MT 2018 Week 3 Updates

Our friendly discussion group will meet on Monday of Week 4. We will be talking to Heather O'Donoghue (Oxford) about translations from Old Norse-Icelandic literature. As always, no advance preparation is needed, and free sandwich lunch, fruit and coffee will be provided. Join Annika Mörte Alling (Lund) and Francesca Orsini (SOAS) at the seminar World Literatures: Multilingual Locals and Cosmopolitan Dynamics on Wednesday of Week 4.

In Week 3, Vera Tobin spoke about "Shifting the Blame: Some Surprising Cognitive Elements of Narrative Surprise" at the Fiction and Other Minds seminar.



 1. A brand new initiative is launching this term, dedicated to celebrating languages and translation: the Translation Outreach Hub is based at Queen’s but open to all members and non-members of the university. Activities include an international literature book club, translation workshops with visiting writers and translators, and translation workshops in local schools. There are lots of opportunities for student involvement. If you’re interested in finding out more, please come along to a meeting at Queen’s on Thursday of 3rd week (25 October) at 5pm in the Memorial Room.

All the hub's forthcoming events are listed here:



Friday to Sunday 9-11 November 2018

Tickets and information: 01993 812760 or

Festival ticket giving entry to all events - £60, children and students half price

Tea and cakes are included in the price of all afternoon events

Friday's readings are held in St Mary Magdalene Church;

Saturday & Sunday readings take place upstairs in Woodstock Town Hall


3. The British Comparative Literature Association's Malcolm Bowie Memorial Lecture 2018:

Saturday 10th November, 3pm

Professor Dame Gillian Beer will speak on “Awkward Encounters: Lewis Carroll, Parody, and Wordsworth”

Senate House, North Wing - SOAS Alumni Lecture Theatre (SALT), Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU



4. Gayle Rogers (Department of English, University of Pittsburgh)

“The Epistemology of Retranslation: Returning Hemingway to Spanish” (a workshop)

Thursday, 15 November at 2pm

Danson Room, Trinity College, University of Oxford


5. CALL FOR PAPERS: Digital Diasporas: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Deadline: 1 December 2018

Conference: 6-7 June 2019: Senate House, University of London

 Invited keynote and panel speakers include: Jannis Androutsopoulos (Universität Hamburg); Tobias Blanke (King’s College London); Alexandra Georgakopoulou (King’s College London); Agnieszka Lyons (Queen Mary, University of London); Mirca Madianou (Goldsmiths, University of London); Sandra Ponzanesi (Utrecht University); Roopika Risam (Salem State University); Caroline Tagg (The Open University); Funda Ustek-Spilda (London School of Economics/Goldsmiths); Janet Zmroczek (British Library)

 Since Appadurai wrote on the intertwined phenomena of electronic media and migration as disruptive and defining features of modern subjectivity (1996), the relationship between digital technologies and diasporic communities has emerged as a critical area of study across a number of disciplines. However, such research risks remaining isolated within disciplinary silos, often despite the similar processes, practices and materials studied. This conference aims to inspire greater dialogue across disciplinary boundaries in order to develop a richer understanding of the role of the digital in creating and sustaining diasporic connections and communities, and of how diasporic groups and individuals transform and shape digital tools and technologies for their own creative and strategic purposes.

 We especially welcome research which pays attention to the linguistic and cultural dimensions of digital technologies and media. Areas of particular, but not exclusive, interest include:

•             Social media and migration focused research;
•             Multilingualism and digitally mediated communications;
•             Histories of the internet and web archives research;
•             Ethnographies of the internet and uses of digital technologies (including research combining offline-online methods);
•             Digital media, cultural and visual studies;
•             Digital and diasporic cultural memory;
•             Digitally mapping and visualising migrations and diasporic networks, with attention to ethical and political concerns.

For full guide to submissions procedure, details about the conference and bursaries for postgraduate students and early-career researchers, please see the conference homepage:


6. International conference "Novel Saints. Novel, Hagiography and Romance from the 4th to the 12th Century", organized by Prof. Koen De Temmerman and myself, as part of the Ghent ERC project Novel Saints, which will be held in Ghent, Belgium, on 22-24 November 2018.


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