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4 October 201715:30

Übersetzungen: Transatlantic Modernism and the Dissemination, Adaptation and Transformation of German Cultural Imports in the United States, 1918-1945

Dr Vike Plock, Dr Kate Hext and Dr Peter Riley (all Dept. of English, Exeter) discuss an emerging research project. Abstract: This interdisciplinary, collaborative research project investigates the dissemination and adaptation of German culture in the US in the early twentieth century (1918-1945). In particular, it asks how networks and intellectual exchanges between Germany and the US were developed, redefined and politically mobilised in the US by US citizens and German-speaking immigrants for the explicit purpose of projecting imagined communities that had the potential to transcend national boundaries and generate resistance to cultural and political hegemonies at home and abroad. McCarthyism and the cultural legacy of the Second World War erased from view contributions from foreign intellectual communities in the US and developed a more narrowly defined view of American culture. For this reason, it is difficult for today's scholars to see these transatlantic networks between individuals and institutions that addressed political challenges and global concerns through translating into US contexts those intellectual imports coming from German-speaking countries in the period selected for study. While the story of some highly visible, eminent individuals such as Thomas Mann, Arnold Schönberg or Theodor Adorno has often been told, this project hopes to bring together different humanities scholars with the explicit purpose of uncovering these other cultural currents that have been obscured by historical circumstances. By drawing on a wide range of previously unused archival and material repositories, this research will provide a unique new focus for the study of transatlantic modernism, US-German relations, American exceptionalism as well as exile studies and comparative literature. Full details
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2 October - 16 November 2017

From Albion to the Regions of the North: Russians in Devon, Devonians in Russia

This exhibition examines cultural and military links between Devon and Russia, from the 1700s to the present day, showcasing the Devon and Exeter Institution's unique collection of books about Russia by Devon authors, but also revealing forgotten historical connections, such as the involvement of men from the Devonshire Regiment in Britain's little-known military intervention in the Russian Civil War in 1919-20.. Full details
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29 September 201710:00

Translation! Festival

Join us for a celebration of languages and cultures from across the world. Come along to a range of thought-provoking, exciting and interactive events at venues around Exeter city centre, celebrating the uniqueness and diversity of languages and cultures. Discover the many innovative and creative ways of translating between them…the written word and beyond!. Full details
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27 September 201712:00

Heteroglossia in/and Translation

This workshop invites scholars and practitioners working with multiple languages to share their experiences, compare notes, and discuss effective and ethical ways of understanding multi-lingual terrains, and of moving within them. Scholarship on translation has acknowledged the difficulty, and indeed fallacy, of working with an expectation full set of corresponding equivalent vocabulary, and criticized the denunciations arising out of consequent frustration. In this workshop, we wish to use these findings and explore whether we are in a position to move beyond a notion of bounded, discrete languages, and the act of translation as moving across well-defined boundaries. Full details
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27 September 201712:00

Workshop "Heteroglossia in/and Translation"

Workshop on multi- and trans-lingual practice, including the historic and contemporary uses of heteroglossic vocabularies. Jointly organised by South Asia Centre and Centre for Translating Cultures, and featuring material-based discussion in pairs, each pair connecting and comparing the European and South Asian contexts. Full details
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17 September - 27 October 2017

At the Heart of the Nation: India in Britain

‘At the Heart of the Nation’ draws belated attention to the wide-ranging contributions Indians have long made to Britain’s cultural, economic, intellectual, political and social life. It is based on two major Open University research projects, 'Making Britain' and 'Beyond the Frame'. the exhibition launches in September 2017, and tours until November 2017. It will be showcased around the United Kingdom, in the cities of London, Edinburgh, and Leeds. The exhibition will be free and open to the public. Full details
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14 - 18 August 2017

Hindi-Urdu advanced language training workshop

Exeter’s Foreign Language Centre will become one of only a very small number of providers in the South West to offer this language course, which will provide beginners with an introduction to the study of both languages simultaneously.. Full details
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13 July 201710:30

China's Belt and Road Initiative

Welcome 10:30-10:45. Full details
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21 June 201715:30

‘I don’t get it’: Alterity and Ethnography in West Berlin

A Translating Cultures Seminar. Knowledge of German not essential!. Full details
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16 June 2017

Postutopian Returns: The Peach Blossom Spring in Contemporary Chinese Landscape Aesthetics

The return to regional political, philosophical, and religious discourses on the position and agency of humans within the planetary system has, of late, engendered alternative approaches towards utopian visions.. Full details
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7 June 201715:30

