Monthly Archives: October 2016

Creative Writing Reading Series – Jon Thompson


As part of the Autumn Term Creative Writing Reading Series

University of Kent Paris School of Arts and Culture

Proudly presents Jon Thompson reading from his new poetry work Strange Country


Fascinated by strangeness that’s made in the U.S.A – its beliefs and organization, its affinity for violence and its elusive relationship with the past – Strange Country (Shearsman 2016) lyrically addresses itself to defining American landscapes/dreamscapes, and to their unaccountable beauty.

“In Strange Country Jon Thompson addresses the voices, amongst others, of ‘the traffic of fear’, and bids their speakers join the living…The accomplishment of Strange Country begins with the exact measure of its line and its discovered idiom in the face of what may well be termed the present contradictions of a strange country…Here we find the places of a shared identity where history is disguised, lost, or made into fun for all the family. This is a discovery conveyed in a poetry which not only discloses new meanings for these American places, but also bears the darker episodes of a history usually processed off the screen and page.”Kelvin Corcoran

Jon Thompson is a Professor of English at North Carolina State University where he teaches courses in twentieth-century/contemporary American and British literature. He maintains a particular interest in contemporary poetry and poetics. His current work comes out of his career as a poet, critic and editor. He is the founding editor of the international online journal Free Verse: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry & Poetics, launched in 2001 and also the editor of the single-author poetry series, Free Verse Editions, launched in 2005.

Thursday 17 November 2016

6.30pm at Reid Hall, Grande Salle

4 rue de Chevreuse, Montparnasse, Paris 75006 (Métro: Vavin)

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Open Day 2016 – Book Now



We host regular open events throughout the year for prospective students. If you are interested in, or have applied for, any undergraduate and postgraduate degree that Kent offers at its locations in the UK or Europe, our open events are a great opportunity to find out more information about our programmes and studying at the University of Kent.

2016 dates:

  • Wednesday 23 November 2016, 17.00 – 19.00 (local time) Book online
  • Friday 24 February 2017 (booking is not yet available)


The events are held at Reid Hall, University of Kent, 4 rue Chevreuse, 75006 Paris

Why attend?

It’s a great opportunity to find out more about all the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees that Kent offers, entry requirements, admissions procedures and graduate prospects. Current students will be on hand to tell you about life as a Kent student and we can also help with your fees and funding questions.

If you are considering postgraduate study at the University’s Paris Centre, you will be able to talk to specialist academics and current students about the wide range of year-long and split-site programmes available.

If you have any queries regarding our postgraduate programmes in Paris, or would like to visit the Centre before the open event then please contact them directly.


Book Now for Wednesday 23 November 2016!


EU students still eligible for UK loans and grants in 2017/18

The Department for Education has just issued a press release to announce that EU students applying for a place at an English university in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants:
‘The government has today (11 October 2016) announced that EU students applying for a place at an English university or further education institution in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants – and will be for the duration of their course. The decision will mean that students applying to study from 2017 to 2018 will not only be eligible for the same funding and support as they are now, but that their eligibility will continue throughout their course, even if the UK exits the European Union during that period.’

Translating Cultures Seminar Series: Autumn 2016


Politics of Translation – Translation of Cultures

American University of Paris – University of Kent, Paris – University of London Institute in Paris

Seminar Series

The terrain and processes of translation are changing faster than ever before. New technologies, greater competition and connection between spaces of editorial decision, shifting interfaces between places of textual production: the range of forces at play in the geopolitics of translation is vast and complex, implicating ever more zones and expressions of culture. This seminar series will explore specific instances of transformation and broader trends across this terrain, inviting speakers and their audiences to consider some of the following questions:

  • How do the modalities of funding and distribution of translations shape the production of culture?
  • How are the formal characteristics of contemporary cultural artefacts – texts, audio-visual production, exhibitions – shaped by questions of translatability?
  • What are the spaces of translation today, and how do they function?
  • What are the temporalities of translations and how has that changed?
  • What in translation is irreducible to a politics of translation?
  • Is translation excessive?
  • What is the vitality of translation?

Papers will be delivered in English. They are open to the public, if you have any questions about access, please write to


Thursday 15 September – AUP, 6.30pm

Emeute/Grève: The Language of Riot

Joshua Clover, University of California, Davis

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Friday 23 September – ULIP, 6.00pm

Under the pavés of Parisian History – ULIP

Anna-Louise Milne, University of London Institute in Paris

Thursday 20 October – Reid Hall, 6.30pm

On his collection of poems “Through”: five extended texts addressing the ways in which contemporary public language has been rendered officially hostile.

David Herd, University of Kent 
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Thursday 10 November – AUP, 6.30pm

Hannah Arendt and refugee rights

Lyndsey Stonebridge, University of East Anglia 
More information to come

Wednesday 23 November – Reid Hall, 6.30pm

In association with Being Human, we mark the anniversary of the November 13 2015 Paris attacks, when copies of Hemingway’s Moveable Feast were left at memorials around the city 

Sarah Churchwell, University of East Anglia 
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Creative Writing Reading Series – David Herd


As part of the Autumn Term Creative Writing Reading Series

University of Kent Paris School of Arts and Culture

Proudly presents David Herd reading from his new poetry work Through


A new book of poetry by internationally acclaimed poet David Herd addresses the language that surrounds the reception of people seeking asylum in the UK. Considering the risks that such official hostility poses to human intimacy, Through sets out to register broken affections, to re-explore possibilities of solidarity and trust. Countering the enclosures of public discourse, the poems embrace instead ‘a language in transition’, one in which meaning is multiple, ‘echoing into place a genuine and subsisting relationship’. David Herd is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Kent and co-organiser of the Refugee Tales project.

What are we going through? How do we get through this? How saturated are we, through and through, with feelings and political sensibilities in interior exile from our time and place? All these questions and more are evoked in David Herd’s subtle and resistantly intelligent work – lyrical and critical at once. Refugees and refusals, refuge and Law, conscience and critique, Agencies and agency, politics and poetics all combine in a pensive work of singular poethical force.” Rachel Blau DuPlessis

Thursday 20 October 2016

6.30pm at Reid Hall, Salle de Conférence

4 rue de Chevreuse, Montparnasse, Paris 75006 (Métro: Vavin)

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