OCCT MT Week 4 Updates



In Week 5, we’re thrilled to host poet and translator, Peter Cole. Peter Cole is the author of five poetry books and numerous volumes of translation from Hebrew and Arabic, medieval and modern. His many honours include an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Jewish National Book Award, PEN and TLS Prizes in Translation, and a MacArthur Fellowship. On 13 November, Peter will offer a translation workshop. On 14 November, he will give a talk entitled Hearing the Drawing: Ekphrastic Poetry and Translation, A Reading and Conversation. Both events will take place in Seminar Room 10 of St Anne’s College.

On Monday of Week 4 we ran another special session of the Discussion Group, and this time our guest will be Erin Mouré, a Canadian poet and translator of poetry from languages which include French, Galician, Portuguese and Spanish to English. She is the recipient of several awards. In this collaborative event with Queen’s Translation Exchange, Erin Mouré presented an extract from her latest translation and discussed its challenges with us.


1.Queen’s Translation Exchange Events

Thursday 7 November: Advanced translation masterclass with Erín Moure at Queen's College, welcoming undergraduate students of Advanced Translation. By invitation only.

Monday 11 November, 5.15 - 6.45 pm: Multilingual translation workshop with Erín Moure in the Memorial Room at Queen's College, and in conjunction with Poets Translating Poets. All are welcome, please sign up here.

Thursday 14 November, 5.15 - 6.45 pm: Joint event with Erín Moure and Chus Pato, focusing on their collaborative work, in the Shulman Auditorium at Queen's College. Followed by drinks until 7.15 pm. All are welcome, please sign up here.

For further info, see here: https://www.queens.ox.ac.uk/translation-events.

2. 15 November. Workshop (TORCH) Clandestine Acts: The Global Journeys of Literary Theory 

This workshop aims to investigate the dynamics that regulate the global circulation of literary theory. Within the fields of comparative and world literature, scholars have been to how literary texts are received and modified by acts of border-crossing. Does theory, however, constitute a separate category that calls for distinctive methods and approaches? Analía Gerbaudo (TORCH Global South Fellow) will present her research on literary theory and clandestine reading in Argentina during the dictatorship. Building on her work, we will discuss the impact of literary theory on the institutionalisation and/or the politicisation of literary studies in different countries. What was the role of translation and journals in the global migration of literary theory, from psychoanalysis to postcolonialism? What constitutes clandestine reading? And how can we theorise and respond to the psychological and political violence of censorship? We aim to bring together scholars with different regional and historical forms of expertise in order to discuss these topics. 

1:30    Panel one

Analía Gerbaudo, ‘The Importation of Theories in the Field of Literary Studies (Argentina, 1976-1986): Between Clandestinity and Institutionalisation’

Response: Martin Puchner (Harvard)

2:30    Panel two 

Galin Tihanov (QMUL), ‘Resistance to Theory: Notes from the (Soviet) Underground’

María del Pilar Blanco (Oxford), ‘Theorizing Planetarity by way of Latin American Literature’

Lucile Dumont (EHESS, Paris), ‘Theory Without Borders? The transnational Spaces and Circulation of literary theory (1960s-1970s)’  

4:00    Tea and coffee 

4:30    Panel three

Francesca Billiani (Manchester), ‘Transnational Circulation of Anti-fascist Periodical Press, 1922-1943’ 

John Kraniauskas (Birkbeck, University of London), ‘Translation has Always Already Begun’


2. Saturday 30 November 2019, 14:00-19:30


Proletkult and the Languages of Modernity

Room G35, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU




Proletkult refers to the Proletarian Cultural-Enlightenment Organization (Proletarskie kul'turno-prosvetitel'nye organizatsii). The institution was autonomous from the Bolshevik party, but is regarded by many as the cultural arm of the revolution. Founded in 1917, it was tasked with developing radical avant-garde aesthetics tailored to the working classes and their emergent role in modern industrial culture.

Proletkult peaked in 1920, when it spread like wildfire before its imminent demise. Despite its short lifespan, it was widely influential. This workshop aims to explore Proletkult from the original angle of language, translation and collective identity, in both Marxist and non-Marxist keys. Topics covered include: the polemics between Lenin and Proletkult in the shadow of the literacy campaign in the USSR, the British reception of Proletkult, Chinese modernity in translation, Soviet sociolinguistics and Gramsci’s linguistic modernity, transnational ethnopolitics along the EU-Russian border and Ljudski Oder between Slovenia, Italy and the international Proletkult.



14:00     Session 1  Chair: N Barron (Birmingham)

Maria Chehonadskih (Central St Martins): “The Epistemological Revolution of Proletkul’t” 

Alessandro Carlucci (Oxford): “Multilingualism and Standardisation: On Gramsci’s Interest in Language and Culture”

Qing Cao (Durham): “Translating Concepts through Graphic Loans: The Case of Guomin in Late Imperial China”

15:30     Tea / coffee break

16.00     Session 2  Chair: Katia Pizzi (IMLR)

David Ayres (Kent): “Can the Proletarian Speak?”

