TT 2017 Week 0 Updates

OCCT has an excellent Trinity term planned! OCCT’s annual crowning event, Oxford Translation Day, takes place on the 3rd of June. Oxford Translation Day is a day of workshops, talks, and performances, culminating in the award of the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize. In May, OCCT is proud to host the Poetic Currency Symposium (in collaboration with Stanford and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) and the Fiction and Other Minds seminar. The East Asian Working Group and the Discussion Group are also back in full force, and looking forward to your participation!  More info here

Read Dr Eleni Philippou’s review of The Palestinian Novel here.

Take a look at Legenda’s latest publication, Memory Across Borders: Nabokov, Perec, Chamoiseau by Sara-Louise Cooper. Transcript is Legenda’s new book series.


CFPS and Events

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 7:00pm
Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UD
Haldane Room

Harvard University Press are hosting a screening and discussion of The Magic Mountain: An American Portrait of Czesław Miłosz.

In celebration of the publication of Miłosz: A Biography by Andrzej Franaszek, edited and translated by Aleksandra and Michael Parker, published on 24th April 2017, Harvard University Press invites you to a free screening of The Magic Mountain: An American Portrait of Czesław Miłosz.
The film is exactly an hour long, and is in English and Polish (with English subtitles). It will be followed by a short panel discussion and a Q&A session with Andrzej Franaszek, the author of Milosz, and the poet's Polish editor, Jerzy Illg.

This fine documentary offers rich insights into the life, thought and work of Czesław Miłosz, who Joseph Brodsky famously described “one of the greatest poets of our time, perhaps the greatest.” Directed by Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz and scripted by Andrzej Franaszek, it features interviews with and readings by Czesław Miłosz, who shot to international fame in 1980 when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The Magic Mountain includes contributions from many key American admirers of Milosz’s work, including Susan Sontag, Helen Vendler, Jane Hirschfield, and Robert Hass, his translator, as well as input from several of his former students. As well as shedding light on the difficulties and frustrations he experienced living in exile, it contains many warm, humorous sequences, some shot at the poet’s home on Grizzly Peak Boulevard, and at UC Berkeley where he taught from 1960 until the early 1990s.
Free to attend, includes a glass of wine. Copies of the book will be available to buy at a discount at the event. RSVP:



"Praxis", the flagship theatre group of the Oxford University Greek Society, presents I Want a Country, a timely exploration of collective identity and immigration in tumultuous times.

 Friday - Saturday, May 11-13, 2017 

The play is written by upcoming Greek playwright Andreas Flourakis (more information here), and directed by the award-winning artistic director, Anastasia Revi, of Theatre Lab Company London (link here).
Tickets available here
Facebook event for the premiere: here



Performing Identity: The Relationship between Identity and Performance in Literature, Theatre and the Performing Arts
Florence, Italy, 22 - 23 June 2017

Panel Proposed by: Dr. Panayiota Chrysochou, The University of Cyprus

The panel is part of the 6th Euroacademia International Conference ‘Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities’
22 – 23 June 2017, Florence, Italy

Deadline: 10th of May 2017

Panel Description:
Identity is often seen as being a controversial topic. Whether it is fictive or real, (de)politicized and/or aesthetic, gendered or engendered, identity is often seen as being a powerful political tool and an essentially social construct. It also allows individuals to define themselves. In a sense, we perform our own identities everyday - or, perhaps, we perform a wide range of different identities at any one time. We implicitly live in a society which constructs various definitive identifications, and which often sees the rigid maintenance of hierarchical systems and exclusive ideological constructions of gender, identity and sexuality, or what Judith Butler defines in her work Bodies that Matter as an 'exclusionary matrix.' This has often resulted in the displacement of any discursive systems which resist these exclusionary systems. This panel seeks to give voice to discursive systems which have so often been displaced by exclusionary systems of identification. The main exclusionary focus in culture and the arts has often been on the white, heterosexual and supremacist male (or female). To rectify this oversight, this panel seeks to address any works of art and culture which are directly and explicitly related to the performance of identity from a different standpoint - that is, one which is not exclusively heteronormative and heterosexual.

