Guest Speaker, Professor Sherry Simon

Speaking Memory: Translation Sites - Guest lecture by Professor Sherry Simon

12:00pm - 1:00pm / Monday 4th March 2024 / Venue: A zoom link will be sent upon registration for those who wish to attend online South Teaching Hub
Type: Lecture / Category: Department
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Speaking Memory: Translation Sites and their Conflicting Stories
Guest Lecture - Professor Sherry Simon
Monday 4th March, 12pm-1pm GMT
Seminar Room 7 , South Campus Teaching Hub
A Hybrid Event: Online and In-Person Attendance

Speaking Memory: Translation Sites and their Conflicting Stories
A hotel in Sarajevo, a memorial in Lviv, a bridge in Mostar, a museum in Ottawa, a market in Hong Kong and a church in Toledo, these are all sites shaped by conversations across languages. Here words and histories meet – in modes of coexistence, rivalry or conquest. Translation sites are places of overlapping and conflicting stories. To visit them is to experience competing versions of history and the uneven fit between present and past. This presentation will focus on the city of Prague between 1900 and 1935, and the opera houses that crystallized its competing cultural worlds. During a period of great effervescence, musicians and mediators played important roles, among others, Max Brod, Leos Janacek, Milena Jesenska, Alexander Zemlinsky, making Prague an emblematic translational city.

About the speaker:
Sherry Simon is Distinguished Professor Emerita in the French Department of Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. She has written extensively about translation and the cultural life of cities. Among her publications are Translating Montreal and Cities in Translation. Her most recent publications are Translation Sites, 2019 and Promenades polyglottes. Le mont Royal et ses langues, 2023.

Event Details
Doors Open at 12:00PM
From 12:00PM to 1:00PM