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CFP: The Sociology of Poetry Translation

The Sociology of Poetry Translation

Centre for Translation Studies – Centre for World Literatures

University of Leeds

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 9am-6pm

Recent trends in translation theory have focused more and more on the sociology of translation. Yet this methodological innovation has not filtered down to the study of poetry translation. This conference, sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust, and jointly hosted by the University of Leeds Centre for Translation Studies and Centre for World Literatures, aims to offer new paths for research. Papers will examine sociological and editorial approaches to poetry translation, including but not limited to:

  • Literary translators
  • Author translators
  • Editors of translations
  • Gatekeepers
  • Publishers
  • Journals
  • State-sponsored translation programs
  • Translation networks
  • Intercultural actors and gatekeepers
  • National and international translation trends
  • Ideological representation and misrepresentation
  • Translation policies
  • Role and function of translation in modern cultures

There are two confirmed keynote speakers: Prof. Gisèle Sapiro (EHESS, Paris) and Dr. Francis Jones (University of Newcastle).

After the conference, we plan to submit an edited volume based on the conference papers to an established academic press.


Paper proposals should include a title, 250–500 word abstract, and bio-note with institutional affiliation and email contact.

Submit to: sociologytrans@gmail.com.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 30 November, 2015

NOTIFICATION: 15 December, 2015

‘Roland Barthes and Poetry’ Conference at Leeds

The University of Leeds will be hosting a conference titled ‘Roland Barthes and Poetry‘ on 27-28 March 2015 to mark the centenary of the birth of the French literary critic Roland Barthes.

The conference sets out to complement other events taking place by focussing on poetics as a general theory of communication and of human signifying practices in and beyond language as a central Barthesian concern, be it in the work of the Hellenist George Thomson, or the poetic theory of Roman Jakobson. The conference aims to suggest the place of poetry in Barthes’s work as well as looking at the ways in which poets have responded to Barthesian poetic theory, especially in the case of American avant-garde poetry of the 1950s-1970s.

The conference is supported by the British Comparative Literature Association, the Modern Humanities Research Association and the Society for French Studies, and attendance is free of charge, but registration is required due to space constraints.

Visit the website for details and the programme.

‘Tales Beyond Borders’ Conference at Leeds

The Reading the Fantastic Graduate Research Group at the University of Leeds will be organising a two-day international conference entitled ‘Tales Beyond Borders’ along with a postgraduate/early career researcher workshop on 23-25 April 2014. Keynote speakers of the event are Dr Nicola Bown from Birkbeck University of London, Dr Alaric Hall from the University of Leeds, Justina Robson, science fiction and fantasy writer, and Peter Stevenson, fairy tale illustrator and storyteller.

The organisers aim to bring together those working in various aspects of fantasy studies (taking a wide interpretation for this category) in order to study and discuss this emerging field of research from a cross/multi-cultural and interdisciplinary perspective.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Current theories in analyzing fairy tales, folk tales, and fantasy literature
  • Complexities around representations and interpretations of the fantastic and the speculative both within and beyond historical contexts and period categorizations
  • Problems in translating elements of the fantastic across cultures, disciplines, and geographic areas
  • How the fantastic relates to constructions and representations of gender and ethnicity
  • Perceptions of the fantastic within/across generational and inter-generational contexts (e.g. children’s literature, young adult fiction, etc.)
  • Exploring genre classifications and boundaries within the fantastic and the speculative (touching on the gothic, the uncanny, mythologies, romances, the monstrous and science fiction to name a few examples)
  • Recently discovered texts (visual, vocal, written, and others), reimagined, and/or adapted texts
  • Connections across mediums that deal with the fantastic – art, literature, film, music, drama, graphics
  • Using fairy tales, folk tales, and fantasy literature in classroom, community, and digital contexts

Abstracts between 200-300 words along with a biography of the prospective speaker(s) that are no more than 100 words are invited. The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2015.

See the website for details.

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.

Visit the website for details.

BCLA Spring Postgraduate Reception 2014

BCLA Spring 2014 Reception Poster ImageWe are pleased to announce that the BCLA will be hosting a Postgraduate Reception in the afternoon of 5 March 2014, Wednesday at the University of Leeds. This is the first time a BCLA Postgraduate Reception is held outside of London! We do hope to make this a regular event so that every year the autumn receptions are held at an institution based in London and the spring receptions are held elsewhere in the UK.

This spring, the BCLA Postgraduate Reception is organised in collaboration with the School of English at the University of Leeds and in conjunction with the lecture David Damrosch will be delivering at the University of Leeds. Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University and past President of the American Comparative Literature Association, David Damrosch kindly agreed to be present throughout the Postgraduate Reception and respond to the papers. Following the BCLA Postgraduate Reception, he will be delivering a lecture entitled ‘Tupi or Not Tupi: The World in the Nation’.

The Spring Postgraduate Reception will start at 2 pm and take place at the Leeds Humanities Research Institute Seminar Room 1. We will have two papers that will be engaging with David Damrosch’s book entitled What is World Literature? (Princeton University Press, 2003):

‘Writing Cultures: Claude Lévi-Strauss and the Ethnographic Imaginary’ by Nile Davies, Comparative Literature, University College London

‘A Circulating Centre: Naipaul’s The Enigma of Arrival and European Culture’ by Adele Tiengo, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

These will be followed by responses to Robert J. C. Young’s ‘World Literature and Postcolonialism’ by

Dr Slavica Rankovic, Teaching Fellow, School of English, University of Leeds

Arthur Rose, School of English, University of Leeds

All are welcome. Admission is free of charge; however, as seating will be limited, please let us know.

Download the event poster for details.

Our Postgraduate Receptions are friendly seminars that offer postgraduates working in Comparative Literature and related fields the opportunity to present their work to peers and academics and are followed by a wine reception.