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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.

BCLA Autumn Graduate Reception: Modernity

We are pleased to announce that the British Comparative Literature Association will be hosting a Graduate Reception on the evening of Thursday 29th October 2015, at University College London.

The theme for this year’s Autumn Reception is “Modernity” and we have three slots available for postgraduates to give a 20-minute paper on any aspect of their research in Comparative Literature that addresses the concept or experience of modernity or examines the way in which modernity is itself figured by the discipline of Comparative Literature. Submissions need not be limited to these parameters and we welcome broad and creative interpretations of this theme.

Our keynote speaker for the evening is Dr Tim Beasley-Murray (Senior Lecturer in European Thought and Culture at UCL).

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. Previous Graduate Receptions have featured papers on Cosmopolitanism and Aestheticism, Virginia Woolf and Arundhati Roy, V.S. Naipaul’s cross-cultural writing, and Claude Lévi-Strauss’ ethnographic imaginary.

The deadline for abstracts (up to 250 words) is Thursday 8th October (we may be able to be flexible if you indicate your interest but are not able to write an abstract before then).

If you would like to present, or for more information, please contact the BCLA Postgraduate Representatives.

UCL Translation in History Lectures

The UCL Translation in History Lectures explore the role of key figures and movements in specific historical contexts. The focus for the forthcoming lectures is on translation beyond the European tradition, including lectures on the Septuagint, Ainu oral narratives, South Asian Christianity and rewriting Haitian translation. All events take place from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Archaeology Lecture Theatre, UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY.

Scheduled lectures for January, February and March are as follows:

22 January 2015, Thursday: Dr Aleksander Gomola (Jagiellonian University), ‘The Septuagint and its Role in the Birth and Spread of Christianity’

5 February 2015, Thursday: Dr Nana Sato-Rossberg (SOAS): Translating Culture Thickly: Mashiho Chiri and Translation of Ainu Oral Tradition

26 February 2015, Thursday: Dr Hephzibah Israel (University of Edinburgh), ‘Bible Translation and South Asian Christianity’

12 March 2015, Thursday: Professor Andrew Leak (UCL), ‘The Politics of Rewriting: the Case of Gary Victor’s A l’angle des rues parallèles’

Events are free and open to all; however, registration is recommended via Eventbrite.

Visit the website for details.