I should apologize briefly, for I have not published anything for months. Having been busy with the two main projects I was involved in during my postdoc in Grenoble last year, as well as with the linguistic geography seminar series and endless applications (sigh), I struggled to keep up with the pace of academic life after lockdown, but I eventually enjoyed very pleasant holidays before starting another postdoc in Grenoble six weeks ago.
Grenoble’s campus is always a sight to behold when the sun shines (image from Litt&Arts’ website)
I would have liked to publish a few conclusions on last year’s seminar, mention the excellent “Language and Territory Conference” in Béziers I attended online last June, and advertise Laura Péaud, Guilherme Ribeiro and Archie Davis‘ latest edited issue of the Brazilian geography journal Terra Brasilis on The Politics and Geopolitics of Translation (“Políticas e geopolíticas de tradução”) for which I wrote a short paper on place-names (in French), which I was lucky to see published alongside much more advanced articles by the aforementioned scholars and other geographers I admire, notably the ever sharp and witty Paul Claval.
I could also have shared a few thoughts on the fascinating books I had the pleasure of reading this summer, notably Tom Isitt’s fascinating Riding in the Zone Rouge, a first-person narrative on a race through France’s postwar landscapes in 1919 and his own attempt to follow the wheels of the madmen who raced it more than a century ago.
<= ONE OF THE MOST SPECTA- CULAR-LOOKING BOOKS I OWN
=> A MAP OF THE RACE
My main occupation these days has been the first phase of a short contract within the Université Grenoble Alpes’ “Performance Lab” alongside the UMR Litt&Arts, during which I work on the development on an online dictionary. The dictionary revolves around the notion of performance and attempts to provide a toolbox to explore this field bilingually (French and English) through definitions, quotes from scientific literary as well as new, original texts by researchers and artists. It represents a staggering amount of work for our small team of researchers, designers, translators, but it is a worthy challenge and we hope to be able to deliver a complete bilingual, user friendly platform by the end of November.
The linguistic geography seminar will resume soon, with Philip Jagessar at the helm with me. There will be online sessions, but some will be in public, very certainly in Grenoble, but also possibly in London and Nottingham. More to follow!