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‘The Bearer-Beings’: Portable Stories in Dislocated Times

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Saturday, May 14, 2016 -
10:00am to 6:00pm
Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG
Seminar Room & Colin Matthew Room

 

Convened by Marina Warner, Weidenfeld Professor of Comparative European Literature, 2016 and President of the British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA) and Professor Matthew Reynolds, Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation (OCCT).  This initiative is kindly supported by the Metabolic Studio.

Marina Warner and Matthew Reynolds will hold a creative writing workshop with the writers Philip Terry, Alice Oswald, Tamim al-Barghouti, and the storyteller Ben Haggarty. The workshop revolves around the concept of stories and their literary, oral, visual, or musical transmission. The workshop not only hopes to interrogate how individuals communicate stories in different cultures, spaces, and times, but hopes that workshop participants will create and ‘transmit’ their own interesting variations of ancient myths or more modern folklore. Participants are expected to come to the workshop with either a myth or folktale (from any place or era) in order to actively explore how the transmission of stories is a distinctive, energetic, and dynamic process. Participants are limited to 50, in the Seminar Room of the Radcliffe Humanities Building. Registration will take place at 9 am. The day will be interspersed with breaks for tea, coffee, and lunch.

This workshop is preceeded by another workshop on the 13th May. Click here to view more details.

Click here to view the event poster.

These Oxford-based workshops feed into a 3-day workshop in Sicily in September 2016 that will engage with the expression, circulation, translation, and re-telling of stories in contemporary refugee and multicultural communities.

Please contact Dr Eleni Philippou by 1 May 2016 at comparative.criticism@st-annes.ox.ac.uk if you would like to attend this event.

OCCT is a Divisional research programme supported by TORCH and St Anne's College. Convenors Prof. Matthew Reynolds, Prof. Mohamed-Salah Omri, Prof. Ben Morgan, Dr Sowon Park, Prof. Adriana X. Jacobs, Prof. Patrick McGuinness, Prof. Jane Hiddleston, Dr Xiaofan Amy Li, Dr Valentina Gosetti. Co-ordinator: Dr Eleni Philippou.

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Contact name: 
Dr Eleni Philippou
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Open to all