[INDOLOGY] Fwd: CFP: Sex in Translation (London, 4-5 July 2024; International Conference)

Maddalena Italia maddalena.italia at gmail.com
Tue Oct 31 09:38:05 UTC 2023

*Sex in Translation*

International Conference

London, 4-5 July 2024

Writing about sex challenges and exposes the limits of what can and cannot
be said in any given culture. It blurs the boundaries between different
forms of discourse – literary, legal, social, medical, and philosophical.
And, of course, it crosses boundaries too – of taste and class as well as
of time and space. So how does sex translate from one language and culture
to another? What does the translation, circulation and reception of sexual
material, from pornographic novels to *ars erotica* and clinical textbooks,
tell us about the ways we have thought, learned, and fantasized about sex?

This international conference will explore the ways in which sex has been
translated from one culture to another, and welcome scholars and
practitioners from a range of disciplines, including comparative literary
studies, translation studies, book history, medical humanities and the
social sciences. Contributions are welcome on literature and culture from
around the world, and from any historical period, and we encourage
proposals that are ambitious in scope, e.g. that explore a corpus rather
than a single work.

Papers should touch on one or more of the following areas:

· National and transnational networks of translators, publishers and/or

· The history of the (sex-)book

· The reception of erotica and sexology in translation

· Translating gender, gendering translation

· Trans and Translation

· Translating bodies

· Translation and affect

· Translation and transgression

· Obscenity and censorship

· Untranslatable sex

· Sexing translation

· Eroticism and exoticism

We welcome proposals (250 words max.) for papers and panels engaging with
these themes. Abstracts with a short biographical note should be emailed to
Will McMorran (QMUL) at w.s.mcmorran at qmul.ac.uk and to Maddalena Italia
(UCL) at m.italia at ucl.ac.uk. The deadline for proposals is 8th December
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