Our last OCCT Discussion Group of the term - and, indeed, the whole academic year - will take place next Monday (12 June), 12.45-2pm, at St Anne's, in Seminar Room 3. It will be different than our previous meetings, though - we thought it would be great to round off the year by throwing a little party! No reading out of context this time, then, but a nice opportunity to get to know each other better, find out what everybody's been working on this year, and simply chat away. We hope to see those of you who've been coming to our meetings regularly this year, but if you've always planned to come and never made it, please join us too. We will be serving strawberries & Pimm's in addition to the usual free sandwich lunch, fruit and coffee! As always, feel free to browse through a complete archive of our past DG meetings on our website. The Translation into Theatre and the Social Sciences conference will take place on the 16th-17th June 2017. Please click here to download the current programme (as of 19th May).
For those of you reading the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize shortlist, you’ll pleased to know that Susan Curtis (Istros Books) got together with Rawley and Stephen Watts to make a podcast about translating Panorama, the intricacies of the Slovene language and other issues of translation. Both Stephen - who is also a translator and a poet - and Rawley spoke very eloquently about the process. Click here to listen.
Events and Competitions
1. The Society is pleased to announce two essay competitions (one for undergraduates and one for postgraduates), welcoming essays from all areas related to the work and/or life of Pirandello – including essays of a comparative and multidisciplinary nature.
The winning essays will be published in the Society’s journal, volume 38 (2018).
Entries in English of no more than 3,000 words for the undergraduate prize and 5,000 words for the postgraduate prize must be sent to email@example.com by 30 June 2017. The results of the competitions will be communicated to the entrants by 1 September 2017.
For further information about the application process, please see our website: http://www.ucd.ie/pirsoc/main-frame.htm.
2. Sound Stories
Tuesday 8 June, 19:00-20:30 at Wellcome Collection
Tickets are free and available here
This event will be BSL interpreted and have live speech-to-text transcription.
Join author Bella Bathurst for a conversation about her extraordinary personal experience of losing her hearing and getting it back. Bathurst’s book Sound explores what this has taught her about listening and silence, music and noise. Come and find out more about the science behind deafness, sign language and hearing loss among musicians, soldiers and factory workers.
3. Call for Papers: Neo-Victorian Decadences
8–9 September 2017, St John’s College, Durham University
Extended deadline for abstracts: 2 July
Dr Nick Freeman (Loughborough University)
Dr Kirsten MacLeod (Newcastle University)
From Susan Sontag’s ‘camp’ to the notorious Decadent Handbook for the Modern Libertine (2006), from manga renderings of fin-de-siècle themes to Gyles Brandreth’s Oscar Wilde’s murder mysteries, this interdisciplinary conference aims at investigating Neo-Victorian manifestations of Decadence. By looking at fiction, poetry, film, and other media from the Interwar period to the present day, this event hopes not only to expand our understanding of Decadence but interrogate and offer fresh insights into the nature of Neo-Victorianism itself.
Possible themes, approaches and topics might include:
• Neo-Victorian Aestheticism
• Global Neo-Decadences
• Cycles of history
• Decay and degeneration
• Parody and pastiche
• Decadent steampunk
• Huysmanian legacies
• Sexuality and gender
• Consuming the Decadents
• Afterlives of the flaneur
• Neo-Decadent fantasies
We welcome expressions of interest for papers of 15-20 minutes long. Please send your abstracts (of up to 250 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 2/7/17.
For upcoming updates and further information on the event, including the call for papers, please visit.
4. Prof. Glenn Most, “Philology as a Social Practice: Historical and Comparative Explorations in Scholarly Textual Procedures”
From the speaker: “In the coming years I shall be working increasingly on the historical and comparative study of scholarly textual procedures as these have developed in a variety of cultural traditions, including Chinese, Indian, Mesopotamian, Arabic, Jewish, and Greco-Roman. My talk will present some of the challenges and opportunities of this kind of research.”
Glenn Warren Most is professor of Classics at the Scuola Normale in Pisa. He has worked and taught at Yale, Tübingen, Heidelberg, Princeton, Siena, Michigan, Innsbruck and Chicago. In 1994, he was the first classicist to receive the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Preis of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
A sandwich lunch will be provided, with meat and vegetarian options.
Seminar Room 3, St Anne’s, Friday, June 9, 2017
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Dr Eleni Philippou
Comparative Criticism and Translation