On May 19, 2023, the GCLR hosted a workshop focused on translation as a technique for cultural production. The preseters were interested in the relationship between translation and media such as literary writing (in print and manuscript), film, photography, and computers, and the way these and other media technologies underwrite different ways of addressing the question of what it means to translate. Presenters included: Patrice Petro, Juan Pablo Lupi, Jody Enders, Anna Schewelew, Susan Hwang, James McNamara, Giancarlo Tursi, Naoki Yamamoto. Here is a picture from the event. 

Unable to focus on writing? Feeling isolated? Needing structure and accountability? The GCLR Graduate Writing Group is an interdisciplinary writing space dedicated for graduate students to find accountability and write in community. Whether you are working on your dissertation, a conference talk, or a seminar paper, this space is for you! The GCLR Graduate Writing Group is open to all graduate students and meets every other week (Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 of the Spring quarter) on Wednesdays from 10am to 1pm in 6320 Phelps. Snacks and coffee are provided as well! Contact the GCLR Graduate Writing Group organizer Jordan J. Tudisco at for more information!
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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). 

A reminder that the GCLR offers recruitment fellowships to help affiliated departments recruit the best graduate applicants. The fellowships are $3000 each and are competitive. Please send the student’s CV and a cover letter to the GCLR Director ( to apply. The deadline for applications is March 20.

The application process for the Harvard Institute of World Literature is now open. UCSB graduate students whose application is successful attend free of charge. This year’s HIWL will happen at Harvard from July 5 to 27, 2023. 
For more information, please click here. If you are interested in applying through the GCLR you can find more information about the process on the GCLR website. The first step is to send the GCLR Director a letter that they intend to apply by January 18, 2023.