Category Archives: Seminars

International Translation Day 2014

This year’s International Translation Day Symposium will be taking place on 26 September 2014 at the British Library in London. The conference is expected to bring together a wide variety of people who are interested in the art and business of literary translation.

From ‘Migrating Languages’, a talk on migrating and evolving languages in the UK, to ‘Singing the Meaning: Words and Translation in Opera’, various aspects of translation will be covered during the symposium.

The International Translation Day symposium is organised by Free Word,  English PEN, the British Library, the British Centre for Literary Translation, the Translators’ Association, Literature Across FrontiersWales Literature Exchange and Words Without Borders.

See the poster for details or register on the website.

BCLA Spring Postgraduate Reception 2014

BCLA Spring 2014 Reception Poster ImageWe are pleased to announce that the BCLA will be hosting a Postgraduate Reception in the afternoon of 5 March 2014, Wednesday at the University of Leeds. This is the first time a BCLA Postgraduate Reception is held outside of London! We do hope to make this a regular event so that every year the autumn receptions are held at an institution based in London and the spring receptions are held elsewhere in the UK.

This spring, the BCLA Postgraduate Reception is organised in collaboration with the School of English at the University of Leeds and in conjunction with the lecture David Damrosch will be delivering at the University of Leeds. Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University and past President of the American Comparative Literature Association, David Damrosch kindly agreed to be present throughout the Postgraduate Reception and respond to the papers. Following the BCLA Postgraduate Reception, he will be delivering a lecture entitled ‘Tupi or Not Tupi: The World in the Nation’.

The Spring Postgraduate Reception will start at 2 pm and take place at the Leeds Humanities Research Institute Seminar Room 1. We will have two papers that will be engaging with David Damrosch’s book entitled What is World Literature? (Princeton University Press, 2003):

‘Writing Cultures: Claude Lévi-Strauss and the Ethnographic Imaginary’ by Nile Davies, Comparative Literature, University College London

‘A Circulating Centre: Naipaul’s The Enigma of Arrival and European Culture’ by Adele Tiengo, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

These will be followed by responses to Robert J. C. Young’s ‘World Literature and Postcolonialism’ by

Dr Slavica Rankovic, Teaching Fellow, School of English, University of Leeds

Arthur Rose, School of English, University of Leeds

All are welcome. Admission is free of charge; however, as seating will be limited, please let us know.

Download the event poster for details.

Our Postgraduate Receptions are friendly seminars that offer postgraduates working in Comparative Literature and related fields the opportunity to present their work to peers and academics and are followed by a wine reception.

BCLA Spring Postgraduate Reception 2014 to be Held at the University of Leeds

Call for papers now closed. See the BCLA Spring Postgraduate Reception event page for details.

We are pleased to announce that the BCLA will be hosting a Postgraduate Reception in the afternoon of 5 March 2014, Wednesday at the University of Leeds. This is the first time a BCLA Postgraduate Reception is held outside of London! We do hope to make this a regular event so that every year the autumn receptions are held at an institution based in London and the spring receptions are held elsewhere in the UK.

This spring, the BCLA Postgraduate Reception is organised in conjunction with the lecture David Damrosch will be delivering at the University of Leeds. Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University and past President of the American Comparative Literature Association, David Damrosch kindly agreed to be present throughout the Postgraduate Reception and respond to the papers. Following the BCLA Postgraduate Reception, he will be delivering a lecture entitled ‘Tupi or Not Tupi: The World in the Nation’.

We have two or three slots available for postgraduates to give a 10-15 minute paper on any aspect of the relationship between Comparative Literature and Postcolonialism. Papers addressing David Damrosch’s contribution to the field of Comparative Literature or issues raised by his book entitled What is World Literature? (Princeton University Press, 2003) are particularly welcome.

Our Postgraduate Receptions are friendly seminars that offer postgraduates working in Comparative Literature and related fields the opportunity to present their work to peers and academics and are followed by a wine reception.

Abstracts (up to 250 words) should be sent using the form below, or alternatively emailed to bclapgrepresentative@gmail.com by 20 February 2014, Thursday. We may be able to be flexible if you indicate your interest but are not able to write an abstract before then. The call is open to all postgraduate students whose research falls within Comparative Literature; however, preference may be given in making a decision to those who are members of the BCLA. We are able to reimburse travel expenses of speakers who are based outside Leeds; if you would like to be considered, please indicate this at the end when sending your abstract.