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OCCT Discussion Group 2021-2022

In Trinity Term 2022, 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, unless stated otherwise, 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.

At the in-person sessions, we provide a light buffet lunch with sandwiches, tea and coffee. 

The following events are scheduled for Trinity Term 2022:

Monday Week 2 (2 May): Mohini Gupta discusses her Hindi translations of Vikram Seth’s English poetry, specifically from the collection Beastly Tales from Here and There.

Monday Week 4 (16 May): VIRTUAL session on Microsoft Teams, 18:00 to 19:00 UK time: Ellen Jones presents her book Literature in Motion: Translating Multilingualism Across the Americas, which examines the connection between translation and multilingualism and considers its significance for the theory, practice, and publishing of literature in translation. 

This session requires registration: if you want to participate, please fill in this form by midnight on Sunday, 15 May. 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 Erin Nickalls (

Monday Week 7 (6 June): Michael and Aleksandra Parker discuss their work as co-translators of Polish literature into English, particularly their 2017 translation of Andrzej Franaszek’s award-winning biography of Czesław Miłosz, and their future translation projects.

Monday Week 8 (13 June; Seminar Room 6): Dorothée Boulanger presents a comparative reading of Tahar Djaout’s Les chercheurs d’os and Pepetela’s As aventuras de Ngunga, examining more precisely intergenerational relations, tensions and frictions during and after anticolonial conflicts of liberation in Algeria and Angola.


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, Erin Nickalls ( and Ola Sidorkiewicz ( 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.

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, Erin and Ola


Hilary Term 2022: Special Guests

Michaelmas Term 2021: The Return of In-Person Events

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.