MT 2018 Week 8 Updates

The Oxford-Weidenfeld Prize submissions will open soon.

On Monday of Week 8, the Discussion Group welcomed Kasia Szymanska (Oxford) to discuss English translations of Polish texts. Also, on Monday of Week 8, the prominent German author Olga Grjasnowa gave a reading in German and English of her award-winning novel Gott ist nicht schüchtern/God is Not Shy. The reading was followed by a discussion of her work. On Tuesday of Week 8, OCCT hosted the launch of Jamie McKendrick's new book of poemsAnomaly (Faber and Faber). The event included readings by Jamie McKendrick, Stephen Romer, Gilles Ortlieb, Marta Arnaldi, and Patrick McGuinness. All these events took place at St Anne’s College.



1. Giovanni Pascoli, Gabriele D'Annunzio, and the Ethics of Desire between Action and Contemplation

Monday 21 January: 14:00-17:00. Room 246, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

A presentation of the book 'Giovanni Pascoli, Gabriele D'Annunzio, and the Ethics of Desire between Action and Contemplation' organized as a series of papers and discussion between the author Elena Borelli and experts in the fields of late-nineteenth-century Italian literature, including Diego Saglia (Parma), James Ackhurst (Wellington, NZ) and Lucia Vedovi (Alabama).

Chair: Katia Pizzi (IMLR). 

The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

A reception will follow.

Generously supported by Kings College London, Modern Languages Centre. 

All are welcome to attend this free event. Places are limited so please register in advance.


School of Advanced Study | University of London

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 5.30 pm

Reception Group for German, Austrian and Swiss Literature Lecture

Henry Crabb Robinson and the Diffusion of German Literature in Britain

Speaker: James Vigus (Queen Mary University of London)

Venue: Room 243, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

All welcome. Attendance free. Please register in advance online at


3. The Central Collecting Point in Munich: A New Beginning for the Restitution and Protection of Art

When: Tuesday, 29 January and Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Where: Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB



Tuesday, 29 January 2019: Lecture and Book Launch

18:00–19:00pm    Professor Iris Lauterbach, Honorary Professor at Munich Technical University and Member of the research department at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, presents her research on the events, people and intrigue of the Munich CCP in the crucial years 1945-1949.
Respondent: Dr Johannes von Müller (Warburg Institute)

19:00   Wine reception

Wednesday, 30 January 2019: Masterclass with Iris Lauterbach

10:00–13:00     A research masterclass for graduate students and postdocs/Early Career Researchers on ‘Restitution and Re-education: Post-war Cultural Policy for/in Germany: Sources and Methodology’.

13:00   Lunch

Organiser: Dr Elizabeth Savage (Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London)

The conference is organised under the auspices of the Institute of English Studies, University of London

Attendance free. Advance online registration is required. Closing date: 15 December 2018


4. The registration page for the BCLA's upcoming annual Postgraduate Conference on 3 December at the University of Strathclyde is now live! Please do register and come join us for what promises to be a fascinating day of comparative discussions, dialogues, and collaborations. The day features a keynote by Professor  Andrew Van der Vlies (Queen Mary) entitled 'World Literature's Margins: Province / Minor / Intertext'  as well as our first ever Early Career Researcher Round Table and CV Clinic organised by Dr Nicola Thomas (Oxford). 

Event is free for BCLA members; non-members will be changed a £10.00 upon registration. If you wish to join the BCLA as a postgraduate member you can do so here

Full programme will be released shortly!

Please register here 


5. Apply for an AHRC studentship through LAHP, for PhD study at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study

The AHRC-funded London Arts & Humanities Doctoral Training Partnership (LAHP) will award up to 90 studentships for PhD students studying arts and humanities disciplines within the LAHP partnership institutions, to start in October 2019. Further details are available here:

The studentships normally cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and an annual maintenance stipend, £16,777 for 2018/19. 

Applications for 2019-20 LAHP studentships open on 26 November 2018. The deadline for receipt of LAHP studentship applications is 28 January 2019.

Before applying for a LAHP studentship, candidates must have already submitted an application for PhD study at one of the LAHP partner institutions – recommended by 18 January 2019.


The Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) at the School of Advanced Study is seeking applicants for PhD study, commencing in October 2019.

The IMLR is home to a diverse, international and vibrant community of scholars and hosts a lively programme of events, conferences and seminars throughout the academic year. The Institute provides first-class PhD supervision and guidance from academics who are leaders in their field, in collaboration with specialists at other institutions where appropriate.

Our academic staff specialise in literature, cultural studies, history of ideas and comparative studies, the city, borders, the body, psychoanalysis, gender and sexuality, feminism, women's writing, Jewish writing, exile writing, and children's literature, across French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

Students have access to networks associated with our research centres, such as the centres for German and Austrian Exile Studies, Contemporary Women’s Writing, German Thought, Cultural Memory, and Austrian Literature and Culture. We are particularly well placed to offer supervision for projects that cross national and disciplinary boundaries.

Enquiries about research supervision should be addressed to the Director, Professor Catherine Davies:

Further information on doctoral study at the IMLR:     


6. Photo-Literary Disorders: Literature, Photography and Illness

Since the invention of photography was announced in 1839, photographic aesthetics, practices and products have inspired literature in its varied forms. The development of the photographic camera in the nineteenth century reinforced an entrenched visual inclination towards things, people and events, a tendency that has always extended to literature. Yet, the relationship between photography and literary culture started at a time when scientific developments also impacted enormously on the understanding of health and disease.

In the last thirty years several academic works have studied the presence of disease (in its many manifestations) in literature (ex: D. Bevan, 1993; M. Healy, 2001; C. Lawlor, 2007), as well as the many forms of narratives about illness (ex: G. T. Couser 1997; E. Avrahami, 2007; A. Jurecic, 2012). At the same time, studies in visual culture have investigated how photography has engaged—artistically, scientifically, ethically – with sickness and ailment (S. B. Burns, 2007; C. Squiers, 2005). The ways writing and photography have encountered, clashed and collaborated in the narration of the body and its disorders, since the nineteenth century, is nevertheless a topic scarcely explored.

For this Special Issue, contributions are invited to reflect on how the relationship between photography (as aesthetics, language, material object and practice) and diverse literary genres (prosaic and poetic, non-fictional, auto/biographical and novelistic forms) respond to:

psychological and moral illness;
chronic illness;
mental illness;
disability and damaged bodies;
imaginary and enacted illnesses;
sickness as metaphor;
malaise and collective illness;
disease and fear;
being ill and healing in the digital age.

The Issue will supplement the burgeoning field of literature & photography studies (ex: J.M Rabb, 1995; M. Bryant 1996; T.D. Adams, 2000; A. Safford, 2010) by exploring specifically how writing and photography have communicated and interrelated in the narration and depiction of physical, moral and mental disorders from the invention of photography up to today. How do photo-textual relations corroborate specific ideological discourses related to disease and sickness? How is illness domesticated, localised, celebrated or disowned through the multifarious interrelations of the verbal and the visual?

Abstracts of 250 words (including affiliation and biographical information) should be sent to, by 1 February 2019.

Final submissions to be received by 1 October 2019. For further details please see:


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