Conference: Territorial Bodies: World Culture in Crisis, University of Warwick, Saturday 25 February 2023

Registration is now open for this BCLA-sponsored conference. Please also consult the terms and conditions, including cancellation policy before booking. Territorial Bodies: World Culture in Crisis will be a one-day interdisciplinary conference, bringing together scholars from across the humanities. We aim to rethink dominant notions of crisis, using the framework of “territorial bodies” to generate new …

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Call for Contributions to the British Comparative Literature Association Web Archive, “Culture and Quarantine”

As the latest iteration of the coronavirus continues to impact our lives and careers, with no definitive conclusion in sight, the British Comparative Literature Association would like to invite its members, followers of the BCLA website, and specialists in Comparative Literature and Translation, whether lecturers, early career researchers or postgraduates, to contribute reflections of no …

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Comparative Critical Studies Vol. 19.3: Postcolonial Speculative Literature

The final issue of Comparative Critical Studies for 2022 is now available online:  Postcolonial Speculative LiteratureGuest Edited by July Blalack and Tasnim Qutait https://www.euppublishing.com/toc/ccs/19/3 Guest Editors’ Introduction: Speculative Fiction Beyond the WestTasnim Qutait  and July Blalack 19(3), pp. 281–296 Essays ‘Poison Rainbows’: The Speculative Jurisdiction of Okorafor’s LagoonTabea Wilkes19(3), pp. 299–313 ‘Uncertain Voyages of Signification’: Salvage Poetics of the CaribatopiaCathy Thomas19(3), pp. 315–340 Borders, Boundaries and …

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Bristol Translates: Literary Translation Summer School, University of Bristol, 3 – 7 July 2023

Aimed at practising translators at any stage of their career and at language enthusiasts who want to explore the world of literary translation, Bristol Translates offers the opportunity to work with leading professional translators to translate texts across the literary genres into English. Bristol Translates summer school takes place entirely online, making it accessible to …

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Lecture: Marina Warner, “Viral Spiral: Multiple Shape-shifting from Ovid to Covid”,  19 January 2023, 6.00pm GMT

UPDATE: The lecture has been rescheduled to 19 January 2023 due to the University and College Union national strike on 24 November 2022 The Centre for Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, is delighted to announce the inaugural lecture in our Annual Lecture series:  Marina Warner, “Viral Spiral: Multiple Shape-shifting from Ovid to Covid”  A group …

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Conference: “Where Are We Now? The Location of Modern Languages and Cultures”, University of Durham, 19 – 21 April 2023

The 2023 conference ‘Where Are We Now? The Location of Modern Languages and Cultures’, hosted by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University, will bring together key thinkers, scholars and practitioners to debate the future of Modern Languages. As an interdisciplinary field of enquiry, Modern Languages bring a wide spectrum of insights to …

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Virtual Conference: Boundaries and Margins in Fantasy: University of Glasgow, 10 -12 May 2023 (deadline January 26, 2023)

The Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic is pleased to announce a call for papers for Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations (GIFCon) 2023 (to be held online on 10-12 May 2023) with the theme of ‘Boundaries and Margins’.  Brian Attebery famously argued in Strategies of Fantasy that fantasy can be conceptualised as a ‘fuzzy set,’ with the edges of the genre mainly understood …

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The Weidenfield Lectures with Juan Gabriel Vazquez, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, 19 October – 20 November 2022

The Weidenfeld Lectures 2022: Juan Gabriel Vásquez on Interpreting the World: Notes of the Uses of Fiction Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford19 October, 27 October, 3 November, 10 November5.30–6.30pm “The duty and task of a writer are those of an interpreter”, writes Marcel Proust in the last volume of In …

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BCLA Malcolm Bowie Memorial Lecture, 2022, Great Hall, King’s College London, 11 November 2022 (hybrid)

The Malcolm Bowie Memorial Lecture, with Professor William Marx, “How to Become a Comparatist”, will be held at 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm, 11 November 2022, at the Great Hall, King’s Building, Kings’ College, Strand, London. Directions to the venue are given in the link. This event is open and free to all – no …

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Announcement: Winners of the British Comparative Literature Association Arthur Terry Essay Prize 2022

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. Arthur Terry was Emeritus Professor in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex, and one of the …

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Announcement: Winners of the BCLA John Dryden Translation Competition 2021 – 2022

The BCLA is delighted to announce the outcome of the John Dryden Translation Competition. The John Dryden Translation Competition awards prizes for unpublished literary translations from any language into English. Literary translation includes poetry, prose, or drama from any period. AILSA WOOD AZZARO has been awarded first place for The Beatrice Monologues translated from Stefano Benni’s Italian …

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