-amu.fr)
and Christine Reynier (christine.reynier@univ-montp3.fr)

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Call for papers
An EMMA conference to be held at
Montpellier 3 University on March 27-28, 2015.

The Humble in 19th, 20th and 21st-Centuries British Literature and Arts

This conference will both expand and renew our work on Ethics of Alterity in 19th, 20th and 21st-Century British Literature and Arts. The relation to the other will be envisaged as a “way of being other” through the category of the humble. Through the double meaning of its etymology, humbleness refers to a social condition and/or a way of being. It can be defined as “being low in rank or station” or as “being aware of one’s own limitations or weaknesses”, i.e., as an awareness of one’s ability to fail.

This conference will be an opportunity to explore the humble as a theme in 19th, 20th and 21st Century British Literature and Arts and as an aesthetic or ethical category. From a neo-Platonist ethics (as defended by Levinas), we shall thus turn to a neo-Aristotelian one (as defended by Nussbaum or Ricoeur, among others), which also implies a form of practice. We propose to address how British literature and art connect with the ideals defended in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries by philosophers, economists, politicians and jurists—from John Stuart Mill’s concept of happiness to the Welfare State and the ethics of care—and we will examine how aesthetics connect with ethics as well as with politics.

The humble may be understood as:
– A form of economic, psychological, religious or aesthetic destitution, poverty, precariousness, dispossession, humility, vulnerability, etc.
– A “form-of-life” (Agamben), a utopia or any other form of reaction to a social status quo.
– A new paradigm for the human, at a time when the sovereignty of the subject has been defeated and the subject has become autonomous, as well as a paradigm for the living.

The humble may be regarded as disenabling or enabling, disempowering or empowering (Rancière, The Ignorant Schoolmaster).

Food for thought:
-how the humble or a humble voice interacts with a text, how a poetics of the humble may be created,
-how the humble literary genres and arts of the Victorian, Edwardian, Modernist, post-modern or contemporary periods relate to the canonical literary genres or arts,
-how the humble is represented (phenomenal realism, modernist aesthetics, post-humanism, etc.) and what genres or modes the humble privileges,
-the various forms of humble arts, from printmaking to Kitsch or some forms of land art, etc.
The list is not restrictive.

Proposals bearing on the humble as a theme in 19th, 20th and 21st-Century British Literature and Arts and signalling to a poetics of the humble or the epistemological, ethical or political significance of the humble will be considered.

Organising Committee
Adeline Arniac, Julie Bénard, Zineb Berrahou, Lynn Blin, Luc Bouvard, Isabelle Brasme, Shirley Bricout, Marianne Drugeon, Jean-Michel Ganteau, Aude Haffen, Yves Le Gall, Christine Reynier et Tina Terradillos.

Proposals in English of about 300 words should be sent to Isabelle Brasme (isabellebrasme@gmail.com), Jean-Michel Ganteau (jean-michel.ganteau@univ-montp3.fr) and Christine Reynier (christine.reynier@univ-montp3.fr) by December 15, 2014.

Selected papers will be published in Horizons Anglophones/Present Perfect at the Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée.
http://www.pulm.fr/index.php/collections/horizons-anglophones/present-perfect.html

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