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Laurent Binet – Creative Writing Reading Series

Creative Writing Reading Series

Laurent Binet 

Thursday 9 February 2017

6.30pm at Reid Hall, in the Salle de Conférence
4 rue de Chevreuse, Montparnasse, Paris 75006
All welcome.

Award-winner French author Laurent Binet will be reading from and talking about his book ‘The 7th function of language’ (2015), a story about Roland Barthes and the power of language. Binet’s novel starts with Barthes’ death, and assumes the death is an assassination. In the political and intellectual world of the time, everyone is a suspect…

“A brilliantly erudite comedy that recalls Flaubert’s Parrot and The Name of the Rose—with more than a dash of The Da Vinci CodeThe Seventh Function of Language takes us from the cafés of Saint-Germain to the corridors of Cornell University, and into the duels and orgies of the Logos Club, a secret philosophical society that dates to the Roman Empire. Binet has written both a send-up and a wildly exuberant celebration of the French intellectual tradition.” – Macmillan Publishers

Laurent Binet was born in Paris. His first novel, ‘HHhH’, was named one of the fifty best books of 2015 by The New York Times and received the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman. He is a professor at the University of Paris III, where he lectures on French literature.

Spring Term: Politics of Translation – Translating Cultures


in association with:

University of London Institute in Paris
Columbia Global Centers Paris
American University of Paris


Politics of Translation – Translating Cultures

Spring Term 2017

All seminars are at Reid Hall

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

2 February 2017                  Anna Schaffner                     Grande Salle

‘Our Age of Exhaustion’

16 February 2017                Claire Joubert                        Grande Salle

‘Saussure the ethnographer: Peoples, the popular, and non-identity in Europe’

11 March 2017                    Ensemble Quintitus              Grande Salle

‘Soufflé Coupé : A Minute at Noon’, Chamber Music concert

30 March 2017                     Abdulrazak Gurnah              Grande Salle, 7 pm

‘Rendered into English’

23 May 2017                       Martin Hammer                      Grande Salle, 6:30pm

‘David Hockney: transatlantic artist’

— free and open to all —

Spring Term: Creative Reading Writing Series


Creative Writing Reading Series

Spring Term 2017

All readings are at 6.30pm at Reid Hall

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

26 January 2017                  Fariba Hachtroudi                 Grande Salle


9 February 2017                  Laurent Binet                         Salle de Conférence


23 February 2017                David Szalay                          Maison Verte


22 March 2017                     Lee Ann Brown                     Salle de Conférence

— free and open to all —

New MA Programme: European Culture

Kent’s new MA in European Culture makes it possible to study the history, literature, and political philosophies of the continent while based in Paris, Europe’s cultural capital.

Europe is at the heart of many contemporary political debates, and is a geographically, linguistically and culturally diverse continent with a rich history. From the French Revolution to the European Union, Europe has long been a placeholder for any number of utopian, internationalist aspirations. To trace the history of the cultural constructions of Europe is to hold a mirror up to its changing intellectual faces.

The programme is offered by the Department of Modern Languages, and benefits from staff expertise in a variety of disciplines across the School of European Culture and Languages.  The MA offers you the chance to immerse yourself fully in European culture in order to enhance your linguistic skills and cultural understanding. Kent’s Paris School of Arts and Culture is based at Reid Hall, where authors and philosophers such as Barthes, Beauvoir and Derrida have lectured, and in the heart of historic Montparnasse, where Picasso and Modigliani had their studios.

The programme consists of one core module, ‘The Idea of Europe’, and three further taught modules, followed by a final dissertation. All modules are taught in English.

This is an ideal programme for anyone with an interest in the rapidly changing political history of Europe, in its diverse literature, or in the experience and independence gained from living and studying overseas for an extended period of time.

 For more information, go to our programmes page.

A Moveable Feast – Being Human in Paris

Professor Sarah Churchwell

Director of the Being Human Festival (School of Advanced Studies)

6:30pm, Wednesday 23 November

Reid Hall

4 rue de chevreuse, 75006 Paris, Metro: Vavin

(Photo credit: @colleensparis and @tremblay_p)

The University of London Institute in Paris and the University of Kent Paris School of Arts and Culture are joining forces to bring the Being Human Festival to Paris with a roundtable event. This evening will be an opportunity to discuss the importance of literature and the Humanities in the wake of the attacks in Paris one year ago. After these events which turned spaces of festivity into targets for acts of terror, people laid copies of Hemingway’s Moveable Feast on the improvised shrines dotted around the areas affected. The title in French – Paris est une fête – stood out as a defiant refusal of the terror that had been unleashed on the city. What does this turn to literature, and to a text written by an American about the expatriate community in the Années Folles of the interwar era, tell us about why literature remains a vital response to violent ideologies? We will address this question and the importance of writing and translation in the heart of Hemingway’s old stamping ground of Montparnasse, bringing French and British perspectives to the question of why the Humanities help us be human better.

