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This year OCCT is pursuing four interlinked research strands: Prismatic TranslationTranslation and Criticism, Fiction and Other Minds, and Comparative History of Literatures. These strands put on separate seminars but also unite once or twice each year to investigate points of shared interest. Our postgraduate-led discussion group explores a wide range of related matters, and our workshops and conferences address topics that speak to all the strands. Oxford Translation Day will as usual take place sometime in June.  


Prismatic Translation is an ongoing research project, now funded by the AHRC as part of its Open World Research Initiative Programme in Creative Multilingualism. It began at... Read more

This seminar (starting Michaelmas 2017) will be a series of seminars in the usual OCCT format – or modified -- to explore concepts and methodological issues in comparative literary history. It takes place within the project, Comparative... Read more

Translation and Criticism are both modes of re-writing, and both involve an element of creativity which is often neglected or suppressed. This strand explores the edges and overlaps between them, taking in forms like commentary,... Read more

The “Fiction and Other Minds” seminar series has been running since 2013, hosting a range of speakers working at the interface between literary studies, cognitive science and phenomenology. The seminar explores the productive field that... Read more

This strand (2016-2017) aimed to highlight comparative research as it pertains to cultural forms, particularly as they travel in multiple directions. This travel includes from metropole to colony and back; South-South travel and of... Read more

This research strand (2015 - 2016) aimed at deepening the comparative understanding of knowledge communities, their constructions and intersections in Oriental cultures, with an emphasis on the pre-modern. The idea of flows and... Read more

This project explored how intercultural literature in a range of languages reflects on literary activity itself, its ability to engage with political antagonisms, history and language, and its manner of addressing a broader readership... Read more

Criticism has an uneasy status in the literary and artistic humanities. ‘Scholarship’, ‘analysis’, ‘history’ (as in ‘art history’), ‘studies’ (as in ‘English studies’) are more widespread terms. There are two linked reasons why this is... Read more

The aim of this seminar series was to consider philosophical and methodological questions relevant to criticism of the arts, including literature, music, film (and other audio-visual forms), fine art, architecture, and design.

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Translation includes an obvious element of creative transformation; and yet its aim is to produce texts which are very like or even functionally identical to their sources.  Our series of discussions brought together translators and... Read more