Critical Creativity: a symposium for Timothy Mathews 

Friday 22nd Sept.

Why does engagement with art matter? As Timothy Mathews retires from his long career as Professor of Comparative Criticism in the French Department at UCL, this symposium celebrates the diversity of his approach to addressing this question in his teaching and research. Tim is known for his contributions to Comparative Literature, Translation Studies, a broadly creative approach to writing criticism, and, of course, French Studies.
Tim’s colleagues and collaborators from across these fields gather to present short papers and other interventions expressing their own view of Tim’s work and related topics and questions. Contributions range from the affective to the ethical to the theoretical, including their practical applications, and dialogue and discussion – always a feature of Tim’s work – is warmly encouraged.
Guests are welcome to attend. Please register via this page.

10.00-10.20 Registration
10.20-10.45 Welcome
10.45-12.30 Panel 1: Comparative thinking
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.00 Panel 2: The object as critical theory
15.00-15.30 Tea
15.30-17.00 Panel 3: Poetry and translation
17.00-17.30 ‘Slide-show’. An intervention by Jerome Game
17.30-19.00 Reception

Confirmed speakers:

  • Lucia Boldrini, Goldsmiths
  • Jenny Chamarette, QMUL
  • Martin Crowley, Cambridge
  • Jane Fenoulhet, UCL
  • Patrick ffrench, KCL
  • Clare Finburgh, Kent
  • Jerome Game, American University in Paris
  • Jane Gilbert, UCL
  • Ian James, Cambridge
  • Jo Malt, KCL
  • Sharon Morris, UCL

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