MT 2018 Week 0 Updates

OCCT’s Michaelmas 2018 programme is rich, and includes a book launch, a poetry reading, and various talks! At our welcome event in Week 1 you’ll get the opportunity to meet our organising committee and hear about OCCT’s programme. Our welcome drinks will be followed by a conversation with the writers Kai Aareleid and Patrick McGuinness. In Week 2 of term we’ll be hosting the book launch of Adriana X. Jacobs’s Strange Cocktail: Translation and the Making of Modern Hebrew Poetry. Later in the term, we’ll enjoy talks by Annika Mörte Alling and Francesca Orsini on World Literatures: Multilingual Locals and Cosmopolitan Dynamics. Tiphaine Samoyault and Ma Sha will discuss translations of Finnegans Wake. We welcome Dodie Bellamy in a joint event with the Ruskin School of Art andOlga Grjasnowa as part of the DAAD Writer-in-Residence programme. Vera Tobin will speak at the Fiction and Other Minds seminar. We will close the term with a poetry reading with Patrick McGuinness, Stephen Romer, and Gilles Ortlieb. As usual, the Discussion Group runs its fortnightly meetings. Check our website for further details!

We are excited to announce that Oxford's new Masters course in Comparative Literature and Critical Translation has just been launched. The course is linked to OCCT and grows out of our research. Details are hereand here. Please spread news of the course and invite anyone who might be interested to apply!


CFPs and Events

1) The Taylor Institution Library, one of the Bodleian libraries, is hosting a lecture series entitled Literatures of multilingual Europe in Michaelmas 2018. This series is being run with a view to offering an introduction to less well-known European literatures such as Polish, Welsh and Scandinavian literatures (among others), showcasing the holdings of the Taylorian and the Bodleian and offering another perspective on creative multilingualism from a literary perspective.

This lecture series complements the Bodleian exhibition in Hilary 2019 Babel: adventures in translation.

This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

Room 2, Taylor Institution Library.

For more info see:



ECHIC Conference 2019

4-5 April 2019, Athens, Greece

Humanities and the Arts: Creative Industries and Cultural Democracy

Papers and discussions will address the interface between humanities and the arts within Europe in a globalised world. The conference will focus on the creative industries as a paradigmatic topos of such confluences. It will also reflect on questions about the relation between creative economies and cultural democracy, and, at a more fundamental level, of the relation between creativity, ethics and politics which cut across boundaries between the Humanities, the Arts and Social Sciences and speak to contemporary concerns beyond academia. Along these theoretical axes, some of the topics suggested for discussion are (not limited to) the following:

  • Arts and the humanities; historical perspectives
  • Arts and performance: festivals and other public events
  • Archeology, Museum  and Heritage Industries
  • Digital   technologies,  creative  archives and visual cultural industries
  • Book culture and the publishing industry
  • Translation, creativity, and economy
  • Education and the creative economy
  • Creative Commons
  • Democracy, politics and creativity
  • Ethical issues in the creative industries
  • Community art and humanities projects;
  • Creative economy on a national and globalised level
  • Crisis, development and creative industries
  • Funded arts and humanities projects –policies, good practices and Showcases

We invite proposals for either 20-minute academic papers or 10-minute project presentations/demos in intersecting areas of arts and the humanities broadly outlined above. Early career researchers and coordinators of funded projects are particularly welcome to submit. Proposals for panels are also welcome.

Please submit a short biographical note together with an abstract of 150 words for a proposed panel or individual presentation/ demo at both the following addresses: and

Deadline of proposal submission:  15 October 2018

Conference Organiser
Dr Angeliki Spiropoulou


Comparative Criticism and Translation