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Creative Critical Writing Lab (UCL)

Creative Critical Writing Lab

Monday 6 November 2017 | 18:00-20:00 | room 6.02 UCL Bartlett School of Architecture

Following on from the successful Creative Critical Writing and Creative Resistance Workshops held at UCL in June and July 2017, and in response to the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received on them, we are setting up a series of writing labs. These writing labs – a forum for creative critical work in progress – are open to researchers of all disciplines and all stages of their careers. Our primary aims are, firstly, to offer a space for constructive criticism on current creative critical research projects and, secondly, to inspire future work and resistance through a collaborative reading of creative critical texts.

The first two writing labs – 6 November 2017 and 5 March 2018 – are focused on the theme of love. On 6 November 2017, Tim Mathews and Mathelinda Nabugodi will look at Percy Bysshe Shelley’s short essay On Love (1819) and Roland Barthes’s Fragments d’un discours amoureux(1977) [A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments trans. by Richard Howard] focusing on the introductory section on how the book is constructed and the fragments s’abîmerabsenceatoposdéclarationidentification, and lettre. We will explore the ways in which these two authors use creative techniques to drive their critical argumentation about the overpowering, and yet elusive, subject of love. Our reading will provide a foundation for the second part of the seminar which is devoted to discussion of work-in-progress by its participants.

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The next Love Lab will take place on 5 March 2016. More on that soon.

The Writing Labs are conceived and organised by:
Emma Cheatle – Tim Mathews – Mathelinda Nabugodi – Emily Orley – Jane Rendell – PA Skantze

CFP: Creative Critical Writing Workshop, UCL

Creative Critical Writing Workshop for Graduate Students and Early Career Researchers, University College London, 28-30 June 2017

Submission deadline: 23 April 2017

Recent years have witnessed increasing interest in innovative ways of conducting and presenting research, what we here term Creative Critical Writing. Distinct from literary or fictional writing, Creative Critical Writing is a research method that treats the form of academic writing as constitutive of its conceptual argument. It draws inspiration from a tradition of thought that includes Plato’s dialogues, Montaigne’s Essais, Nietzsche’s aphorisms, Walter Benjamin’s Denkbilder, Jacques Derrida’s deconstructive play with language, and Hélène Cixous’s écriture féminine as well as more recent experiments with digital media, disruptive translation and various types of performative or site-specific writing.

In response to these developments, we want to foster a conversation between researchers with an interest in creative critical methodologies. Rather than a usual conference, we aim to organise a practice-based workshop that brings together established academics and young researchers from a wide range of disciplines. Together we will explore the creative aspects of our critical practices and develop imaginative responses to questions that we face in our work.

Creative Critical Writing is often reflected in publication formats that depart from the “standard” academic article, although it also has the potential to become a powerful tool for public engagement and outreach activities. Therefore the workshop will be followed by a public exhibition and a related publication in which the participants are given the chance to present their research in creative critical formats. The exhibition will take place at a central location on UCL’s campus in October 2017.

This call is aimed at graduate students and early career researchers of all disciplines with cultural and/or critical elements, including, but not limited to:





Cultural Studies

Digital Humanities

Environmental and/or Medical Humanities

History of Art

History of Science

Modern Languages






Religious Studies

Translation Studies

If you are interested in taking part, please submit a brief outline of your current research that includes a few sentences on how your work relates to the workshop theme as well as a short bio (no more than a page in total).

Please email to CreativeCriticalWriting@gmail.com before 23rd April 2017. Selected participants will be notified in early May.

Participation is free and includes coffee, some lunch breaks, and a wine reception. We are unfortunately not able to offer contributions towards accommodation or travel expenses. For more information, please visit:


Revolutions and Classics

Revolutions and Classics

Friday July 22nd 2016

University College London

Researchers in classical reception are increasingly intrigued by the political significances of antiquity for subsequent cultures and societies: the field has been energised by the recent publication of Classics and Communism (2013) and Greek and Roman Classics in the British Struggle for Social Reform (2015).

’Revolutions and Classics’ examines the manner in which classical texts and artefacts have been deployed in societies undergoing rapid and radical social change. This one-day workshop aims to foster interdisciplinary discussion of intersections between classics and revolutions; substantial time will also be given to discussion of teaching across classical reception, classics, and politics.

