TT 2016 Week 2 Updates

Are you ready for Week 3!? It’s jam-packed! Eric Hayot will be giving the paper “What Happens to Literature if People are Artworks?” at Ertegun House on Friday. For more info: We’re having two excellent linked translation and creative writing workshops “‘The Bearer-Beings’: Portable Stories in Dislocated Times": The OCCT Discussion Group on Multilingualism will take place on Tuesday at 12.45-2pm in the Upper Common Room, St Anne's College. (Please note the change of room.)


Events and Call for Papers

1) English and European Comparative Studies: Views from the Future

Monday 9 May 2016 12:30 - 17:30

Rooms 246 and G35, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Institute of English Studies-School of Advanced Study in collaboration with the Institute of Modern Languages Research-SAS and the European Network of Comparative Literary Studies

For Full Programme and Registration, please visit:

Fees applicable. Roundtable discussion free. Contact: Dr Angeliki Spiropoulou,

For additional information please contact


2) IES Comparative Modernisms Seminar: Is there a Modernist Period?

Tuesday 10 May 2016, 18:00-20:00 Senate House, Room 246

Jane Goldman (University of Glasgow)

David Cunningham (University of Westminster)

Contact: Dr Angeliki Spiropoulou,

Free. All seminars and events are held in the Senate House, London. It is advised that you register your participation in advance.

The IES-Comparative Modernisms Seminar Series is convened by Dr Angeliki Spiropoulou,Visiting Research Fellow at IEL/SAS and Assist. Professor of European Literature and Theory at Peloponnese University.


3) Frank O’Hara in Paint

Dr Anne Stillman (University of Cambridge)

Seminar Room B, English faculty (Oxford)

Thursday 12 May, 5.15pm

Each session followed by a drinks reception.


4) Gender Cartographies: Histories, Texts & Cultures in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1660-1830

University of Huelva, Spain; 5-7 October, 2016

The Aphra Behn Europe Society invites submissions of papers for its biennial conference, “Gender Cartographies: Histories, Texts & Cultures in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1660-1830”, to be held at the University of Huelva, Spain, from 5-7 October 2016. This conference encourages interdisciplinary approaches to the fields of historical writing and historiography, textual studies, and the analysis of culture(s) with especial emphasis on women’s writing of the long eighteenth century.

Topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

§   Imaginary or geographical spaces in the long eighteenth century
§   Women and the material: intersectionalities of text and object
§   Aphra Behn: her production and literary influence
§   Genre theory, gender, and the canon in the long eighteenth century
§   The culture of sensibility: gender inscriptions in the long eighteenth century
§   Representing the exotic
§   Spaces of intimacy: diaries, letters, memoirs
§   Bodies and sexualities in history, politics and fiction
§  The long eighteenth century now: traces of the past in contemporary literature and culture
§  Women’s journeys: travel narratives and histories of travel
§   Dramatic theory and practice: women as playwrights and critics
§   Performing gender on stage
§   Poetics in the long eighteenth century
§   Gendered approach to language and linguistics: dictionaries, encyclopaedias and translations

The following plenary speakers have already confirmed their participation:

Prof. Sarah Prescott (Aberystwyth University)
Dr. Gillian Wright (University of Birmingham)

We welcome proposals for papers (20 minutes) and roundtable discussions (60 minutes).

Contributors must submit the following information:

About the paper:

Full title
A 200-word abstract
Technical requirements for the presentation

About the contributor(s):

Full name
Postal address
Institutional affiliation

Please, send your proposals by 20 May, 2016 to:


4) Booking for the conference 'Under Control', University of Warwick, 19 May 2016, will close the 9th May.

Under Control. Childhood and Twentieth Century Dictatorships (1917-1991)

Thursday 19th May 2016, University of Warwick

Since the early Nineteenth century, childhood has been viewed as both a privileged condition for creative inspiration and a decisive phase in the development of adult subjectivity. Such centrality of childhood acquired particular importance in the Twentieth century, when political systems – and especially authoritarian regimes – began to understand children as a crucial national resource and tried to exercise influence on them.

The conference will bring together scholars from multiple backgrounds to explore mechanisms and instruments (literature, textbooks, visual arts, songs, cinema) devised to shape children's thought according to political idelogies. Ultimately, the conference will attempt to underline continuities and discontinuities between Twentieth-century dictatorships across Western and Eastern Europe, South America and beyond, in relation to their commitment to children’s education and leisure.


5) Call for Papers

BCLA Summer Reception: Environments

We are pleased to announce that the British Comparative Literature Association will be hosting a Graduate Reception on the evening of Wednesday 8 June 2016.

The theme for this year’s Summer Reception is “Environments” and we have three slots available for postgraduates to give a 20-minute paper on any aspect of their research in Comparative Literature that addresses literature’s multiple environments, such as socio-political, ethical, aesthetic, scientific, theoretical, natural, and so on, or examines the way in which the environment and environmental studies figure in the discipline of Comparative Literature. Submissions need not be limited to these parameters and we welcome broad and creative interpretations of this theme.

Our keynote speaker for the evening is Dr Susan Oliver (Reader in Literature at the University of Essex) whose talk is titled “Reading the Environment: Landscaping Violence and Restitution?”
BCLA Graduate Receptions are friendly evening seminars which offer postgraduates working in Comparative Literature and related fields the opportunity to present their work to peers and academics, followed by an informal wine reception.The deadline for abstracts (up to 250 words) is Wednesday 18 May 2016; please send abstracts to Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

See also:

BCLA Postgraduate Representatives

Niall Sreenam, Kasia Szymanska, and Stanislava Dikova


Dr Eleni Philippou

Comparative Criticism and Translation

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