Forum on China-Africa Co-operation, 4-5 December 2015: Images from Jo’burg

As part of an AHRC-funded project exploring China-Africa relations, I recently travelled to Johannesburg, South Africa, to observe the FOCAC (Forum on China-Africa Co-operation), a triennial event which this year had been elevated to the status of a summit. While the goal of this AHRC project is to get a sense of how cultural exchange …

MA Translation Reflections

A number of people have asked why, with over 20 years experience in the translation industry, I decided to apply to do the MA in translation. It wasn’t going to progress my career – I am already a company director, and studying part time was a major challenge on top of a demanding full time …

Writing To Be Heard, Writing to Heal: The Survivors of the Genocide in Rwanda Tell their Story

In 1994, in a period of only 100 days, over one million people were brutally murdered during the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The horror of the genocide was intensified by the fact that the crimes were perpetrated by people the victims knew and trusted – their neighbours, friends, and family members. The end …

@wethehumanities: My week discussing linguistics and languages on Twitter

Twitter is a great platform to share your work and connect with other people who are interested in similar topics and issues. In July, I took a break from tweeting from my usual account @SaschaStollhans, and I took over the @wethehumanities Twitter account for a week in July 2015 to share my thoughts on linguistics, …

‘I’m writing a book about love letters’: My MHRA Research Scholarship

Pitching your book proposal to an editor is apparently a bit like appearing on the game show ‘The Bachelor’ (according to Rachel Toor’s article, ‘The Reality of Writing a Good Book Proposal’). ‘The Bachelor’ is a reality TV show where a man has to pick one woman to take out on a date, rejecting the …

One hundred years of Roland Barthes

One of the most often quoted intellectuals of the twentieth century, Roland Barthes’s name resonates far beyond the French-speaking world – whether for his Marxist-semiotic analysis of the ideology of French consumer society (Mythologies, 1957), as one of the main representatives of structuralism, a linguistic-formalist approach to literature and other cultural phenomena, as a celebrator …

Internationally-renowned cultural theorist Luce Irigaray to speak at Nottingham Conference on Living and Speaking Together

The Conference Luce Irigaray introduces the concepts behind the conference she is co-organising with CLAS head of school Judith Still: Many imagine that building a world culture requires us to use a conceptual and abstract universal language which would be capable of dominating the complexity of the world as it is today. Certainly, this corresponds …

Chinese Cultural Impact in Benin

Dr Catherine Gilbert (Research Fellow, Department of French and Francophone Studies) The future of China-Africa relations will increasingly be determined by the interactions of people on the ground. Cultural presence plays a vital role in sensitising African peoples to the diversity of Chinese culture and dispelling many of the myths that are currently in circulation, …

Charlie Hebdo editors double down on their principles in first issue since attacks

The latest edition of Charlie Hebdo is nothing out of the ordinary. Today’s response to the attack on its offices on January 7 is precisely what sets it apart from other newspapers. The front cover, a cartoon of a weeping prophet Muhammad holding a sign reading “Je suis Charlie” that was released in advance, is …

Sarkozy sets his sights on 2017 election as rivals flounder

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been re-elected as leader of the opposition party the UMP. His candidacy for the 2017 presidential election is still not certain but his rivals are in a state of disarray and may not be able to stop him standing in 2017. On the eve of the presidential election in …