The Obligation to Migrate: Narratives of Muslim Migration in Soviet Translation

A seminar by Dr Rebecca Gould (University of Bristol) for the Centre for Translating Cultures The Obligation to Migrate: Narratives of Muslim Migration in Soviet Translation This talk engages with literary renderings of the archetypal Muslim migration story, the hijra of Muhammad, in the literatures of the Soviet Caucasus. The ancient Muslim migration narrative functions in Soviet poetry and prose as a bridge between past and present, and a tool that refracts a political reality that, due to Soviet censorship, could not be directly exposed. By translating an early Islamic historical phenomenon into a Soviet present, Georgian, Chechen, Ingush, and Abkhaz writers managed to comment on their political present. They used the early Islamic rhetoric of migration (hijra) to come to terms with the tsarist-era expulsions of the indigenous peoples of the Caucasus to Ottoman lands as well as to engage elliptically with the Stalin-era deportations of these same peoples to Central Asia. The novels and poems I discuss show how translation, broadly understood, can support and nurture political critique even and especially when the immediate object of critique remains obscured. I use examples from Georgian poetry to describe this process.. Full details
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31 May 201713:00

Bengal special: two papers on the geography and history of Bengal

Two papers, by Andrea Butcher and Zuleikha Chaudhuri. Full details
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24 May 201715:30

Seminar by Prof. Sharon Marcus (Columbia) 'Sarah Bernhardt’s Exteriority Effects: Affect, Performance, Agency

Abstract: Sarah Bernhardt’s audiences often described feeling thrilled and dominated by the star performer, and they relished the ways in which her agency seemed to exceed or even negate their own. This essay uses rarely cited archival materials to identify the performance techniques that induced such extreme responses. Those techniques included mobility, framing, tempo control, and hyperextension, and I group them under the rubric of “exteriority effects.” By attending to exteriority effects and the affects they inspired we can 1) challenge accounts of female performers as lacking agency or exercising it only to extend it to other women; 2) move beyond affect theory’s focus on bad feelings; and 3) reorient accounts of nineteenth-century theatricality away from their focus on interiority and privacy. Sharon Marcus is Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Dean of Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University, New York. Full details
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10 May 201716:00

Reviving the past, civilising the modern: cultural governance and hegemonic discourse in China

In ‘traditional’, non-democratically elected regimes, cultural governance based on the establishment of a hegemonic discourse is often an important source of legitimacy.. Full details
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10 May 2017

Translating Cultures Seminar - no event this week. Apologies.

Please note - there will be no seminar this week.. Full details
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3 May 201716:00

Threads of connection: South Asian textiles in British collections

Above all else, prolonged commercial and eventually political connection between Britain and India began with trade in high value South Asian textiles. Indian-made silk and cotton cloth of high artistic and commercial value began to find its way into European markets from the seventeenth century, especially through the activities of the East India Company. A result of that history was the creation of significant personal and institutional collections of South Asian textiles, which have many tales to tell. Full details
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29 March 201713:00

Law, Literature and Indo-British Connections, Part II: Sir William Jones

Speaker: Dr Andrew Rudd (English, Exeter). Dr Rudd will continue to explore the connections between India and Britain in the 18th century, specially through the works of Sir William Jones, judge in eighteenth-century Calcutta, and noted Orientalist. Full details
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22 March 201715:30

Romancing the truth: vernacular history and the origin of fiction

A seminar by Prof. Simon Gaunt (King’s College, London) for the Centre for Translating Cultures. Full details
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22 March 2017

Romancing the truth: vernacular history and the origin of fiction.

Professor Simon Gaunt is Professor of French Language and Literature at Kings College London. Full details
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15 March 201712:30

Britain and India: Cross-Cultural Encounters

An English department seminar featuring talks by three members of the South Asia Centre. Speakers: Dr Ranita Chatterjee, Dr Ayesha Mukherjee and Dr Florian Stadtler. Full details
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8 March 201715:30

Mixed feelings: Literary Hispanophilia and Hispanophobia in England and the Netherlands in the Early Modern period and the nineteenth century

A seminar by Dr Yolanda Rodriguez for the Centre for Translating Cultures Seminar Series. Full details
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8 March 201713:00

Baat-cheet seminar on “Legal Fictions: Law, Literature and Indo-British Connections in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries”

Speakers: Dr Andrew Rudd (Exeter) and Dr Nandini Chatterjee (Exeter). Full details
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22 February 201715:30

Place and Politics in Latin-American Digital Culture: Representing Memory and Trauma Online

A seminar by Prof. Claire Taylor (University of Liverpool) for the Centre for Translating Cultures. Full details
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16 February 201715:30

