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In Epiphany Term, the strand will host a talk by Professor

Gisèle Sapiro, Director of Research at the Centre national de

la recherche scientifique and Director of Studies and Vice

President for International Affairs at the École des hautes études

en sciences sociales. Her research has explored among other

topics the notion of the responsibility of the author and how

asymmetrical political and economic relations structure literary

markets. Professor Sapiro will draw on her work on the sociology

of translation and international cultural exchange.

In Easter Term, Todd Reeser, Professor of French and Director

of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program at the

University of Pittsburgh, will lead a workshop drawing on his

award-winning book, Setting

Plato Straight: translating ancient

sexuality in the renaissance

. This event will be co-organised with

Dr Jennifer Ingleheart of Durham’s Department of Classics and

Ancient History. Broadly speaking, the workshop will explore

the reciprocal structuring of translations of classical texts about

sex and the social organization of “sexuality,” a particularly

fraught relationship given the incommensurability of ancient,

early modern and modern forms of sexuality which also diverge

widely depending on geographic location and social strata

among other variables.

All events will be open to the public. It is the organisers’ hope

that the conversations sparked by these events will provide the

impetus for further, more broadly collaborative endeavours.

For additional information please contact Dr Marc Schachter .