On Monday February 18th, the Discussion Group welcomes Dr Diana Painca (Free University of Brussels). Diana will facilitate a session on 'Giving the Past a Voice: Oral History in Translation', focusing on the translation of oral history interviews from Romanian into English. We will meet between 12:45-2pm, in Seminar Room 11 in the New Library at St Anne's College. No advance preparation is needed. As always, sandwich lunch, fruit and coffee will be provided.

On Tuesday (12 February) of Week 5, Chen Bar-Itzhak gave a talk called The World Republic of Theory: Epistemic Inequality in World Literature Studies.




1.The Queen’s College Translation Exchange brings together expertise in literary translation and outreach within the College, University, city, and country to develop a broad programme of translation-related activities for students, schools, and the public.  Exchange events include an international literature book club, support for events with international writers visiting Oxford, and a residency for an international writer. On Monday 25 February, Nicolas Pasternak Slater will speak about Translating the Russian Classics, and on Wednesday 27 February, the International Book Club will be reading The Remainder by the Chilean author Alia Trabucco Zerán, translated from the Spanish by Sophie Hughes. For further info look here: https://www.queens.ox.ac.uk/translation-events.


2. Interdisciplinary Dialogues in Translation Studies




Following the tradition of the Durham Postgraduate colloquium, this Sixth Durham Postgraduate Conference in Translation Studies aims to provide a platform for postgraduate scholars in Translation and Interpreting Studies as well as related fields to present their research projects and exchange ideas with peers and more senior colleagues. In line with our teaching and research culture at Durham University, this conference aims to foster collaboration and communication between researchers from different disciplines and encourage theoretical, conceptual, and methodological exchange. This can help us gain new insights into the study of the products, processes, and participants of translation and also address some of the main challenges faced by translation and interpreting studies as it shares border with various disciplines. Themes of particular interest include, but are not limited to:


* The sociology of translation

* The philosophy of translation

* Process-oriented research into translation/interpreting

* Translation and cognitive psychology

* Interface between the cognitive and situational levels of translation

* Inter-semiotic translation

* Impact of technological development on translation practice and research

* Redefining the name and nature of translation

* Translating and interpreting in a global age

* Translating and interpreting in a digital age

* Ideology and Power in Translation

* The Ethics of Translation

* Translation and Intercultural communication


See here for more info: https://www.dur.ac.uk/cim/?eventno=41193

15 Feb 2019 (extended): Deadline for submitting abstracts (c. 300 words) via email attachment.

PLEASE SEND the ABSTRACT to: yu.weng@durham.ac.uk


3.International Crime Genre Research Group: 8th Biennial Conference

Call for Papers now extended until February 28th


“Delicate Infractions”: Innovations, Expansions, and Revolutions in the Crime Genre

Friday 14 – Saturday 15 June, 2019

Maynooth University, Ireland

Keynote: Professor Bran Nicol, University of Surrey

The Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges famously remarked that the detective genre “thrives on the continual and delicate infraction of its rules”. Taking this as a point of departure, the 8th biennial conference of the International Crime Fiction Research Group will aim to bring together researchers with a shared interest in exploring how the genre has changed and continues to change by way of such delicate infractions, but also occasionally by way of full-blown transgression and definitive ruptures.

Under the broad title of “Delicate Infractions”, we invite proposals related to the following areas:


  • Systemic troubles reflected in the crime genre
  • The crime genre in the age of Black Lives Matter, Trump and resurgent far-right ideology.
  • The representation and promotion of radical politics in crime narrative.
  • Genre responses to the refugee crisis in Europe and beyond.
  • How can or should the genre reckon with the ‘slow violence’ of pollution, climate change, ocean acidification, and ecocide?
  • Formal re-configurations of the crime genre:
  • Re-imaginings and re-workings of the tropes of crime.
  • Re-configurations of the archetypal detective/criminal/victim triad.
  • Challenges to the gendered and racialized assumptions of conventional crime narratives.
  • Crime, Modernism, and/or Postmodernism (and beyond).
  • Crime, Surrealism, and the Avant-Garde.
  • Hybrids and intersections with other genres.
  • Changing technologies and how they influence crime, crime detection, and crime writing
  • The technological pre-conditions for the emergence of the genre.
  • Historic changes or ruptures wrought on the genre since its inception by technological innovations in transport, communications, and weaponry.
  • Cyberspace, Artificial Intelligence, and the elaboration of new kinds of crime and new modes of investigation.
  • Digital Humanities, Big Data, Digital Gazetteers, Crowd Sourcing; New technologies for Crime Fiction Studies.
  • Apps, Immersive Narratives and technology-supported Crime Fiction Tourism.
  • The place of YouTube, Social Media, podcasting, and other online platforms in the publication of crime narrative.
  • New technologies and new experiences of reading Crime Fiction.


As in previous years, we also welcome submissions that do not fall neatly within the above categories (or that expand them), and we are open to research questions that are themselves ‘infractional’ in respect of the critical paradigms that have grown around crime genre scholarship.


