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OCCT pursues and supports many kinds of research in comparative criticism and translation: we organise related events and seminars into strands. Our strands this year are: Prismatic TranslationTranslation and Criticism, and Fiction and Other Minds. See below for details and for other strands that have been active in past years. Our postgraduate-led discussion group explores a wide range of issues, and our workshops and conferences address topics that speak to all the strands. Oxford Translation Day take place each 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

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

From 15-26 July 2019, OCCT took part in the Global Humanities Institute in Santiago, Chile, funded by the Mellon Foundation. OCCT was joined by the research centres of the University of California Irvine and the University of the... 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

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