We welcome any papers focusing non-exclusively on the following topics:

- Identity as a performative and political tool and/or as a site of political resistance and change
- Performance as an identitarian act
- The work of gay/lesbian or drag performance artists who do not form part of the white, male/female and heterosexual/heteronormative matrix
- Identity as a fluid and shifting construct in the theatre, the performing arts and literature generally
- Cultural and literary works or works of art which resist fixed identifications and engender performative meanings/ways of 'reading'
- The abject as a site of identification
- Gender and identity formation
- Sexuality as a performative and identificatory construct or mode of identification.

If interested in participating, please read the complete event details on the conference website and apply on-line. Alternatively you can send a maximum 300 words abstract together with the details of your affiliation until 10th of May 2017 by e-mail at

For full details of the conference and on-line application please see here.

4. Transcultural Memories of Mediterranean Port Cities: 1850 to the present

Institute of Modern Languages Research
Room 243, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Friday 5 May 2017


-9.30 Registration and tea/coffee
-10.00 Introduction:  Colette Wilson, Gabriel Koureas  (Birkbeck), and Katia Pizzi (IMLR/London)
-10.15 Keynote 1  Stephanos Stephanides (Cyprus):  ‘Translation, Memory and the Mediterranean’,  with Charles Forsdick (Chair) & Q/A
-11.15 Paper 1  Gabriel Koureas (Birkbeck): ‘Bridging  the Mediterranean: Transcultural memories in  the Museum of European and Mediterranean  Civilisations (MuCEM), Marseille’
-11.45 Paper 2  Claire Launchbury (IMLR/IHR): ‘Ports of Call: Beirut, Algiers and the  TransMediterranean passerelle’
-12.15 Paper 3  Will Visconti (Sydney): ‘Memory and the Marchesa, from Venice to Capri’
-12.45 Lunch
-14.00 Keynote 2  Glenn Bowman (Kent): ‘Viewing the Holy City: An Anthropological  Perspectivalism’, with Katia Pizzi (Chair) & Q/A
-15.00 Paper 4  Carmen Fracchia (Birkbeck): ‘Visualising the slave-ports of Barcelona and Valencia in  Imperial Spain’
-15.30 Paper 5  Colette Wilson: ‘Smyrna through the lens of Edmond-Edouard Boissonnas (1919)’
-16.00 Coffee/tea break
-16.30 Keynote 3  Charles Forsdick (Liverpool): ‘Transcultural Memories of the Bagne: The  Mediterranean in Global Penal Heritage’, with Stephanos Stephanides (Chair) & Q/A
-18.00 Poetry reading (Stephanos Stephanides) and performance (Alev Adil). ‘Offshore Dreaming:  Aphrodite’s Gas Field’ (2015).
Wine reception

Advance registration required, online here.
Registration fee:
£10 (standard); £5 (Students, Friends of Italian at the IMLR)



Please join us at the one-day conference "The Translator Made Corporeal: Translation History and the Archive" at the British Library on Monday, May 8, 2017.

Keynote speaker: Prof. Jeremy Munday (Leeds).
Final panel chaired by Prof. Theo Hermans (UCL). Panelists: Outi Paloposki, Robert Looby, Richard Mansell and others TBA.
Lunch hour exhibition: The Translator Made Corporeal: Through the Lens. Photographic portraits of translators taken at the 2017 London Book Fair by Julia Schönstädt.

For more information, including a detailed programme and ticket booking (concession available) please go to our event website.

You can also find us on social media:
Twitter: (@translator_2017)!
Conference hashtag: #translatorcorporeal

We look forward to seeing you!

On behalf of the The Translator Made Corporeal team,
Marlies Gabriele Prinzl, UCL

P.S. In addition to the usual concessions, we also have a special rate for members of the Translators’ Association.


Dr Eleni Philippou

Comparative Criticism and Translation

oxford translation day poster