In Week 8, we’re looking forward to the talk “Multilingualism and Post-Anglophone Fiction” by Professor Rebecca Walkowitz (Rutgers). This event is free but please register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/multilingualism-and-post-anglophone-ficti.... In our next Discussion Group session, also in Week 8, Dr James Partridge (Oxford) will introduce us to K. H. Mácha’s long poem “Máj” (“May”). You can find an English translation of the whole poem online at https://czech.mml.ox.ac.uk/karel-hynek-macha-maj-1836. No advance preparation is needed. As always, sandwich lunch, fruit and coffee will be provided.


1. The Oxford University Italian department has organised an informal afternoon meeting on March 7 with a small group of postgraduates and Jhumpa Lahiri. The meeting will be held in Italian, but students are welcome to attend provided they contact Anna Saroldi beforehand. 
Here is the link for the full list of events during her visit to the UK:



2. The Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France
Annual Conference
Wed-Fri 4-6th Sept 2019
3. The University of London Institute in Paris and the American University of Paris
invite proposals for papers and panels on the following topic:
The Transnational City
Gathering in Paris to mark its 40th anniversary, the ASMCF annual conference invites proposals that critically examine the transformation of the French-speaking world through the lens of the ever-greater influence, density and diversity of urban centres. Since the creation of the ASMCF, the world’s overall urban population has grown exponentially and certain cities, including Paris, have confirmed or consolidated their preeminence, becoming geo-political actors beyond the sphere of the nation state, in parallel and potentially in competition with other international organisations. Changing and accelerating patterns of migration have also transformed the demographics of contemporary cities, complicating post-colonial dynamics with broader neo-colonial relations of dependency and exchange. Meanwhile, within the national sphere, the relative dynamism of urban centres has led some commentators to point to newly stark configurations of inequality that have had a significant impact not just on domestic politics (the rise of far-right and nationalist movements, and also growing independence movements led by cities), but also on varied dimensions of cultural production. 
Reflecting this anniversary moment in the history of the ASMCF, the conference committee also welcomes papers that will address how the growth of the transnational city has impacted on the objects and structures of research in modern and contemporary French Studies, and to what extent this reflects changes in the landscape of higher education. Relatedly we ask panelists to engage with how the increasing cultural and linguistic diversity within cities has transformed the teaching and production of French language and culture. To what extent have the connections between transnational cities relegated older networks of French-language influence and association? How has the role of historical, cultural and symbolic capital contributed to the emergence of the city as transnational ‘scene’ (festivals, biennials, sporting events, museums, policy conventions)? What forms of cultural expression particularly reflect the increasing complexity and significance of urban life, and how have these drawn on and adapted earlier cultural forms?
The committee particularly invites contributions that deal with:
•    Perceptions and representations of multilingualism
•    Language and dialect contact
•    Urban/rural relations in the age of the transnational city
•    The role/place of global cities in the face of new global crises : climate change, neoliberalism, new technologies of communication and surveillance
•    Gender and public space in the transnational city
•    Post/colonial relations and the transnational city
•    The city and estrangement
•    Urban ethnography
•    Frontiers within and around the city
Deadline for proposals to thetransnationalcity@gmail.com by 15 March 2019
Responses will be communicated by 10 April 2019
For the CFP in French and more details on the conference, please see https://www.asmcf.org/events/asmcf-annual-conference-2019/

3. Blackwells will host three authors and translators who have
been short listed for the EBRD Literature Prize, the only prize to equally
recognise authors and their translators. This includes Nora Ikstena, Hamid
Ismailov and Man Booker International Winner Olga Tokarczuk.

