Trans-Scriptions - writing culture location
"Once we accept the actual configuration of literary experiences overlapping with one another and interdependent, despite national boundaries and coercively legislated national autonomies, history and geography are transfigured in new maps, in new and far less stable entities, in new types of locations. Exile, far from being the fate of nearly forgotten unfortunates who are dispossessed and expatriated, becomes something closer to a norm, an experience of crossing boundaries and charting new territories in defiance of the classic canonical enclosures..." - Edward Said
Trans-Scriptions is a seminar series established to bring together creative writers and academics to explore issues of writing, culture and location. The series first ran in 2005-07 and offered discussion plus readings from contemporary writers. Those seminars were part of a widening panorama of research projects that were focused in regions as geographically and culturally diverse as the UK and Africa. A new Trans-Scriptions series ran in the academic years 2007-08 and 2008-09, supported by the Faculty New Developments Fund and constituting an important element in the activities of the recently established Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research.
Conference 2010: ‘Africa: Cultural Translations’
The ‘Africa: Cultural Translations’ conference took place from 21-22 May 2010 at Lancaster University. It was organised by Lancaster University African Studies Group in association with the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research. One of the main events on the afternoon of the first day way a reading by Goretti Kyomuhendo and a discussion with Graham Mort in the Chair. Click here to read the whole of the Conference Programme. Read more about Goretti.
Trans-Scriptions June 2009:
Regarding War: Image/Text
The 2009 Trans-Scriptions event brought together a photographer, a filmmaker, a contemporary writer and a literary critic to discuss the themes of conflict, displacement and alienation in the context of the Centre’s Regarding War project. The day had as its starting point the Centre's online Regarding War exhibition, which contains images by photographer Richard Hanson and textual pieces written in response to those images by novelist Fadia Faqir. The conference included an exhibition of Richard Hanson’s photographs, a creative writing workshop run by Graham Mort and the work of two filmmakers who are exploring similar themes, Dictynna Hood and Sami Khan.
Trans-Scriptions May 2008:
Migration, Memory & Mood in 'Multicultural' Britain
The Centre's 2008-09 series of Trans-Scriptions began with an event held in County South Lecture Theatre, Lancaster University, on 1st May 2008. "Migration, Memory & Mood in 'Multicultural' Britain" brought together a contemporary writer, a sociologist and a visual artist and filmmaker to discuss the themes of migration, memory, and mood in 'multicultural' Britain. Dr Anne-Marie Fortier opened the programme with a paper on recent constructions of multicultural Britain. This was followed by a talk and reading given by the novelist Fadia Faqir and by Zineb Sedira talking about her photography and filmmaking. The event was well-attended and there was a lively discussion of the issues raised. Click here for more details and photos of 'Migration, Memory and Mood'.
The organisers of the first series of Trans-Scriptions events were Dr Graham Mort and Dr Lindsey Moore, and in mounting the series the Department of English & Creative Writing collaborated with Litfest and was supported by Lancaster University Friends Fund and Lancaster City Council.
The first three events in the Trans-Scriptions series took place between December 2005 and May 2007:
Trans-Scriptions December 2005: Retrospection
'Retrospection' took place at the Storey Institute on Wednesday 7 December 2005. The focus was on writing and critical/theoretical approaches that have developed in relation to decolonisation and might be defined variously as post-war European, postcolonial, Black British, British-Asian, first or second-generation migrant writing. Retrospection featured two talks by postcolonial critics on Black British & Caribbean writing and two readings by well-known contemporary writers - Booker-nominated novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah and Iranian poet Mimi Khalvati. This was a free event which tested University's ability to involve a public audience in academic debate and celebration of contemporary literature.
Trans-Scriptions March 2006: Anticipation: Multiculturalism, Conviviality, Commonality or Compulsory Adaptation?
'Anticipation' took place at the Storey Institute, Lancaster, on 15th March 2006. The event involved bringing writers, academics and publishers into dialogue, celebrated new creative work through readings and explored the potential for dialogue between creative and critical writing in the context of journal production, and between writing and a broader socio-political context.
Trans-Scriptions May 2007: Open Day inaugurating the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research
31st May 2007, Institute for Advanced Studies: Critic, poet and novelist David Dabydeen was the main speaker at this all-day event, the last in the Trans-Scriptions seminar series, which has brought together creative writers and academics to explore issues of writing, culture and location.