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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Translating Across Worlds: Translation, Creativity, and Intercultural Politics in Contemporary Francophone Women’s Writing

25th February 2020, 13:30 to 19:30, Ananda Devi and Colette Fellous

The French Research seminar, in collaboration with award-winning independent press Les Fugitives, is delighted to welcome francophone authors Ananda Devi and Colette Fellous to Durham University for a one-day event on translation, creativity, and intercultural politics.

Featuring interactive workshops and a panel discussion, the event aims to interrogate the roles played by translation and creative writing in giving shape to and making sense of the world, particularly in view of colonial legacies, nationalist movements, and rising extremism, where women are often the primary victims but also the most powerful voices for change.

Fostering dialogue between these two writers in the wake of the recent publication of their work in English by Les Fugitives, this event will key into urgent contemporary debates on migration, protest, and anti-racism across the world.

What happens as translation carries texts dealing with pressing issues into new languages and cultural environments?

What potential does creative writing have in coming to terms with traumatic legacies and offering fresh perspectives on the world?

How do literary texts engage with contemporary politics in the face of rising populism and extremism? What role does memory or fantasy play in imagining alternative futures?

This event is open to researchers, postgraduate and undergraduate students, and creative writing and translation professionals. Attendance is free, but space is limited, so please email Dr Amaleena Damlé amaleena.damle@durham.ac.uk, to register your interest for one or more of the sessions.


1.30pm - 3.00pm Creative Writing Workshop with Ananda Devi

3.00pm - 3.30pm Refreshment break

3.30pm - 5.00pm Translation Workshop with Colette Fellous and Sophie Lewis (translator of This Tilting World)

Venue: Ritson Hall, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Durham, DH1 3ET


5.30pm Vin d’honneur

6.15pm Panel discussion

Venue: Lindisfarne Centre, St. Aidan's College, Windmill Hill, Durham, DH1 3LJ


Co-organised by Dr Amaleena Damlé and Dr Rebekah Vince, School of Modern Languages and Culture, Durham University

Sponsored by Durham’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities Research Fund, Living Texts Research Group, Translation Studies Research Group, and the Society for French Studies, UK

A poster of the event can be found here

Contact amaleena.damle@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.