UCL Translation in History Lectures 2014-2015

The UCL Translation in History Lectures explore the role of key figures and movements in specific historical contexts. The seminars scheduled for Autumn 2014 are as follows:

9 October 2014: Professor Susan Irvine (UCL), Sense and Sensibility? The Prose and Prosimetrical Translations of the Old English Boethius

23 October 2014: Dr Marko Pajević (Royal Holloway, University of London), Translating the Poem: Henri Meschonnic’s Poetics of Translating

13 November 2014: Dr Chantal Wright (University of Warwick), Berman on Benjamin, a Trilingual Translation Journey

27 November 2014: Dr Danielle Sands (Royal Holloway, University of London), Derrida and Translation: Literature, Philosophy, Politics

All events take place from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Archaeology Lecture Theatre, UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY.

Events are free and open to all.  See the website for details or register on Eventbrite.

British Society for Literature and Science Tenth Annual Conference

The tenth annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science (BSLS) will take place at the University of Liverpool on 16-18 April 2015. Keynote talks will be given by Professor Keith Barnham (Imperial College London), Dr Patricia Fara (University of Cambridge), and Dr Claire Preston (Queen Mary University of London).

The BSLS invites proposals for twenty-minute papers, or panels of three papers, on any subjects within the field of literature and science. However, proposals addressing the themes of light, optics, vision and colour, and proposals for papers, panels or roundtables on engaging the public with literature and science research are particularly welcome. In addition, ‘flash talks’ of up to 7 minutes on any topic are invited for a special plenary session. Deadline for submissions is 5 December 2014.

Conference delegates will need to register as members of the BSLS but the conference fee will be waived for two graduate students in exchange for written reports on the conference, to be published in the BSLS Newsletter.

Contact Greg Lynall for details.

Poetry in Metamorphosis

Organised by the British Comparative Literature Association, the British Academy, the British School at Rome and the Italian Cultural Institute London, Poetry in Metamorphosis will take place in London at the British Academy and the Italian Cultural Institute on 21 October 2014 as part of the British Academy Guardian Language Festival and the Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo 2014.

Speakers include: Jacob Blakesley (Leeds), Nadia Cannata and colleagues (Sapienza Università di Roma), Daniela Caselli (Manchester), F. M. Federici (UCL), Paul Howard (Cambridge), Daniela La Penna (Reading), Matthew Reynolds (Oxford), Claudia Rossignoli (St Andrews) and Nigel Vincent (Manchester).

In addition, BCLA Secretary Matthew Reynolds will be introducing readings by Philip Terry (Essex) from Dante’s Inferno and BCLA President Marina Warner will be introducing Jamie McKendrick’s new translation of the poetry of Antonella Anedda.

See the programme or visit the website for details.

REELC/ENCLS 6th Biennial Congress

The 6th Biennial Congress of the European Network for Comparative Literary Studies (REELC/ENCLS) will be held in collaboration with Comparative Literature Association of Ireland (CLAI) on 24-28 August 2015 at Dublin City University and National University of Ireland, Galway. The theme of this year’s congress has been designated as ‘Longing and Belonging’.

According to the organisers of the congress, the notions of longing and belonging are considered as lending themselves to a comparative exploration through different disciplines, such as: Geocriticism, Diaspora Studies, Migration Studies, Imagology, Myth- and Folklore criticism, (Post-) Colonial Studies; Sexuality Studies, Women’s Studies, Gender Studies, Masculinity Studies; Ekphrasis, Adaptation Studies, Intermedial Studies, Reception and Reader-response Theory, Children Literature; Literature and Anthropology, Literature and Science, Literature and Psychology, Literature and Philosophy, Ethics in/and Literature.

Proposals are invited for both individual papers and thematic panels. Deadline for abstracts is 1 October 2014.

Visit the website for details.

2014 George Steiner Lecture by Susan Bassnett

This year’s Annual George Steiner Lecture will be delivered by Professor Susan Bassnett. Titled ‘Translation as a Shaping Force in Literature’, the lecture will take place at 6:30pm on 6 October 2014, Monday at Queen Mary University of London and will look at ways in which translations have played a key role in transforming literary history.

Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Warwick, and Honorary Professor of Translation at the University of Birmingham, Susan Bassnett is a writer and academic, who has published widely on aspects of translation, comparative and world literature. Her most recent books are Translation (Routledge, 2014) and a 4th edition of her best-selling Translation Studies (Routledge 2013).

A wine reception will follow the lecture. Admission is free but guests must register on Eventbrite.