Author: Charles Forsdick

Lights in the Distance: Migration History on our Shores

Lida Amiri; Madeline Heneghan; Daniel Trilling; Arshad Isakjee; Kathy Burrell; Emy Onuora; Mike Morris (left to right)  Guest blogpost by Beth Saunders on a recent event supported by the AHRC “Translating Cultures” theme. On Thursday 11th October, Toxteth library hosted a very important conversation regarding two era-defining issues: migration and…

Workshop report — Refugees in Literature, Film, Art, and Media: Perspectives on the Past and Present

Guest blogpost by Lida Amiri, workshop organizer: Writing on the Wall festival, Interdisciplinary Workshop and School Reunion “Refugees in Literature, Film, Art, and Media: Perspectives on the Past and Present” The international workshop, held on 17 May 2018, was not only a major academic and artistic event, but also a…

Visualizing Toussaint Louverture

In the context of the British Museum exhibition on Toussaint Louverture (open till 22 April), I have published a blog post on the museum site on visual representation of the Haitian revolutionary leader. A fuller version of the text appears below. In the second half of the eighteenth century, Saint…

Translating the Literatures of Smaller European Nations: A Picture from the UK, 2014-16

‘Translating the Literatures of Smaller European Nations’ was a Translating Cultures network that ran from 2014-16. A report on the findings of the project has recently been published by Rajendra Chitnis (University of Bristol), Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (UCL), Rhian Atkin (University of Cardiff) and Zoran Milutinović (UCL). The report emerged from a…

Teaching and research in ‘strategically important’ languages

Teaching and Research in ‘Strategically Important’ Languages:
a Comparative Perspective, between France and the United Kingdom Christine Lorre-Johnston (Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3), Catherine Davies (IMLR), and Charles Forsdick (AHRC) report on the recent seminar held in Paris discussing the notion of ‘strategically important’ languages. This one-day seminar was held at the University Sorbonne…

Translating historical research into visual material

Translating historical research into visual material: the exhibition Empires of Emptiness: Fortresses of the Sahara and the Steppe A guest blog by Dr Berny Sèbe, Senior Lecturer in Colonial and Post-colonial Studies, University of Birmingham about the AHRC-funded project ‘Outposts of Conquest’. The ‘Empires of Emptiness’ exhibition has recently opened…

Translation and the law

Guest post: first appeared on the ‘talking humanities’ blog. Dr James Hadley, researcher in translation/translingual studies at the School of Advanced Study, gives a taster of a ground-breaking new project on the world of legal translation that is bringing together the expertise of the Institute of Modern Languages Research and…

Networking assembly: Translanguaging and Translation in the Superdiverse City

The University of Birmingham research project, ‘Translanguaging and Translation in the Superdiverse City’ is holding its first Networking Assembly on 13th May 2016.  This event, open to academics, students, community groups, public organisations, charities and the public, aims to create opportunities for cross-disciplinary, cross-sector, and cross-city conversations about communication in the…

Micky Sheringham (1948-2016)

A version of my obituary for Micky Sheringham appeared in today’s Telegraph. In tribute, and in recognition of my profound gratitude to Micky for his support and inspiration, I post the full version of the text below: Professor Michael Sheringham Professor Michael Sheringham, who has died from prostate cancer aged 67, was one…

Translating Cultures at Northumbria: @Trans_Cultures @NorthumbriaUni

One of the most satisfying and enlightening elements of the leadership fellowship is the opportunity it affords to visit institutions, talk about the latest developments in ‘translating cultures’ – and, most importantly, to learn more about the projects funded under the theme. I’ve recently been involved in ‘translating cultures’ sessions…

Translation and Translanguaging launch, 18 July 2014

I have just spent the day being inspired by speakers at the launch conference in Birmingham of the AHRC Translating Cultures large grant on ‘Translation and Translanguaging’ – the speakers included Gautam Malkani, author of Londonstani, Gisela Stuart MP, Venetia Porter, Assistant Keeper of Islamic and contemporary Middle East at the British…

Travel as “keyword”

I am very pleased to have been able to set up in 2007 – with Zoe Kinsley at Liverpool Hope University and Kate Walchester at Liverpool John Moores University – the Liverpool Travel Seminar, a collaborative and interdisciplinary forum for colleagues on Merseyside with interests in travel and travel writing.…