HT 2017 Week 7 Updates

We round off the term with a great Cultural Forms in Comparison seminar. This seminar, taking place on Weds 8 March, invites participants to think about the different ways in which online and offline forums function as locations of literary and intellectual culture. On Monday (6 March) The Discussion Group will convene with Elleke Boehmer at St Anne’s to explore the question “What is Good Literature?”.

In Week 7, Marilyn Booth gave an enlightening talk on how to write an academic review.

The podcast for Translation as Afterlife is available in our Living Library can be found here.


Events and CFPs

1. Graphic Reading: A One-Day Conference, University of Birmingham, 19 May 2017.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words, accompanied by a short bio, should be sent to by March 31st. Organizers: Dr. Charlotta Salmi (U. Birmingham), Dr. Angus Brown (U. Birmingham). See flyer for details.


2. Just a gentle reminder that as part of the Conference on Mourning in Italian Poetry from the Medieval to the Modern, there will be a poetry reading by Antonella Anedda with Jamie McKendrick at Christ Church’s Upper Library on 4 March 2017 at 5 pm.

All welcome and no registration required. You can find more information regarding the event through this link:


3. Arabic Persian Turkish Language Immersion Institute at UW-Madison this summer.

The programme runs from June 19-August 11, 2017. See for details.


4. Shortwave Books

Are you a translator looking to kickstart a new project? Do you know of any books or authors crying out for a great translation? We want to hear from you!
Shortwave is currently in the process of selecting our first 3 translations. We are seeking translators who want to share their love of language and the written word. We are also interested in supporting projects that challenge fixed notions of nationality and/or immigrant experience. All genres and languages considered.


5. New MA Bursary in Comparative Literature with French at QMUL's School of Linguistics, Languages and Film

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film at Queen Mary, University of London is happy to announce the Jill Forbes MA Bursary for students inComparative Literature with French OR Film Studies with French.

Thanks to the generosity of the late Jill Forbes - a former chair of French at Queen Mary, and a leading figure in French studies both nationally and internationally - we are able to support a full-time UK or EU MA student specializing in a field relating to French studies, through a fee bursary for the academic year 2017/18 (value £7950).

Applicants must have French as a named subject in their first degree (completed or due for completion in 2017), and propose a dissertation project that includes a substantial French/Francophone element. Applicants are invited to submit a short dissertation research proposal (no more than 300 words in English or French) and a covering letter together with their application.

If eligible candidates have already submitted an application to the MA programme in Comparative Literature or Film Studies and wish to apply for the bursary, they should submit a dissertation proposal and covering letter directly to Dr. Shital Pravinchandra: (for Comparative Literature) or Dr. Jenny Chamarette: (for Film Studies)

Applications may be made via the taught postgraduate course finder (Comparative Literature) or (Film Studies)

All applications must be received by 15 July 2017.


6. Luisa Selis Fellowship

Funded by the Fondazione di Sardegna in memory of anthropologist Luisa Selis, who specialised in the cultural memory of Sardinia, this Fellowship enables researchers in this field (ethnography, anthropology and/or literature for example) to conduct research at the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory at the Institute of Modern Languages Research and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Londra (IIC).

The Fellowship is open to applicants from the UK and overseas. Candidates should have completed their doctorate and have a strong publications record. Doctoral students in the final stages of their studies may be considered for a Scholarship.

The tenure of the Fellowship is three months. The scheme provides accommodation at the IIC for the duration of the Fellowship as well as funds for subsistence and research-related costs of £2,000.

Apply before 31 March following the link copied below:


Dr Eleni Philippou

Comparative Criticism and Translation

online culture