Ravel Kodrič (independent scholar): “‘Ljudski Oder’ and ‘DELO’: The Slovenian Branch of the Italian Section of the International Proletkult Movement”

Konstantin Zamyatin (Durham): “Early Soviet National-State Building and Language Policy”


17.30     Round Table and discussion

18.00     Drinks reception 

Organised by the Institute of Modern Languages Research and the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community, Translingual Strand 

All are welcome to attend this free event. Places are limited so please register in advance: https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/17841  


3. Recovering Women's Identities between Centre and Periphery (XVI-XX Centuries)


Date: 5 – 6 March 2020

Venue: Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Closing date for submissions: 30 November 2019

This two-day conference aims to recover and put across the voices of women in France, Italy and across Europe who defied the existing order and the rules of society. It intends to recover the forgotten voices and experiences of these women, who might not have had a prominent role in their world during their lifetimes, but, nevertheless, contributed to shape our present.

For centuries, concepts such as infirmitas, imbecillitas and levitas were considered key characteristics of women. Therefore, the construction of the identities of both women and men was framed by the dichotomy between the private and the public sphere, and by the opposition between obedience, a woman’s virtue, and command, the prerogative of men.

Beyond the conceptualisation and idealisation of the female sex, however, a close investigation of everyday realities questions this long-standing, stereotyped notion of women, uncovering a different scenario, including women who did not passively accept their status. In a static, hierarchical, male-dominated society, some of these women reacted against the constraints imposed upon them and challenged their family, their society, their worlds. Theirs were small, but powerful acts of resistance against and disruption of the status quo.

Confirmed keynote speakers include: Professor Helena Sanson (University of Cambridge) and Professor Alberto Mario Banti (University of Pisa).

Proposals: Proposals for 20-minute papers should be submitted to Dr Sara Delmedico (sd683@cam.ac.uk) by 30 November 2019, and should contain the following information: name, email, title of the paper and abstract (max 300 words) and a short bio.

Conference fee: The attendance fee (£35) will cover the costs for lunch and other refreshments.

Organisers: Dr Katia Pizzi (University of London) and Dr Sara Delmedico (University of Cambridge).

The organisers are grateful to the Cassal Trust, University of London, and Il Circolo for their sponsorship of this event.


4. Lingering in the Memory Palace. Rethinking the Archive through the Arts

IMLR 12 November 2019, 10.30am - 4.00pm

Gordon Room, G34, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

A University of Kent and Institute of Modern Languages Research partnership for Research Training 

Registration and coffee
11.00 (20-minute talk | 10-minute Q&A)
Ai Fukunaga (SOAS, University of London) Collaborative Arts that Archive Memories. Hon Henry Marsham's Travel Albums from Meiji Japan.
Marta Colombo (University of Kent), Theatricality and Interactivity in Installation Art. Rethinking Alik Cavaliere through his unpublished journals. 
Rafaella Siakgri (University of Kent), The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. An Expressionist Treasure under the Scope of Virtual Reality.

KEYNOTE: Dr Ben Thomas (University of Kent) A Tale of Two Archives: C. D. E. Fortnum and Alfred Drury
Khadidja Layadi,(Université d'Oran 2 Mohamed Ben Ahmed) When Autobiography Transcends Fiction: Chateaubriand’s ‘Wounded Heart’, his Exile, and  his Tyrannical Imagination.
Bernardino Branca (University of Kent), The Edgar Wind Archive at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.
Coffee break
Please register here: https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/21352


5. Saturday 16 November, we shall explore Modern Languages Archives and Libraries at the British Library (Euston Road).

11.00 Meet a specialist librarian at the British Library (Marja Kingma, British Library)

Activities include:

• The British Library as a home of modern language collections

• Electronic resources (free and restricted to reading rooms)

• Projects (e.g. Google Books)

• Exhibitions and events (e.g. European Literature Night)

• Practical information and tips (e.g. how to apply for a reader’s pass, how to search the catalogue, etc.)

• Show and tell of collection items (please feel free to make suggestions for material you’d like to see)

Places for these sessions are limited and should be booked in advance (email Marja.Kingma@bl.uk). 

Enquiries: Marja Kingma and Katia Pizzi (katia.pizzi@sas.ac.uk)





Conference at SWANSEA UNIVERSITY, 2-4 September 2020


We invite proposals for one-off themed panels to be included in the general Call for Papers for the next AGS conference at Swansea University, 2-4 September 2020.


If you are interested in convening a panel, from selecting the paper proposals to chairing the panel at the Swansea conference, please send a brief description (c. 100 words) to the Conference Officer Sascha Stollhans (s.stollhans@lancaster.ac.uk) by 20 January 2020. Proposals will be selected by the beginning of February to be included in the CfP, which will be sent out in mid-February 2020.


If you are interested in running a special panel with confirmed speakers, please also contact Sascha Stollhans by 20 January 2020 with your idea and (provisional) list of speakers. Full proposals and abstracts of the speakers’ papers are not required at this stage.


If you would like to discuss initial ideas or have any questions before submitting your proposal, please contact Sascha Stollhans (s.stollhans@lancaster.ac.uk)


7. The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
Archive tour and archive skills training


15 November 2019, 10.00am - 12.30pm


10:00 Tour of the Wiener Library beginning with the current exhibition led by Barbara Warnock (Senior Curator, Wiener Library)

11:00 Coffee break

11:15 Archive skills training with the Wiener Library's Senior Archivist, Howard Falksohn  

This training session will help participants acquire the skills to locate and make use of archival material on subjects including the Holocaust, 20th‐century German history and European Jewish culture.

Places for these sessions are limited and should be booked in advance (email info@wienerlibrary.co.uk; tel. 020 7636 7247). Enquiries: Barbara Warnock ( bwarnock@wienerlibrary.co.uk).


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