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PRAXIS PRESENTS “On the 10th of June”

‘On the 10th of June’, a modern Greek play by George Iliopoulos, will run at the Simpkins Lee Theatre of Lady Margaret Hall College on the 22nd and 23rd of May. Performed in Greek with English surtitles, the play will be directed by Anastasia Revi.
Based on true facts, the play is the story of Distomo, a story about life violently been disrupted by the ferocity of war. A story about the brutality mankind can inflict upon itself. Distomo was not the only, nor the last place on earth where people forgot what it means to be human. The 10th of June 1944 is a dark point in history that should not be forgotten and should not be repeated. People of Distomo make a plea that needs to be heard: ‘never again war!’
‘On the 10th of June’ is a brand-new work by Iliopoulos, firstly performed in Rhodes in October 2018. PRAXIS, under Anastasia’s direction, are translating ‘On the 10th of June’ and presenting it for the very first time in UK.
Praxis (in Greek ‘Πράξις’, meaning ‘The Act’) the Oxford University Greek Society theatre team, was established in 2013, with a vision to introduce contemporary Greek plays performed in their original language to an English-speaking audience. Since its début, in May 2014, PRAXIS have been annually presenting brand new, contemporary theatre pieces to the Oxford audience. PRAXIS is proud to be the first team to introduce contemporary Greek theatre in Oxford in its original language.
‘On the 10th of June’ will be at the Simpkins Lee Theatre, Lady Margaret Hall College, Oxford, OX2 6QA
22 & 23 May
Tickets: £12 (£7 concessions).
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Weidenfeld Lectures in Comparative European Literature (at St Anne’s College, Oxford)

Professor Durs Grünbein will speak on: Beyond Literature: Or, on the intrusion of history into the narrative of one’s own life

Anyone born in the twentieth century – this century of wars and divisions – will have found themselves already historicised even as a child. For the emerging writer, the poet, there will inevitably come a certain moment when he becomes conscious of his position in the overall context of the history of his nation, his family and his language community. From that moment on his writing will seem above all to obey an overarching imperative: that of bearing witness to his times. But poetry insists on going its own ways, seeing the world with its own eyes. Out of this comes a constant tension, or, one might say, irresolvable dialectic. That is the core contention of these four lectures.

Tuesday 7th May 2019: The Violet Postage Stamp
Thursday 9th May 2019: Landscape in Chains
Tuesday 21st May 2019: The Aerial Warfare of Images
Thursday 23rd May 2019: For the Dying Calves
All lectures take place at 5.30pm at St Anne’s College, Oxford (Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre).

Durs Grünbein is one of Europe’s leading poets and intellectuals, the recipient of many major German and International literary prizes, including the Büchner-Price 1995, Nietzsche-Prize 2004, Hölderlin-Prize 2005, Pier-Paolo-Pasolini-Prize in Italy 2006 and Transtömer-Prize in Sweden 2012.
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The Weidenfeld Chair in Comparative European Literature is a Visiting Professorship at the University of Oxford, and is an established part of the academic year at St Anne’s.

The three winning entries in the John Dryden Translation Competition 2017-18 published in Comparative Critical Studies can be read for free

The three winning entries in the John Dryden Translation Competition for 2017-18 have now been published in Comparative Critical Studies and can be read for free via the BCLA website, courtesy of Edinburgh University Press:

8 May 2019 The significant literary geographies of African festivals: expanding the toolbox of the (world) literary scholar? Claire Ducorneau (University Paul-Valéry – Montpellier 3, RIRRA21)

3:00-5:00, Venue: Room FG01, Faber Building, SOAS University of London23/24 Russell Square  

In an era where cultural festivals multiply, so-called African festivals have spread in Africa, but also outside of Africa, in major cities as well as in little-known villages, for example in provincial France. What are some of their implications and effects in the case of francophone African literature? These events privilege a continental representation of literature, which often reveals itself as problematic when confronted with the complex geographies of the texts and authors represented at these festivals. Using cross-disciplinary methodology, this critical inquiry reads different reallocations of this persistent African matrix through a typology and contemporary examples (Kossi Efoui’s writings, the “Étonnants Voyageurs” and “Plein sud” festivals). As an object of study, festivals bear witness to the necessity of expanding the toolbox of the (world) literary scholar by making use of documentary sources and adopting ethnographic approaches. It reveals a structural tension between an African map and various concrete territories, where local issues matter often more than this continental category, and can affect the form and content of literature itself.

Bio: Claire Ducournau is a tenured Associate Professor in Literature at Paul-Valéry – Montpellier 3 University, and a member of the RIRRA21 research center. Her work centers on francophone African writing, publishing and media. She is particularly interested in how sociological research methods and close textual analysis can be combined to explore African literature in both its aesthetic and material facets, and to reveal how authors engage with power relationships that change over time. This has led to research on topics such as publishing history, cultural festivals, literary prizes, and writing by Ahmadou Kourouma or Amadou Hampâté Bâ. She dedicated her doctoral thesis to mechanisms of production of the African literary canon – her first monograph, La Fabrique des classiques africains. Écrivains d’Afrique subsaharienne francophone (1960-2012), is a revised version published by CNRS editions in 2017. Her current research explores overlooked press archives distributed on the African continent, which challenge the canonical literary corpus mainly published in France. In line with this topic, she has been working on large-scale, collaborative projects with partners in France and abroad, especially in Senegal and in the United-Kingdom. One of these projects led to the digitisation of one of the earliest francophone African women’s magazines, Awa: la revue de la femme noire and an exhibition which launched in Dakar in November 2017.

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