How to Be an Alien in British Cultural Studies

Event: International Conference

Location: NEC conference hall & Zoom

9 November 2023, 9.00-19.00 (Bucharest time)

Convener: Maria-Sabina DRAGA-ALEXANDRU, NEC Alumna; Associate Professor, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bucharest

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A conference for MA students, PhD candidates and young researchers

organised by

The Centre of Excellence for the Study of Cultural Identity (CESIC),
The British Cultural Studies Centre (BCSC) of the University of Bucharest
and New Europe College (NEC)

9:00-9:15 Conference Opening (Chair: Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru, Conference organiser, University of Bucharest)

Valentina Sandu-Dediu (Rector, New Europe College)
Sorana Corneanu (British Cultural Studies Programme Co-Chair, University of Bucharest)
Bogdan Ștefănescu (British Cultural Studies Programme Co-Chair, University of Bucharest)

9:15-10:15 Keynote Lecture: Suddhaseel Sen (Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai)
“New Convergences: Raymond Williams, Cultural Studies, and Adaptation Theory.”

10:15-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-12:30 Panel 1: Constructions of Britishness (Chair: Andreea Paris-Popa, University of Bucharest)

Teodora Driscu (PhD candidate, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași)
“A British Pilgrim Outside the UK: C.S. Lewis’s The Pilgrim’s Regress” (online)

Teodora Leon (MA student, University of Bucharest)
“(De)Constructing the Self in Sabba Khan’s The Roles We Play

Honya Majeed (PhD candidate, University of Bucharest)
“Traditional and Transnational Identities in Multicultural London: Elif Shafak’s Honour

Alessandra Ciufu (PhD candidate, University of Bucharest)
“Alternative Identities in the British Raj. Gender Non-Normativity as Menacing Deviance in Khushwant Singh’s Delhi: A Novel

12:30-13:30 Lunch Break

13:30-15:00 Panel 2: Reconsidering Canons (Chair: Sorana Corneanu, University of Bucharest)

Tamara Stermin (MA student, University of Bucharest)
“Further Questions for Cultural Studies: Multiplying Multidisciplinarity with the Help of Historicity”

Nicolae-Cristian Molea (MA student, University of Bucharest)
“Luddites, Neo-Luddites and the Inability of Science Fiction to Think Beyond Autonomous Technology”

Daniela Șora (PhD candidate, “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu)
“Three Faces of Britain’s National Identity” (online)

15:00-15:15 Coffee Break

15:15-16:45 Panel 3: Identity Performance (Chair: Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru, University of Bucharest)

Irina Vasile (MA student, University of Bucharest)
“Staging the Experience of the Outsider through Humour and Rage in Michaela Coel’s Solo Performance Chewing Gum Dreams”

Sidonia Ariton (PhD candidate, University of Bucharest)
“Shakespeare in India: Who’s the Alien?” (online)

Daria Nedelea (MA student, University of Bucharest)
“The Pursuit of Perfection: Queer Womanhood in British Films”

16:45-18:00 Keynote Lecture and Closing Remarks:
Dragoș Ivana (Head of the English Department, University of Bucharest)
“Should Literature Be Alien to Cultural Studies?”

18:00-19:00 Wine and Pretzels

Book of abstracts in PDF