Related Projects

This page provides links to other organisations or events exploring literary celebrity and authorship.


The Oxford Celebrity Network

A joint initiative between the Faculties of English, History and Modern Languages, the Oxford Celebrity Research Network is based at The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH), and brings together scholars working across the Humanities division and beyond.

The main aim of this initiative is to deepen and enrich thinking about celebrity by drawing together a range of new perspectives spanning different periods to explore how it relates to, and is distinguishable from, other concepts such as renown, glory, honour, image or charisma; and how these are entangled with material and literary culture, technological and economic change, politics and philosophy.

Case_notes;_Holloway_Sanatorium_Hospital_for_the_Insane_Wellcome_L0028866Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies

The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) is an international organization and research network that helps coordinating academic research and media commentaries on celebrity culture. CMCS carries a pedagogical philosophy that inspires integration of high quality research and media skills training in academic and public discourses of fame.  The centre believes in intellectual, aesthetic, and ethical values of bridging gaps in higher education and media industry.  Using the critical lens of celebrity studies , CMCS helps coordinating research, publications, productions, and commentaries to mobilize informed opinions in media.



Conferences and Events

Translation Workshop: Translating Children’s Literature

4 May 2016, University of Liverpool

— “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

— “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

—“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master — that’s all.”

Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass (1871)

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Liverpool invites you to attend its third annual Translation Workshop on Wednesday 4 May 2016, beginning at 1pm. This year, the workshop focuses on children’s literature, and our special guest is the prize-winning writer, editor and translator Daniel Hahn. Come along and have some fun talking about and translating words for children… No knowledge of foreign languages necessary!

Daniel Hahn is the author of several works of non-fiction, including the history book The Tower Menagerie (2003), as well as one of the editors of The Ultimate Book Guide, a series of reading guides for children and teenagers (the first volume of which won the Blue Peter Book Award). Other titles include Happiness Is a Watermelon on Your Head (a picture book for children, published in 2012, which was a CBeebies bedtime story in 2013), and a new edition of the Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature (2015). Daniel is a translator of (mostly) literary fiction from Portuguese, Spanish and French. His translation of The Book of Chameleons by José Eduardo Agualusa won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2007. He is also the translator of Pelé’s autobiography, and of work by novelists José Luís Peixoto, Philippe Claudel, María Dueñas, José Saramago, Eduardo Halfon, Gonçalo M. Tavares, and others.

The event will begin with a talk by Daniel, before we all tackle some translation of children’s literature ourselves. Postgraduate students, early career translators, and all interested more generally in translation and/or children’s literature are invited to attend. Please note that, while workshop groups will translate texts from (at least) French, German, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish, we also welcome those with no knowledge of languages other than English, for whom we have special plans… All materials will be provided.

There will be a small charge of £5 to cover administration and refreshments, payable on the day. The workshop will end by 5pm.

Please e-mail Kay Chadwick ( to reserve your seat and receive further details. Places are limited, so book early. Falling off walls is optional (but note unlikely to be covered by the University’s public liability insurance)…


Past Events

Translation and Modernism: Twentieth-Century Crises and Traumas

University of Warwick, 22-23 January 2016

Translation was an integral part of the literary practice of many twentieth-century writers and thinkers. It provided them with such an important lens for viewing other cultures and their own past that, as Steven Yao argues, the period of modernism could well be dubbed ‘an age of translations’.  This conference seeks to explore the role of translation in the development of literary, religious, and philosophical responses to the new realities of the twentieth century, in particular, the disappearance of a stable religious framework and the traumas of totalitarianism, the World Wars, and the Holocaust. The conference aims to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, early career researchers and doctoral candidates working in translation studies, comparative literature, history, philosophy, religious studies, and cultural memory studies.