Translation and Gender: A European Perspective

Abstract Can we talk about a European gender translation geography and is it possible to outline it? There are various questions that should be included as starting points of a possible mapping on gender and translation in Europe, questions that consider many factors such as specific issues in the field resulting from the works of Canadian scholars, the institutionalisation of translation and gender in European countries or the translation techniques and strategies considered as feminist and the objectives there have been outlined in these last decades. A European translation and gender map is an important step in order to recognize the state of art in the various contexts and the possible routes to take acknowledging the many issues that have come out in the literary, cultural and translation theoretical debate in the last decades and which have intersected with gender. To look for theoretical and practical answers to feminist translation theories and practices in Europe today is central in order to understand our cultural production, many aspects of our social formation and our perception of the translator’s role and ethics. Dr Federici is Associate Professor of English and Translation Studies in the Department of Literary, Linguistic and Cultural Studies, University L'Orientale, Naples. Full details
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8 February 201717:30

“Medieval Translatio(n), Modern Rhetoric”

Michelle Bolduc, Professor in Translation Studies at Exeter, is an internationally recognized scholar of Translation Studies and Comparative Medieval Literature (French, Occitan, and Italian), and has published extensively on medieval literature (translatio) as well as on modern rhetoric--the New Rhetoric Project--and its translation. Under the direction of Barbara K. Altmann and F. Regina Psaki, she took a PhD in Comparative Literature with a specialization in Medieval Literatures from the University of Oregon; she has held positions at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Arizona. In this inaugural lecture, Professor Bolduc will explore the influential role played by translation, and in particular, the medieval topos of translatio, in the development of Chaïm Perelman and Lucie Olbrechts-Tyteca’s modern New Rhetoric Project. In this diachronic examination, she proposes the concept of translatio(n) as a key to understanding how rhetoric—as the art of reasoning—becomes for Perelman and Olbrechts-Tyteca a resource for an ethics of civic discourse essential for a cosmopolitan and multilingual Europe. Full details
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8 February 201715:30

The counter-forensic archive: thinking through forensic art practice’

A seminar by Kathryn Smith for the Centre for Translating Cultures Seminar Series. Full details
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8 February 201713:00

Baat-cheet seminar on "The Banker's Guide to Music: sound and politics in eighteenth-century Bengal"

Speaker: Dr Richard Williams (Oxford). Full details
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2 February 201715:30

Debussy, Mallarmé and the aesthetics of appearing’

A seminar by Prof. Julian Johnson (Royal Holloway) for the Centre for Translating Culture. Full details
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1 February 201713:00

Baat-cheet seminar on “Religious fragmentation and economic outcomes in India.”

Baat-cheet seminar on “Religious fragmentation and economic outcomes in India.” Speakers: Dr Surajeet Chakravarty. Full details
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25 January 201715:30

Innovation in Multicultural Paris French: uses and attitudes

A seminar by Dr Maria Secova (Open University) for the Centre for Translating Cultures Seminar Series. Full details
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18 January 201714:30

Workshop on 'New perspectives on the Indian Emergency, 1975-77'

This workshop on 'New perspectives on the Indian Emergency, 1975-77' is part of the Exeter South Asia Centre seminar series. Full details
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9 January - 31 March 2017

Baat-cheet: Exeter South Asia Centre Seminars

These are the seminars organised by the Exeter South Asia Centre or its individual members. Occasionally, we will advertise and recommend events organised by other centres and departments, if these have significant South Asian content.. Full details
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7 December 201615:30

Translating Italian classics: Petrarch and Boccaccio in English – again

Peter Hainsworth is a Professor of Italian at the University of Oxford, with interests in 13th- and 14th-century poetry and in 20th-century poetry and prose. He will be discussing his experience of translating selections from two canonical authors of Italian literature, Petrarch and Boccaccio. He will consider first of all why further translation of two much translated authors might or might not be desirable, necessary or commercially viable. Secondly he will discuss his particular aims and strategies, looking at the specific aspects of the authors that he wished to bring out and at how he dealt with the problem of reconciling the demands of readability on the one hand and of preserving some sense of cultural difference on the other. In the talk he will look at some short passages, but make no assumptions that his audience has any knowledge of Italian. Full details
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23 November 201615:30

Debussy, Mallarmé and the aesthetics of appearing

The music of Debussy initiates a radical shift of emphasis from the idea of music as a kind of saying to one of appearing. From his youthful setting of Mallarmé’s Apparition to his Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé nearly three decades later, the composer’s work forms a counterpoint to the aesthetic thinking of the poet. But what exactly is it that music (the noisy, sounding kind) can tell us about language?. Full details
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19 October 201615:30

