TT 2017 Week 4 Updates

In Week 5, the Fiction and Other Minds seminar investigates the concept of Enacting Fictional Space with the speaker Merja Polvinen (Helsinki). Terence Cave (Oxford) will act as the respondent. Please note the change in venue from the Seminar Room (3rd floor) to the Lecture Room (2nd floor) in the Radcliffe Humanities building.

In Week 4 the OCCT Discussion Group and the East Asian Working Group both met. OCCT’s Poetic Currency Symposium (in collaboration with Stanford University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) took place on the 18th and 19th of May.

Read the latest from OCCT Review here.

Don’t forget to register for Oxford Translation Day’s events! Tickets are selling out fast! Details on the programme and how to register here.



1. Book Launch: Luther’s Letter on Translating – translated!

May 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Launch of the Taylor Institution Library’s ‘Reformation Pamphlet Series’, including a public reading of the full ‘Sendbrief vom Dolmetschen’ in German, with a new English translation. This text is the first in the new pamphlet series and will be available to participants at a discounted price.

The reading will be followed by the opportunity to see an exhibition of Reformation pamphlets in the Voltaire room.


2. You are warmly invited to join us on Tuesday 23 May, when Dr. Georgia Panteli will be addressing the Science & Literature seminar organised in collaboration between the Reception of British Authors in Europe (RBAE) and UCL A&H with her paper entitled: ‘From Blade Runner to Westworld: love, fear and sentient robots’.

We begin at 5:30 pm in room 111, Foster Court, UCL.

Directions to this building can be found here.

Dr. Georgia Panteli's paper will be followed by questions and discussion, and the meeting will conclude with a glass of wine at 7:30 pm. A précis and speaker profile are appended below for your interest:

‘From Blade Runner to Westworld: love, fear and sentient robots’

What triggers our fear for robots and artificial intelligence? How does transhumanist literature advocate for a more inclusive, post-heteronormative society? Covering a broad range of examples in posthuman science fiction film, this paper will address these questions, with special focus on sentient robots and their inter-species relationships with humans. From iconic cult film Blade Runner to Spielberg’s classic A.I. Artificial Intelligence and TV series Battlestar Galactica, Humans and Westworld, the human fear and fascination with the machine and the artificial human simulacrum that becomes intelligent and sentient have been revisited time and again without losing popularity. 

Dr Georgia Panteli completed her PhD in Comparative Literature at UCL on ‘Postmodern and Posthuman Retellings of the Pinocchio Myth’. She is currently working on her forthcoming book ‘From Puppet to Cyborg: Pinocchio’s Posthuman Journey’, to be published by Legenda in 2018. Her research interests include fairytale retellings, cyborg and cyberpunk literature, graphic novels, posthumanism and metafiction.


Dr Eleni Philippou

Comparative Criticism and Translation

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