West African Literature and Thought in French: Translating Cultures

West African Literature and Thought in French: Translating Cultures

Friday 22 January 2016, British Library Conference Centre, 10-30-17.00

Some of the most important contemporary writing in French has emerged from West Africa. This event brings together authors (leading writer from the Côte d’Ivoire, Véronique Tadjo), publishers, translators and other specialists to explore topics including the history of the Francophone West African book as well as the complex processes of translation between oral and literary cultures, and across various other linguistic, historical and political contexts.

Event organized in partnership with the AHRC ‘Translating Cultures’ Theme and the Society for French Studies, with the support of the Institut français, in the context of the West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song exhibition.

http://www.bl.uk/events/west-african-literature-and-thought-in-french-translating-cultures

Fuller information will follow in the New Year.  Please do pass this on to anyone who may be interested.

PEREC’S GEOGRAPHIES / PERECQUIAN GEOGRAPHIES, Sheffield, 6 May 2016

PEREC’S GEOGRAPHIES / PERECQUIAN GEOGRAPHIES

Interdisciplinary Symposium

University of Sheffield, Friday 6- Saturday 7 May, 2016

Supported by the AHRC ‘Translating Cultures’ theme, The Society for French Studies and the University of Sheffield, Dept of Geography

Georges Perec was one of the most inventive and original geographical writers of the twentieth century. His writing explores cities and streets; homes and apartments; conceptions of space and place; mathematical and textual spaces; imagined, utopian and dystopian spaces; time and the city; landscapes of memory and trauma; consumption and material culture; domestic spaces; everyday life, the everyday, the quotidian; ordinary and ‘infra-ordinary’ places.  Perec addressed methods of urban exploration and observation; classification, categorisation and taxonomy; spatial inventories and indexes; and geographical and ethnographic description.

This symposium explores Perec’s Geographies (his own geographical writing) and the wider body of geographical writings and other practices he inspired or speaks to, ranging from novels to travel books, architectural projects and urban expeditions: we call these Perecquian Geographies.

This event will bring together researchers and practitioners from a range of disciplines including Geography, Architecture, French Studies, other Area and Cultural Studies, Town Planning and Architecture, and also engaging practitioners including landscape designers and artists with interests in Perecquian themes.

Readings and Keynotes:

  • Karl Whitney, author of Hidden City: Adventures and Explorations in Dublin (Penguin)
  • David Matless, Nottingham University, author of The Regional Book (Uniformbooks)
  • Joanna Walsh, author of Hotel (Bloomsbury)
  • Derek Schilling, Johns Hopkins University, author of Mémoires du quotidien: les lieux de Perec (Septentrion)

Speakers Include:

  • Amanda Crawley-Jackson, Sheffield
  • Charles Forsdick, Liverpool
  • Matthew Gandy, Cambridge
  • Tim Edensor, Manchester Metropolitan
  • Alasdair Pettinger, Glasgow
  • Joanne Lee, Sheffield Hallam
  • Richard Phillips, Sheffield
  • Andrew Leak, UCL
  • Peter Jackson, Sheffield

There are also opportunities for additional contributors, either as presenters or discussants. Proposals for contributions are welcome now and until 12 February, 2016,  when the schedule will be confirmed. Registration early-bird rate £25 before 28 February, 2016. For expressions of interest, details of how to submit an abstract, register and pay, contact:

Richard Phillips  r.phillips@sheffield.ac.uk

or Charles Forsdick  c.forsdick@liv.ac.uk

Borders and Crossings, Kielce, September 12-14, 2016

First Call for Papers

Borders and Crossings:

An International and Multidisciplinary Conference on Travel Writing

September 12-14, 2016

Hosted by the Jan Kochanowski University’s Department of Modern Languages (Kielce, Poland)

Conference language: English

Conference website: http://ifo.ujk.edu.pl/borders_and_crossings/

Deadline for abstracts: May 1, 2016

Notification of acceptance: May 10, 2016

We invite all with an interest in the study of travel writing to the Borders and Crossings Conference.

Proposals for 20-minute papers and for full panels are sought from scholars working in all areas of travel writing, including literary studies, book history, geography, art history, translation studies, anthropology, history and media studies.

Paper proposals from any time period or geographic context are warmly welcome as are proposals from established scholars, early career researchers, graduate students and independent scholars.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Representations of travel through Poland and Central/Eastern Europe
  • Travel writing and autobiography
  • Travel writing and intertextuality
  • Travel writing in translation
  • Travel writing and women
  • Representations of travel and the new media
  • Travel illustration and multimedia
  • Narratives of pilgrimage
  • New directions in travel writing research
  • Teaching travel writing
  • Writing travel and/in minoritised languages
  • Travel and ecology
  • Borders and checkpoints

Please send proposals of approximately 250 words for a single paper or up to 500 words for a panel proposal, complete with a short bio note and your academic affiliation to:

Magdalena Ożarska: mozarska@gmail.com

or

Agnieszka Szwach: aszwach@ujk.edu.pl