University of Kent announces Paris lecture series in conjunction with partner universities

The University of Kent, Paris, the University of London Institute in Paris and the American University of Paris are pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Paris Seminar Series:

Politics of Translation – Translation of Cultures

The terrain and processes of translation are changing faster than ever before. New technologies, greater competition and connection between spaces of editorial decision, shifting interfaces between places of textual production: the range of forces at play in the geopolitics of translation is vast and complex, implicating ever more zones and expressions of culture. This seminar series will explore specific instances of transformation and broader trends across this terrain, inviting speakers and their audiences to consider some of the following questions:

  • How do the modalities of funding and distribution of translations shape the production of culture?
  • How are the formal characteristics of contemporary cultural artefacts – texts, audio-visual production, exhibitions – shaped by questions of translatability?
  • What are the spaces of translation today, and how do they function?
  • What are the temporalities of translations and how has that changed?
  • What in translation is irreducible to a politics of translation?
  • Is translation excessive?
  • What is the vitality of translation?

Papers will be delivered in English. The autumn term sessions will be held at the University of London institute in Paris, 9-11 rue de Constantine, 75007 Paris; the spring sessions will be held at The American University in Paris and University of Kent in Paris (Reid Hall). They will take place on Thursdays at 5.30pm. They are open to the public, if you have any questions about access, please write to

Autumn term dates are available here.