Just back from a supremely successful conference in Dublin. WiGs annual conference – this year open to all – took place on 28-30 June at UCD and the Goethe Institute. This year’s theme was ‘About Time’, and the standard of papers was very high indeed. There was a range of approaches to the topic, from papers tackling narrative temporality and its implications for identity construction or political critique, to considerations of liturgical time, to examinations of the political impact of fragmentary form in the cinema, amongst many, many others. Turn-out was pleasingly high (up to 50 participants) and it was great to see such a strong postgraduate contingent, many of whom also gave papers.
Above: the first plenary session of the conference being introduced by organiser, Gillian Pye.
One of the highlights of the three-day conference was the presence of the German author, Angelika Overath, who gave a reading on the Thursday night from her Senter Tagebuch Alle Farben des Schnees . The reading was generously supported by the Swiss and Austrian Embassies and the Goethe Institute.
Above from left to right: Henrike Laehnemann, Chair of WiGs, and Angelika Overath.
Angelika was also an enthusiastic participant in the first WiGs translation workshop, which took place at the Goethe Institute on Friday morning and was facilitated by Charlotte Ryland. Turn-out was high, meaning that many Wiggies had a chance to translate passages from Angelika’s text in small groups, before getting feedback from the author herself.
Above: small-group work on excerpts from Alle Farben des Schnees.
A poetry slam then ensued between professional translators Rachel McNicholl and Nick Johnstone, who had both translated one of Overath’s biographische Rätsel.
The overall atmosphere was fantastic and allowed for both lots of fun and stimulating intellectual exchange in a supportive environment. Amazingly, Dublin even brought out the sunshine on our behalf!
Gillian Pye deserves to be thanked for the immense effort she put in to making the conference come off so flawlessly. Thanks Gillian! We look forward to the next conference, which will be in Sheffield in 2013. Until then, goodbye from your WiGS committee!
From left to right: Henrike Laehnemann (Chair), Gillian Pye (Ireland rep and conference organiser), Helen Finch (Secretary), Aine McMurtry (IT rep), Emily Spiers (PG rep) and Charlotte Ryland (Freelance and part-time rep).