International Conference: Travel History, literature and film

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2 July 2012

Time: 10:00am
Venue: ArtsOne Lecture Theatre, Mile End Campus

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Organized jointly by the Centre for Catalan Studies (School of Languages, Linguistics and Film) and the Centre for the Study of Migration, both part of Queen Mary University of London


Monday 2 July 2012


10-10.30 Registration/Welcome


10.30-11 Dr Anna Rzepka (Universidad Jaguellónica de Cracovia, Polonia), 'Viajes por las Islas Filipinas a la luz de los manuscritos hispánicos del siglo XIX de la Colección Berlinesa de la Biblioteca Jaguellónica de Cracovia'

(11-11.15 Discussion)

11.15-11.45 Dr Maria-José Blanco (King’s College London), 'La escritora viajera: Carmen Martín Gaite’s American Notebooks'

(11.45-12 Discussion)

12-12.30 Dr Noèlia Díaz-Vicedo (Queen Mary, University of London), 'Maria Beneyto's "La peregrina": The infinite journey'

(12.30-12.45 Discussion)

12.45-2.45 Lunch (own arrangements)

2.45-3.15 Eva Nieto McAvoy (Birkbeck, University of London), '“A Spaniard Discovers England”: crónica de un viaje al exilio (Arturo Barea, 1939)'

(3.15-3.30 Discussion)

3.30-4 Dr Alberto Egea Fernández-Montesinos (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla), 'British Women Travelogues on Spain: A case of Conflictive Modernity'

(4-4.15 Discussion)

4.15-4.45 Tea Break

4.45-5.15 Prof. Helena Alvarado i Esteve, 'Les antipenèlopes: les escriptores nòmades'

(5.15-5.30 Discussion)


Recommended Evening Event (Exiled Lit Cafe at 7.30 p.m. in Central London):


(with 5 writers from conflicted areas).

(£4 for non-members of Exiled Writers Ink)


The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2


Can victims of conflict ever engage in conciliation? Is forgetting impossible?

Music by the fantastic Antonio Riva's "Le Gazhikane Muzikante" Band 

Aydin Mehmet Ali was born in Cyprus. Her short stories and translations of poetry have appeared in international anthologies and journals. She has set up empowerment projects in the UK and Cyprus focusing on young people, women, education and the Arts. She is a passionate intellectual activist for justice in multicultural, multilingual communities. She is the author of Turkish Speaking Communities and Education — no delight (2001), editor and translator of Turkish Cypriot Identity in Literature (1990) and advisory editor to Cadences. Pink Butterflies/Bize Dair (2005) is her collection of short stories and sister’s poetry. Forbidden Zones, a selection of her short stories and creative pieces is due out in 2012.

Thomas Orzsag-Land is a poet and award-winning foreign correspondent writing for global syndication mostly from London and his native Budapest. His poetry has been published by the BBC World Service, The New York Times and The London Magazine; his reviews and polemics, by The Times Literary Supplement, The Jerusalem Report and Foreign Policy/Washington. His next book will be The Survivors: Holocaust Poetry for Our Time, to be published by Smokestack, 2014; his last one was Christmas in Auschwitz: Holocaust Poetry, translated from the Hungarian of András Mezei, Smokestack, 2010.

Dumi Senda is an internationally recognised multi-award winning poet of Zimbabwean origin nicknamed "Voice of the voiceless". He has performed throughout the world in support of humanitarian causes and has run numerous workshops for charities, schools, universities and community groups. His poems have been archived at Stanford University as part of the "Poets for Peace" initiative and he used to teach children in Kampala, Uganda.

Yuyutsu R.D. Sharma is a distinguished poet and translator. He has published nine poetry collections including, Milarepa’s Bones, 33 New Poems, (Nirala, New Delhi 2012) and Nepal Trilogy, (, Epsilonmedia, Karlsruhe, 2010). Visiting Poet this spring at New York University; in June, he will participate as Guest Poet at the Poetry Parnassus Festival organised to celebrate London Olympics 2012. Half the year, he travels the world to read from his works and conduct creative writing workshops at various universities in North America and Europe but goes trekking in the Himalayas when back home in Nepal.

Edin Suljic was born in a multicultural, multi-ethnic part of former Yugoslavia, now Bosnia and Herzegovina. He arrived in the UK at the onset of the tragic Yugoslavian war in 1991. His creative output ranges from producing short films and theatre projects to photography and writing for film, short stories and poetry. He has worked with young people, in England, on summer camps and in schools with Exiled Writers Ink. His most recent theatre project, ‘Writing Home”, performed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, was in collaboration with writers from London and Mostar and Tuzla under the umbrella of Exiled Writers Ink.

Hosted by Shereen Pandit, writer



Tuesday, 3rd July 2012


10-10.30 Dr Annabel Cox (Queen Mary, University of London), 'Migration and the Mother-Daughter Dynamic: The Sugar Island and Dreaming in Cuban'

(10.30-10.45 Discussion)

10.45-11.25 Dr Kate Averis (King’s College London), ‘Radical Femininity in Cristina Peri Rossi’s Solitario de amor

(11.25-11.40 Discussion)

11.40-12 Dr Olivia Vázquez-Medina (Royal Holloway, University of London), 

‘Viaje y sensorium en un relato de Margo Glantz’

(12-12.15 Discussion)

12.15-2.30 Lunch Break (own arrangements)

2.30-3.00 Dr Patricia Montenegro, 'A journey in pick-up track, a journey into memory: El rastrojero, utopías de la Argentina Potencia (2006)'

(3-3.15 Discussion)

3.15-3.45 Gianfranco Selgas de Silvi (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), 'El discurso subyacente en la construcción personal del venezolano: Análisis de las estrategias discursivas en las proferencias de Marcos Pérez Jiménez y su influencia en la construcción de la identidad del venezolano actual'

(3.45-4.00 Discussion)

4-4.30 Tea Break

4.30-5.30 Keynote Speaker: Prof. Lourdes Morales Frías (Colegio Universitario San Gerónimo de La Habana, Universidad de La Habana), 'Los catalanes en la historia de Cuba'.

(5.30-6 Discussion)


4-6 July 2012, Workshops will be arranged (depending on demand) for future projects on the subject of the conference, including possible funding applications, conferences and collaborative provision.