Welcome to the sixth annual Postgraduate Conference in Comparative Literature and Translation Studies, organised by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and the Writing in Transit research cluster at the University of Glasgow.

This year’s event took place on 14 May, the theme was ‘Regeneration‘.

‘Regeneration’ describes an intersection of the old and the new, signalling creation alongside a degree of continuity. It can be found everywhere – from bodily processes to ecological diversity, urban transformation to the revision and reinterpretation of history. But it is often the result of a crisis, occurring in the aftermath of wars, natural disasters, and of course pandemics. The term ‘regeneration’ is therefore closely associated with suffering, destruction and upheaval, and is at times an indication of loss as well as a sign of potential gain or repair.

Though in many ways intended as a timely call for optimism, this conference sets out to interrogate the challenges involved in regeneration. The past year has forced us to confront problematic aspects of modern society; to reconcile a yearning for the familiar and an aversion to restrictions with a newfound appreciation of simplicity and an acceptance of change. With this context in mind, and drawing on resonant themes in literature and translation, the conference papers and posters consider where, when, how and why regeneration takes place.

But this is the beginning of a new tale – the tale of the gradual renewal of a person, the tale of a slow regeneration, of his initiation into a brand new unknown lifestyles.

Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment