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OCCT Discussion Group 2020-2021

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to move our events online.

In Trinity Term 2021, we will meet digitally via Microsoft Teams on Mondays of even weeks (week 2, week 4, week 6, week 8) at 1pm-2pm UK time.


The sessions will require registration: if you want to participate, please fill this form by the Sunday preceding the first event you would like to attend. We will be sending out invitations via email on the morning of the event(s), from 10am. Select the link Join Microsoft Teams Meeting in your meeting invite to be taken to a page where you can choose to either join on the web or download the desktop app. If you already have the Teams app, the meeting will open there automatically. If you have any questions, please contact


Registrations is open for the following events:


Monday Week 2 (3 May) : Translating Walis Nokan: Intertextuality, Hybridity, and Minimalism in Contemporary Flash Fiction from Taiwan

Monday Week 4 (17 May): Book Launch of Speaking Politically: Adorno and Postcolonial Fiction

Monday Week 6 (31 May): The Curse of Knowledge: The Translator as Perpetual Student

Monday Week 8 (14 June): ‘Translating’ Mother Courage and Her Children to Africa and the UK


The Discussion Group is open to everyone who is interested in topics related to Comparative Criticism and Translation Studies. No knowledge of languages other than English or familiarity with translation studies is required to participate, and there will be no preparatory readings circulated in advance.


If you would be interested in facilitating one of the Discussion Group sessions, or suggesting a text or topic for discussion, please contact Please note that the Discussion Group is a dynamic forum for exchanging and debating ideas in an informal setting. As such, the introduction by a facilitator is not a formal presentation, but, rather, a prompt to the collective discussion.

The Discussion Group’s current conveners are Aoife Cantrill and Anna Saroldi. If you would like to join our mailing list, please send a blank email to


We look forward to welcoming you,


OCCT DG Co-Convenors, Aoife and Anna

Trinity Term 2021: Special Guests

Hilary Term 2021: Special Guests

Michaelmas Term 2020: Expanding our Focus

Trinity Term 2020: Live-Streamed Discussions and Poetry Readings

Hilary Term 2020: Comparative Research Projects

Michaelmas Term 2019: Special Guests

Trinity Term 2019: English Translations of 'Minor' Literatures

Hilary Term 2019: English Translations of 'Minor' Literatures

Michaelmas Term 2018: English Translations of 'Minor' Literatures

Trinity Term 2018: Comparative Reading Out of Context

Hilary Term 2018: Comparative Reading Out of Context

Michaelmas Term 2017: Comparative Reading Out of Context

Trinity Term 2017: Reading Out of Context

Hilary Term 2017: Aesthetic Judgement Out of Context

Michaelmas Term 2016: Key Issues in the Methodology of Comparative Study

Trinity Term 2016: Multilingualism

Hilary Term 2016: Intermediality

Michaelmas Term 2015: Ambiguity; Inter-Asian Comparisons - Material Culture, Body, and Image

Trinity Term 2015: Aesthetics Today; Inter-Asian Comparisons - Comparisons between East-Asian Cultures

Hilary Term 2015: Tactility, Poetics and Cinema; Film and Speaking Near the Image; Yvette Siegert on Translating Alejandra Pizarnik; Adam Thirlwell in Conversation

Michaelmas Term 2014: On Caroline Bergvall; Lyric Philosophy; Benjamin’s Denkbild; Sartre and Heidegger

Trinity Term 2014: Ekphrasis; Creative criticism; Criticism, creativity and translation - Ali Smith in Conversation

Hilary Term 2014: Delinking and the grammar of de-coloniality; William Ernest Hocking and comparative philosophy; The Classic, the Canon and the Past; What Is World Literature?

Michaelmas Term 2013: Travelling Concepts ITravelling Concepts IITravelling Concepts III; Travelling Concepts IV

Trinity Term 2013: On Translation IV - Babel; On Translation V - Don Paterson; Travel and Theory I; Travel and Theory II

Hilary Term 2013: On Translation I - Schleiermacher; On Translation II - Benjamin; On Translation III - Literary Translation and Versions of Ovid

Past conveners: Anna Saroldi, English: Mariachiara Leteo, English; Yousif M Qasmiyeh, English; Karolina Watroba, Modern Languages; Valeria Taddei, Modern Languages; Kate Costello, Oriental Studies; Anita Paz, Ruskin School of Art; Amy Xiaofan Li, Oriental Studies; Kasia Szymanska, Modern Languages; Peter Hill, Oriental Studies; Rosie Lavan, English.