CFP: ‘Archival Afterlives’, JRRI

‘Archival Afterlives’: Postwar Poetry in English, 2017 John Rylands Research Institute Conference, 27-29 June 2017, University of Manchester.

Confirmed Speakers: Lucy Collins (UCD), Stephen Enniss (University of Texas, Austin), Rachel Foss (British Library), Peter Jay (Anvil Press), Robyn Marsack (Royal Literary Fund/University of Glasgow), Deryn Rees-Jones (Pavilion Press/University of Liverpool), Michael Schmidt (Carcanet Press), David Sutton (University of Reading), Kevin Young (New York Public Library), with Poetry Readings by Elaine Feinstein and Tara Bergin.

The John Rylands Research Institute invites proposals for its 2017 conference on modern literary archives. Reflecting the strengths of the Special Collections at the John Rylands Library, the conference will focus in particular on archives related to postwar poetry in English.

‘Archival Afterlives’ will provide a forum for academic researchers, postgraduate students, curators, archivists, as well as poets to discuss their relationship with archival material, whether it be through creating, collecting or donating archives, or through using archival and material culture for inspiration, learning or research. The conference also takes place as part of a wider programme of activities at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library to facilitate the study of the holdings in modern and contemporary literature.

Topics for presentation might include:

 Genetic histories of poetic texts; the role and place of genetic criticism in literary studies; the role and place of archival material in the study of contemporary poetry;

 Poetic communities and networks; correspondence and its role in cementing literary networks and movements; collaborations; network mapping;

 Poetry in translation; the process of translation; the relationship between the poet and the translator;

 Life writing; archives and biographies;

 The publishing of poetry; journals, publishing houses, and literary magazines;

 The relationship of poet and editor;

 The materiality of poetic texts; creating, documenting, managing and using literary drafts, manuscripts and proofs in physical and digital form;

 Collecting the archives of modern poetry; ‘being archived’; the relationship of poets with their archives, and the poet with the archivist; collecting policies and strategies; the global diaspora of modern literary archives;

 Archives and life-objects.

We also welcome presentations on any of the poets, translators, editors, publishers and poetic movements represented in the Library’s outstanding collection of Modern Literary Archives. These comprise the archives of poetry publishers Carcanet and Anvil, the literary journals PN Review and Critical Quarterly, as well as papers of and related to a diverse range of poets and translators. Poets represented in the archives include Elaine Feinstein, Grevel Lindop, Elizabeth Jennings, John Heath-Stubbs, Michael Schmidt, Brian Cox, Jeff Nuttall, John Ashbery, Eavan Boland, Gillian Clarke, Carol Ann Duffy, Louise Glück, Jorie Graham, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Paula Meehan, Edwin Morgan, Sinéad Morrissey, Les Murray, Dennis O’Driscoll, Sylvia Plath and many more.

Submissions from researchers at any stage of their career, as well as from curators and archivists are welcome. Due to significant interest, the deadline for paper and panel proposals has been extended to Monday, 20th February 2017.

Please visit the conference website for further information and guidelines as to how to submit the proposal.

Enquiries to be directed to

Conference Convenor: Florence Impens, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester. Steering Committee: Fran Baker (University of Manchester Library), Douglas Field (University of Manchester), Vona Groarke (University of Manchester), Stella Halkyard (University of Manchester Library), John McAuliffe (University of Manchester).

Capitals: A Poetry Anthology, SOAS

Wednesday 1st February 2017, 17.15-19.00, B111, Brunei Building, The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, WC1H 0XG

Book launch: CAPITALS, a new poetry anthology on the capital cities of the world, edited by Abhay K. and published by Bloomsbury. The contributors from UK  include Ruth Padel, George Szirtes, Mimi Khalvati, Clive Wilmer, Pascale Petit, Todd Swift among others.

Introduced by Abhay K. and Frances Grahl (CCLPS, SOAS) There will be readings by Mathura, Ahsan Akbar, Imruh Bakri, Steven J. Fowler, Michael Glover, Ruth Padel, Meg Pierce, Sarah Soorbrayen, George Szirtes, Clive Wilmer.

Wine and copies of the book will be available.

CFP: Comparatismi Digital Periodical

Intersemiotic Translation and New Forms of Textuality

Second Issue of Comparatismi: digital periodical of the Board of Literary Criticism and Compared Literature. Deadline for the submission: April 15th, 2017

We are looking for contributions that represent as widely as possible the current reflection on intersemiotic translation and new forms of textuality. We welcome analysis of intersemiotic translation (from the novel to the film, from the videogame to the television series, from the television series to the novel etc.) and new hybrid texts.

