OCCT HT Week 3 Updates

Don’t forget to register for OCCT’s postgraduate and early-career conference, Translational Spaces: Language, Literatures, Disciplines Conference, taking place on 22 February 2020 at St Anne’s College. The conference programme and registration link is available here: https://www.occt.ox.ac.uk/translational-spaces-language-literatures-disciplines-conference. The conference will culminate with André Naffis-Sahely reading from The Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exile Literature (Pushkin Press, 2019).

In our next Discussion Group session, on 10 February, we will have a conversation with two guests, Dr Julia Caterina Hartley (Warwick) and Dr Xiaofan Amy Li (UCL), about their respective books Reading Dante and Proust by Analogy and Comparative Encounters between Artaud, Michaux and the Zhuangzi: Rationality, Cosmology and Ethics. We will be meeting between 12.45-2pm, in Seminar Room 10 in the New Library at St Anne's College. No advance preparation is needed. As always, sandwich lunch, fruit and coffee will be provided.

On 12 February, the Fiction and Other Minds seminar explores the question, What Can Literature Teach us about Personal and Collective Identification? Dan Zahavi (Copenhagen; Oxford) and Naomi Rokotnitz (Oxford) will give talks. The Fiction and Other Minds seminar will take place at 5.15pm in Seminar Room 11 at St Anne’s College. Check our website for further details.




The Society for Pirandello Studies invites entries into two essay competitions, one for undergraduates and the other for bona fide postgraduate students.

The life and/or writings of Luigi Pirandello shall constitute at least half of the essay’s subject; e.g. a balanced discussion of Pirandello and one other writer is acceptable.

After initial consultation with a tutor or supervisor the essay must be the entrant’s own unaided work.

Entries are acceptable from anywhere in the world, but the essay must be written in English. It must not exceed 3,000 words in length if entered into the undergraduate competition or 5,000 if entered into the postgraduate competition.

No abstract is required. A bibliography may be appended at the competitor’s discretion and is not included in the word-count.

The essay must adhere to the style of Pirandello Studies, or of the MHRA or the MLA.

The essay must be submitted electronically to enza.defrancisci@glasgow.ac.uk by 1 July 2020. By the same date a message must be sent to the same address by the entrant’s tutor or supervisor stating that the entrant is a registered undergraduate or a bona fide postgraduate student and that, as far as the writer is aware, beyond initial consultation the essay is the entrant’s own unaided work.

The entry must be submitted as a Word document in the font Times New Roman, 12-point.

The entry must indicate for which competition it is intended and include the entrant’s name, the academic institution where they are registered and the name and e-mail address of their tutor/supervisor.

The prize in each competition will be publication of the winning essay in the Society’s journal Pirandello Studies, volume 41 (2021), whose editor may advise the author about modifications prior to publication.

In each competition the judges reserve the right to award no prize if they deem no entry to have reached an appropriate standard.

The results of the competitions will be communicated by electronic mail to all entrants during the first half of September 2020.

The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence about them will be entered into.



School of Advanced Study | University of London

Tuesday, 3 March 2020, at 6 pm

The 2020 Biennial Ingeborg Bachmann Centre Lecture entitled Bachmann – Celan – Bachmann will be given by Peter Filkins (Bard College, USA)

Venue: The Court Room, Senate House, Malet Street

Further details | to reserve seats: https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/21291

Attendance free, but advance online registration required.

3. The Institute of Modern Languages Research is seeking a full-time Early Career Researcher (fixed term for two calendar years) to be responsible for fulfilling the Institute’s national mission to promote and facilitate research and public engagement in the field of Modern Languages (primarily Italian and/or Spanish) with Digital Humanities.

The role:

The successful candidate will be expected to convene, support and promote interdisciplinary scholarly events related to Modern Languages/Digital Humanities in collaboration with the Institute’s academic staff and administrators; to create and develop new opportunities to promote scholarly work related to Modern Languages/Digital Humanities at IMLR and external venues; and to collaborate on graduate teaching and doctoral research.

Candidates must have completed, or be nearing completion, a doctorate in the broad area of Modern Languages. Expertise is required in the core technical skills essential for digital research in the humanities.

Further information:

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit your CV and cover letter (by clicking ‘apply for job' at the bottom of the page linked above) before the closing date at midnight on Sunday, 23 February 2020. Further details, including job description, are available on the advert page.

Interviews are likely to be held in the week commencing 9 March 2020. This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 24 months, to start as soon as possible.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Godela.Weiss-Sussex@sas.ac.uk    

Please note that the University of London will be unable to sponsor candidates for a visa for this role. Therefore, successful applicants must be able to demonstrate their right to work in the UK for the duration of their employment.


4. International Book Club – Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

3 March, 5pm – 6:30pm, Memorial Room, Queen’s College

At the latest QTE International Book Club, we’ll be discussing award-winning Polish author Olga Tokarczuk’s Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead. Translator Antonia Lloyd-Jones will be joining us for the discussion. All are welcome to this free event, but please sign up here. Blackwell’s are offering a 30% discount to book club attendees – see further details at the eventbrite page above.

5. Funded PhD Studentship in German and Austrian Exile at the IMLR

A Martin and Hannah Norbert-Miller Trust doctoral studentship is available for entry in October 2020 to graduates wishing to focus their research on German-speaking exile, preferably in the UK. Relevant disciplines are: history, politics, sociology, migration, the arts. The Miller Scholarship provides a fee waiver of up to 100% of the full-time or part-time Home/EU tuition fee, tenable for three (full-time) or five years (part-time), plus maintenance. Applications for research based on the archival holdings of the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies at the IMLR, such as the papers of the Anglo-Austrian Society or those of the writer and broadcaster Robert Lucas, would be particularly welcome. A working knowledge of German is necessary.

The award provides the successful applicant with a fee waiver equivalent to up to 100% of the full-time or part-time Home/EU tuition fee, and is tenable for three years (full-time) or five years (part-time), plus maintenance equivalent to that offered by the AHRC LAHP doctoral consortium. The successful candidate will register at the Institute of Modern Languages Research (University of London School of Advanced Study) for the MPhil/PhD degree of the University of London and will be able to draw on the expertise of the Institute’s Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies.

Candidates should hold a Masters degree or equivalent. Professional qualifications are also accepted.  Applications should be made on the School of Advanced Study application form (closing date: 31 July 2020) and copied to jane.lewin@sas.ac.uk. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. 

Queries regarding possible research proposals may be directed to Professor Charmian Brinson (https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/graduate-study/mphilphd#brinson).



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