Friday, November 17, 2017

Baltu filoloģijas Poznaņā 70. gadu jubileja

Ar starptautisko zinātnisko konferenci "Perspectives of Baltic Philology" nosvinēti septiņdesmit gadi kopš Baltu filoloģijas nodibināšanas Poznaņas universitātē.

Sīkāka informācija un programma šeit.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The 12th Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe

My paper at the 12th Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe at the University of Latvia in Riga
19-21 June, 2017
Panel "Gender, history and media"

Researching constructions of femininity, masculinity and sexuality in Latvian social media discourses

This paper shall present the current state of the project “Constructing femininity, masculinity and sexuality in German, Latvian and Polish social media discourses”, realized since December 2015 at the University of Bremen. The study shows how discourse shapes popular constructions of social reality and contributes to their variations in different languages/countries, within the context and under the influence of diverging histories of political and economic systems, social change and movements, and power relations, with particular attention paid to the three countries' varying socialist legacies and current positions within the EU. This focus on historical intra- and inter-national power relations makes it possible to use critical and postcolonial approaches to language in order to trace continuity and change in discourses on gender and sexuality competing within and between German, Latvian and Polish societies. The use of social media guarantees access to various discourses, including those marginalized or absent in traditional mass media.
In accordance with the conference’s theme, the presentation shall focus on the Baltic State included in the study, i.e. Latvia. It will reflect on the discourses of the local LGBT community and its opponents within the context of Latvia’s post-Soviet democratic development and its nation rebuilding project.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Open Campus 2017

This year, the Postcolonial Studies group was given the challenging and exciting task of organizing the activities of Faculty 10: Linguistics and Literary Studies at the Open Campus day, which took place on Saturday, June 17th 2017.

Under the supervision of Eeva Sippola and Kerstin Knopf and the coordination of Joanna Chojnicka, a large range of presentations and activities were offered to visitors at the pagoda of Faculty 10. The postcolonial team was supported by the student assistants Michaela Puschmann and Anna Todt as well as the members of Stuga Anglistik.
Throughout the day, fortune-cookies and arabic sweets were handed around and a mini-cinema invited visitors to watch short movies made by the students of MA Transnationale Literaturwissenschaft and a poetry reading. 
Presentations included Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies by Prof. Dr. Kerstin Knopf, Postcolonial Language Studies by Dr. Marivic Lesho, Linguistic Fieldwork in Papua New Guinea by Dr. Lidia Mazzitelli and Research-based learning by BA-Student Michaela Puschmann. Many keen visitors could be found in our workshop on the International Phonetic Alphabet, where participants had the chance to read and write in IPA-Symbols. 
INPUTS contributed to our pagoda by presenting their Guayana- and Haiti-Projects, while Michael Claridge offered a photo-exhibition on the students' excursion to Shakespeare's London and on the most recent play by the Parliament of Foules, Doctor Faustus.
At the end of the day, our team enjoyed the concert of Samy Deluxe and celebrated a succesful and rewarding day. Thanks to everyone who contributed - we are already looking forward to the next Open Campus!
[text by Michaela Puschmann & Joanna Chojnicka]