Submissions can be centred on crime fiction and/or film, but we also welcome submissions relating to true crime and that analyse other forms of media, as well as examinations of relevant topics within fields such as history, criminology, anthropology etc. Our guiding objective since our first conference in 2005 is to bring together scholars from a diverse range of areas with a view to highlighting and exploring the points of convergence (and divergence) that emerge.


Organising Committee Chair Dr David Conlon (MU). Committee members Dr Dominique Jeannerod (QUB); Dr Kate Quinn (NUIG); Dr Marieke Krajenbrink (UL).


Please send your abstracts to one of the following by February 28th 2019:






4. 2019 German Writing Competition
Victoria & Albert: Love Letters


This year's — the sixth — DAAD/IMLR German Writing competition marks the 200th birthdays of Victoria and her husband Albert. The competition launches on Valentine's Day, commemorating a love that blossomed across borders, cultures and languages, between the Prince of Saxe-Coburg and the British Queen. During the time between their first meeting in May 1836 and their wedding in February 1840, many letters crossed the Channel — from Britain to Saxony and back from Saxony to Britain — and most, if not all, were written in German, the language Victoria had learned from her mother as a little girl. 

Learners and lovers of German are invited to imagine one of these letters. Put yourself in the shoes of Victoria or Albert (or both) and write a (pair of) letter(s) or creatively adapt one (or an exchange) of their letters as a mini-play, lyrics for a rap song (à la Hamilton), a (set of) poems(s) or similar. Does Albert share his thoughts with Victoria about moving to Britain and becoming part of her life? Does Victoria tell Albert about Britain while contemplating their life together? 

The competition is open to students at secondary schools and Sixth Form Colleges, undergraduate and postgraduate students, German mother-tongue speakers, and anyone else who feels up to the challenge. Entries are welcomed from single authors and pairs of contributors. The text must be written in German, and should not exceed 350 words. The competition closes on Wednesday, 15 May 2019. 

Further details and how to enter.


The competition is organised jointly between the DAAD London, the Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London, and the Goethe-Institut London. It is supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Swiss Embassy, and the Austrian Cultural Forum in London. 

Victoria & Albert: Love Letters is part of the Victoria & Albert 200 festival.


5. The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds is seeking to appoint a new Head. Applications are welcomed from colleagues in any of the areas of scholarly activity covered by the School, including Comparative Literature.  This is an exciting role in a university which values the study of languages and cultures in the broadest sense.  We are looking for someone with a real vision for the future of our discipline (again in a very broad sense), with leadership experience, and with an interest in developing people, programmes and research activity.


More information about the School is below and on our website.  

For an informal conversation about the role, colleagues are welcome to contact Deputy Head of School, Stuart Green (S.N.S.J.Green@leeds.ac.uk)   or the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures, Professor Frank Finlay (f.j.finlay@leeds.ac.uk).

The closing date for applications is Friday 8th March.  For more details, please see the full candidate brief and instructions on how to apply, available here.



Organized by the Centre for Modern European Literature at the University of Kent, this summer school will offer intensive training in the principles and practices of comparative literature. Following the success of the inaugural CHASE summer school in comparative literature in June 2018, this second iteration will build on the first event while taking its intellectual focus in a new direction. The programme is designed for humanities students working on comparative research projects who wish to broaden their knowledge of the discipline, and their use of comparative methodologies, in the light of both classical comparativism and more recent theoretical frameworks within the emerging discipline of world literature and the rise of the global South. The summer school will bring together postgraduate students working in the various fields of comparative/world literature, introducing them to leading specialists in the discipline and offering them a valuable opportunity for both intellectual training and institutional networking.
The training programme will be delivered through seminars spread across three days. On the morning of the first day, students will be asked to give brief introductions of their current projects; on the afternoon of the third day, they will give full presentations on how these projects can be enriched by including lessons learned from the summer school. Days one and two will conclude with keynote lectures by figures of international standing, conceived as case studies in the theory and practice of comparative/world literature.

For more on the Centre for Modern European Literature, please see:
Student profile
Applications are invited from postgraduate students, either currently undertaking a PhD or about to start a PhD, working in the field of comparative literature broadly defined. The school is fully funded by CHASE (Consortium for the Humanities in South-East England); accommodation costs and tuition fees of successful applicants will be covered. Students will stay on campus for the duration of the school (3 nights) and will be expected to participate fully in all aspects of the programme.
Application process
Suitably qualified students should submit a brief CV and a one-page outline of their project to: chasecomplit@kent.ac.uk
Deadline for submissions is 12 April 2019; admission decisions will be communicated by early May. Up to 15 students will be admitted.
Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Patricia Novillo-Corvalán: p.novillo-corvalan@kent.ac.uk
Programme Directors
-       Ben Hutchinson: Professor of European Literature at the University of Kent, Member of the Executive Committee of the BCLA, and author of Comparative Literature: A Very Short Introduction (2018)
-       Patricia Novillo-Corvalán: Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature at the University of Kent and author of Modernism and Latin America: Transnational Networks of Literary Exchange (2018)
-       Francesca Orsini: Professor of Hindi and South Asian Literature at SOAS, Member of the Executive Committee of the BCLA, Editor of Comparative Critical Studies, and PI of ERC project ‘Multilingual Locals and Significant Geographies’
Keynote Lecturers
-       Rosinka Chaudhuri, Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC), Kolkata
-       Jessica Berman, Professor of English; Language, Literacy, and Culture; and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County



