Next week we see the return of the Weidenfeld lectures at St Anne’s! The 2018-19 Weidenfeld Visiting Professorship is held by the highly-esteemed Durs Grünbein, one of the foremost contemporary poets in Europe. Durs will next be lecturing on Tuesday and Thursday of 4th week at 5.30 pm, Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre. He will also be giving a poetry reading on Wednesday of 4th week where he will be reading from recent work, especially his 2017 collection Zündkerzen (Spark plugs) and his forthcoming volume From a Book of Weaknesses: Selected Poems (2005-2017). For further details, see our events page.
In the Discussion Group’s second session, on Monday of Week 4, Richard Parkinson (Queen’s) will introduce us to Ancient Egyptian literature by discussing three different translations of a poem. Please note the CHANGE OF TIME: we will meet AFTER lunch between 2pm-3:15pm, in Seminar Room 11 in the New Library at St Anne's College. No advance preparation is needed. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
The Fiction and Other Minds seminar took place in Week 3.
Events and Call for Contributions
1. ANNOUNCING A NEW ESSAY CONTEST JUDGED BY J. M. COETZEE
Deadline: 1 October, 2019
We’re thrilled to announce a new contest judged by J. M. Coetzee. Open to translators and non-translators alike, this contest invites essays introducing a writer working in a language other than English whose oeuvre deserves more attention than it currently receives from the English-speaking world. The winner and up to five runners-up will respectively receive 500 USD and 100 USD worth of prizes that include Asymptote Book Club subscriptions.
In addition to receiving prizes, the winners will also be featured in our Winter 2020 issue, joining an exceptional roster of contributors that includes Mario Vargas Llosa, Herta Müller, Can Xue, Ismail Kadare, László Krasznahorkai, Stefan Zweig, Dubravka Ugrešić, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Anita Raja, and Sawako Nakayasu.
More details on how to apply here:
2. Call for contributions - new book series on East Asian
We are very pleased to launch the new book series Routledge Studies in
East Asian Translation. This series aims to discuss issues and
challenges involved in translation between Chinese, Japanese, and Korean
as well as from these languages into European languages, with an eye to
comparing the cultures of translation within East Asia and tracking some
of their complex interrelationships. Please see the book series's
We welcome expressions of interest from authors with book proposals and
editors or contributors who would like to work towards an edited volume.
You can contact us (series editors) by email:
Dr Jieun Kiaer: jieun.kiaer[put the 'at' sign here]orinst.ox.ac.uk
Dr Xiaofan Amy Li: x.li-219[put the 'at' sign here]kent.ac.uk
3. PRAXIS PLAY
Based on true facts, this is the story of Distomo, a story about life violently been disrupted by the ferocity of war. A story about the brutality mankind can inflict upon itself. Distomo was not the only, nor the last place on earth where people forgot what it means to be human. The 10th of June 1944 is a dark point in history that should not be forgotten and should not be repeated. People of Distomo make a plea that needs to be heard: ‘never again war!’
PRAXIS and our director, Anastasia Revi, bring 'On the 10th of June' into life, and as ever, are proud to present yet another piece from the Greek contemporary theatre scene to the Oxford audience.
Note that Wednesday's performance will be followed by a Q&A session with the playwright George Iliopoulos.
The performance will be in Greek with English subtitles.
Simpkins Lee Theatre, Lady Margaret Hall College