19/02/2014, by CLAS

Writer in Residence 2014: Sudabeh Mohafez visits Nottingham

A special guest is about to visit the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies. DAAD-Sprachassistentin Anke Bohm from the Department of German tells us more…

The Department of German is delighted to welcome our Writer in Residence 2014 Sudabeh Mohafez. She will be staying with us from 24 February for two weeks. The German-Iranian writer was born in Teheran in 1963. After moving to West-Berlin in 1979 she began to study Music, English and Educational Science. Furthermore, she became involved in different nongovernmental organisations which have prevention of violence and crisis interventions as their main areas of work.

Muhafez, whose publications include the novels brennt (2010) and Gespräch in Meeresnähe (2005), and the collection of short texts das zehn zeilen buch (2010), has been awarded numerous literature scholarships as well as prizes, such as the Adelbert-von-Chamisso Förderpreis and the MDR-Literaturpreis. In addition to this, she received a lectureship in Poetics at RheinMain University, Wiesbaden. In 2012, she already made her first contact with the UK when she was invited to be the Writer in Residence at Queen Mary College (University of London).

During her short stay, which is funded by the DAAD and the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, she will be visiting various German Language classes and will also give a public reading at the University of Leeds.

Furthermore, on Saturday 1 March at the University of Nottingham there will be a symposium on literary translation with Sudabeh Mohafez, Dr Heike Bartel, Dr Maike Oergel and Anke Bohm (University of Nottingham) as well as Prof Margaret Littler (University of Manchester) and Dr Kate Roy (University of Leeds). The centre of this event will be the discussion of two literary works by Mohafez (das zehn zeilen buch and brennt) as well a public reading by Mohafez herself and a closer look at approaches to Literary Translation in general. Along these lines, there will be a competition to translate one of Mohafez’ short texts, which you are welcome to join. The winner will be awarded £30. Contact Anke Bohm for more details. If you are interested in attending the symposium (admission fee: £4), please contact Dr Heike Bartel. Deadline for registration is 28 February. The programme for the symposium is as follows:

Date: Saturday 1 March 2014

Location: University of Nottingham, University Park Campus, Trent Building, Room LG11

Morning: Literary Approaches; Afternoon: Approaches to (Literary) Translation

9:30 – 10:00: Registration and Welcome

10:00 – 10:30: Reading by Sudabeh Mohafez

10:30 – 11:00: Kate Roy (Leeds): ‘Cramped Spaces, Creative Bottlenecks: Sudabeh Mohafez’ das zehn-zeilen-buch

11:00 – 11:30: Heike Bartel (Nottingham): ‘Burning Sounds: Approaches to brennt

11:30 – 12:00: Round-table-discussion with Sudabeh Mohafez, Margaret Littler (Manchester), Anke Bohm (Nottingham), Heike Bartel (Nottingham)

12:00 – 13:00: Light lunch

13:00 – 13:30: Reading by Sudabeh Mohafez

13:30 – 14:00: Maike Oergel (Centre for Translation and Comparative Literature at The University of Nottingham): ‘Approaches to Literary Translation’

14:00 – 16:30: Kate Roy and Heike Bartel: Translation Workshop zehn-zeilen-buch and brennt

16:30 – 16:45: Close


(Photograph: Sudabeh Mohafez by Martin Kreiner; from www.sudabehmohafez.de)

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