MT 2017 Week 7 Updates

On Monday of Week 8, please join us for a discussion to mark the publication of OCCT's latest book, Minding Borders: Resilient Divisions in Literature, the Body and the Academy, edited by Nicola Gardini, Adriana Jacobs, Ben Morgan, Mohamed-Salah Omri and Matthew Reynolds. The authors will be in conversation with Matt Longo whose book The Politics of Borders: Sovereignty, Security and the Citizen after 9/11is also out this month. More info here.

OCCT is proud to be connected to Prismatic Translation, a research strand of Creative Multilingualism! Once a term, an established freelance translator and writer visits the Oxford Spires academy to conduct workshops exploring the interplay between translation and creativity, and encourage school pupils to produce their own creative, prismatic texts. Take a look at this beautiful poem by 12-year-old Mohammed, written during a recent Arabic Poetry workshop.

In the latest OCCT Review, Maria Roemer reviews Transcultural Writers and Novels in the Age of Global Mobility by Arianna Dagnino. Click here


CFPs and Events

1. Writing and Rendering: A Multilingual Literary Salon

Thursday, 30th November 2017 at 5:00 pm St. John´s College - 14 St Giles - Room H

Please join us for the first meeting of a series of Literary Salons, where student writers from multilingual backgrounds will come together to present their pieces and translations of creative writing. Anyone interested in literature is welcome to attend and if you wish to present your own pieces, please feel free to get in touch with us beforehand. This event is hosted by the Oxford University World Literature Society. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Please feel free to visit our Homepage or Facebook Page to stay up to date with coming events.



2. CFP: Don’t Look: Representations of Horror in the 21st Century

One Day Symposium

28th April 2018

University of Edinburgh

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sorcha Ní Fhlainn (Manchester Metropolitan University)

We live in scary, uncertain times. In recent years, we have witnessed the rise of hard-line nationalism, the ascendency of racist alt-right politics and attacks on the increasingly fragile-looking institution of democracy. We contend, daily, with the threat of seemingly inevitable ecological catastrophe. The Horror genre has always been understood as a potent mirror and bellwether, able to digest the socio-cultural and political currents of a given moment and feed them back to us in uncompromising and disturbing ways. This conference seeks to consider how representations of horror are changing in our own contemporary moment, where the line between fiction and reality, truth and lies appears to be fraying beyond recognition.

Recent academic scholarship on horror has diverged towards topics such as: fear and the appearance of reality within found footage horror; the multisensory perception of horror in video games, television and theme parks; and the rise of concepts such as 'The Horror of Philosophy'. There has also been a focus towards contemporary studies of Queer Horror and appropriation, audience participation, and changing tastes in horror fandom. This one-day interdisciplinary symposium seeks to analyse representations of horror since 2000, with particular emphasis on current trends and cycles, and the ways in which horror can be said to reflect contemporary anxieties and fears.  We are specifically interested in determining some of the ways in which these aesthetics have changed and why. We would especially welcome research that addresses the causes of some of these changes in representations of horror across media and academic disciplines.

(for 20-minute presentations)

Topics might include (but are not limited to):

• Contemporary Representations of Body Horror
• Generic Mutations
• New Horror Television (American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, Stranger Things, Hannibal, etc.)
• Abjection and Transgression
• Horror and Trauma
• Horror, Gender, and Sexuality
• Experimental/Avant-Garde/Underground Horror: Film, Art and Literature
• Horror and Nostalgia
• Transmutation/Metamorphosis
• News Media Representations of Horror
• Virtual Reality (VR) horror
• Horror and Disability
• Contemporary Cult Horror
• New Genres, Subgenres and Hybrids
• Horror and the Senses
• Queer Horror and Performance
• Horror Fandom and Audiences
• Literary Horror Adaptations
• Shudder, Chiller and Contemporary Horror Networks and Viewing Platforms


As a postgraduate led symposium, we also welcome submissions from Masters and PhD students to present work-in-progress papers, which will be 15 minutes in length (as opposed to the usual 20 minutes). We believe these work-in-progress panels will be useful for gaining helpful feedback from peers on ongoing research.


• Please submit proposals of 200-250 words, along with a short biographical note (100 words) to by Wednesday 7thFebruary 2018. Accepted presentations should be 20 minutes in length (15 min for work in progress).

• We also welcome video essay proposals. Contributors should upload their video to Vimeo, preferably to a password protected page, then email the relevant URL and password, along with a 200-word proposal and a short biographical note (100 words) to by Wednesday 7th February 2018. PLEASE NOTE: We ask that video essays be no longer than 10 minutes in length, to allow sufficient time to make a formal presentation after the video is screened.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of submissions by Monday 19th February 2018. Updates on the symposium will be made available on our Word Press site:


3. Call for papers of the international conference Old Masters and New Monsters - Trends and Perspectives in Horror Literature at the Turn of the Millennium.

The conference will take place at the University of Padua on 12-13 April 2018. We would be glad if you would like to share it.

Please submit an abstract of your proposal to before 30.01.2018. The abstract should not exceed 150-300 words, and should include a title and a short biographical note. The authors of the accepted papers will be notified before 15.02.2018. Papers in Italian, in English, in French, and in Spanish will be accepted.


Dr Eleni Philippou

Comparative Criticism and Translation

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