On Tuesday, May 10, 3PM-4PM, Todd Presner (UCLA) will give a GCLR-sponsored online talk entitled “Digitizing, Remediating, Remixing, and Reinterpreting Holocaust Memory.” Presner's lecture, which will happen on Zoom, focuses on the Holocaust as a “digital memory culture” stewarded by various digital archives, information systems, algorithms, and forms of computational mediation. Presner's lecture will be moderated by Prof. Fabian Offert (GSS). 

The GCLR is proud to announce “New Approaches to Art in the German Democratic Republic", a new year-long series of lectures by national and international scholars presents cutting-edge research into experimental GDR art and visually oriented literature, with a special focus on exhibition history; the representation of women and ethnic minority populations in the GDR across a broad range of artistic forms; and innovative approaches to the medium of the artist’s book in GDR art and its intermedia poetry. The series begins in the Spring quarter 2022, and ends in Spring quarter, 2023, and will be presented in a hybrid format. The lecture series is organized by Sven Spieker (UCSB) and Matteo Bertelé (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice). The first talk by artist and independent scholar Elske Rosenfeld is entitled "Gabriele Stötzer: The Collective as Liberation" and will take place on April 22, 2022 from 10-11 am PST on Zoom. This event is free and open to all. RSVP to Rachel Feldman
  • Emily Apter
The GCLR is pleased to announce our 2021/2022 Distinguished Visitor will be Professor Emily Apter, the Silver Professor of French and Comparative Literature at NYU, who will join us May 23-24, 2022. For more information about Apter's GCLR guest lecture and her public seminar, click here

Recent Events

Join us for the First Memory Studies Graduate Research Working Group Meeting of 2022! 

Thursday, February 10, 4:00 pm -5.30 pm PST / Meeting on Zoom:
with Prof. Juan Pablo Lupi and Prof. Eloi Grasset 
Conveners: James Nate Nichols, Prof. Sven Spieker 


  1. February 10, 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Please join us for an upcoming lecture by Dr. Serena Bassi (Hamilton College...
  1. February 22, 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Please mark your calendars for the upcoming lecture by Giancarlo Tursi, who is a candidate for the position of Assistant Professor of Translation Studies and Translation Theory in the Department of French and Italian. Dr. Tursi's talk is entitled "Dialectal Dialectics: The Politics of Translation in Risorgimento Italy, from Dante to Gramsci". The lecture is free and open to the public. It will be a hybrid in-person and virtual event: Tuesday, March 1st, 5 pm / In Person: Mosher Board Room and on Zoom: / Meeting ID: 805 893 2865
Giancarlo Tursi is currently completing his PhD in Comparative Literature at NYU, with an earlier MA degree from Paris-III Sorbonne. Trilingual in Italian, English and the Southern Italian dialect of Martinese, he is also fluent in French and Spanish. With an interest in language politics, multilingualism and the question of minor languages, his thesis focuses on the case of the translation of Dante into Italian dialects during the nation-building years of the Risorgimento.


  1. March 1, 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Please join us 4pm on Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 via Zoom for a talk by Provessor Adrian Ivakhiv...
  1. April 5, 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Please join us for a lecture by Dr. Tommaso Manfredini, who is a candidate for the position in Translation Studies and Translation Theory: “Refoulement in English: Translation, Migration, and Human Rights at Sea."
The lecture is free and open to the public. It will be a hybrid in-person and virtual event: Tuesday, February 15th, 5 pm, both in-person in the Mosher Board Room and on Zoom link / Meeting ID: 805 893 2865. 
Tommaso Manfredini (PhD in French Studies, Columbia University, 2020), is a lecturer in the Columbia French Department and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Columbia Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Straddling the linguistic fields of French, Italian and Arabic, he works on legal consequences of translation in today’s mass migration movements, and on the linguistic conditions that mediate access to justice for contemporary asylum seekers.
  1. February 15, 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Bahman Mohassess, Personage with Bird, 1964

On Friday, February 18th from 3pm-4pm PST we hold this year's first Dissertation and Prospectus Writing Workshop for graduate students from any department in the Humanities at UCSB. The presenter will be Mohammadreza Mirzaei, a doctoral student in the UCSB History of Art and Architecture Department who is writing a dissertation on Bahman Mohassess's painting in the 1960s. His presented chapter examines the historical importance of Mohassess's shift from abstraction to figuration in the postwar period and its contingency to the social realities of Iran. This event will be conducted via Zoom webinar, please write to Rachel Feldman for access. 

  1. February 18, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm

In addition to our open call for papers, our Winter Roundtable also invites graduate student translators (and self-translators) willing to share their experiences and craft, scholars whose study and practice are influenced by the myriad of theories of translation across global and local landscapes and imagined worlds. We welcome abstracts that explore the undertaking of an original literary translation (750-1000 words) from and into English (other source-target languages will be considered), that critically consider the art of translation in some form. If selected, please plan on submitting both the original source text along with your translation-in-progress in the same file as well as a preface of approximately 250 words that discusses the translator’s method of inquiry. In addition to conference funding, the GCLR also offers the opportunity for roundtable papers, including original translations and prefaces, to be published in our forthcoming journal, Exchanges. If you are interested in presenting your work in Winter, please send a 250-word abstract to with the subject line "Winter Roundtable" by or before Monday, February 7, 2022. All graduate students in the Humanities are encouraged to apply! 

  1. February 28, 2022 - 11:00am to 12:15pm

Please join us for an upcoming talk by Max Kade Visiting Professor ...

  1. March 3, 2022 - 4:00am to 5:00am
  1. Hybrid Event
Please join us for a talk by Elske Rosenfeld (Independent scholar) on “Gabriele Stötzer: The...
  1. April 22, 2022 - 10:00am to 11:00am