The Italian Department of the University of Oxford is pleased to announce a two day interdisciplinary conference on Etymological Thinking in the 19th and 20th Centuries which will take place at the Taylor Institution the 6th and 7th November.
Etymology becomes a distinctive feature of intellectual and literary culture in the 19th century, remaining one throughout the 20th century. Interest in etymology characterizes the development of linguistics, philology, and literature. Its powerful but also problematic status prompts writers and intellectuals of different backgrounds to explore etymology in relation to such essential notions as temporality, history, and memory, as well as to recast questions of kinship and diversity between languages. At the same time, this new “etymological thinking” has played a significant role in shaping collective identities, ideologies, and psychologies.
The conference will involve literary scholars, experts on cultural studies, philologists, classicists, linguists and experts in translation. Papers will investigate topics such as etymology as a literary device in different genres, the relevance of etymologies to the…
Taciana Oliveira’s film about the life and work of renowned Brazilian author Clarice Lispector (1920-1977), released in December 2015, will be shown at selected venues around the world as part of a series of international events programmed to mark Lispector’s birthday.
Saturday 12 December, 2pm
Taylor Institute, University of Oxford
St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3NA
This beautiful documentary includes rare footage and interviews with Lispector’s family and friends, such as Ferreira Gullar, Nélida Piñon, Augusto Ferraz, Alberto Dines, Marina Colasanti, Affonso Romano de Sant’Anna and Luiz Carlos Lacerda.
Introduced by Dr Claire Williams (St. Peter’s, Oxford). The film runs for 95 minutes and is in Portuguese, with English subtitles.
In the Shadow of Kafka, a series of documentaries and drama on BBC Radio 3 from Sunday 10 May–Saturday 16 May, will examine one of the most elusive and intriguing figures in 20th century literature, Franz Kafka.
100 years since the publication of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, the Czech writer remains one of the most influential writers of the last century, inspiring generations with his novels and short stories, themes of alienation, authority and mythical transformation. In the Shadow of Kafka will re-examine this legacy, exploring Kafka’s life and work through the lens of contemporary writers and dramatists including Margaret Atwood, April de Angelis, Hanif Kureishi, Karen Leeder, Mark Ravenhill and Jeff Young in a week of special broadcasts.
Week 1. OCCT welcome lunch
Friday 16 Oct, 13:00-14:00
Radcliffe Humanities Building, Colin Matthew Room
Week 2. Maison Française and OCCT hosted conference: Paris and London 1851-1900
13:30 Friday 23 Oct – 16:00 Saturday 24 Oct
Maison Française, see MFO website for programme
Week 3. Fiction and Other Minds seminar:
Wednesday 28 Oct, 16:30-18:30
Speakers: Peter Garratt (Durham): ‘Mind Bloat and The Lifted Veil’
Helen Small (English/Oxford): ‘On the Verification of Mental Experience’
Chair: Ben Morgan (German/Oxford)
Radcliffe Humanities Building, Seminar Room