Tag: Global Cinema

From Cincinnati to Saarbrücken: Stirling’s September

As well as heralding the start of a new academic year for our students, September also saw French at Stirling staff giving invited lectures at conferences in Germany and the US.

2016-bill-cincinnatiOn 6 September, Bill Marshall was invited to give a guest lecture at Saint Louis University entitled ‘Rethinking Francophone Film: World Cinemas and World History’ and a keynote at the World Cinema and Television in French Conference at the University of Cincinnati. These talks sought to link the question of cinéma-monde to the longue durée of world history, via four films: A tout prendre (Jutra, 1963), Quest for Fire (Annaud, 1981), Avant les rues (Leriche, 2016) and Stavisky (Resnais, 1974).

From 29 September to 2 October, Fiona Barclay was an invited speaker at the 10th annual conference of the Francoromanistes allemands, which took place at Saarbrücken in Germany. Dr Barclay was invited to speak on the subject of ghosts and haunting North Africa, and her lecture was accompanied by a number of papers on the same broad theme delivered by delegates from across Germany, the United States, France and Morocco. The conference also benefited from the presence of Kebir Mustapha Ammi, the Moroccan-born novelist, who participated in the scholarly debates, and who gave a well-attended reading of his work during one of the evening events. Intriguingly, Kebir Ammi cites Scotland as his favourite area of the UK, and the work of Robert Louis Stevenson as one of the earliest influences on his writing. Perhaps Stirling will have the opportunity to invite him to renew his ties with Scotland in the near future!

In coming weeks, Stirling colleagues will be giving invited papers in Liverpool, at the Africa in Motion film festival, in Dakar and in Montpellier… And French at Stirling staff will be giving lectures and introductory talks at public and schools screenings as part of the annual French Film Festival at the MacRobert in November. We’re also hoping to welcome one of our Erasmus partners, Laurence Gourievidis, from Blaise-Pascal University in Clermont-Ferrand to Stirling in early-December. News on all of these to follow…

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From Cannes to Michigan with Mark Cousins and Orson Welles

This isn’t, strictly speaking, all about French or France but, then again, neither is French at Stirling! France and metropolitan French are only part of what we do so this seems a fine time to share this: Our 2014 Honorary Graduate, Mark Cousins, has written this fantastic letter to Orson Welles, inviting him on a road trip through the places and spaces of global cinema, all the way from Cannes and Cap d’Antibes to Michigan and the Traverse City Film Festival via Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso and the FESPACO film festival.

From Saint-Pierre et Miquelon to Global Quebec Cinema

2016 Bill NYU Poster

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the return of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, the only French territory in North America, to France, French at Stirling’s Professor Bill Marshall has been invited to give a talk on ‘Islands and Archipelagos: The Spaces of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon’at NYU on 5 April. Bill will be speaking alongside NYU Professor Eugène Nicole who will be reading from his most recent publication Le Silence des cartes.

During his visit, Bill will also be chairing a panel on ‘Perspectives on Quebec Global Cinema’ at the annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Atlanta. An interview with Bill on recent shifts in Quebec Global Cinema was published in the Canadian Film Studies journal Synoptique and can be accessed here

Spaces Available to Study French at Stirling in 2014-15

A number of places are available through UCAS Clearing to study French at Stirling in 2014-15. These are places for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland or from outside the EU but not, unfortunately, for Scottish students. If you are interested in coming to study with us, you will find more information here, including contact details for our Exams Helpline who can advise on exactly how to proceed.

Places are also available on our Global Cinema and Culture programme, to study Spanish and Latin American Studies, and on our double degree programmes in International Management and Intercultural Studies.