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OCCT Discussion Group 2021-2022

In Michaelmas Term 2021, we will be meeting in-person on Weeks 2, 6, and 8, and will have one online session in Week 4.

All in-person events will take place in Seminar Room 10, St Anne’s College, from 12:45 to 14:00 UK time. The online session in Week 4 will be held via Microsoft Teams.

As part of our Covid precautions, we ask that participants bring their own lunch to the in-person sessions. We will provide tea and coffee.


The following events are scheduled for Michaelmas Term 2021:

Monday Week 2 (18 Oct): Joint event with the OCCT Review: Denis Topalović discusses his review of Salvatore Pappalardo’s Modernism in Trieste (Bloomsbury, 2021).

Monday Week 4 (1 Nov): VIRTUAL session on Microsoft Teams, 13:00 to 14:00 UK time: Yousif M. Qasmiyeh discusses and reads from his recent poetry collection, Writing the Camp (Broken Sleep Books, 2021). This session will require registration: if you want to participate, please fill in this form by Sunday 31st October. We will be sending out invitations via email on the morning of the event, 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

Monday Week 6 (15 Nov): Dr Ayoush Lazikani discusses her new book, Cry of the Turtledove: Emotion in Christian and Islamic Contemplative Texts, 1100-1250 (Palgrave’s New Middle Ages Series, 2021).

Monday Week 8 (29 Nov): Jamie McKendrick discusses his writing as well as his exhibition The Years and After in conversation with Anna Saroldi and Matthew Reynolds.

For more details, please see our events page.


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

If you are interested in facilitating one of the Discussion Group sessions, or suggesting a text or topic for discussion, please contact the convenors, Aoife Cantrill ( and Erin Nickalls ( 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 for the collective discussion.

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We look forward to welcoming you,

OCCT DG Co-Convenors, Aoife and Erin

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.