Featuring contemporary British writer Joanna Walsh, recently described by Deborah Levy as “fast becoming one of our most important writers,” and Professor Claire Joubert, who leads the “Poétique de l’étranger” programme and is author of numerous studies of English and Anglophone literature at the intersection between poetics and politics.


The event will feature contemporary British writer Joanna Walsh, recently described by Deborah Levy as “fast becoming one of our most important writers,” and Professor Claire Joubert, who leads the “Poétique de l’étranger” programme and is author of numerous studies of English and Anglophone literature at the intersection between poetics and politics.

  • Sarah Churchwell is one of the UK’s most prominent academics. Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities and Professorial Fellow in American Literature, Institute of English Studies (School of Advanced Study) since 2015, she is the author of The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe (2004) and Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby (2013). Sarah was also on the judging panel for the 2014 Man Booker Prize.
  • Claire Joubert is Professor of English Literature at Université Paris 8. She is the author of Critiques de l’anglais. Poétique et politique d’une langue mondialisée, (2015) and editor of recent collaborative volumes Le Postcolonial comparé. Anglophonie, francophonie (2014) and Comparer l’étranger. Enjeux du comparatisme en littérature (2006).
  • Joanna Walsh is the author of Hotel, Vertigo, Grow a Pair, and Fractals. Her writing has also been published by Granta Magazine, The Dalkey Archive Best European Fiction 2015, Best British Short Stories 2014 and 2015, The Stinging Fly, gorse journal, The Dublin Review and others. She reviews at The New Statesman and The Guardian. She edits at 3:AM Magazine and Catapult, and is the founder of @read_women. She is a judge on the 2016 Goldsmiths prize, and is a PhD candidate in Creative and Critical writing at the University of East Anglia.
  • Peter Brown is Professor of Medieval English Literature and Director of the University of Kent Paris School of Arts and Culture. He is the author of numerous studies of Chaucer and also, in 2013, of Tango, a meditation on the way in which tango mediates touch through technique and decorum.

This panel is organised by Dr Anna-Louise Milne (ULIP) and will be chaired by Professor Peter Brown (Kent).

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The event is free but numbers are limited; please register in advance to reserve your place.

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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!


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 anna-louise.milne@ulip.lon.ac.uk


Thursday 15 September – AUP, 6.30pm

Emeute/Grève: The Language of Riot

Joshua Clover, University of California, Davis

Click here for more information

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 
 Click here for more information

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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Kent Law School runs first ever Paris summer programme

Inspired by the University’s first ever Paris summer school in June with dedicated University-funded 50th anniversary scholarships, the Kent Law School decided to run its own programme this summer from 22-26 July 2013.

The week long programme was organised to prepare 15 new LLM students for their upcoming postgraduate studies. Participants, who came from the UK, America, Jamaica and Nigeria, were based at the University’s Paris facilities at Reid Hall in the Montparnasse district of Paris.

Lectures focussed on international criminal justice; law, arts and colonialism; environmental law; criminal justice; international commercial law; the French legal system and comparative law. To complement their learning, students also visited the Musée du Quai Branly and were given a tour of the main law libraries in Paris by Professor Geoffrey Samuel, an expert in French law.  

Dr Vicky Conway, Kent Law School Senior Lecturer and Director of the Pre-LLM programme said:

Our first ever Kent Law School Paris Summer Programme has been a great success and we would love to repeat it in the future. Being able to use the University’s facilities in Paris presents a wonderful opportunity for both students and staff to learn and teach in a new environment. Living and studying abroad, if only for a short time, certainly enhances the students’ experience and improves their confidence

Paris Summer School Lecturer presents student views of a museum trip at conference

Just over a week ago, Dr Sophia Labadi, Lecturer of Heritage at the University of Kent’s School of European Culture Languages, Director of the Centre for Heritage, and recent speaker at the summer school at the University of Kent, Paris spoke about her research on the Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration in Paris.

This museum featured in the Paris summer school programme following Dr Labadi’s session on ‘Immigration and integration’.

Dr Labadi, an expert in heritage and former UNESCO employee, concluded through her research that this museum is essentially ineffective in its aims to represent France’s immigrant population.

During the trip to the museum, summer school students were asked to consider and discuss Dr Labadi’s conclusions, making their own critical assessment of the museum based on their own impressions as visitors.

The conference ‘Memory Matters: African diaspora heritage’ on 20th July at the University of East London, organised by the University of Kent and the Congolese Refugee group discussed ‘historical, cultural and postcolonial connections and disconnections between the UK, the Congo and beyond’ . There were speakers from the Congolese community, youth activists, academics, artists and project members/volunteers.

Dr Labadi told us:

When I presented my work on the cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration at the conference I talked about some of the interesting discussions we had during the summer school visit. Thanks again to all of the summer school students for their critical engagement!