MT 2016 Week 0 Updates

Summer’s over and OCCT’s back with a BANG!

We start the term with a welcome event where you’ll get the opportunity to meet our new organising committee, and hear about OCCT’s Michaelmas 2016 programme. Come one, come all! It will be a fun and relaxed event with lots of free wine! More on the welcome event here

This academic year, the Fiction and Other Minds and Translation and Criticism strands are still going strong, offering events on Cognitive Scaffolding and Literary Reading and The Politics of Prizing Translation. In Michaelmas we’re launching a new research strand: Cultural Forms in Comparison. The inaugural event of Cultural Forms in Comparison is a workshop entitled Salons, Circles, Majalis: The Sociable Side of Literature.

We close the term with a wine reception and the book launch of Professor Matthew Reynolds’s Translation: A Very Short Introduction. And that’s not all: the OCCT discussion group is testing a new format: they’ll be focusing on key issues in the methodology of comparative study. The sessions will begin with a short conversation between two senior members moderated by a graduate representative, followed by a discussion of the recommended readings. See their really enthralling line-up here.

In September the second instalment of the workshop ‘The Bearer-Beings’: Portable Stories in Dislocated Times took place in Palermo, Sicily. Like ‘The Bearer-Beings’, the second workshop (called Stories in Transit: Telling the Tale in Times of Conflict) aimed to make possible a space in which stories can be told, inspired by traditional materials. The recording of ‘The Bearer-Beings’: Portable Stories in Dislocated Times workshop is available here. Similarly, Eric Hayot’s talk “What Happens to Literature if People are Artworks?” is online and can be found here.

And lest we forget: OCCT Review is CALLING FOR SUBMISSIONS! 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. For further info click here.


Dr Eleni Philippou

Comparative Criticism and Translation