School of Arts Research Symposium (SOARS): World Literatures

Date Thursday 14 - Friday 15 November 2019
Time 9am (Thursday 14 November) - 5pm (Friday 15 November)
Location J.G.17 for presentations; J.G.20 for morning/afternoon tea and lunch
Cost Free

The first School of Arts Research Symposium will be taking place at the University of Waikato and will feature a special visit by SISU English Academics.

The symposium is open to staff and students, who are welcome to attend all or part of the advertised programme.

When:Thursday 14 November from 9am – 5:30pm
Friday 15 November from 2pm – 5pm

J.G.17 for presentations; J.G.20 for morning/afternoon tea and lunch


Thursday, 14 November 2019

9.00am – Formal Welcome
Professor Kirkman

9.30am - 11.00am – Session 1
Chair: Associate Professor Mark Houlahan

Professor Wang Guanglin: Against Untranslatability: Rethinking World Literatures
Dr Maebh Long: Towards an Oceanian Modernism
Dr Jiaying Cai: China’s Web-based Wuxia Fiction and its Global Niche Market

11.00am - 11.30am – Morning Tea

11.30am - 1.00pm – Session 2

Chair: Dr Maebh Long

Dr Ann Hardy: Readers and Viewers: Studying Audience Evaluations of The Hobbit Film Trilogy Using a Hybrid Qualitative and Quantitative Methodology

Dr Yan Sun: Interculturality and Intertextuality: Robert Van Gulik’s Judge Dee Novels
Dr Tracey Slaughter: Matches Struck in the Dark: Flash Fiction and the Senses

1.00pm - 2.00pm – Lunch

2.00pm - 4.00pm – Session 3
Chair: Dr Tracey Slaughter

Dr Di Johnson: Intersections: Applied Linguistics Meets Literary Analysis
Dr Yuan Jieling: Teaching World Cinema
Dr Li Mei: Opening up Dialogues in Classroom Teaching
Assoc. Prof. Kirstine Moffat: Thresholds, Creativity, and Teaching Space

4.00pm - 5.30pm – Wine, Nibbles and Creative Writing Reading
Featuring the work of Catherine Chidgey, Dr Tracey Slaughter and their talented students

Friday, 15 November 2019

2.00pm - 3.30pm - Graduate Showcase
Chair: Associate Professor Kirstine Moffat

Chelsea Bowden: ‘(De-)Constructing Queer Gender Identity in Angela Carter's The Passion of New Eve
Sara Ali: Representations of Masculinity in Daniyal Mueenuddin's In Other Rooms, Other Wonders
Matt Elder: Martyr Narratives, Cultural Memory, and the Making of New Worlds in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn

3.30pm - 5.00pm: Concluding Afternoon Tea