Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation has Moved

Dear participants in and followers of OCCT – we have now moved to our new website, http://www.occt.ox.ac.uk. Please come to visit us there! Those of you who subscribe to this blog will receive a new post from the new location very shortly, with details of the term’s first OCCT events. Goodbye then, and hello…

Matthew Reynolds, on behalf of the OCCT convenors and steering group.

Moving to our new website www.occt.ox.ac.uk

Dear all,

You should have received a message from comparative.criticism@st-annes.ox.ac.uk stating that a site administrator (the culprit is me) at OCCT had created an account for you. Please do not worry, this is not a spam.

I have just created an account on our new website for all of you to make sure that you can continue getting our weekly email about OCCT events without you having to sign up on our new website again. For you to be able to follow the brandnew site, I had to create an account for you as “users of the new site”. You will never need to access your account, unless you want to stop following the site (and in that case, you can also just email us and we will delete your email address). In case you would still like to access your account (which is purely symbolic to allow you to follow the site), your username is the first part of the email address which you signed up on WordPress with, and the password is occt.

So please, don’t worry, you don’t have anything to do. The email just confirms that your address has moved to our new website which should become live this week! So this is nothing to worry about,  more something to look forward to!


Hope this is clear, but don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have a question!

Best wishes

Céline (on behalf of OCCT)

OCCT’s second annual conference takes place at St Anne’s, 10-11 September 2014. *All welcome* _ Registration closing soon!

Just a reminder that the registration for the OCCT Minding Borders Conference taking place at St Anne’s, 10-11 September 2014 is closing soon (August 23rd).


If you would like to attend the event, just make sure that you register, following the link: http://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=110&catid=22&prodid=278


To see the programme, please follow the link: https://oxcomparativeliterature.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/programme-final_-minding-borders-conference.pdf


Organisers: Céline Sabiron, Nicola Gardini,  Mohamed-Salah Omri, Adriana Jacobs, Ben Morgan, Matthew Reynolds, X. Amy Li, Rosie Lavan.


Comparative Criticism: Minding Borders  *Now Open for Registration*

OCCT’s second annual conference takes place at St Anne’s, 10-11 September 2014. *All welcome*

Minding Borders

Both comparative criticism and translation cross borders. Yet borders that have been crossed still exist. Even a border that has been dismantled is likely to reappear in a different place, or as a less obvious set of limiting practices: migrant texts and migrant ideas, like migrant people, may not achieve full citizenship in their new locations. But there is a creative aspect to borders too, as postcolonial theory in particular has emphasized.  Borders are contact zones (Pratt), generators of hybridity (Bhabha), spaces of exchange, cross-fertilization, and enrichment.

Rather than celebrating the crossing of borders, or dreaming of their abolition, our conference will trace their troubling and yet generative resilience. We will think comparatively across geography, politics, literary and cultural circulation, creativity, and the structuration of academic disciplines, hoping that the analysis of borders in one domain may illuminate their workings in another (and therefore reconfigure the borders between them). Whatever other form a border takes it is always also a border in the mind.

Keynotes: the geographer Davide Papotti (Parma), the philosopher Michael Wheeler (Stirling), the freelance writer and artist Caroline Bergvall (London & Geneva). and the writer and scholar of Mediterranean literature Adrian Grima (Malta).

To see the programme, please check here.

To register for the conference and to book accommodation, please click here.

As you will discover there is a small registration fee which pays for the food and drink. We hope that OCCT participants may be able to meet this from their research allowances; but if you are unable to do so please let Céline know via comparative.criticism@st-annes.ox.ac.uk.

Some bursaries are available for graduate students. To apply, please send a brief account of your interest in the conference to comparative.criticism@st-annes.ox.ac.uk.

Organisers: Céline Sabiron, Nicola Gardini,  Mohamed-Salah Omri, Adriana Jacobs, Ben Morgan, Matthew Reynolds, X. Amy Li, Rosie Lavan.

Week 7’s OCCT events (9-15 June)

A few of our Translation Day events still have the odd space available: Sarah Maguire and Al Saddiq Al-Raddi at the Albion Beatnik, Friday 7.30 pm; the PEN creative writing workshop, Freedom to Read Freedom to Write, Saturday, 3.30pm, St Anne’s Seminar Room 7; and the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize Shortlist Readings and Prizegiving, Saturday, 5.30 pm, St Anne’s, Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre. To book your (free) place, please email phoebe.nicholson@st-annes.ox.ac.uk. Details and the full programme are here. Oxford Translation Day is a joint venture of OCCT and the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, in partnership with Oxford Student PEN, the Poetry Translation Centre, the Oxford German Network and East Oxford Community Classics Centre.

