MALLT Colloquium 2010-2011

Spring 2011

Wednesday, May 12, 2:00pm – 3:30pm, Curtin Hall 321

Please join us for the final colloquium of the semester!

Presentations will be given by three MALLT Graduate Students:

Kris Knisely, “Still a Girl’s Game: Technology and Masculinity in the American Foreign Language Classroom”
Léa Cicchiello, “Celebration and Denial: The Poetry of Renée Vivien”
Priscilla Charrat, “The Legend of Saint Julian the Hospitaller” by Flaubert: The Sources of the Legend”

Refreshments will be served!
All are welcome!

Thursday, April 7, 1:00pm, Garland Hall 104

Jason Jones, Foreign Languages and Literature, UW-Milwaukee
Godzilla: A Symbol of National Destruction and National Resilience

Since its birth in 1954, Godzilla has held a prominent place on the shelf of any sci-fi film fanatic while reserving a space in the hearts and minds of everyone else. The monster is now a ubiquitous cultural icon, recognized the world over. Nonetheless, Godzilla remains a creation that cannot be separated from its birthplace of Tokyo Bay. In the April 7 MALLT Colloquium, we will discuss how Godzilla represents both the destruction of Japan and becomes the post-destruction breeder of creation and resilience.

Sponsored by the Master of Arts in Language, Literature, and Translation (MALLT) and the Center for International Education (CIE).

Tuesday, April 5, 5:30pm, Merrill Hall 131

Kathy Figueroa, English/Spanish Interpreter at Columbia-St. Mary's Hospital
Meghan McCallum, French/English, Project manager at Iverson Language Associates
Amy Schleicher, German/English, Freelance business owner
Considering a career in Translation or Interpreting?

Join us for a discussion of career paths in the language services industry.
Three alumni of UWM's Graduate Program in Translation will talk about their work as translators, interpreters, and language professionals.

Monday, April 4, 3:30pm, Curtin Hall 766

Kristin Pitt, Comparative Literature, UW-Milwaukee

Anita Alkhas, French, UW-Milwaukee
Writing Abstracts and Conference Proposals

What is a conference abstract? What makes an abstract effective? This workshop will explore definitions and models of abstracts appropriate for all students in language, literature, and translation.

The first half of the workshop will provide participants with strategies and guidelines for developing concise and effective abstracts for academic and professional conferences. The second half of the workshop will be tailored to students interested in participating in two upcoming conferences scheduled to be held in Milwaukee during the 2011-2012 academic year:

  • The North Central Council of Latin Americanists’ 2011 conference, “The Old and New: Change and Continuity in Latin America,” held at UW-Milwaukee from September 30-October 1, 2011 (abstracts due April 29, 2011):
  • The Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, held at the Hyatt Regency from March 8-10, 2012 (proposals due April 15, 2011):

Students interested in participating in the second half of the workshop are encouraged to bring ideas for possible individual conference presentations and session ideas for the NCCLA or the CSCTFL.

Friday, March 11, 12:30pm, Curtin Hall 124

Peter Paik, Comparative Literature, UW-Milwaukee
Living Through the End: Historical Upheaval and Speculative Fiction

Paik Book Cover

Peter Paik will be talking about the ideas, texts, and questions that stand at the heart of his book, From Utopia to Apocalypse: Science Fiction and the Politics of Catastrophe. The book is a study of imaginary upheavals overtaking fictitious societies, looking at the superhero comics of British writer Alan Moore, the South Korean science fiction film Save the Green Planet, Hayao Miyazaki's manga Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, and the Matrix trilogy. He chose to study these speculative scenarios because they enable us to imagine a sequence of historical change being played out: the decay and destruction of the old order, the introduction of what Machiavelli called new modes and orders, and the figures of resistance that arise in the new world. In it he explores such themes as revolutionary change as an unwilled event, the attempt by neoliberal capitalism to create the utopia it condemned communism for seeking to establish, and political agency as a form of tragic decisionism.

Peter Paik is Associate Professor in the Department of French, Italian, and Comparative Literature. His book, From Utopia to Apocalypse: Science Fiction and the Politics of Catastrophe, was published By the University of Minnesota Press in 2010. His current research interests include theology, science fiction, anime, and the graphic novel, political philosophy, and world cinema. His current project examines a series of related themes - climate change, imperial expansionism, scarcity - from the standpoint of world-making.

Thursday, February 17, 2:30pm, Green Hall

Peter Filkins, Bard College at Simon's Rock

Renowned translator Peter Filkins offers a master class discussion about the challenges and rewards of the art of translation. Through examples of his own translations of Ingeborg Bachmann and H.G. Adler, as well considerations of other poems and prose, Filkins will discuss how translation informs both literature and creative writing as an art form.

His translation of H.G. Adler's Panorama is getting a lot of press right now, including a review in this weekend's New York Times Book Review and a very interesting piece by Ruth Franklin in the New Yorker ( No special knowledge of a foreign language is needed to enjoy and take part in the discussion.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, the programs in German and Translation, and the Master of Arts in Language, Literature, and Translation, UWM.

Fall 2010

Friday, November 10, 3:00pm

Cristina Lobardi-Diop, Associate Professor of Italian Studies, American University of Rome; Visiting Research Scholar, Department of Women's Studies and Gender Studies, Loyola University of Chicago
"Blackness in Post-racial Italy"
Garland Hall, Room 104

In the wake of the historic election of the first black President of the United States, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi shocked the world with an uncanny remark that referred to Barack Obama as “young, beautiful, and with a tan.” The reference to Obama’s racial identity – Berlusconi explained - was intended as a joke, but it is precisely the euphemistic humour employed by Italy's most prominent politician that reveals the unrelenting effects of the displacement of race in contemporary Italy.

The author locates the "purging" of race in Italy's post-economic boom and finds traces of its disappearance from public memory in post-1945 advertising images for beauty and cosmetic products and in contemporary TV and billboard campaigns, including the famous All the Colours of the World by Benetton. The author argues that Italian (and more largely, European) advertising positions blackness at a crucial intersection between beauty, spectacle, interracial sexuality, and racial hetero-normativity. In this particular place, where race is distributed and dispersed as commodity, the visual consumption of both black and white bodies hints at the possibility of a deregulated and undeterred interracial sexuality in the name of the free circulation of neo-liberal commerce. As David Theo Goldberg suggests, also in Italy the post-racial, in declaring the apparent liberation from race, functions to cement the racially fortified borders of the new Europe, where the institutional causes and pervasive effects of contemporary racism against people of African descent are simply displaced and washed away.

Cristina Lobardi-Diop is Associate Professor and former Chair of Italian Studies at the American University of Rome and currently Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Women's Studies and Gender Studies at Loyola University of Chicago. She is the recipient of a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities of Northwestern University, of several fellowships (Fulbright, McCracken, Mellon,) and a book prize (Nonino International). She has been Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley, NYU, and Northwestern University. Her essays on gender and Italian colonial literature, African-Italian autobiographies, Mediterranean and Atlantic diasporas, and space, race, and migration have appeared in edited collections and journals such as Italian Culture, Romance Language Annuals, Afriche e Orienti, and Interventions. She is currently at work on a book-length monograph on the memory of Italian colonialism in Italy’s post-war cultural history and on an edited collection tentatively entitled Postcolonial Italy.