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.

Confirmed keynote speakers

Prof. Susan Bassnett (University of Warwick)
Prof. Jean Boase-Beier 
(University of East Anglia)
Prof. Peter Davies 
(University of Edinburgh)

Conference programme 

The programme for the conference is now available here.


The registration for the event is now open. To register, click here.


The conference is generously supported by:

The Institute of Advanced Study

Warwick Global Research Priorities: Connecting Cultures

Migration, Identity and Translation Network (MITN)

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies


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