Registration is now open for Species of spaces: a transdisciplinary conference on the work of Georges Perec, Teesside University

Date of Event
28th March 2014

Last Booking Date for this Event
28th March 2014

Georges Perec (1936-1982) has long been celebrated for his playful and experimental approach to writing – most famously in La Disparition (1969), a lipogram written entirely without the letter ‘e’, and translated into English as A Void by Gilbert Adair.
A leading member of the Oulipo, a transdisciplinary group whose members included writers and mathematicians, Perec has gained an international status as a leading innovator in the literary arts in post-war Europe.
Recent years have seen the publication of new translations of Perec’s novels and essays and the emergence of a renewed critical interest in his work and its legacy. Moreover, Perec’s use of creative constraints has proved an inspiration not only for writers but also for artists working in a range of disciplines.
In this context, this conference has two closely related aims. The first is to reflect on the impact of Perec’s work on innovative creative practice within the literary arts and beyond.
The second is to explore transdisciplinary research methods and practice within the arts and humanities. This one day international conference will provide a unique opportunity for researchers, writers and artists to engage in creative and critical dialogue across the disciplines.
Time: 9.15am – 9.00pm
Starting at Darlington Campus then a coach to Middlesbrough campus late afternoon and return back to Darlington by coach on the evening.

Provisional conference programme
9.15 – 9.45am: Conference Registration (Darlington Campus)
9.45 – 10.00am: Welcome
10.00 – 11.00am: Plenary One: Dr Kate Briggs
11.00 – 11.30am: Break
11.30 – 12.30am: Parallel Panels: A & B

Panel A
Neil Chapman, Resistant Visualities in the Winter Journey
Tom Sykes, Georges Perec & Walking into Topophillia
Leslie Satin, Dancing in Place: Exhaustion, Embodiment, and Perec

Panel B
Mark Goodall, The Poetics of Cinematic Space: George Perec and Alain Robbe-Grillet
Mikel Horl, Processing Perec: The Species of Spaces Containership
Mirielle Ribiere: Georges Perec: An enabling figure

12.30 – 2.00pm: Lunch , Dance Installation, Dr Victoria Hunter & Leslie Satin, ‘Hidden Dip’
2.00 – 3.00pm: Plenary Two: Dr Victoria Hunter, ‘Space, Place and Site-Dance: Interdisciplinary Dialogues’.
3.00 – 3.30pm: Break

Panel C
Danielle Constantine, Perecquian Dolls Houses
David Stent, Not to be Introduced
Joanne Lee, Barely indicative of a method: researching with Perec

Panel D
Oleksandr Vynogradov, From Swerving to Drifting: Perec’s Turn from the conventional
Shuichiro Shiotsuka, Three literary works of reportage inspired by Georges Perec’s method
Christopher Hall, Launching the Machine into Space

4.30 – 5.30pm: Coach to Middlesbrough Campus
5.30 – 6.00pm: Performance: Rebecca Camillieri and Nicola Rayworth (Mercuria Dance Studio)
6.00 – 7.00pm: Buffet & Reception
7.00 – 9.00pm: Plenary 3: Christian Bök, introduced by Hannah Silva (Centuria Building, H0.01)
9.00pm: Coach to Darlington Campus / Train Station