Possible paper topics may include, but are not limited to:

– Translating the religious and the mythical in twentieth-century poetry and prose

– Translation and literary, religious, and philosophical responses to twentieth-century traumas

– Religious controversy and translation

– Modern and postmodern myths in translation

– Secularism and postsecularism in translation

– Translation and (trans)cultural memory

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Prof. Susan Bassnett (University of Warwick)

Prof. Jean Boase-Beier (University of East Anglia)

Prof. Peter Davies (University of Edinburgh)

Submission guidelines: Proposals for 20-minute papers should include a 250–300 word abstract and a brief bio-note with institutional affiliation and email contact. Please submit your proposal to: 

Submission deadline: 30 October 2015

Research Seminar Series: Authorship and the Profane in German-Language Literature

The Centre for Modern European Literature at the University of Kent (School of Modern European Literature) is running a themed research seminar series in the Autumn term of 2015-16 on  ‘Authorship and the Profane in German-Language Literature‘, convened by Dr Deborah Holmes and Dr Heide Kunzelmann (Department of Modern Languages).

The seminar series looks at clashes between dogmatic tendencies and intellectual or artistic ingenuity, between aesthetic conservatism and radical avantgardism in German literature by presenting case studies of German-language authors whose works have violated, or been considered to violate, the boundaries of what is acceptable in the public sphere.

As part of the programme, Dr Rebecca Braun will talk about ‘Longing to Belong? The Trope of the Austrian ‘Nestbeschmutzer’ amidst Contemporary German Constructions of Authorship’ on 22 October.

Click here for more information and the programme of the seminar series.


Conference: Reading the World: Challenging Canon Formations

Thursday 3 December 2015, Senate House

Co-hosts: Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Studies and the Centre For Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies, School for Oriental and African Studies

“There is nothing mysterious or natural about authority. It is formed, irradiated, disseminated… it has status, it establishes canons of taste and value; it is virtually indistinguishable from certain ideas it dignifies as true, and from traditions… and judgments it forms, transmits, reproduces. Above all, authority can, indeed must, be analyzed.”
-Edward W. Said

Literature can no longer be defined by one agreed upon, hegemonic literary canon. Newly generated narratives reflect continually shifting local, national and global identities. Twenty-first century globalized world literature raises questions concerning what and how we read and which literary, historical and aesthetic frameworks are used to judge artistic work. Fundamental issues of visibility, linguistic differences and literary dissemination arise around questions of who is published, how literature is disseminated (or not) and who gets to decide what is worthy of serious consideration.The proliferation of festivals, prizes and world literature courses suggest that a body of agreed upon first-class, canonical literature exists. But in reality, processes of ongoing canon formation, exclusion, gate-keeping, implicit aesthetic assumptions and other ‘bottlenecks’ operate locally and transnationally to silence vital voices.

Marina Warner, novelist, short story writer, cultural historian, critic, mythographer and chair of the judges for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize will keynote the conference. Known for her many non-fiction works relating to feminism and to myth, she is a contributing editor at the London Review of Books. Her books include Alone of All Her Sex, Monuments and Maidens and Stranger Magic, for which she won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.  Her talk will reflect her profound engagement with literary shifts in our own complex, troubled time.

Further information and registration:


Writing Lives Together: Romantic and Victorian Biography

University of Leicester, 18/9/2015

Organised by Dr Felicity James and Dr Julian North, the day provided fascinating papers and stimulating discussion. Find a report of this conference here.


Fan Studies Network Conference 2015

27-28th June 2015
University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Featuring keynotes from Dr Lincoln Geraghty (University of Portsmouth, UK) and Dr Suzanne Scott (The University of Texas at Austin, USA), the third annual FSN conference has got a packed programme full of exciting new research, and we welcome friends and colleagues to join us. You can view the current programme online here
Please follow the link below to register for the event, with a registration deadline of *Thursday 28th May*:
If you have any queries, please direct them to

Call for Papers: After-Image: Life-Writing and Celebrity

Click on link above to find out more.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) and the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW) at Wolfson College, Oxford


Conference: Early Modern Posterity

A one-day conference, to be held on 19 March 2015 at the University of Cambridge. By focusing on posterity in France in the period 1650-1800, we aim to start constructing a framework for the broader study: examining the various areas or disciplines in which posterity is a key theme, considering the specificity of the eighteenth century in the development of the concept of posterity, and identifying the kinds of questions we might ask of a larger temporal and geographical corpus.