Film Festivals: Cinema and Cultural Exchange

Mar Diestro-Dópido is a researcher and regular contributor to Sight & Sound — the monthly film magazine of the British Film Institute—as well as an experienced arts and media translator. Her book publications include a BFI Modern Classic on Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth (2013) and a forthcoming book on Film Festivals, built around her doctoral thesis which won the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland's Legenda prize for the best new thesis of 2014. Full details
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15 June 201615:00

Transnational Moroccan Cinema

Prof. Higbee will present his ongoing AHRC-funded project –. Full details
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11 June 2016

“China in the Modern World: Paradigms and Methodologies”

This one day symposium aims to bring together international and UK scholars from different disciplines to discuss and reflect upon current research on China’s interaction with other cultures since the late 19th century in fields such as science, social science, literature and art. We are keen to investigate the trends and patterns of cultural and knowledge exchanges between China and other cultures and to explore the approaches and methodologies that have been applied by researchers to understand and analyse them.. Full details
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1 June 201615:30

Work in Progress Seminar

Dr Julie Rodgers (National University of Ireland, Maynooth) - Maternal Counternarratives in Contemporary Women's Writing and Film in French. Full details
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18 May 201615:30

Loans vs inheritance: the influence of Latin on the languages of Europe

Prof. Nigel Vincent, FBA (Manchester, Emeritus). Full details
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12 May 201619:00

'Las sinsombrero' Documentary Screening and Q&A

The documentary is in Spanish with English subtitles.. Full details
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4 May 201614:00

Agamben and the Meaning of the Middle Ages

This is a joint seminar with the Centre for Medieval Studies. Full details
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16 March 201615:30

Words and Music: Cervantes, Shakespeare, Vaughan Williams and Rodrigo

Raymond Calcraft (University of Exeter, Retired). Full details
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2 March 201615:30

"Just don’t make any alterations to my manuscript". Editing and interpreting E.T.A. Hoffmann

Dr Kalterina Latifi (Heidelberg). Full details
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17 February 201615:30

Image, imagination and power: visualising urban futures in post-war France

Prof. Ed Welch (University of Aberdeen) Joint seminar with Art History and Visual Culture. Full details
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10 February 201615:30

Consumer societies: from the 1950s to today

Prof. Detlef Briesen (Giessen). Full details
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3 February 201615:30

Work in Progress Seminar

Clarice Araujo (UFSC, Brazil, visiting PGR) + Others TBC. Full details
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27 January 201615:00

Eating food in China, Greece, India: taste, the humours and the Cosmos

In his talk, Professor John Wilkins will explore ideas of food and health in Greek and Chinese thought. There are of course many differences between the two cultures, and indeed the Ayurvedic system in India. But they share an idea of the human being within a cosmic system, of the human body having a relationship with the elements that make up the world, and of the dynamic properties that foods and drugs exert on the human body when we eat and drink. There is also a shared notion of harmony in the human body and more widely which corresponds with health and good order. He will give a presentation on how the Greeks (Aristotle and Galen) thought that health was maintained, with a particular focus on taste and the four humours.. Full details
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20 January 201615:30

War Music: The Making of Logue’s Homer

Dr Henry Power (University of Exeter). Full details
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9 December 201517:00

Inaugural lecture: “Middlebrow Cinema: Between Literature and Film in 20th-Century Spain”

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception form 6.00-7.30pm in the Queen's Cafe.. Full details
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9 December 201515:30

Art and the 'Arab Spring': Transnational Aesthetics of Revolution and Resistance

Centre for Translating Cultures research seminar. Full details
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5 December 201510:00

New Work in Modernist Studies

This conference will take the form of an interdisciplinary programme of short papers arranged in panels, reflecting the full diversity of current graduate work in modernist studies; it encourages contributions both from those already involved in the existing networks and from students new to modernist students who are eager to share their work. The day will close with a plenary lecture from a leading modernism scholar (details to be confirmed). Full details
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25 November 201515:30

Women and Classical Translation in Early Modern France

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11 November 201515:00

Of literary and literal corpora (or the Two Cultures revisited)

Centre for Translating Cultures research seminar. Full details
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13 October 201516:30

Deliciously Disgusted: Translating Villon's "Grosse Margot"

TBC. Full details
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30 September 201515:30

Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Mobility, Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures

Dr Barbara Spadaro and Professor Charles Burdett (University of Bristol). Full details
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7 - 8 September 2015

VI International Conference of the Association of British and Irish Lusitanists (ABIL)

This conference will bring together established and early career researchers, as well as postgraduate students, coming from UK and Ireland, Europe, Brazil, North America and Mozambique, interested in discussing any aspect of Lusophone cultures and histories, from the medieval period to the present. The global theme of the conference is "De/formations: Illegitimate Bodies, Texts and Tongues.". Full details
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