Welcome to the IMLR Graduate Forum. This forum is run by and for graduate students from the Colleges and Institutes in and around London, working on any cultural aspect of those parts of the world where Germanic or Romance languages are spoken (including Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish and many more).

Graduate students from departments other than Modern Languages (e.g. Anthropology, History, History of Art, Film and Media, etc.) and students working on comparative projects involving one or more Germanic or Romance language are particularly welcome to join the group to develop interdisciplinary links.

Forum members meet once a month during term-time to share and discuss their work in an informal setting, and invites students to present their research and host film screenings, reading groups and workshops. As well as stimulating intellectual debate, the Forum is a great social occasion, giving students, from their first year to the writing-up stage, from different departments across Greater London, a rare opportunity to meet and be inspired by each other’s work.


Meetings are held at Senate House, on Tuesdays, from 18:00 to 19:30. 

Session 1: 26 November 2019 in Room 234
Translation of the Human
Katerina Pavlidi
Turning the Reader into a Spectator: Textual Bodies in Vladimir Sorokin’s and Dmitrii Prigov's Works
Francisca Stutzin
Drugs don't Work in Patients who Don't Take Them

Session 2: 3 December 2019 in Room 234
Historical Perspectives in the Global 20th Century
Marta Fossati
When Aesthetics Meets Ethics: The South African Short Story from a Diachronic Perspective
Mathis Gronau
Surrounded by the Enemy? The German Minority in Britain and France 1914-1924

Session 3: 21 January 2020 in Room 234
Haimeng Ren
Directionality in Translation of Allusions: Investigating the Novice Translators' Cognitive Efforts and Performances
Lúcia Collischonn
Exopho​nic Translation takes Centre Stage: Literary Translation into a Non-Mother Tongue
Bianca Rita Cataldi
The Mechanical Body. Mankind and Machines in La macchina mondiale by Paolo Volponi

Session 4: 4 February  2020 in Room 234 - POSTPONED
Historical Perspectives in the Global 20th Century
Details to be announced

Session 5: 3 March 2020 in Room 234
Channelling Narratives
Lydia Hayes 
The Performative Creation of Audiovisual Identities through Accent: How to be Spanish in English
Sophie Bayer
The Ernst Levin Collection

Session 6: 7 April 2020 in Room 234
Agency on Page and Screen
Text-image Interplay in the Translations of Alice Books
Lydia Tuan
Narratives of Space and Sound in the Films of Michaelangelo Frammartino
Trisevgeni Bilia
The Presence of James Joyce in Greece
Gulsin Ciftci
#instapoertry: The Convergence of Social Media and Poetry

Session 7: 12 May 2020 in Room 234
How do we Deal with Disaster?
​Margaret May
Inventing the Truth: The Use of Photographs and other Objects to Reconstruct Identity in Fictionalised and Autobiographical Post-Holocaust Family Narratives
Ariel Bernier
Escaping Doom: Imagining Freedom in the Wake of a Nuclear Disaster
John D. McNally
Unravelling the Power Dynamics between Publisher, Editor and Informant: The question of Authorial Agency in Albert Nsengimana's Ma mère m’a tué
Mohaed Elmogbail
The Study of Difficulties of Understanding Idiomatic Expressions Encountered by Translators 2019-2020

Session 8: 7 June 2020 in Room 234
Metaphysics, Memory and Rebirth
Isaac Grünewalt
Memory and the Representation of History in early Swedish Expressionism (1910-1930)
Cecillia Ghidotti
I Would Prefer Not To: Aspring Writers who Quit
Pablo Costello
Language-Metaphysics as Human, and Beyond the Human-Animal Distinction
Sui He
Scientific Metaphors in Translation

Session 9: 23 June 2020, 14:00-16:00 ONLINE SESSION 
Ariel Bernier
Escaping Doom: Imagining Freedom in the Wake of a Nuclear Disaster
Gulsin Ciftci
Pop-Feminist Literature and Social Media Rhetorics in Instapoetics
Lydia Tuan
Spectres and Memories: Michelangelo Frammartino’s Aesthetics of Absence
Margaret May
Inventing the Truth: Exploring the Importance of Family Photographs in Post-Holocaust Memoirs and Fictionalised Narratives
Sui He 
Cognitive Metaphor Theories in Translation Studies: Towards a Dual-Model Parametric Approach


Email gradforum.imlr@sas.ac.uk

The Team

The Graduate Forum Team includes graduate students from different institutions around London and further afield.

Contact: gradforum.imlr@sas.ac.uk

Francesca Masiero is a 2nd-year LAHP-funded PhD student in Renaissance Studies in the Italian Department at the School of European Languages, Culture and Society at UCL. Her PhD project explores literacy and learning in Latin and vernacular schools in the Veneto (1405-1509) under the supervision of Professor Dilwyn Knox and Dr Lisa Sampson. She holds an MA and BA in American and European Languages, Literatures and Civilizations from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice (Italy) and a post-graduate Erasmus award for research as part of her MA at the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick. She has presented several papers at seminars and conferences in London, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Belfast, Venice, Barcelona and Arizona, and has been recently involved in the ‘Digital Editing and the Medieval Manuscript Fragment’ project organised by UCL and Yale.

Byron Taylor is 1st -year PhD student in Comparative Literature at UCL, specialising in Brazilian, Russian and German modernism, with a focus on untranslatability and literary theory. He holds an MPhil in Comparative Literature from the University of Cambridge, and an MA from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where he also worked in the OSA Archives (the largest Soviet archive in mainland Europe). He has published several reviews through OCCT (Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation), and has delivered lectures at conferences in Amsterdam, Cambridge, Harvard, London, Oxford and Rome. 

Get Involved!

Get involved! Come along to one of the sessions to join in our discussions and find out what it’s all about. Drop us a line at gradforum.imlr@sas.ac.uk to join our mailing list and receive the latest updates.

If you have any questions, and/or are interested in presenting your research at one of our sessions, or in joining the team of organisers, please get in touch.
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