Online conference: Regeneration, University of Glasgow (14 May 2021)

On behalf of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Glasgow, we’re pleased to share the programme for ‘Regeneration’: the sixth annual postgraduate conference in Comparative Literature and Translation Studies. Organised in collaboration with the Writing in Transit research cluster, the event will take place online on Friday 14 May 2021.

‘Regeneration’ describes an intersection of the old and the new, signalling creation alongside a degree of continuity. It can be found everywhere – from bodily processes to ecological diversity, urban transformation to the revision and reinterpretation of history. But it is often the result of a crisis, occurring in the aftermath of wars, natural disasters, and of course pandemics. The term ‘regeneration’ is therefore closely associated with suffering, destruction and upheaval, and is at times an indication of loss as well as a sign of potential gain or repair.

Though in many ways intended as a timely call for optimism, this one-day conference sets out to interrogate the challenges involved in regeneration. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to confront problematic aspects of modern society; to reconcile a yearning for the familiar and an aversion to restrictions with a newfound appreciation of simplicity and an acceptance of change. With this context in mind, and drawing on resonant themes in literature and translation, we will explore where, when, how and why regeneration takes place.

View the full programme and register for the conference at Please note that Zoom links will be sent to registered attendees one or two days before the event.

This is a UofG SMLC event organised by Sophie Maddison and Elena Dardano, in collaboration with the Writing in Transit research cluster.

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