Translation/ Transmission Theory Reading Group

Throughout Translation/ Transmission we want to think about how women’s activism and art translates and transmits across boundaries of culture, genre, time, history and language. In February and March 2014 we are holding a reading group to help us explore these ideas.

We are mobilising the concepts of Translation/ Transmission to engender movement and trouble static categorisations that often frame our relationship with feminist culture and history. The notion of feminist ‘waves’ in particular tend to direct attention to certain time periods in feminist history, and geo-political locations, namely western feminism.

We are using Translation/ Transmission to think across boundaries of space and time, attending to historical differences while being open to unanticipated connections and disjunctions.

The reading group is an opportunity to collectively discuss, think and practice translation/ transmission, and begin to discover what it can mean for feminist cultural and political imaginaries.

It is being held every Wednesday evening for 8 weeks at Hydra Books, 34 Old Market from 7-9pm.

Everyone is welcome, and no prior knowledge is necessary, but please make sure you read the texts listed below before attending so you can get the most out of it.

Please contact us if you want to know more information about the reading group or the film season!

Wednesday 5 February 2014 ~ Interviews with Trinh T. Minh-Ha 

(1990) ‘Woman Native Other – An Interview with Pratibha Parmar and Trinh T. Minh-Ha

Gwendolyn Foster (1997) ‘A Tale of Love – A Dialogue With Trinh T. Minh-Ha’

Wednesday 12 February 2014 ~ Transmission

Bernard Stiegler and Irit Rogoff (201) ‘Transindividuation

Jonathan Sterne and Tara Rodgers (2011) ‘The Poetics of Signal Processing

Wednesday 19 February 2014 ~ Black British Feminism  

Excerpts from Charting the Journey: Writings by Black and Third World Women (1988) edited by S. Grewal, Jackie Kay, Liliane Landor, Gail Lewis and Pratibha Parmar.

PrefaceAvtar Brah ‘Journey to Nairobi’; Barbara Burford ‘…and a star to steer her by’ and ‘Sister Salimatu’ by Olivette Cole-Wilson

Wednesday 26 February 2014 ~ Black British Feminism  

Excerpts from Charting the Journey. 

Audre Lorde interview, ‘‘Frontiers’‘ – Pratibha Parmar and Jackie Kay interview and Claudette Williams ‘Gal… You Come from Foreign’

Wednesday 5 March 2014 ~ Palestine

Laleh Khalili (2007) ‘Heroic and Tragic Pasts: Mnemonic Narratives in the Palestinian Refugee Camps 

Laleh Khalili (2010) ‘Palestinians: The Politics of Control, Invisibility and the Spectacle

Colleen Jankovic with Nadia Awad (2012) ‘Queer/Palestinian Cinema: A Critical Conversation on Palestinian Queer and Women’s Filmmaking

Wednesday 12 March 2014 ~ Transgender politics in Iran 

Afsaneh Najmabadi (2011) ‘Verdicts of Science, Rulings of Faith: Transgender/Sexuality in Contemporary Iran

Afsaneh Najmabadi (2008)  ‘Transing and Transpassing across Sex-Gender Walls in Iran

Wednesday 19 March 2014 – Trinh T. Minh-Ha’s Surname Viet Given Name Nam

Lan Duong (2009) ‘Traitors and Translators: Reframing Trinh T. Minh-ha’s Surname Viet Given Name Nam

Katherine Gracki (2001) ‘True Lies: Staging the Ethographic Interview in Trinh T Minh-Ha’s Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1989)‘ (1989)

Wednesday 26 March 2014 ~ Translation

Bliss Cua Lim (2009) ‘The Embodied Afterlives of Translation


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