Tag Archives: June 2015

Romanticism and the South West at Bristol

The Department of English at the University of Bristol will be hosting a conference titled ‘Romanticism and the South West’ on 29 June 2015 to re-assess the importance of the South West in Romantic thought and writing.

The conference aims to explore the importance of the South West for Romantic writers, with a particular emphasis on the following topics:

  1. Ecologically aware writing and protoenvironmental thought;
  2. The role of the South West in an era of scientific development and discovery;
  3. The South West as a centre for reform movements and radical politics, as well as a region connected to slavery and imperialism;
  4. Romantic afterlives in the South West.

Visit the website for details, registration and the programme.

Birkbeck Public Lecture by Marina Warner

Professor Marina Warner DBE, President of the British Comparative Literature Association, will advocate translation in global fiction as a powerful way to ‘enlarge the world and stretch our knowledge’ in a free public lecture at Birkbeck, University of London on 2 June 2015, Tuesday at 6:00 pm. Writer, mythographer and professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck, Professor Warner will deliver the College’s annual William Matthews Memorial Lecture at Senate House, London.
In presenting her chosen topic, ‘Translumination or Travesty? The Passage into English’, she will explore the character of global fiction and the questions raised by the domination of English as a world language. The public lecture will address the controversies surrounding cross-cultural writing – namely questions as to whether meanings and nuances successfully cross linguistic boundaries, whether something is inevitably lost in translation, or if literary translation is part a wider global trend of corporate homogenisation.
Other topics to be explored during the free public lecture include:
  • The current trend in contemporary literature for modern writers to translate the classics
  • The proliferation of digital publishing and literary platforms is opening the doors to writers from previously underrepresented nations, such as Mozambique, Guadeloupe and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Attendance is free, but registration is essential. There will be a drinks reception following the lecture.

Visit the website for details and registration.

Workshop: The Transnational Circulation of Women’s Writing

Under the auspices of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (CCWW) based at the Institute of Modern Languages Research at the School of Advanced Study, University of London and Travelling Texts, 1790-1914: The Transnational Reception of Women’s Writing at the Fringes of Europe (Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain), a half-day workshop entitled ‘The Transnational Circulation of Women’s Writing (1780-2014): Archives, Libraries, Translation’ will be organised on 26 June 2015 in Senate House, London. The event is sponsored by HERA – Humanities in the European Research Area.

This cross-cultural half-day workshop sets out to discuss different ways of approaching the history of women’s writing during the long 19th century and to explore how these roots can shape and inform contemporary praxis. The aim is to establish a productive dialogue between the past and the present of women’s participation in literary culture, bringing together the remits of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing and the historical focus of the HERA-funded collaborative research project Travelling Texts, 1790-1914. Special attention will be paid to the important role of libraries as institutions that conserve, shape and present our literary heritage for contemporary users, with contributions from Dr Gillian Dow, Chawton House Library, and Donna Moore, Glasgow Women’s Library.

Visit the website for details and registration.

‘Environments: Landscape and the Minds’: Postgraduate Conference at Goldsmiths

Environments Landscapes and the Mind ImagePostgraduate students based at Goldsmiths, University of London,University of Essex and the University of Kent will be organising a conference entitled ‘Environments: Landscape and the Minds’ on 19 June 2015 at Goldsmiths, University of London. The interdisciplinary conference is sponsored by CHASE.

Abstracts for 20-minute papers, short creative pieces, and readings from postgraduate students on the connections between landscapes, society, and self are invited. Deadline for abstracts is 12 April 2015.

See the call for papers for details.

CfP: Mapping Identities in the Modern World

The fifth annual postgraduate symposium of the Centre for Modern Studies at the University of York will take place under the title of ‘Mapping Identities in the Modern World, 1830-present‘ on 2 June 2015. The interdisciplinary one-day symposium aims to give postgraduate students across the arts and humanities the opportunity to develop interdisciplinary debates and ideas around the concept of identity, questioning the way in which identities are (re)formed, constructed and explored psychically and spatially in the modern world.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Cartography and the shaping of geographical boundaries;
  • The construction of selfhood and the ‘other’;
  • Contested identities, spaces and territories;
  • Nationalism and racism 1830-present;
  • Travel-writing/travelogues, voyages of self-discovery;
  • The overlap of identity and culture;
  • Spaces and places of identity in literature;
  • Artistic representations of the self;
  • Cultural identities;
  • (De)constructing identity in the humanities;
  • Philosophies of self;
  • Alienation and/or isolationism.

Proposals of 250-300 words should be sent to cmods-pgforum@york.ac.uk. The deadline for submissions is 29 March 2015.

See the call for papers for details.