Author: Charles Forsdick

Translating the Literatures of Smaller European Nations: A Picture from the UK, 2014-16

‘Translating the Literatures of Smaller European Nations’ was a Translating Cultures network that ran from 2014-16. A report on the findings of the project has recently been published by Rajendra Chitnis (University of Bristol), Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (UCL), Rhian Atkin (University of Cardiff) and Zoran Milutinović (UCL). The report emerged from a…

“Littérature-monde en français”: Ten Years On

Un entretien avec Alain Mabanckou et Abdourahman Waberi Charles Forsdick: Le manifeste pour une littérature-monde en français a été publié il y a dix ans. A votre avis – une décennie plus tard – quel a été son impact sur la production littéraire dans le monde francophone? Alain Mabanckou: Je…

Teaching and research in ‘strategically important’ languages

Teaching and Research in ‘Strategically Important’ Languages:
a Comparative Perspective, between France and the United Kingdom Christine Lorre-Johnston (Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3), Catherine Davies (IMLR), and Charles Forsdick (AHRC) report on the recent seminar held in Paris discussing the notion of ‘strategically important’ languages. This one-day seminar was held at the University Sorbonne…

Translating historical research into visual material

Translating historical research into visual material: the exhibition Empires of Emptiness: Fortresses of the Sahara and the Steppe A guest blog by Dr Berny Sèbe, Senior Lecturer in Colonial and Post-colonial Studies, University of Birmingham about the AHRC-funded project ‘Outposts of Conquest’. The ‘Empires of Emptiness’ exhibition has recently opened…

Translation and the law

Guest post: first appeared on the ‘talking humanities’ blog. Dr James Hadley, researcher in translation/translingual studies at the School of Advanced Study, gives a taster of a ground-breaking new project on the world of legal translation that is bringing together the expertise of the Institute of Modern Languages Research and…

Micky Sheringham (1948-2016)

A version of my obituary for Micky Sheringham appeared in today’s Telegraph. In tribute, and in recognition of my profound gratitude to Micky for his support and inspiration, I post the full version of the text below: Professor Michael Sheringham Professor Michael Sheringham, who has died from prostate cancer aged 67, was one…

Translating Cultures at Northumbria: @Trans_Cultures @NorthumbriaUni

One of the most satisfying and enlightening elements of the leadership fellowship is the opportunity it affords to visit institutions, talk about the latest developments in ‘translating cultures’ – and, most importantly, to learn more about the projects funded under the theme. I’ve recently been involved in ‘translating cultures’ sessions…

Translating Cultures at Northumbria: @Trans_Cultures @NorthumbriaUni

One of the most satisfying and enlightening elements of the leadership fellowship is the opportunity it affords to visit institutions, talk about the latest developments in ‘translating cultures’ – and, most importantly, to learn more about the projects funded under the theme. I’ve recently been involved in ‘translating cultures’ sessions…

Travel as “keyword”

I am very pleased to have been able to set up in 2007 – with Zoe Kinsley at Liverpool Hope University and Kate Walchester at Liverpool John Moores University – the Liverpool Travel Seminar, a collaborative and interdisciplinary forum for colleagues on Merseyside with interests in travel and travel writing.…

Translating Cultures: Reflections on a Theme

In the context of current debates over the future of modern languages, it has been important to ensure that concerns over undergraduate recruitment and over the national shortage of modern linguists in the UK do not detract from the continued development of an urgently required intellectual project and a disciplinary…

Étonnants voyageurs 2013: world literature/littérature-monde

The Étonnants voyageurs festival in Saint Malo once again this year provided a rich programme of talks, films and exhibitions. Demand, as is often the case at this event, outstripped supply, and many were turned away from the more popular sessions with authors such as Azouz Begag (publicizing his lastest novel,…

Thinking translationally/transnationally about memory

The German historian of the everyday Alf Lüdtke has been involved in a collaboration with colleagues in RICH at Hanyang University in Seoul for the past five years, and the conclusion of this partnership was marked by an international conference on ‘Politics of Memory, Practices of Remembrance’ held in April…