The workshop is hosted by The Classical Reception Studies Network and the Legacy of Greek Political Thought Network, with the support of the Department of Greek and Latin at UCL, and the Department of Classics at the University of Reading. In line with the aims of the Classical Receptions Studies Network, the day is designed to be especially useful for doctoral researchers and early career academics.

Confirmed speakers include Rosa Andújar (UCL), Carol Atack (Warwick), Emma Cole (Bristol), Nicholas Cole (Oxford), Susan Deacy (Roehampton), Rachel Foxley (Reading), Benjamin Gray (Edinburgh), Jo Paul (Open University), Sanja Petrovic and Rosa Mucignat (Kings College London), Luke Richardson (University College London), and Michael Simpson (Goldsmiths).

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required; interested participants should register here. Ph.D. and Masters students from both UK and international institutions are eligible to apply for bursaries which can be used to subvent the costs of accommodation, subsistence, and travel. To apply for a bursary, please email the following information to Rosa Andújar and Barbara Goff on or before 30 June 2016:

1. A statement of not more than 200 words describing your research and how you might benefit from attending ‘Revolutions and Classics’ 2. a brief cv.

Should you have any questions, please contact the organisers:Barbara Goff, University of Reading and Rosa Andújar, UCL. The organisers are very grateful to the A. G. Leventis Fund at UCL for their generous support, as well as the UCL Institute for Advanced Studies, CUCD, and the Classical Association.

The programme of events can be found here.

The principles, pleasures & realities of translating psychoanalysis

Science & Literature seminar‘The principles, pleasures & realities of translating psychoanalysis’ by Professor Naomi Segal

5:30 pm Tuesday 26 January

This paper arises from my recently completed work of translating a psychoanalytic book from French into English –Didier Anzieu’s Le Moi-peau (1985, 1995) – which will appear as The Skin-ego in a few months. It explores in a series of ways the issues of translation in general and translating psychoanalysis in particular. Are all translators murderers, pests or parasites? Are they humble or the spokespersons of a community? Are they trustworthy or traitors, or even ‘faithful bigamists’? And as for translations, do they have to be beautiful or faithful, never both? Looking at translation theory, I examine a number of contrastive pairs, including: word for word vs. sense for sense; author-facing vs. reader-facing; process vs. product, multilingual vs. monolingual. Might translation be a feminine/feminised activity because most translators are women, or because the target -language has to be maternal, or because it embodies the paradox of the multi-skilled serving the mono-skilled? The second section tries to take a measured look at the translation of psychoanalysis, especially Strachey’s brilliant yet much-criticised translation of Freud. The paper ends with some personal observations arising from my work on Anzieu, and ending with the keyword that still, occasionally, keeps me awake at night.

Professor Naomi Segal (Birkbeck): Professor Naomi Segal is Professorial Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. In 2004 she was founding Director of the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies. She has served on or chaired numerous inter/national committees including within ESF, HERA and the AHRB/C. She is the author of 82 articles and 15 books, including monographs Consensuality: Didier Anzieu, gender and the sense of touch (2009), André Gide: Pederasty & Pedagogy (1998), The Adulteress’s Child (1992),Narcissus and Echo (1988), The Unintended Reader (1986, repr. 2010) and The Banal Object (1981). She has retranslated Anzieu’s Le Moi-peau for Karnac and has two more monographs at the planning stage. She is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre despalmes académiques and a member of the Academia Europaea.

Professor Naomi Segal’s paper will be followed by questions and discussion, and the meeting will conclude with a glass of wine at 7:30 pm. The seminar will take place in Room G24, Foster Court, University College London, Malet Place, London WC1. Directions to this building can be found here.


BCLA Autumn Graduate Reception 2015 - Programme-page-001We are pleased to announce that the BCLA will be hosting a Postgraduate Reception on Thursday, the 29th of October 2015, at University College London. This is the third Autumn reception to be held in UCL, following the success of our events in 2014 and 2013.

The theme of this year’s reception is “Modernity” and our keynote speaker is Dr Tim Beasley-Murray, Senior Lecturer in European Thought at UCL whose talk is entitled ‘“A Time to Speak and a Time to Refrain from Speaking”: On Authorial Power and the Rights and Wrongs of Fact and Fiction’. The reception will take place in Room G24, Foster Court, Malet Place, University College London.

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

Download the event 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.