Monday, 16 May 2011

Conference - "Selma Lagerlöf 2011: Text, Translation, Film", at UCL, 20-22 June

A major international conference, SELMA LAGERLÖF 2011: TEXT, TRANSLATION, FILM, will take place at University College London, 20-22 June 2011. The conference is hosted by the Department of Scandinavian Studies at UCL in conjunction with the Division of European Languages and Cultures (Scandinavian Studies) at the University of Edinburgh and the Department of Literature, History of Ideas and Religion at the University of Göteborg. The conference will mark the publication of the first three volumes in the new series 'Lagerlöf in English', published by Norvik Press, London, and will be the first international gathering of Lagerlöf scholars in well over a decade. The organisers hope the conference will contribute to raising Selma Lagerlöf's international profile and to the repositioning of her work in a global context. The organisers are planning a publication consisting of selected and considerably expanded conference papers.

The programme will include a plenary lecture on translation followed by a panel debate, a film evening including a screening of The Phantom Carriage, a plenary lecture focusing on the new Selma Lagerlöf Archive, and around 30 papers. The organisers would like to thank all those who have submitted abstracts for papers.

Draft programme [link]


The registration fee covers the cost of
  • tea and coffee during the Conference (afternoon Monday 20 June, morning and afternoon Tuesday 21 June, morning and afternoon Wednesday 22 June)
  • the Film Evening at the Horse Hospital on Tuesday 21 June, including buffet and drinks
  • the full Conference programme, abstracts and other material provided in the Conference Folder
Lunches are not included. There are plenty of cafeterias and restaurants in the area around UCL.

The standard registration fee is GBP 55.

For PhD students, and for those who are attending only part of the conference, there is a reduced registration fee of GBP 30.

Film Evening - only for those NOT registering for the Conference

Interested in early film? We have 20 tickets available for the screening of Victor Sjöström's The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen, 1920), based on Selma Lagerlöf's novel Körkarlen (1912) and one of the iconic films of early cinema. A new English translation by Peter Graves of Lagerlöf's text, also entitled The Phantom Carriage, is being published by Norvik Press, London, in time for the Conference.

The Film Evening will take place on Tuesday 21 June, 19.00, at The Horse Hospital, The Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD (right behind the Russell Hotel in Russell Square). The cost of the ticket is GBP 9.00 and includes a talk on the film and a reception. 

Register for the film evening here.

For full details, see here.

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