MT 2016 Week 4 Updates

In Week 5, the workshop ‘Salons, Circles, Majalis: The Sociable Side of Literature’ is happening. This workshop looks at literary gatherings from a wide variety of different cultures, both as elements in the process of creating and experiencing literature and as practices of sociability with aspects that went far beyond the literary. For a more detailed description and how to register, click here.

On Monday of Week 4 the OCCT Discussion Group had its fortnightly meeting at St Anne’s to discuss ‘Literature Beyond Literary Studies: Intermediality and Interdisciplinarity’. The podcast will be available online soon.


Events and CFPS

1. BCLA Autumn Graduate Reception: Afterlives

17.00-19.00, 7th November 2016, Room G24, Foster Court, Malet Place University College London

We are pleased to announce that the British Comparative Literature Association will be hosting a Graduate Reception on the evening of 7 November 2016. 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.

The theme for this year’s Autumn Reception is “Afterlives”. We have three postgraduate speakers: Federica Coluzzi (University of Manchester), Eirini Apanomeritaki (University of Essex), Simone Calabrò (University of Edinburgh). They will each be giving a 20-minute paper on any aspect of their research in Comparative Literature that addresses literature’s multiple afterlives, such as socio-political, ethical, aesthetic, scientific, theoretical, mythical, and so on, or examines the way in which afterlives have come to shape the past, present, and future of comparative literature.


17.00-17.10 Welcome and Introduction by Professor Elinor Shaffer FBA, School of Advanced Studies, University of London and UCL.

17.10-17.40 Awarding Ceremony for the 2016 BCLA Arthur Terry Postgraduate Essay Prize, presented by Professor Naomi Segal, Birkbeck.

Graduate Papers

17.40-18.00 The Religious Afterlife of Dante’s Divine Comedy in Philip H. Wicksteed’s Six Sermons – Federica Coluzzi (University of Manchester)

18.00 – 18.20 Myths of the Afterlife in E. Fakinou’s The Seventh Garment – Eirini Apanomeritaki (University of Essex)

18.20-18.40 Autofiction as a Political Act: The Afterlives of Writers’ Public Image (Simone Calabrò, University of Edinburgh)

18.40-19.00 Q&A discussion

The talks will be followed by a wine reception and an opportunity for informal discussion

All welcome. Admission is free of charge.

Hosted by: the Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry, University College London.

BCLA Postgraduate Representatives: Niall Sreenan, Stefano Rossoni, and Stanislava Dikova


Twitter: @BCLApostgrad



2. Platonov - in words, film, and conversation

Wednesday 30th November, 2016

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

7:30pm | FREE

Join us to explore the life and extraordinary works of Soviet novelist and playwright Andrei Platonov through conversation with poet and his translator Robert Chandler and others, film, music, live readings and some screenings of his writings in performance.

Dr Eleni Philippou

Comparative Criticism and Translation