OCCT Week 3 Updates

Next Monday, at 1pm GNT, the Discussion Group is excited to be able to welcome Yousif M. Qasmiyeh for a discussion of, and reading from, his acclaimed poetry collection Writing the Camp (2021). This event will take place online (Microsoft Teams), and will require registration. Please see the event’s page, for more details.

This week, we welcomed Stefano Evangelista, and a panel including Patrick McGuinness, Galin Tihanov, Aoife Cantrill, and Matthew Reynolds, to celebrate and discuss Evangelista’s most recent book, Literary Cosmopolitanism in the English Fin de Siècle: Citizens of Nowhere (Oxford University Press, 2021). This Special Session of our Discussion Group drew a fantastic audience, and featured a timely conversation. Thank you to everyone who came!


Calls for Papers and Events:


1. CfP: Leverhulme Trust ECFs at Lancaster University

The Department of Languages and Cultures at Lancaster University encourages high-quality postdoctoral scholars to apply to the 2022 round of the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme: https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/early-career-fellowships

DeLC's research spans Spanish, German, French and Chinese studies. Our research expertise cover topics such as:

  • translation studies
  • critical disability studies
  • comparative and world literature
  • creative criticism and languages
  • gender studies
  • digital literature and culture
  • poetics of resistance
  • memory studies
  • ecocriticism....

Please send any expression of interest, consisting of, in the first instance, a CV and a 500-word summary of your project agreed by your chosen mentor (see staff list here) to Derek Hird and Delphine Grass by the 29 of October 2021. Do not hesitate to contact me for more information on departmental research interests and application procedures in the meantime.


2. Event: BCLT Research Seminar Events

You are very welcome to join the two remaining events of this term’s BCLT Research Seminar:


24 November, 5.30pm 7pm GMT (Arts 2.07 and online): Kathryn Batchelor (UCL)

Re-Reading Jacques Derrida’s Qu’est-ce qu’une traduction “relevante”? (What is a “relevant” translation?)



8 December, 1pm2.30pm GMT: Hilary Brown (Birmingham)

Feminist Translation Practices: Historical Perspectives



3. Event: The Syria Writes Literary Festival

The Syria Writes Literary Festival will run from Saturday 30 October to Friday 26 November. It will feature public talks from Syrian authors and activists and intimate lunch-time conversations with some of Syria’s most beloved authors. The Festival is co-hosted by Suzan Meryem Rosita, Curator of Syria and Silence, and Mohamed-Salah Omri, Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature, University of Oxford.

The first event sees Khaled Khalifa in conversation with Dr Ali Souleman, Professor Mohamed-Salah Omri and Suzan Meryem Rosita, and takes place on Saturday 30th October at 6pm, in the Weston Library Lecture Theatre in Oxford. For more information, including how to book tickets for this event, and the other events of the Festival, visit https://torch.ox.ac.uk/event/khaled-khalifa-in-conversation-with-dr-ali-souleman-professor-mohamed-salah-omri-and-suzan-mer

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