Contributions, in the form of articles ready for publication and inclusive of an abstract, should be submitted by 31st March 2017. More information can be found on the website. Authors selected to be submitted to peer review will be notified within 15th May 2017. Finished, reviewed articles should be submitted by 31st July 2017. Articles accepted after reviewing will be published in November 2017. Submissions in languages other than Italian (preferably English, otherwise French) are encouraged and appreciated.

For further information, please write to Francesco Laurenti ( or to Stefano Ballerio (

OCCT Hilary 2017

Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation

 Hilary 2017 Events

OCCT is a Divisional research programme supported by TORCH and St Anne’s College. Our organising committee includes Prof Matthew Reynolds, Prof Adriana X. Jacobs, Prof Mohamed-Salah Omri, Dr Eleni Philippou, Dr Peter Hill, Ms Karolina Watroba, Ms Kate Costello, Ms Valeria Taddei, Dr Kasia Szymanska, Prof Ben Morgan, Prof Patrick McGuinness.

Week 3 – “(Re)writing Fragments”: Reflections on Translating Poetry

Mon. 30 January 2017, 5:15 -7:15pm; Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities Building

Speakers: Sarah Ekdawi (Oxford); Yousif Qasmiyeh (Oxford); Graduate Respondent: Spyros Karelas (Athens/Oxford); Chair: Eleni Philippou (Oxford)

Week 3 – Fiction and Other Minds: Modalities of Reading

Wed. 1 February 2017, 5:15 -7:15pm; Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities Building

Speakers: Naomi Rokotnitz (Oxford); Renate Brosch (Stuttgart); Chair: Ben Morgan (Oxford)

Week 4 – “Forgotten Europe”: Translating Marginalised Languages

Thurs. 9 February 2017, 5:15-7:15pm; Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities Building

Speakers: Peter Mackridge (Oxford); Antonia Lloyd-Jones; Paul Vincent (UCL); Sarah Death; Chair: Kasia Szymanska (Oxford)

Week 5 – Masterclass in Chinese to English Literary Translation

Wed. 15 February 2017, 5:15-7:15pm; Seminar Room 3, St Anne’s College

Speaker: Nicky Harman; Chair: Kate Costello (Oxford)

(No knowledge of Chinese required, to register refer to OCCT website)

Week 6 – Translation as Afterlife

Wed. 22 February 2017, 5:15-7:15pm; Seminar Room 6, St Anne’s College

Speakers: Marcela Sulak (Bar Ilan); Adriana X. Jacobs (Oxford); Chair: Matthew Reynolds (Oxford)

Week 7: Writing an Academic Review

Wed. 1 March 2017, 5:15-7:15pm; Seminar Room 3, St Anne’s College

Speaker: Marilyn Booth (Oxford); Chair: Dennis Duncan (Oxford)

Week 8: Online and Offline Forums for Cultural Production

Wed. 8 March 2017, 5:15-7:15pm; Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities Building

Speakers: TBC

More details, including individual descriptions of each session, can be found here.;; @OxfordCCT

Conference: Languages and Creativity, Oxford

Creative Multilingualism Conference: Languages and Creativity, Saturday 28th January 2017, Taylor Institution Library, St Giles, Oxford.

Conference Programme

9.00 – 9.30
Registration and Coffee

9.30 – 9.45
Janice Carruthers, Queen’s, Belfast, and AHRC Leadership Fellow in Modern Languages

9.45 – 10.30
Writing between Languages
Wen-chin Ouyang, SOAS, and Jane Hiddleston and Matthew Reynolds, Oxford

10.30 – 11.15
Panel Discussion – Working Languages
Chair: Leanne Tritton, Managing Director, ING Media

11.15 – 11.45

11.45 – 12.30
Sense and Nonsense across Languages: the Example of Bird-Naming
Andrew Gosler and Martin Maiden, Oxford

12.30 – 1.15
LinguaMania – Evaluating Impact
Chair: Elleke Boehmer, TORCH, Oxford

1.15 – 2.00

2.00 – 2.30
Multilingual Metaphor
Linda Fisher, Cambridge, Suzanne Graham, Reading, and Katrin Kohl, Oxford

2.30 – 3.30
Panel Discussion – Multilingualism post Brexit
Chairs: Rajinder Dudrah, BCU, and Wen-chin Ouyang, SOAS

3.30 – 4.00

4.00 – 5.00
Languages in Performance: RTKAL (Punch Records)
Q&A led by Philip Bullock, Oxford, Julie Curtis, Oxford, and Rajinder Dudrah, BCU

5.00 – 5.30

Drinks Reception

Entry to the conference is free, but numbers are limited so booking is required. Please register here.

For more information, please email us at:

Creative Multilingualism is a research programme led by the University of Oxford and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of the Open World Research Initiative.