The event is on Wednesday 6th at 7pm and costs £5, although I would love to
offer some complimentary tickets to OCCT if that would be of interest. If you
would like more information, please visit our Eventbrite page at

School of Advanced Study • University of London
The Institute invites applications from suitably-qualified candidates for its Master of Research in Modern Languages. The degree offers specific training for postgraduate research in modern languages to students who are aiming at a PhD, or who wish to take a challenging end-stopped Master’s. The course offers a distinctive and unique choice of translation theory, European and Arabic cultural and intellectual history (taught at the Warburg Institute), and digital humanities in addition to research skills and training. Graduates are awarded a University of London degree.
Funding opportunities exist for students intending to write their Master’s dissertation on French or Francophone topics (Cassal Bursary), and for students intending to write their Master’s dissertation on a German-related topic (Friends of Germanic Studies and Bithell Bequest). For further details see https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/graduate-study/research-funding.
The Master of Research is a flexible programme that allows in-depth study under the supervision of experts in the field and provides excellent preparation for students who wish to continue to doctoral study. The dissertation gives students scope to explore an area of interest in depth and to develop advanced critical and analytical research skills. Students receive face-to-face supervision and specialist research training in small groups within a well-established research training programme.
The course is underpinned by exceptional resources in the Senate House Library, a diverse range of seminars and conferences, and networks associated with the specialist centres within the Institute: the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies, the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing, the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory, the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature & Culture, the Centre for Quebec and French-Canadian Studies, and the Ernst Bloch Centre for German Thought.
The MRes is further supported by the digital resources of the PORT (postgraduate online research training) website, part of which is tailored specifically to the needs of students and researchers in modern languages. It includes a variety of resources, ranging from introductory training manuals on conducting research in modern languages via language-specific materials to video clips advising on the preparation for the viva or for job interviews.
Further details on the MRes programme, including entry requirements and how to apply can be found at modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/graduate-study/mres-modern-languages. Applications close on 31 August 2019. 
5. Robert Chandler, in conversation with David Herman, discusses his recently published translation of Lev Ozerov’ s stupendous Portraits without Frames, one of the most remarkable books of Russian poetry to have been published since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
03/03/2019 3:00 PM 
Ticket Price : £0.00

6. Durham’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures is delighted to have Dr Johanna Malt speak at for the School Lecture Series on Thursday Feb. 28, 16.00-18.00 in Elvet Riverside, ER146. The event is free and open to all. 
'The Thing and the Hole: casting and negative space in modern and contemporary sculpture'
Dr Malt's paper examines a series of modern and contemporary sculptures produced by using non-traditional techniques of casting, in particular casts of empty spaces, or negative images of found objects made by casting or moulding. A surprisingly persistent form that recurs from the mid-1960s onwards in the work of a number of artists including Marcel Duchamp, Bruce Nauman, Guiseppe Penone and Pacal Convert, this kind of sculpture offers a particularly self-conscious way of engaging with our experience of space, and the way we divide up the objects in the world. This way of making works (which we might want to call objects rather than sculptures) seems to have particular resonance with aspects of phenomenology that have been explored more or less contemporaneously by philosophers. Her paper asks how the artworks in question might help us think through some of the same theoretical questions from a different perspective and via a non-linguistic mode of investigation.

School of Advanced Study • University of London
2019 ‘imlr books’ Competition
Proposals are invited for the 2019 competition to publish in imlr books, a book series in Modern Languages (French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and comparative studies, in fields other than Linguistics). The series is published by the Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London.
Proposals for monographs, conference volumes, or thematically-linked collections of essays, between 30,000 and 100,000 words in length, may be submitted for selection by the imlr books editorial board, which is advised by a peer review committee of senior academics in the field. Volumes should be written in English, with quotations cited in the original and in translation. Fiction and translations of works already published in other languages cannot be considered.
Authors/editors are expected to submit sub-edited copy, prepared in accordance with guidelines supplied by the Institute. The expectation is that authors will supply the full text within one year of acceptance of the proposal.
Proposals should be submitted 30 May 2019 to jane.lewin@sas.ac.uk, and should comprise four files only, as follows:
•    The application summary form [PDF] (for a Word version, please contact jane.lewin@sas.ac.uk);
•    The proposal, including a chapter-by-chapter synopsis, which should not exceed five A4-pages when printed out;
•    A short curriculum vitae of author(s) or editor(s), not longer than one A4-page per person when printed out; and
•    A sample chapter (in the case of monographs) or a draft introduction (for collections of essays).
Twelve volumes have been published to date, with several currently in preparation.

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