TT 2017 Week 9 Updates

In Week 10, on the 28th of June (3-5pm), we have a special out-of-term event: Sexuality and/as Disability in China and Taiwan. Click here for more info. 

In Week 8, OCCT had its end-of-term meeting. At this open meeting, the Organising Committee reflected on OCCT’s year but also made plans for the upcoming academic year. Do get in touch if you are interested in getting involved in OCCT in the future! There was a free lunchtime talk between Ulrike Draesner and Dennis Duncan on Unconstrained Translation on Friday 16th June. The Translation into Theatre and the Social Sciences conference took place on the 16th-17th June 2017.

OCCT Review is looking for editors! OCCT Review is a journal reviewing new books and trends in the fields of comparative criticism and translation studies, aiming to produce reviews quickly and to provoke debate. We encourage graduate students or early-career academics to join the OCCT Review team! Contact Eleni at to find out how to apply!


CFPs and Events

1.Summer School

The role of drama in higher and adult language education: from theory to practice

University of Padova, 28 August – 1 September 2017

The Summer School is aimed at Master’s students, PhD students, young researchers, scholars and practitioners in the area of second language learning and teaching who already engage in or would like to become involved in theatre/drama activities and research into these. The Summer School will be divided into morning seminars, in which examples of good practice and research methodology will be presented by experts in the field. The afternoon sessions, instead will be devoted to practical workshop activities. The last morning will consist of a round table where participants will be encouraged to reflect on possible future collaboration and projects. A maximum of 25 participants will be able to sign up for the Summer School. There will be no registration fee, but all participants will be expected to attend all days of the School.

Seminars and workshops on:

inclusion in second-language drama;

non-verbal communication;

improvisation and devising;

working with texts;

Process Drama;

assessing language competence in drama projects;

researching second-language drama.

Speakers and facilitators

Jean-Rémi Lapaire, Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France

Erika Piazzoli, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Chiara Piola Caselli, Università di Perugia, Italy

Anna Santucci, Brown University, USA

Garret Scally, Manchester University, UK

Manfred Schewe, University College Cork, Ireland

Marie Line Zucchiatti, Università di Bologna, Italy

For further information contact:

Fiona Dalziel, Università degli Studi di Padova:

Filippo Fonio, Université Grenoble Alpes:

Click here to view the website, programme & application form.


2. Anna Freud and Play conference

Friday 15 September 2017

King’s College London

Following an exhibition on Play and its relationship to psychoanalysis, including the work of Anna Freud, at the Freud Museum London running from 19 July 2017 – 10 September 2017 curated by Sophie Leighton, curator at the Freud Museum London, and Dr Alicia Kent, King’s College London, we will be holding a one day conference on play in the theories and practice of Anna Freud at King’s College London. Confirmed participants include Inge-Martine Pretorius (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families), Nick Midgley (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families /UCL), and Carol Seigel (Freud Museum London)

We invite proposals looking at Anna Freud’s work, its reception, and legacy across different national contexts and disciplinary boundaries. We hope to attract scholars and practitioners working in different fields (psychoanalysis, psychology, psychotherapy, education, women’s studies, childhood studies, gender studies, modern languages, Arts and Humanities, neuroscience, and others). Interdisciplinary approaches are especially welcome.

Topics could include, but are not limited to:

•       Anna Freud, psychoanalysis and play
•       Theories of play in Anna Freud’s work
•       Play in the practice of Anna Freud
•       Anna Freud as a playful observer/practitioner/theoretician/child analyst
•       The legacy of Anna Freud’s playfulness
•       Play and the (normal) development of the child in Anna Freud’s work
•       Play, Anna Freud, and early years learning
•       The mother-child relationship and play in Anna Freud’s work
•       Play and mothers and/or motherhood in Anna Freud’s work
•       Refugees and/or migration, play, and Anna Freud
•       Anna Freud, language, and play
•       Anna Freud’s work in translation
•       The play of Anna Freud’s work across disciplinary boundaries, e.g. neuroscience

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers. Please send your proposals of no more than 250 words, together with a short biographical statement, to for receiving proposals is Friday 21 July 2017. We will be in touch shortly after the deadline to confirm speakers.



IES - School of Advanced Study, University of London

Senate House, Malet Street, Room 234

Monday 26 June 2017 16:00-18:00

Seminar and Roundtable Discussion

Seminar: “Trans Reading and Comparative Modernism” Jessica Berman (University of Maryland, Baltimore)

The Seminar will be followed by a Roundtable Discussion on:  “Transnational Modernist Arts”

Participants: Suzanne Bellamy, Jessica Berman and Maggie Humm

Coordinator: Angeliki Spiropoulou


Professor Jessica Berman

“Trans Reading and Comparative Modernism”

In this talk I will argue for the power of using a “trans critical optic” to read modernism. A trans critical optic uses the potentially transgressive energy of the prefix “trans” to challenge categories of identity, nationality, and gender. In loosening the prefix trans from its ties to specific identity categories, a trans optic emphasizes the important ways that the prefix “trans” can work to destabilize and disrupt discourses of nationality and gender and help us recognize the comparative energies of modernist literature. While transgender theory generally focuses on the social roles of the sexual body, it offers a way to “disrupt, denaturalize, rearticulate and make visible” (Stryker and Whittle) all normative habits of identity and the power dynamics surrounding them. Like the critique of the sex/gender system instigated by trans theory, I argue, a trans critical optic serves to decenter the “national tradition” as an object of inquiry, exploring texts in relation to other, comparative and transnational horizons of expectations. It also pushes us to recognize the importance of attending to assumptions of embodiment and gender identity in our discussions of transnational, world, or planetary modernism.


Dr Eleni Philippou

Comparative Criticism and Translation

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