BOOKING NOW OPEN: https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/19275

Bodensee. Transnational Literatures of a Cultural Region

When: Wednesday, 8 - Friday, 10 May 2019
Where: The Austrian Cultural Forum, London (Wednesday evening) and the Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London


The extended area around Lake Constance/Bodensee, encompassing the Vierländereck of the surrounding parts of Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, has long been perceived as a transnational cultural and economic space. It defines itself as such in the International Bodensee Konferenz, and is promoted as an inter-regional area by the European Union. This conference will take stock of literary traditions and recent developments as well as enabling new views on the question of trans/national literatures.


The programme includes readings by Verena Roßbacher and Alissa Walser on 8 May, and by Arno Camenisch on 9 May.



Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Venue: Austrian Cultural Forum, 28 Rutland Gate, SW7 1PQ

19.00     Verena Roßbacher and Alissa Walser Bilingual Reading and Discussion

Moderators: Rüdiger Görner (London) and Jürgen Thaler (Bregenz)


Thursday, 9 May 2019

Venue: Room G37, Senate House, WC1E 7HU

10.00     Registration / Coffee

10.15     Andrea Capovilla (London): Introduction

10.30     Fiona Stafford (Oxford): Wordsworth’s Living Lakes

11.15     Rüdiger Görner (London): ‘Hörst Du das Alphorn überm blauen See?‘: Aquafine Zeichen in der Lyrik Annette von Droste-Hülshoffs

12.00     Coffee

12.15     Volker Michels (Frankfurt/M.):  ̔Möglichst weit weg von Berlin‘: Hermann Hesse am Bodensee

13.00     Buffet Lunch

14.00     Helmuth Kiesel (Heidelberg): Martin Walser: Muttersohn im oberschwäbischen  ̔Vorzimmer des Himmels‘

14.45     Kay Wolfinger (Munich): Mit Kost und mit Logis? W.G. Sebalds Lektüre der alemannischen Autoren

15.30     Rebecca Wismeg (London): Arno Geiger and the National Brand: Austria between Trauma and Tranquility

16.15     Tea

16.45     Richard McClelland (Bristol): ‘Niemand versteht’: Multilingualism and Minor Literature(s) in Arno Camenisch’s Bündner Trilogie

17.30     Arno Camenisch reads from his novel Hinter dem Bahnhof


Friday, 10 May 2019

Venue: Room G37, Senate House, WC1E 7HU

10.30     Kälterina Latifi (Bregenz/London): Kahnfahrten. Zu einer Poetik des Sees aus schweizerischer Sicht

11.15     Jürgen Thaler (Bregenz): Reading the Lake. Von Franz Michael Felder bis Arno Geiger

12.00     Coffee

12.15     Alexander Honold (Basle): Kriegslichter am Bodensee: Thomas Hürlimann und andere

13.00     Lunch (own arrangements)

14.00     Ulrike Zitzlsperger (Exeter): ‘Quelle douceur extrême des lignes!‘: Die  ̔Bodenseele‘ Jacob Picard

14.45     Andrea Capovilla (London): Verfremdungseffekte: Regionale Schauplätze in jüngsten Romanen von Verena Roßbacher, Peter Stamm und Karl-Heinz Ott

15.30     Tea

16.00     Concluding Discussion

16.45     Conference Ends


Advance registration required: https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/19275

Registration fees for all three days incl. both readings: £50 (standard rate) | £45 (Friends of Germanic Studies at the IMLR) | £20 (students)
Single-day rates also available (see website)


Attendance at the readings only is free, but advance registration is required:

Verena Roßbacher and Alissa Walser (Austrian Cultural Forum, 8 May 2019): http://acflondon.org/events/verena-ro%C3%9Fbacher-and-alissa-walser/

Arno Camenish Liest (University of London, Senate House, 9 May 2019): https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/19315


The programme can be downloaded in PDF format from https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/19275


Conference organisers: Andrea Capovilla (Ingeborg Bachmann Centre, Institute of Modern Languages Research) and Rüdiger Görner (Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations, Queen Mary University of London)


The conference is organised under the auspices of the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London; the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations at Queen Mary University of London; the Austrian Cultural Forum, London; the Swiss Embassy, London; Land Vorarlberg; Stiftung Oberschwaben; Landkreis Sigmaringen; and the Internationale Bodenseekonferenz.



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