The British Comparative Literature Association Postgraduate Conference, 11 November 2017, University of Warwick
Unforeseen Consequences: Literatures of Protest and Political Struggle
Keynote speaker: Dr Oliver Davis (University of Warwick)
The British Comparative Literature Association invites papers for its annual postgraduate conference to be held at the University of Warwick on 11 November 2017. This conference intends to bring together postgraduate students from across the humanities to discuss questions relating to the impact of literature and the arts, viewed comparatively, on the formation of political discourses and actions of resistance to dominant institutional practices of oppression and control.
The conference takes its que from author Will Self, who has asserted that the United Kingdom currently exists in a state of perpetual ‘unforeseen consequences’ in which the government ‘muddles and meddles,’ creating a sense of ambiguity that disguises serious neglect of human rights and broader social issues. The conference intends to apply a global focus to this concept and explore literature’s response to times of political struggle, dangerous social policy, and oppressive institutional standards across the historical spectrum. As such we invite papers considering literature’s relation and responses to the following themes:
- Struggles for political independence
- Sovereignty and state power
- Censorship and the surveillance state
- Institutional control, mass incarceration and indefinite detention
- Queer politics
- Neoliberalism and its discontents
- Feminism and intersectionality
- Brexit, democracy and devolution
- Literature, digital texts and social media.
Submissions need not be limited to these parameters and we welcome broad and creative interpretations of our theme.
Please send proposals of 250 words with 50 word bio by 23 September 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The British Comparative Literature Association offers an annual prize for an essay written in English on any aspect of comparative literature, in memory of Arthur Terry (1927–2004), who served as President of the BCLA for many years. The aim of the Prize is to recognise work of outstanding merit at Master’s level. There are three prizes of £100, £50,and £30 and the winning entrants are also given one-year free BCLA membership.
The deadline for application is 12 noon on Friday 1 September 2017. The judges are members of the Association’s Executive Committee. The prizes will be awarded at the BCLA Postgraduate General Meeting in November 2017. Winning entries are also eligible for publication in full on the website.
More information, including conditions for entry, can be found here.
The winners of the John Dryden Translation Competition for 2016-2017 have been announced. The jury has evaluated translations from a range of languages into English and awarded the following:
First prize: Melody Shaw for The Swifts’ Nest from the German of Christoph Poschenrieder’s Mauersegler
Second prize: Robert Cantrick for Mario and the Magician from the German of Thomas Mann’s Mario und der Zauberer
Third prize: Clare Beddows for The Shadow of the Staff from the Italian of Mauro Corona’s L’Ombra del Bastone
Commendation: Simon Bruni for Cinnamon from the Spanish of Paul Pen’s Canela
See the previous winners of the John Dryden Translation Competition.
If you would like to enter the 2017-2018 competition, conditions of entry and further information can be found on the John Dryden Translation Competition 2017-2018 Entry Form. Entries will be received from September 2017, and the deadline for submissions is 12 February 2018.
Family Sagas in World Literatures and Audio-Visual Cultures Reimagining Nations Across the Globe
University of Leeds, 28-29 June 2017
* Dr Rachel Palfreyman, Associate Professor in German Studies (University of Nottingham)
* Professor Jobst Welge, Professor of Literature (Stockholm University)
* Dr Nicholas White, Reader in Modern French Literature (University of Cambridge)
We are glad to announce that registrations are open for the conference “Family Sagas in World Literatures and Audio-Visual Cultures: Reimagining Nations Across the Globe”.
For the full programme and more information, and to register, please visit the conference website.
“Family Sagas in World Literatures and Audio-Visual Cultures: Reimagining Nations Across the Globe” is a two-day interdisciplinary conference, jointly organized by the University of Leeds Centre for World Literatures and Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures, and sponsored by the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies (University of Leeds), the Leeds Humanities Research Institute (LHRI, University of Leeds), and the British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA).
This conference will bring together researchers who are specialized in different linguistic and cultural areas and working on different media. The objective is to examine the circulation, forms, themes, and cultural functions of family sagas in world literatures and audio-visual cultures, including radio, cinema, and TV series.
If you are a member of the BCLA, you can apply for financial support (up to £200 per event) for conferences and workshops on comparative topics. Please note that funds are limited and are awarded on a competitive basis; it will help your case if you can include a detailed CfP. Please also be aware that awards can only be formally approved at the next meeting of the executive committee (in February, June, and November), meaning that you should apply well in advance of the proposed event.
To apply, please fill in the form and send it to the BCLA Conference Officer, Prof. Ben Hutchinson.
Recent events supported by the BCLA include:
– BCLA panel on Satire at the ICLA, Vienna, July 2016
– BCLA Graduate Reception: ‘Afterlives’, UCL, November 2016
– BCLA and SELGyC joint session, Santander, November 2016