‘Textual Embodiment’: Postgraduate Conference at Goldsmiths

Department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths College will be organising a postgraduate research conference entitled ‘Textual Embodiment: Literature, the Body and Psychoanalysis’. The conference, which will take place on 5 August 2014 at the Richard Hoggart Building, Small Hall Cinema in London, features keynotes by Professor Naomi Segal (Birkbeck, University of London) and Professor Josh Cohen (Goldsmiths, University of London).

Panel and paper proposals from postgraduate students and early career researchers on the relationship between literature and the body, especially in light of psychoanalysis are invited. Deadline for abstracts is 25 June 2014.

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Nina Berman’s Lecture at Leeds

The Department of German at the University of Leeds and the  Leeds Humanities Research Institute will be hosting a public lecture by Professor Nina Berman from the Department of Comparative Studies at the Ohio State University. The lecture entitled ‘The Cool Empire: German Turcomania in the 17th and 18th Centuries’ will take place at 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm on 18 June 2014 at Michael Sadler Building Seminar Room LG.15. By exploring the interplay between German textual discourses and social, political, and economic practices and materiality, Professor Berman’s analysis offers insights that challenge accepted approaches to the study of literature, particularly approaches that insist on the centrality of the linguistic construction of the world.

The lecture will be followed by two responses by Dr James Hodkinson, University of Warwick and Dr Frauke Matthes, University of Edinburgh. A wine reception sponsored by the British Comparative Literature Association will conclude the event.

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39th SFLGC Congress

The 39th Congress of the Société française de littérature générale et comparée (SFLGC) will be held on 15-17 October 2014 at the Institute for Comparative Literature, University of Strasbourg.  The title of this year’s conference has been designated as ‘Littérature et expériences croisées de la guerre. Apports comparatistes’. The title is inspired by the centenary of World War I and will be devoted to the literary representations of war.

The Congress will be coinciding with the opening of the exhibition entitled ‘1914: La Mort des poètes (Charles Péguy, Wilfred Owen, Ernst Stadler)’ at the Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire de Strasbourg (BNU) which explores the deaths of three poets during World War I.

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Vth International Comparative Literature Conference in Turkey

The Vth International Comparative Literature Conference in Turkey will be held on 15-17 October 2014 at Mersin University. The title of this year’s conference has been designated as ‘Local Contexts, Global Connections: Transitions, Deviations, Innovations in Literature, Culture and Art’. The title is inspired by Yaşar Kemal, the writer of local cultural values of Anatolia, and Pierre Bourdieu, the sociologist emphasising globality of cultural transfer.

Invited speakers include Professor Francis Claudon, Professor Monica Spiridon, Professor Monika Schmitz-Emans and Professor Onur Bilge Kula. Abstracts up to 250 words either in English, French or German are invited for 20-minute papers. Deadline for abstracts is 30 May 2014.

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The Stephen Spender Prize 2014 for Poetry in Translation

Stephen Spender ImageThe Stephen Spender Prize 2014 for poetry in translation in association with the Guardian awards translations of poems from any language, classical or modern, into English in three categories: Open, 18-and-under and 14-and-under. Entrants must be British or Irish citizens or residents.  Closing date for entries is 23 May 2014. All winning entries are also published in a booklet.

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