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Translate at City, University of London

Translate at City, Literary Translation in Practice, 26th – 30th June 2017, University of London

Are you a practising professional or a newcomer to the art of translation?

Develop your translation skills under the guidance of top professionals at a central London campus.

An immersion course in literary translation into English across genres – including selections from fiction, poetry, history, essays, journalism, travel and academic writing – taught by leading literary translators and senior academics, with plenty of opportunities for networking.

• Arabic – Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp

• Chinese – Nicky Harman

• French – Trista Selous and Frank Wynne

• German – Shaun Whiteside

• Italian – Howard Curtis

• Japanese – Angus Turvill

• Polish – Antonia Lloyd-Jones

• Portuguese – Daniel Hahn

• Russian – Robert Chandler

• Spanish – Peter Bush

• Swedish – Kevin Halliwell

Evening programme (attendance free): French Translation Slam with Frank Wynne and Ros Schwartz; Keynote Lecture Who Dares Wins by Professor Gabriel Josipovici; Author/translator Daniel Hahn on Translation and Children’s Books and a buffet supper at local gastro pub sponsored by Europe House with a talk by Paul Kaye, Europe House Languages Officer.

Full fee: £520. Bursaries available.

Directors Amanda Hopkinson (Visiting Professor in Literary

Translation, City, University of London) and French literary translator Ros Schwartz

Please note: All translation is into English and English needs to be your language of habitual use. All evening and lunchtime events are free and attendance is voluntary.

The organisers reserve the right to cancel a workshop that does not recruit to the required minimum number of participants. Any applicants for these groups will be notified with a minimum six weeks’ notice.

For more information, contact dina.leifer@city.ac.uk. Twitter: @Translate_City

CFP: Endgame(s) – GLITS

Endgame(s), GLITS (Goldsmiths Literature Seminar) Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference, June 9th 2017, Goldsmiths, University of London

Plenary Speaker: Professor Ivan Callus, University of Malta

Website: www.endgames2017.co.uk

We live in perilous times. Institutional decay, declining living standards, the collapse of social welfare, and potentially the end of liberal democracy all afflict our contemporary historical moment. Looming ecological and migratory issues transcend the limits of what we think and feel to be possible, threatening us in ways we are unable to imagine, let alone rationalise. Yet, there is a profound sense that every epoch has its own ‘endgame’; that every society recognises itself as itself in the vision of its own future demise. Endgames consequently populate the historical record, from the Millenarianism of the medieval world and the fin de siècle culture of Mitteleuropa, to the historical ends that the mythologies of Fascism and Stalinism sought to bring about, to anxieties of nuclear holocaust and the Y2K millennium bug and – more recently – Brexit. It seems that the apocalypse, by definition, must be repeatable. In 1925 T.S. Eliot captured appositely the sense of resultant disaffection and numbness – even frustration – this engenders: ‘This is the way the world ends, Not with a bang but a whimper.’

However, living in the end-times can also be exhilarating, even liberating. A German expression encapsulates this hedonism: ‘Tanz auf dem Vulkan [dancing on the volcano]’. The end-times – different from the mere knowledge of our individual mortality – can trigger an ecstatic sense of being, perhaps even a means to bridge the intersubjective gaps that lie between us and forge new collective possibilities. Thus, leading us to the imagining of termination for positive affect; bringing current socio-economic and political systems to their [il]logical conclusions; repurposing technology for socially beneficial and emancipatory ends.

This conference seeks to explore the way in which literature and narrative cultures order and represent visions of the end of the world and how this constitutes a pervasive influence on philosophy, political theory and popular culture. We invite papers that discuss ways of thinking and feeling in the end times, those of the past, present and, inevitably, those endgames still to be played out in the future.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Literature of resistance, dissidence, change, from the middle-ages to 21st Century.
  • The end of literature and the contemporary novel.
  • Borders and limits in relation to migration, displacement, and refuge.
  • Apocalypse, catastrophe and revelation.
  • Climate-change, environmental disaster, and eco-criticism.
  • Corruption, decadence, degradation, decay.
  • Endgames and end-times in popular culture.
  • Epochality, historicity, temporality.
  • Technology and media.
  • Post-truth and Post-fact discourses.

We warmly welcome abstracts for 20 minute papers, short creative pieces, and readings, from all postgraduate students by Friday 31st March to be sent to the conference organisers David Cross and Marc Farrant at endgames2017@gold.ac.uk – Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words. Please include details of your current level of study and home institution. For creative readings, please send a short example of your work.

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.

Call for Papers: CCLPS Postgraduate Conference at SOAS

The 2015 Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) Postgraduate Conference entitled ‘Beyond Eurocentricism: Rethinking Spatial Representation’ will take place at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London on 19 June 2015.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • imperialism and geography;
  • borders and the nation state;
  • ideological spaces;
  • national and/or communal borders;
  • the city and the country;
  • metropolitanism;
  • cosmopolitanism;
  • formations of spatial identity and ‘Otherness’;
  • intercultural and interlinguistic space;
  • diaspora narratives;
  • local cosmologies;
  • mythical and/or spiritual representational spaces;
  • imagined spaces;
  • alternative histories of landscape, environment and architecture;
  • ecologies;
  • parallel universes;
  • the wilderness, the unseen, the underground;
  • spaces occupied by non-humans;
  • interrogations of space as a gendered entity;
  • space and sexuality;
  • the public and the private;
  • areas of safety;
  • sites of violence.

The organisers hope to establish comparative critical perspectives informed by, but not limited to, cultural studies, literary studies, postcolonial studies, area studies, architecture, gender studies, urban studies, urban cultural studies, animal studies and ecocriticism.

Proposals for panels (up to 400 words) and papers (up to 250 words) accompanied with 50-word biographies are invited. Deadline for abstracts is 15 March 2015.

See the call for papers for details.