Following the panel she organised at the recent ICLA World Congress in Vienna, Mathelinda Nabugodi (postgraduate BCLA member) has written a report on the wide range of papers presented in ‘The Language of Satire’. The report can be found here.
BCLA Summer Graduate Reception: Environments
Wednesday 8 June 2016, University of Essex
We are pleased to announce that the British Comparative Literature Association will be hosting a Graduate Reception on the evening of Wednesday 8 June 2016.
The theme for this year’s Summer Reception is “Environments”.
Our keynote speaker for the evening is Dr Susan Oliver (Reader in Literature at the University of Essex) whose talk is titled “Reading the Environment: Landscaping Violence and Restitution?”
Please see the programme for more information.
BCLA Graduate Receptions are friendly evening seminars which offer postgraduates working in Comparative Literature and related fields the opportunity to present their work to peers and academics, followed by an informal wine reception.
Postgraduate Conference – Seeking Refuge, King’s College London
10:00 23 May 2016 – 17:00 24 May 2016
Room K2.40, King’s College London – Strand, London, WC2R 2LS
The King’s College London Department of Comparative Literature warmly invites you to the ‘Seeking Refuge’ post-graduate conference. In a series of presentations by PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers and moderated by King’s academics, this two-day conference engages with literary expressions and interpretations of crisis, trauma, and seeking refuge. We are also joined by Dr. Norbert Bugeja (University of Malta) and Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge (University of East Anglia) as keynote speakers, presenting their take on ideas of seeking refuge.
Writing itself presents a means of seeking refuge for some; for others, the act of narration is linked to trauma, displacement or a sense of loss or absence. Through the figure of the refugee – not only the political but also the existential refugee – concepts of borders and spaces are interrogated, and notions of both physical and psychological encounters are explored.
Against the backdrop of one of the most significant recent migrant crises in the Middle East, and a new western economic crisis which has put into question the right of owning a house, the condition of homelessness, exile, and the need of refuge have become a prominent topic in our time. The experience of exile is not only experienced in the materiality of losing one’s own home, but it can also become an existential condition which can be manifested, for example, in the experience of domestic abuse of any kind.
Speakers will discuss varying subjects speaking to the theme of seeking refuge like poetic explorations of refuge, imagined landscapes of refuge, identity, archival and medical encounters, and the body.
May 27th 2016, University of Sussex
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kate McLoughlin (Oxford)
This is a one-day conference being held at the University of Sussex on Friday 27th May. It aims to bring together all levels of researchers to discuss broad ideas of hosting and hospitality in modernist literature. The conference is kindly being sponsored by the Sussex Centre for Modernist Studies.
The cost of the conference is £10 or £5 for concessions (including students) and this price includes lunch and a wine reception. Payment will be taken in cash or cheque on the day of the event.
Registration for this conference must be made in advance – to register please send your full name, your institutional affiliation, and any dietary or access requirements to the conference organiser.
Please send any questions to Justine Shaw.
Oxford Translation Day
St Anne’s College, Oxford
11th June, 2016
On June 11th, St Anne’s College will be running Oxford Translation Day, a celebration of literary translation consisting of workshops and talks throughout the day at St Anne’s and around the city, culminating in the award of the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize. Our programme includes a range of events which are all open to the public, providing students, translators, publishers, writers, and anyone interested in languages with the opportunity to discover and discuss literary translation.
All events are free and open to anyone, but registration is required. Please see the website for our full programme and registration info.