In other news:

The recording from last week’s seminar in our Intercultural Literary Practices strand, “Theorising Interculturality”, is available here. The last graduate discussion group meeting on the question of ekphrasis was extremely lively and inspiring: please check the Discussion Group page for a write-up on the session and some photos!

Minding Borders conference : NB the deadline to submit a 200 word proposal and a short biog to comparative.criticism@st-annes.ox.ac.uk  is Monday 15th June.

Please do check the Links page since new CFPs and events outside Oxford have been advertised. In particular there is an inaugural issue, Angles: French Perspectives on the Anglophone World, which welcomes discussions on the links between humor, irony, and short forms of expression (mots d’esprit, soundbites, slogans) in a host of contexts: literary, linguistic, social, political and artistic. There is also a call for papers for Translation Talk, a  2-day international conference to be held at the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR), School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, UK, on Thursday 23 – Friday 24 April 2015.


Week 6’s OCCT events (2-8 June)

This week, the Intercultural Literary Practices strand of OCCT will welcome Dr. Birgit Kaiser (Utrecht), Prof. Peter McDonald (English), and Prof. Elleke Boehmer (English) to talk about “Theorising Interculturality”. The seminar will take place on Wednesday 4 June, 3-5pm in the Seminar Room at Radcliffe Humanities.  All welcome!

Nota bena: the seminar exceptionally starts at 3pm this week.

In other news: the recording for the Philosophy of Criticism session on 20 May is now available here, while week 5’s talk with Dr Clare Connors (UEA) and Prof Wen-Chin Ouyang (SOAS) for the Languages of Criticism strand can be listened to here. Don’t forget to check our Links page for news of conferences and seminars outside Oxford.  An interesting EHRC event on Romantic Poetics takes place on Wednesday, 4th June, 4 to 6pm (ie unfortunately clashing with our Wednesday seminar). Chair: Charlie Louth. Speakers: Ela Tandello (Christ Church/Italian): ‘The Volcano Lover: Leopardi and the Romantic Sublime in “La ginestra”’; Anna Camilleri (Christ Church/English): ‘Byron’s Lyric Practice’. Katherine Lunn-Rockliffe (Hertford/French): ‘Metaphor and Thought in Victor Hugo’s Visionary Poetry of Progress’. Room 2, Taylor Institution.

Oxford Translation Day, 13th-14th June, is booking up fast:  if you would like to attend any of the many events, please make sure you contact phoebe.nicholson@st-annes.ox.ac.uk to secure a place.


Week 5’s OCCT events (26-30 May)

Languages of Criticism: “Creatively Critical”

Wednesday 28th May, 4-6.15pm, Seminar Room 7, St Anne’s College

Dr Clare Connors (UEA) and Prof Wen-Chin Ouyang (SOAS) will explore the place of creativity in recent Western and classical Arabic literary criticism. Respondent: Dr Helen Slaney.

Clare Connors is the editor, with Stephen Benson, of Creative Criticism: an Anthology and Guide (2014), and the author of Force from Nietzsche to Derrida (2010) and Literary Theory: A Beginner’s Guide (2010); Wen-Chin Ouyang is the author of Politics of Nostalgia in the Arabic Novel (2013), Poetics of Love in the Arabic Novel (2012) and Literary Criticism in Medieval Arabic-Islamic Culture (1997), among many other works; Helen Slaney is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of classical reception. Do join us for what promises to be a fascinating session!

In other news: the various events in Oxford Translation Day are filling up fast: do book now for anything you wish to attend.

If you would like to catch up on our seminars from last week and the week before, click the links below:

“Poetry and the Act of Translation” (Translators and Writers) with Patrick McGuinness, Adriana Jacobs and Kasia Szymanska: click here for the podcast and a report on the session by Rosie Lavan.

“Tell Me Who I Am” (The Novel and Other Minds) with Marco Bernini and Simon Kemp: click here for the podcast.

For the Discussion Group meeting on Monday, 19th May, click here to access the preparatory reading and a report  on the session by Rosie Lavan.